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Books that taught me how to think

Cody Kittle
The list author says: "These are the books that have largely shaped my intellect and my ability to think."
Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
"This book opens a door to critical thinking, it is the most valuable and entertaining book on the list.  Its imperialist economics, bringing methods of regression and other fun things into world where people don't like numbers as much as chitchatter."
Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition
Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition
"This book is so clear and concise, and so powerful and thought provoking, it will absolutely have an effect on your beliefs, no matter what they are."
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
"For those interested in developing an understanding and appreciation for literature, this book is an easy read that is eye opening."
Stumbling on Happiness
Stumbling on Happiness
"Ever said to yourself that if something happened you'd be devastated?  Whether its you or a loved one getting cancer, or becoming paralyzed or going bankrupt or anything else that you think would strip you of your happiness you might want to think again."
Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity
Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity
"An examination of economics not based on the regular old physical/human capital but instead a new idea of social capital that is largely shaped by culture.  Its dense, but absolutely fulfilling, especially the second half.  It provides insight on global poverty, economic gaps, social norms, and how and why some nations have prospered while others have experienced relatively little growth"
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
"It'll give you all kinds of new perspective on life and the meaning of it."
A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time
"If you love the elegant universe, follow up with this one.  Reading the writing of Hawking is getting a glimpse into the geniuses mind.  Every page will blow your mind."
The Wisdom of Crowds
The Wisdom of Crowds
"This book shows the practical strength of harvesting information, knowledge, and ideas from many instead of a few. It has very fun anecdotes and will leave a lasting impression."
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
"Regardless of how you feel about religion, this book is an example of what strong argumentation in writing looks like."