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Ask HN: What books do you wish your manager would read?

jbob2000: An important read for anyone in technology. It changed how I approach and appreciate technology.

Ask HN: What book impacted your life the most and how?

323454: As a scientist, it helped me to realise that the quest for truth is only a tool: I have to choose my own goal.

Ask HN: Which non-technology book has influenced you the most and why?

randcraw: While it's also a tale of travel and self-exploration (the rediscovery of identity after a nervous breakdown and shock therapy), mostly the book is about thinking. I was a different person after identifying with the narrator who also lived in the mind, and asked questions about basic concepts like 'quality', or qualia of events, objects, roles, and the subjective/objective values they embody or we impart on them. A watershed book for me.

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Ask HN: Which books do you wish you'd read earlier in life?

oceanghost: It appeals to a certain type of thinker. For me, it was for confirmation that there was another individual in the universe whose brain worked like mine. This alone was a revelation, even aside from the book's profundity.

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Ask HN: What was the one book that you read and it actually changed your life?

toastermoster: I'm pretty sure from that point on I started going down the same rabbit hole as the protagonist. The results of that are a bit of a mixed bag to be honest, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?

gorb314: This book changed my worldview too. For me more the idea that the world is how you perceive it, that events and objects have more than one aspect, property or interpretation.

Townley: Some of my favorite passages pertain to the awareness of-and management of- one's internal motivation and thought process when attempting to do good work. ...

Roelven: It has shaped my thinking on 'what is good' or 'what does quality' mean. As an engineer it is easy to appreciate the author slowly going insane about the details he keeps coming back to, and as a human it is invaluable to have an understanding yourself of when something is 'good'. Highly recommended.

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Ask HN: Best books you read in the past decade?

Insanity: It's older than a decade (about 4 decades old actually) but I only read it a few years ago when I studied philosophy and it left quite an impression on me, food for thought.

ljm: I have no words for this except that it was profound and I was ready for it.

Ask HN: Best books you read in 2012

rehack: A book on philosophy, can go as deep as you like. Was written over 25 years ago, but feels very fresh. My key take away from this book was that you should be humble enough to appreciate various models of the world - e.g. Science or Religion.

Ask HN: What book changed your life in 2014?

thenomad: If you haven't read this book, do. Absolutely and without question life-changing. Also contains the best description and explanation of the scientific method I've ever read - so good that I put the book on the curriculum of a course on online advertising I ran this year!

kitbrennan: The book looks at what it means to say something has 'quality'. It didn't teach me any new philosophical methods or theories, but it did make me look at my own work differently and start asking: how can I make something with the highest quality? What compromises that quality? What is a method that leads to the highest quality?