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10 Books to Read That will Make you Sound Smart

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Ten little books to make you smart! Books to read to become smarterReading can make people smart, reading can broaden one's horizons, reading can cultivate sentiment, and reading can change destiny. So we still have to read more and read well.

I won't talk about the big reason, just talk about something that impresses me deeply. In the elementary school texts, I learned an article called the overall planning method and listed a few things to see how it can be done quickly and easily. 

The general idea is to complete the cooking arrangements, wash the rice for 3 minutes, cook the rice for 20 minutes, kimchi for 5 minutes, wash the vegetables for 5 minutes, and stir-fry for 15 minutes. Ask how long the meal will take to prepare. 

The best arrangement should be to soak the vegetables in water first, then wash the rice and cook the rice, and complete the washing and frying work during the cooking process. The total time should be 25 minutes to complete. 

In the past, I might think that I should complete it one by one in order. After studying this text, I will develop a habit of doing everything, thinking about how to arrange the most reasonable, efficient, and most time-saving. 

Through reading, I learned to think about how to save time and improve efficiency, which really benefited my life.

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For another example, through reading, I also understand the time value of funds. Today's 10,000 dollars is not the same as the 10,000 dollars ten years ago. Then, based on the inflation rate, how much is the difference between the two? No longer stupidly thinking that with an inflation rate of 5%, taking 3% interest is more money. In short, after studying, people can still distinguish between right and wrong, and they won't be sold and paid for the money.

Our ancestors used to live in the countryside for generations, living a life of facing the loess and back to the sky, repairing the earth every day but earning very low income, and living a very hard life. Reading allows us to leave the countryside and have a stable job. Let's not say this. In short, it is the best way to change our destiny. Don't believe in "reading is useless". 

Today, I will introduce to you "10 Books to Read That will Make you Sound Smart" in the eyes of experts.


Books That Will Make You Smarter and Intelligent in Every Situation


    10 Books To Read That Will Make You Sound Smart 



    1. Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy 

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    Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy 
    by Rene Descartes

    I read this book in my freshman year. At that time, I was bored and pulled the thinnest book from the shelf. After reading it, I suddenly felt that the whole person became smarter (mainly because of the greater room for intellectual improvement). 

    It is Descartes' first work and a very young book. It is surprisingly short, with only 60 pages in the main body, but it has deeply shaken the entire history of Western philosophy. It is a good choice to enter the history of philosophy from it. The content, the original title of the book has already stated clearly, 

    "Talk about the correct use of my own reason to seek the truth in various disciplines", to make it clear that as long as I use reason, there is nothing I can't understand. Many famous sayings in the book are already well-known, such as conscience is the most evenly distributed thing in the world, I think, therefore I am, and so on. 

    Descartes’ thinking was clear and clear, and he applied the rules found in logic, geometry, and algebra to his thoughts (don’t forget, he is also an important mathematician). This method later made me wonder when I didn’t understand the problem, and always benefit from it.



    2. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

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    The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte 
    by Karl Marx

    Western pamphlet writing was originally used to express opinions on current affairs. This writing method makes it difficult for pamphlets to escape the fate of rapid decay, but Marx’s book has undoubtedly withstood the test of time. 

    A large number of characters who have written "destroyed their fame", and those famous celebrities can only be known with the help of annotations. In the book, what Marx is dissatisfied with is that many people clearly think that Louis Bonaparte is ugly, but it is easy for readers to regard him as a hero who changes the situation. 

    What he had to do was to demonstrate how the interests of the various groups at the time were divided and changed so that Louis Bonaparte and his mediocre group could succeed in a coup. It is not interesting to read this pamphlet in the Trump farce era, but few scholars now can write like this there is no "data", no "investigation" in the book, too thin, too ambitious, and too interesting. 

    The advantage of Marx is also that he is very good at writing. Levi Strauss once said that he would read dozens of pages of "The Eighteenth of Fog Moon" every time before writing a book to find a sense of expression.



    3. Civilization and Its Discontents 

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    "Civilization and Its Discontents" by Sigmund Freud

    He is a very good person who asks questions. This book asks, why are people hostile to civilization? Why do the more civilized humans feel more pain? Why is it that people "cannot bear the massive setbacks that society imposes on him when satisfying his cultural ideals"? 

