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The Best Textbooks on Every Subject

It has a fairly large appendix (~70 pgs) of recommended reading and sample tests/examples at the end of the book. It also has several sections on reading subject specific matter i.e. How to read History, Philosophy, Science, Practical books, etc. It also covers agreeing or disagreeing with an author, fairly criticizing a book, aids to reading. I think reading strategies may have been too narrow a choice of words. It really covers the "Art of Reading". A good set of English classes would probably cover similar ground, although I didn't see anything like this in my high school or undergraduate education.

The Best Textbooks on Every Subject

While the following isn't really a textbook, I highly recommend it for helping you to improve your skill as a reader. "How to Read a Book" by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren. It covers a variety of different techniques from how to analytically take apart a book to inspectional techniques for getting a quick overview of a book.

I never knew how to read analytically, I had never been taught any techniques for actually learning from a book. I always just assumed you read through it passively.

http://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Book-Touchstone-book/dp/0671212095

Delayed Solutions Game

Moved, Thanks Manfred

Delayed Solutions Game

What goals do you have your breakfast fulfilling? Inexpensive? Weight gain/loss? Taste?

Does the type/kind of breakfast have a larger or smaller impact your later mental state?

I think that actually thinking about breakfast for a little time would actually prove beneficial depending on your goals. I don't think you'll require a large amount of time, but you can spend a few minutes thinking about it. Those few minutes could have net positive or negative impact on your future self that day.

edit moved, originally posted it as a top level comment and not as a reply. Sorry

Rationality Quotes: December 2010

I don't know if this quote has already shown up, but it's one of my favorites.

"Consider this: You are the architect of your own imprisonment."

-- Macros the Black (from Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga)

Pittsburgh meetup Nov. 20

I really enjoyed meeting all the other Pittsburgh Less Wrongers last night. I agree with Matt about turning this into a more regular event.

Collecting and hoarding crap, useless information

I suffer from this ailment, I don't have much physical "stuff" (well I do have a fairly decent number of books, but they don't take a lot of space). I do have a large collection of very useful, but not-yet-studied/read electronic material. Mostly I find it a clever form of work avoidance. I go out and find something shiny and new rather than focus on what I need/feel obligated to work on.