I keep getting asked, “How do you know this?”, “Where did you learn that?”. So I decided to start documenting all the books, podcasts, articles, videos, research, and other items of knowledge that I devour every month. I wish I had started this sooner, so many great pieces of information that I would love to be reminded of, and therefore improve retention/remembering the information over time.
Another question I get asked a lot is; “How do you go through so many audio books and podcasts every month?”, or simpler “How do you find time?”.
The answer: Multi-task or bundle this activity. Listen while driving, cleaning, and exercising. I also try to speed up the audio, up to 2x faster (depending on the speaker and the subject matter). You can speed it up in the settings of most audio book and podcast apps, and YouTube videos can be sped up as well, if needed.
I’ll be posting a recap every month with the list of books, podcasts, and other helpful knowledge sources. It’s exciting to see the different topics that I explore, you may see a trend each month or maybe it’s a random assortment of information. I hope this is interesting or helpful for others, as well as for my own documentation and remembering what I have read! Haha! I wish I had started this sooner. Maybe I can make a list for books and podcasts that stand out from the past few years. It would be great to look back and remember those.
Now here is the list from October 2019. For this month, there is a bit of a theme around exploring consciousness and the universe. And it’s Halloween month so there is a spooky podcast in there too!
October 2019 – Books & Podcasts List
Books (Audio books mostly)
Mind and Cosmos by Thomas Nagel
On Having No Head by D. E. Harding
Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind by Annaka Harris
The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch (still in progress)
Podcasts & Videos
From Cells to Cities with Geoffrey West | Making Sense with Sam Harris #86
Edward Snowden – Joe Rogan Experience #1368
Katie Mack on How the Universe Will End | Sean Carroll’s Mindscape Podcast #70
And the Call Was Coming From the Basement | This American Life Podcast #319
How to Practice Emotional First Aid | Ted Talk by Guy Winch
Guided Yoga Nidra (20 minutes) | YouTube Video by Lizzy Hill
Super Quick Alignment Meditation | YouTube Video by Steve Nobel
Daily Guided Meditations with Sam Harris | YouTube Videos by Sam Harris (even more are available through his Waking Up app)
Articles, Blogs, Maps Satellite and Wikipedia 😉
Too many to name, but I will try to document this in the future.
I read so many articles every day. I also go on tangents on Google Maps Satellite View, which allows me to travel the world and see satellite images of the terrain, the streets, buildings, and people of rural and urban areas all over the world. This in turn gets me curious about so many things so I will read the Wikipedia page and then get launched into additional research. Then the marketing algorithms know what I have been looking at, so they give me ads for more articles on those kinds of subjects so I end up learning even more because BBC or NY Times posted an article about this or that topic I was just researching. It’s kinda cool, but also a bit scary. I am interested to start documenting more in this section, although it will be harder to track because I consume so much content so quickly (all the more reason to track it, if you ask me!).