As odd as this may seem, I actually didn’t work from a set of notes when writing this book. I did some spot-checking, to make sure I recalled some things correctly, but overall I just have an uncanny ability to absorb information and regurgitate it as needed.
That said, I feel like it would be helpful to readers to have more information to reference for each chapter, since there were length and media constraints when writing the book. I didn’t want to include these in the book because many of them live online, and trying to read a long URL in a book and then type it into a browser is a really shitty user experience.
I’m working on putting together a list of notes, resources, articles, research papers, videos, and more that influenced my thinking, broken down chapter by chapter (excluding the “In The Beginning” and “Afterword” sections of the book).
In the meantime, I’ll be taking the material from each chapter, and turning them into much, much more in-depth blog posts, with links out to articles, embedded videos, and more.
Lesson 1 – Free Choice Ch. 1 – The High Cost of Free Choice Free Will by Sam Harris – I like this because it takes the opposite position, that free will is an illusion…and to a degree, I agree 🙂 I think it starts out as an illusion if we run on our base software, but I believe it’s possible to actually take control through study and practice, thus gaining free will (or at least a far greater measure than we have by default). Ch. 2 – It Isn’t Nice to Point http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blame Ch. 3 – No, You’re Not Excused http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationalization_%28making_excuses%29 Ch. 4 – Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evil-deeds/200811/essential-secrets-psychotherapy-truth-lies-and-self-deception Ch. 5 – Maybe Later Memento Mori Ch. 6 – All is Well https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias#backfire_effect Ch. 7 – Chicken Shit http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-conquer-fear-4-mental-tricks.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/15/conquering-fear_n_3909020.html VIDEO Ch. 8 – Doubt Not, Want Not Ch. 9 – And The Truth Shall Set You Free https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relativism
Lesson 2 – Self-Worth Ch. 10 – As a Man Thinketh Knoweth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_a_Man_Thinketh Ch. 11 – The Myth of Perfection http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peaceful_Warrior Ch. 12 – Why Do We Fall? http://everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/ https://vimeo.com/14912890 Ch. 13 – Know Thyself https://popforms.com/epic-self-awareness/ Ch. 14 – Tick Tock VIDEO Ch. 15 – The Value of Adding Value http://paulgraham.com/wealth.html Ch. 16 – Be The Best You Ch. 17 – Opinions Are Like Assholes Ch. 18 – Self, Worth Fighting For
Lesson 3 – Tradition Ch. 19 – Once Upon a Time Ch. 20 – Traditional CRAP Ch. 21 – Brainwashed from Birth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos:_A_Spacetime_Odyssey VIDEO Ch. 22 – Education vs. Formal Education VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO Ch. 23 – The 9 to 5 Death http://lifehacker.com/why-we-should-rethink-the-eight-hour-workday-515742249 http://www.amazon.com/Rework-Jason-Fried/dp/0307463745/ http://www.amazon.com/The-4-Hour-Workweek-Anywhere-Expanded/dp/0307465357/ Ch. 24 – The Myth of Retirement http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2012/04/23/will-social-security-be-there-for-your-retirement/ http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/retirement-thing-past-millennials-164410760.html Ch. 25 – No Fate, But What We Make http://terminator.wikia.com/wiki/There%27s_no_fate_but_what_we_make_for_ourselves.
Lesson 4 – Perception Ch. 26 – Perception is Reality http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1196946/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1475582/ http://www.amazon.com/Blink-The-Power-Thinking-Without/dp/0316172324/ http://www.amazon.com/Brain-Rules-Updated-Expanded-Principles/dp/098326337X/ http://www.amazon.com/Sway-Irresistible-Pull-Irrational-Behavior/dp/0385530609/ VIDEO Ch. 27 – Becoming Telepathic http://www.psych.utah.edu/lab/appliedcognition/publications/supertaskers.pdf http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secrets-sherlocks-mind-palace-180949567/?no-ist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_loci http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008EKOSXS/ http://www.amazon.com/Fooling-Houdini-Magicians-Mentalists-Hidden/dp/0061766216/ Ch. 28 – Hacking Humanity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_engineering_%28security%29 http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Deception-Controlling-Security/dp/0471237124/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases http://www.amazon.com/The-Thinking-Clearly-Rolf-Dobelli/dp/0062219685/ Ch. 29 – Empowered by Empathy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-baer/the-development-of-empath_b_6281800.html VIDEO Ch. 30 – Power Perceived is Power Achieved http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117774/ http://www.amazon.com/The-Laws-Power-Robert-Greene/dp/0140280197/ Lesson 5 – Appearance Ch. 31 – Presentation is Everything Ch. 32 – The Man, The Myth, The Legend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Basic_Plots Ch. 33 – Clothes Make The Man http://www.quicksprout.com/2014/12/10/how-spending-162301-42-on-clothes-made-me-692500/ Ch. 34 – Spoken Like a True Gentleman http://conversionxl.com/17-lesser-known-ways-to-persuade-people/ Ch. 35 – Just the FACS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facial_Action_Coding_System http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming http://lifehacker.com/how-to-read-body-language-more-effectively-1572937449 http://www.amazon.com/What-Every-BODY-Saying-Navarro-ebook/dp/B0010SKSTO/ VIDEO Ch. 36 – Who You Know http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number http://www.amazon.com/Never-Eat-Alone-Expanded-Updated/dp/0385346654/ Ch. 37 – There Is No Spoon VIDEO
Lesson 6 – Desire Ch. 38 – The Heart of the Problem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs Ch. 39 – Good ol’ Maslow http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1982/02/have-you-ever-tried-to-sell-a-diamond/304575/ Ch. 40 – What Do You Want? http://www.amazon.com/The-Happiness-Pursuit-Finding-Purpose/dp/0385348843/ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003G93YFK/ http://fourhourworkweek.com/lifestyle-costing/ Ch. 41 – Why Do You Want It? Ch. 42 – Entitled to Jack Ch. 43 – Greedy Little Bastard http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014_full.html http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html http://www.sanders.senate.gov/top-10-corporate-tax-avoiders Ch. 44 – Striking a Balance
Lesson 7 – Purpose Ch. 45 – The Meaning of Life Ch. 46 – Begin at the Beginning http://www.amazon.com/Breakpoint-Beyond-Mastering-Future-Today/dp/0962660523 VIDEO Ch. 47 – Creation > Consumption Ch. 48 – Worth Dying Living For? Ch. 49 – Moderation in All Things Ch. 50 – Living Your Own Life Ch. 51 – Leaving a Legacy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Donnachaidh