    He also believes that politics is completely powerless for human happiness, "not everyone is worthy of love." The book touches on most of the issues that contemporary thinkers are concerned about, and also discusses the status of women in civilization, making it a very good basic discussion text in all aspects.



    4. The Use and Abuse of History 

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    Among the "Pocket Classics" is Friedrich Nietzsche's
     "The Use and Abuse of History", which is also a frequently read pamphlet. Nietzsche is a master in this area. Reading Nietzsche is the most healing time (his autobiographical catalog is this style: Why am I so smart, why I wrote such a good book...). The full text of this book is 100 pages. 

    The original title is "The Advantages and Disadvantages of History", and the English version is "The Use and Abuse of History." Contrary to what many people think, Nietzsche is not very easy to read in my opinion. Many texts are "hyperlinked" together. Concepts are often wrapped in tortuous prose, which can be called a kind of stem-like writing. 

    The point of view in the book is simple in the end, that is, history is for strong people to read; history is necessary for individuals or nations; but if the "sense of history" reaches a certain level, it will eventually harm and ultimately destroy a person or nation. Even the life of the cultural system. However, we must pay attention to "Nietzsche's use and abuse" when reading him.



    5. Freud And The Non-European 

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    The booklet I read recently is the last book of the famous postcolonial thinker Edward Said during his lifetime. It is also a collection of lectures, so it is easy to read. The discussion is Freud's last book, "Moses and Monotheism." 

    In the era of the Nazis, Freud wrote this book, and he actually proved that Moses was an Egyptian nobleman. He chose the Jewish nation and taught him monotheism from Egypt (this book itself is as wonderful as a detective novel). 

    This is undoubtedly a Jew "anti-Semitic" book, a book "handing a knife" to the Nazis. Palestinian Christian immigrant Said interpreted this book in the post-colonial era and discussed the hot issues of identity politics. 

    It is very interesting. The book specifically mentions that archaeology is the privileged Israeli science par excellence, and the reasons are self-explanatory. Palestine archaeology can be said to be the legacy of Freud's book.



    6. The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance 

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    "The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance" by Franco "Bifo" Berardi

    How can poetry and finance go hand in hand? Poetry is a "non-interchangeable language" and cannot be simplified to circulate everywhere like information or currency. It is the opposite of finance in all respects. 

    The financial crisis is actually a crisis of social imagination, and a new political weapon of language poetry is needed to solve it. This book has a weird point of view, but it is witty to read, and I want to fall into the world. In addition, the format is gratifying and suitable for reading.



    7. Pathologie de la vie sociale 

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    "Pathologie de la vie sociale" by Honoré De Balzac 

    The three theories of "Fair and Elegant Life", "On Gait", and "Modern Doping Theory" were collected in the "Complete Works of Balzac", which are actually pamphlets. These three articles have been compiled in single editions, but they are said to have been translated Generally, let's use this as the cover. 

    "On Modern Stimulants" has also been published in a single book, and it has been made into a 32-volume book with large characters and one-sided printing (!), which is really unnecessary. Balzac’s three theories are very funny, so funny that the translator is very confused, why he is interested in them (reading Benjamin’s "Paris, the capital of the 19th century", you can find the beauty of Balzac’s three theories. Up). 

    After reading it, I discovered that later generations of books such as "Style" and "Snobbery" are not as interesting as this. For example, Balzac's comment on advertising: "Modern powerful advertisements discount things that cannot be found in the Bank of France, namely: all the thoughts of the most stupid and stupid public in the world, all the credulity of the least credulous age, the most selfish All the sympathy in the heart of the world." 

    He went to the streets to observe people's walking movements and concluded: "Civilization corrupts everything! Tamper everything, even movements! Should I go on a round-the-world trip to observe the gait of the savages?" He talked about the tool man: "The tool man is a kind of social zero." He said that he was a "human candle" and kept working to burn himself. 

    The funniest thing is the translation and annotations made by Balzac scholars, who constantly slapped him. For example, he said that he met the composer Verdi, who greeted him. The scholar said that Verdi was not in Paris at all, and It is unlikely to know an author who was not well-known at the time...



