Zoufalství ve střetu s bezhlavou mašinérií
How shall we survive in the world where we are not the most intelligent species?
Vzpomínky investigativního novináře Respektu
Dawkins’ autobiography, the second part. Up to his 70th birthday
Dawkins’ autobiography, the first part, up to the Selfish Gene publication
How you should promote yourself and your music creatively
Pohled na zrod, vzestup a pád civilizací z výšky. Směs Diamonda, Harariho, Roslinga, …
Another funny book from the author of XKCD comics.
Stručný přehled o fungování imunity
How to be better at forecasting. How to overcome our biases.
A highschool teacher on a suicide mission to save the humanity
A poker player teaches us how to decide under uncertainty
A story about a young man who became a soldier accidentally, then became a lieutenant. All while fighting bugs in our galaxy.
Pěkný příběh. Číšila z toho láska k psům a zvířatům.
An overview of challenges on the way to carbon-neutral future by Bill Gates
An original take on many topics
The best time to live is now. And it will be even better.
Our world needs introverts. Being introvert is normal.
A survivor’s journal on Mars
A sci-fi novel coining terms as Metaverse and Avatar
A well known philosophical sci-fi novel
An anthology of Asimov’s great stories about robots, artificial intelligence etc.
One of a few authors who writes about ideas without any unnecessary words
Givers, takers and matchers. Givers are the most and least successful of all. I had to stop listening to this.
Five steps toward a better thinking.
A brief but dense book full of wit, clever questions, ideas and thought food. Derek is compressing many self-help and life-hack books and it is
A unique planet orbiting two suns is explored by scientists who are completely clueless. The planet creates persons from the scientists’ hidden memories but they fail to communicate and comprehend the planet.
Another book from my favourite author Hofstadter.
Fry is doing a great job of retelling the ancient well-known stories. As good as his previous book.
How to overcome the resistance to do anything important and to achieve your goals.
A scientific approach for choosing what to eat. It turns out you should eat plant-based, non-processed, whole food.
A scientific and optimistic view of our future. A really captivating book.
Almost unbelievable life story of David Goggins who probably lacks self-preservation instinct. Too extreme to be a true self-help book, but there are some truths in what he is telling (preaching).
One of the oldest self-help books. I am not the intended audience. I couldn’t follow his rules and being true to myself, authentic and consistent.
Dennett’s latest attempt at explaining our mind and its evolution.
A soothing voice will tell you how to cope with problems in your life, but not how to solve them.
Self-help book from 1937. After reading so many self-help book before this one, I realized it gets boring…
A self-help novel, full of great wisdoms packed into a bit weird story.
How to spot bullshit and what to do after that. Funny and important book.
40 short stories with a twist at the end from a very imaginative neuroscientist.
Palčivé problémy Česka v podání předního sociologa, který neváhá kritizovat levici i pravici.
A brief history of natural sciences. Heavily biased towards physics and chemistry.
Mother Teresa’s morals and believes clearly belong to the past.
If you push enough, everything can be explained with evolution theory.
The history of cryptography from the acknowledged popular science (maths) book author.
Learn some actionable practices to hack human brain of other people and exploit it’s attributes and weaknesses.
How Putin raised his power, gained control of whole industries, banks, companies and ruled Russia with the help of KGB and FSB. Not overwhelmingly pleasant to read.
Innovation is a long, messy and complex process. The contributions of single scientics and inventors is overstated.
Sagan is one of the most prominent popular science author and this book was even turned into a series.
What can modern DNA analysis tell us about our ancestors? A lot actually.
Encourage your child’s ability to self-regulate
Another briliant book from the great Dawkins. You love him or you hate him. I love him.
Kunderův příspěvek k Janáčkově odkazu
He is a great author, but personally, he gets natural language completely wrong.
I should probably read the whole book, this blink certainly was interesting!
This books comes with a classification of people into three groups: visual, tonal and motoric, which seems quite plausible and useful.
Hard to tell if the book is really so bad by the blink but I was expecting little more from such an author.
A biography of Richard Feynman. Nothing memorable.
A hard topic to write about. I expected a bit more since Sam Harris (her husband) and some other notable authors and scientists have recommended the book.
