Mark Zuckerberg Facebook CEO has mission: ‘To connect people around the world’.
He’s one aim that’s why last year he decided to launch a Facebook-based book club, with a reading books list that focused on “dissimilar cultures, opinions, technologies and histories.”
He ended the year with 23 selections in his A Year of Books reading group.
We’ve put together a reading book list of his picks and why he considers everyone should read them.
“While much of what was believed then is now disproven after 700 more years of progress, it’s still very interesting to see what was understood at this time and the overall worldview when it’s all considered together,” Zuckerberg say.
“I’ve been interested in learning about criminal justice reform for a while, and this book was highly recommended by several people I trust,” Zuckerberg say.
Zuckerberg writes that “he chose this book to better understand the origins of global poverty”.
“I’m interested to see which idea resonates more after exploring both frameworks,” Zuckerberg say.
“It’s mind-blowing that almost half the world–almost 3 billion people–live on $2.50 a day or less. More than one billion people live on $1 a day or less,”
“I hope reading this provides some insight into ways we can all work to support them better as well.” Zuckerberg say.
It’s “about foreign relations and how we can build peaceful relationships throughout the world,”
“This is important for creating the world we all want for our children, and that’s what I’m thinking about these days.” Zuckerberg say.
“When I read Sapiens, I found the chapter on the evolution of the role of religion in human life most interesting and something I wanted to go deeper on,” Zuckerberg say.
“I love reading first-hand accounts about how people build great companies like Pixar and nurture innovation and creativity,” Zuckerberg say.
“Following The Muqaddimah, which was a history from the perspective of an intellectual in the 1300s, Sapiens is a contemporary exploration of many similar questions,” Zuckerberg say.
Zuckerberg thinks that being aware of how scientific breakthroughs are the catalysts for social progression can be a “force for social good.”
“Over the last 35 years, China has experienced one of the greatest economic and social transformations in human history, Hundreds of millions of people have moved out of poverty. By many measures, China has done more to lift people out of poverty than the whole rest of the world combined.” Zuckerberg say.
Zuckerberg’s final selection of the year was Oxford physicist David Deutsch’s The Beginning of Infinity, a sprawling look at the progress of humanity following the Scientific Revolution. It touches on everything from art and science to politics and philosophy.
Zuckerberg says that “this 800-page, data-rich book from a Harvard psychologist can seem intimidating.
It should be noted that Bill Gates also considers this one of the most important books he’s ever read.”
“This book aims to tell a history of humanity from the perspective of genetics rather than sociology,”
“This should complement the other broad histories I’ve read this year.” Zuckerberg say.
“The trend towards giving people more power is one I believe in deeply,” Zuckerberg say.
Zuckerberg say that” Biss’s investigation into the benefits of vaccination is necessary to read, considering the anti-vaccination movement in the U.S. and parts of Europe.”
“The science is completely clear: Vaccinations work and are important for the health of everyone in our community,” Zuckerberg say, adding that this book was highly recommended to him by scientists and public-health workers.
“This book explores the reasons why some people question vaccines, and then logically explains why the doubts are unfounded and vaccines are in fact effective and safe,” he says.
Zuckerberg say that he chose the book because he’s “very interested in what causes innovation–what kinds of people, questions, and environments.”
Zuckerberg say that “it’s a fun break from some of the heavier material he’s been reading in his book club.”
Zuckerberg say that Venkatesh’s story is a stirring one of statement and empathetic through financial and cultural barriers.
“The more we all have a voice to share our perspectives, the more empathy we have for each other and the more we respect each other’s rights”
Zuckerberg says that “he went with a sci-fi choice as a ‘change of pace.’ The novel is also one of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s favorite books because of its entertaining way of exploring plausible advancements in technology.”
“After seeing how history has actually played out, Huber’s fiction describes how tools like the internet benefit people and change society for the better,” Zuckerberg say.
“It explores important topics around how energy works, how our production and use might evolve, and how this affects climate change,” Zuckerberg say.
“The book is about the concept of ‘common knowledge’ and how people process the world not only based on what we personally know, but what we know other people know and our shared knowledge as well,” Zuckerberg say.
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