    8. On Translating Homer 

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    "On Translating Homer" by Matthew Arnold 

    74 pages. Arnold, the pride of British literary circles, is too strong! He summarized the four characteristics of Homer's epic: 
    1. Swiftness; 
    2. Easy and direct language expression; 
    3. Easy and direct thinking; 
    4. Noble. 
    I also commented on each of the interpreters at the time one by one, and the conclusion was: "I am not targeting you, I mean everyone here is rubbish"... 

    Well, the original saying goes like this: "If the poets of a country are like this, then they are all You have to be thrown into the fire for purification seven or eight times before you can hope to translate Homer." This classic booklet was published by the University Press, and it was silent, which is really a pity.



    9. The Order of Time 

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    "The Order of Time" by Carlo Rovelli 

    Because of my personal interest, I have read a lot of books about time. This type of book can easily be written into a huge chapter. Although this general undergraduate book has more than 180 pages and is hard-covered, the number of words is not many. 

    The most powerful is his writing method, which is rich in content, easy to understand, and full of a humanistic atmosphere. It is quoted by the philosophers of the former Socratic era. To "Mahabharata", "Bible·Ecclesiastes", to "Alice in Wonderland", Heidegger. There is only one formula in the book, the second law of thermodynamics.



    10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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    "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky

    The first English book I finished reading in kindle. As a junior in high school, Charlie presented his thoughts on the old life and anxiety about the new life in the form of letters. Instead of pretending to be deep, he described complicated or simple family, friends, teacher-student relationships in shallow style, and Sensitive topics such as drugs, violence, and homosexuality. 

    Because each letter is a basic unit, the plot is relatively trivial, which makes people lack the urge to read it all at once; the differences in the campus environment also don't have enough sense of substitution. But the state of mind that Charlie expressed during the first year of the enrollment is similar to himself. 

    The secret love but close relationship with Sam is also very real, but I think the friendship is more fragile. Although there is always a depressive atmosphere in the novel, the author still gives the story a good ending--"things are good with me, and even when they're not, they will be soon enough." But he doesn't like Charlie's mental state I feel that this is not helpful for character creation.


    FAQ about Books that Make you Sound Smart 


    Does reading books increase IQ?

    Bacon said, "Reading enriches people, the discussion makes people witty, notes makes people accurate, reading history makes people wise, reading poetry makes people smart, mathematics makes people thorough, science makes people deep, ethics makes people solemn, and logical rhetoric makes people wise. Well-argued. Anyone who has learned something will become a character." 

    Reading a book widely can make people's eyes clear and bright, but hard reading is not enough. It is okay to cooperate with thinking, practice, and summarizing to naturally improve IQ. Summarize and think about the experience of the ancestors, and then transform them into their own internal qualities. 

    Learning to learn from one another is naturally smarter than others. If reading can't improve people's IQ, then what have we been doing with these four books and five classics for thousands of years? 

    Do books really make you smarter?

    Real smartness refers to the brain. Reading more will enrich your knowledge and increase your knowledge. In fact, reading more does not make your brain smarter, but it increases your knowledge in all aspects and makes you more aware of what you will encounter in the future. 

    Some emergencies have the ability to cope and solve. However, reading more books can really increase your skills and improve a person’s quality in all aspects. (You can pay attention to it. In a city, you can observe people’s performance in observing traffic laws. People are better than people in the suburbs and other places to abide by traffic laws. 

    No one likes those who speak rudely and do things rough. Read more, so that you will work and behave more easily in the future! It's okay to read more books (but the books here do not include fictional novels, stories, etc.)! !! 

    How reading boosts your brainpower?

    Not only does regular reading help make you smarter, but it can actually increase your brainpower.

    Just as physical activity supports the heart, muscles, and bones, intellectual activity supports the brain.

    You physically change the structure of your brain while reading.

    I like to picture my brain growing, changing, and making new neural connections and different patterns as I’m reading.

    With age comes a decline in brain function & an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, but reading on a regular basis may help delay the process — by as much as 32 percent, keeping your brain sharper longer.

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