Bit misleading title for the book full of angry arguments against overly liberal policies mainly in USA. I stopped listening to the audio version of the book circa in the middle.
Taleb introduces another great term—antifragility—which can be found in many areas. And which can be consciously improved. It’s more than robustness.
There is a slight chance that our generation can live to 100 years with a good health. There is also a non-negligible chance that we won’t die.
Bylo tu však něco krásného co drtí odvaha a radost z života i smrti…
Probably the best (and funniest) was Hanlon’s razor: never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity
Not very engaging but definitely important topic of correlation, causation, statistics and AI.
Hard to assess properly from blink, but Bill Gates recommends this author repeatedly so I should probably read something unabridged from him in the future.
Probably need to read it in full.
Well known algorithms. Nothing extraordinary.
Maybe blinkist is summarizing the books badly as I tend to score the books from Blinkist quite low.
Learning at work is win-win: you earn money and at the same time learn new things so invest into yourself. Buy assets, not liabilities. Invest as soon as possible.
Fixed vs growth mindset. The former is limiting you, the latter will help ou to improve yourself quickly.
Obsahuje dvě povídky – Časožrouti a Skryté okno do skryté zahrady.
If you are a hoarder, you need to read this. If you have too many things in your house, you should read this. If you are a minimalist, skip it.
Rychlé šípy ve Stínadlech
The title is taken from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.
Walker is exaggerating to emphasize his point, but there is a lot of interesting facts.
Moje první Simmelovka, na doporučení taťky.
Výběr povídek od Poea. Klasika!
Útlá knížečka od českého písničkáře. Vtipné povídky.
Přečteno na doporučení Vojty Hanuše. Klasika sci-fi žánru.
Tuto knihu jsem pravděpodobně vůbec nepochopil, možná jsem ji četl příliš brzy.
I enjoyed it almost as books from A. C. Clarke and other titans of sci-fi.
One of the best self-help books I’ve ever read.
Sci-fi od krále hororu
Asi bych musel být Američan, aby mě ta kniha bavila.
The second part of the trilogy.
The second part of the trilogy.
A clever argument in favour of optimism.
Just several anecdotal stories about how people can’t really understand and predict each other
Třetí díl stínadelské trilogie
Druhý díl stínadelské trilogie
Nevím o čem to bylo, ale bylo to dobrý.
Hard sci-fi. Classic.
Velmi napínavé, mírně nepřesné, ale čtivé a zábavné.
Ramblings on rationality, biases, false believes, artificial intelligence, …
Malcolm is a good storyteller but I don’t enjoy his books very much.
Četba této knížky mi zařídila 1 z maturity z češtiny, protože jsem si vytáhl téma renesance.
It was so good, that I bought it in Czech for my grandma. She loved it and now it circulates in our family.
Kdysi jsem si to půjčil z adamovské knihovny.
Životopis W. A. Mozarta
Myslím, že mi to půjčil pan prof. Hanuš.
I read it in Czech as my neighbour borrowed me the book.
Povinná četba na střední. Typický příklad knihy, kterou jsem četl dřív, než jsem měl. Tipuji, že kdybych ji četl teď, hodnotil bych ji lépe.
Četl jsem myslím cestou z Prahy od Barnáše, který mi je půjčil. Ve vlaku jsem přečetl obě i Vesnické povídky.
Jedna z knih, která mne formovala. Četl jsem ji několikrát.
Popis jednoho obyčejného dne v gulagu na Sibiři v 50. letech 20. století
Encyklopedicky uspořádaná biografie J. S. Bacha
Kronika pražské Dvojky
Jednu knížku z Koubkových povídek jsem četl později než ty dvě další…
Hitchens has much more arguments against religions than other prominentatheist writers (e.g. Dawkins with his God’s delusion) and this book seemed more compelling.
His previous book was much better, but this one is better compared to other self-help books I have read.
Velmi dlouhý argument o tom, proč je věda, vzdělání dobrá.
Příběh o učiteli v New Yorku
Krásné dobrodružství kluků v přírodě až příliš krutě uťaté realitou tehdejšího života.
Dobrodružný příběh o stavbě srubu na tajném a úžasném místě
A lot of material for thinking about our society and psychology
Méně známá knížečka od libereckého poutníka Míly Nevrlého.
Jedna z nejslabších knih od Foglara
The third book from Harari, probably the weakest of the three, but still a fun to read.
Spousta zajímavých myšlenek, ale je potřeba autora brát s rezervou. Což je tedy potřeba asi vždy a všude.
It was not so eye-opening, probably because I’ve read a bunch of similar books before this one—I liked Essentialism much more.
It. Was. Grand. I consider it to be almost on a par with A. C. Clarke’s work. We started to the Czech audioversion on 2022-07-09.
The first fiction book after a while and it was worth it. I want more!
One of the best self-help book I’ve read.
Stop working and fully enjoy your life! Easy, isn’t it?
Whole30 diet, not very good for vegans and vegetarians :)
If you consider yourself an intellectual, you should read this since all people considering themselves as intellectuals probably have read this book as well, myself included.
An instant favourite. What a thinker this Harari!
Understand how habits are made and broken and change your life!
Funny. So famous that you need to read it.
The topic of simplicity is really complex.
An attempt at formalizing or defining morality. That’s a hard task, but Harris doesn’t fail completely.
Not so good as his previous book about cancer.
Great non-fiction comix. I want more of these!
Richard Dawkins selected short writings
Knihu jsem koupil babičce (česky). Clippings from Kindle If you want to convince someone they are suffering from a misconception, it’s very useful to be able to test their opinion against the data. Eighty-five percent of mankind are already inside the box that used to be named “developed world.” Most of your firsthand experiences are from Level 4; and that your secondhand experiences are filtered through the mass media, which loves nonrepresentative extraordinary events and shuns normality.
Another attempt at attacking religion from one of Four Horsemen.
The last book of Darwin which perfectly shows how rigorous he was and that he was such a talent for discovering of long-term phenomena.
You can’t make a mistake with anything from Randall Munroe if you like science and engineering. He is brilliant.
It felt to me like a very long blog entry or a longish article on web rather than a science popular book.
A good overview of the issue with publishing science
Hard to read. Both history and acquaintance made me doubt that practitioners of the natural sciences possess firmer or more permanent answers to such questions than their colleagues in social science. (Friday, July 17, 2015, 03:59 PM, page 73-74) Normal science, for example, often suppresses fundamental novelties because they are necessarily subversive of its basic commitments. (Friday, July 17, 2015, 04:29 PM, page 212-13) That is why a new theory, however special its range of application, is seldom or never just an increment to what is already known.
An anthology of Hofstadter’s articles in Scientific American
A good non-fiction audiobook if you are cooking or cleaning your room.
An overview of a completely new scientific field
A great book by a great scholar. I expected more science and less politics, but still, great reading.
Goodreads review: I agree with the opinion in the book and I like the whole idea but the arguments could have been much shorter and denser. It was bit boring. emergence of writing around 3,000 B.C. also receives brief treatment, although it constitutes 99.9% of the five-million-year history of the human species. (Friday, July 17, 2015, 05:25 PM, page 133-35) Today, most live-born Western infants survive fatal infections as well and reproduce themselves, regardless of their intelligence and the genes they bear.
Goodreads review: Another great book from Dawkins. I would love to have like 100 more pictures to illustrate the living or extinct animals. I think it could be made much more accessible even for non-biologists by adding more illustrations and pictures. I would also expect at least some discussion about viruses, viroids, prions even they are not considered as life and not part of the tree of life. And mind that there is a great wiki page about the book with survey of the ancestors and concestors.
Probably the hardest book I’ve ever read. If you want to get the overall idea, read I am a strange loop instead.
What If is an instant favourite for me. Funny, full of interesting stuff.
This book had an impact on me while working on my PhD thesis as it resonated with my view of artificial (machine) intelligence. I think that I borrowed it from NLP centre’s library and it is a book from Pavel Rychlý. Lex Fridman’s podcast with Jeff Criterions for brain models inclusion of time in brain function importance of feedback model should account for neocortex structure auto-associative memory retrieving patterns (p.
Sometimes it felt a bit out-dated but the explanations of various algorithms and principles was very good and understanable.
The quasivisual nature of the phenomenology of comprehension has been almost entirely ignored by researchers in cognitive science, particularly in Artificial Intelligence, who have attempted to create language-understanding computer systems. Why have they turned their beck on the phenomenology? Probably largely beceuse of their conviction that the phenomenology, however real and fascinating, is nonfunctional — a wheel that turns but engages none of the important machinery of comprehension. (Sunday, October 19, 2014, 04:53 PM, page 56)
A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the ser ious scientifi c workers are the only profoundly religious people. (Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 04:19 PM, page 257) ‘More is different’ (Monday, September 29, 2014, 07:17 AM, page 400)
Doporučení od Honzy Michelfeita. Goodreads review: Packed with new information, many examples, clever ideas - it was delight to read each day on my way to work. The evolution processes are much more complex than we could ever imagine - propelled by the Red Queen phenomenon. Despite the fact our brains have not been designed to understand fully their own evolution but it is nice keep trying to learn more and more about it - and this is so awesome, the never ending story of science!
“Why take five hundred pages,” he asks, “to develop an idea whose oral demonstration fits into a few minutes?” (Thursday, June 19, 2014, 07:14 PM, page 155) As the Argentine novelist Ernesto Sábato remarked in 1945, “if Borges were French or Czech, we would all be reading him enthusiastically in bad translations.” (Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:43 AM, page 303-4)
A set of short articles about language myths. Some great, some weak, but good overall.
The book was quite hard to follow since it is very academical and if you are not acquainted with biology and genetics I think it will be hard to follow for you too.
It is clear from this book that music and its perception is very deeply engraved into our brain.
This is a must-read for all students. The style is not very entertaining but there are only a few such impactful book in the world.
If I read this book before all those Arielys, Kahnemans, then it would be much more interesting and mind-boggling.
An overview of the problems with the current state of science and its methods and procedures
Hofstadter’s Law, which states, “It always takes longer than you think it will take, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law”), (Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 03:26 PM, page 457-58) publish-or-perish pressures, or perhaps even worse, the relentless pressures of grant-chasing. (Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 04:05 PM, page 502-3) I wish that more thinkers wrote in a first-person fashion. (Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 04:12 PM, page 512-13) It is curious, how one often mistrusts one’s own opinions if they are stated by someone else.
My first book read in English and while travelling.
Cancer seems to be an inevitable part of our biology
Learn to manage your body expressions to help you persuade, empathize, soothe, … others
Už jako kluk jsem však nedokázal uvěřit, že by poznání mohlo být nebezpečné, že řešením je nevědomost. Mně se vždy zdálo, že řešením je vědění. (Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 07:29 AM, page 15-17)
I started reading a Czech translation but then switched to the English version. My Goodreads review: Clever, courageous and it strongly supports my convinction that we are just a bit better than apes. I systematické chyby či biasy haló efekt: tendence hodnotit člověka podle prvního dojmu Amor Tversky intuitivní statistika je mnohem snazší usilovat o dokonalost, když se nikdy nenudíte teorii o roli podobnosti v předvídání moje: stereotypní vlastnosti aktivují víc knihovníka (popis člověka na jehož základě se má odhadnout jeho profese) je mnohem snadnější najít slovo, které začíná určitým písmenem, než přijí tna slovo, které má toto písmeno na třetím místě uvažujte písmeno K objeví se K ve slovech s větší pravděpodobností jako první písmeno, nebo jako třetí písmeno?
Bertrand Russell said, ‘We may all have come into existence five minutes ago, provided with ready-made memories, with holes in our socks and hair that needed cutting.’ (Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 08:48 AM, page 234-35) psychologists studying the development of language tell us that children are natural essentialists. (Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 10:16 AM, page 358-59) One of Darwin’s most telling weapons in arguing against this supposed immutability was the evidence from domestication, (Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 10:26 AM, page 413-14)
Další výborná kniha od Asimova.
The most often unfinished book of all times. Hard to digest but a real treat for curious minds.
Everytime you read it I learn something new.
Dawkins’ attack on the religion. This probably won’t make you an apostate but I liked it a lot as many other Dawkins’ books.
Rady a tipy pro domácnosti. Některé rozumné, některé přehnané, ale žádné zbytečné.
After having read all 6 books I decided to read only non-fiction in the future. I broke this rule only a few years later with Three-body problem.
4th book from Martin’s epos.
Third book from Dan Ariely. A bit less entertaining but still very informative.
A fiction book about last surviror on Earth, fighting zombies. Classic.
Překladatelské perličky Navzdory neutuchajícím hádkám mezi jejím otcem a jeho bratrem, kterého kdysi vyvlastnil, panovalo hluboké pouto. (Friday, November 02, 2012, 05:38 PM, page 1759-60) z opasku mu visela drahokamy vykládaná dýka a pozlacená pochva s mečem. (Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 04:45 PM, page 6699)
1st book of Martin’s epos.
26. ledna jsem rozečetl knihu od Dana Browna. Šifru mistra Leonarda jsem viděl, Andělé a démony také. Dočetl jsem ji s Barunkou 2. 2. – poslední kapitoly jsme si předčítali navzájem. Děj se točil kolem fingovaného nálezu meteoritu s údajnými mimozemskými zkaměnělinami. Šlo o objev NASA, ale byl narafičen, měl pouze zvednout kredit NASA před veřejností. Kniha byla docela čtivá, ale děj příliš připomínál mustr amerických trháků: zajímavá zápletka, napínavý průběh, ale všichni záporňáci byly buď znemožněni, nebo zabiti a všichni klaďasi se zachránili ze spárů zla a nesnází.
My first book from Taleb and an instant favourite
Anchors, framing, prospect theory and much more
This book has changed my life. often the most important contribution a scientist can make is to discover a new way of seeing old theories or facts. (Monday, March 12, 2012, 10:40 PM, page 80-81) evolution is blind to the future. (Thursday, April 05, 2012, 05:58 AM, page 272) it is ultimately these mistakes that make evolution possible. (Friday, April 06, 2012, 01:08 PM, page 419-20) willy-nilly, (Friday, April 06, 2012, 01:12 PM, page 439)
Knížka od Pinkera. Přestal jsem ji číst, protože nesouhlasím s teorií, kterou tam Pinker popisuje. Obsahuje spoustu pěkných příkladů, ale jejich interpretace mě rozčilovala, tak jsem ji asi v půlce odložil.
Hlavní dílo českého teoretika překladu
The second best-known novel from Bradbury
Fakt nechápu, jak to mohl překladatel zvládnout přeložit.
A history of metaphors of memory, how they changed with technology and how they related to understanding of our minds.
Nevím, jestli jsem to dočetl.
Novela z Čapkovy noetické trilogie o vraždě Juraje, který se vrací po letech z Ameriky do Podparpatské Rusi
Novela z roku 1947 o jízdě autobusem v Kalifornii
První Simmelův román, true story o lidech zasypaných ve sklepě, kteří v sebeobraně zabijí chemika, který chce vyhodit zával do povětří.
Podobnost hrdiny s postavou prezidenta A. Novotného je čistě náhodná!
Výběr krátkých povídek a příběhů od Míly Nevrlého
Milostný příběh, který mne vůbec neoslovil.
A biography of the extravagant and famous pianist
A must-read for classical music listeners.
Autobiografický román točící se kolem Ploštiny a partyzánů na konci 2. světové války
Vtipný příběh o trampotách jedné příliš chytré lišky
Nádnerná a poetická knížka. Nejlépe čtená u ohně v rumunských horách.
One of my first popular science (math) book.
Útlá knížečka se smutným koncem
Klasika, která nepohladí.
Pokus o navázání na úspěch Báječných let pod psa
Nevím o čem to bylo, ale bylo to dobrý.
Druhý díl Tolkienovy ságy
I probably need to re-read this as it was boring as fuck when I read this at high school.
Klasický román z francouzského prostředí
Už si nepamatuju o čem to bylo, ale všechny romány od Simmela byly děsně čtivý.
Román o nesmrtelnosti
Na doporučení Vojty Hanuše, vůbec mě to nebavilo.
Nevím o čem to bylo, ale bylo to dobrý.
An anthology of Clarke’s short stories. Great read!
Další Čapkova trefná metafora
Čapkova další trefná metafora
Česká sci-fi klasika.
Česká sci-fi klasika
Česká sci-fi klasika.
Česká sci-fi klasika.
Knížka, kterou jsem si opakovaně půjčoval z adamovské knihovny. Byl jsem snad jediný.