The Predictive Mind by Jakob Hohwy
A wonderful introduction to the world of Predictive Processing in an easily digestible format. If you look closer at the preface, you will also find familiar names and realise that Hohwy was a lecturer at AU in the early two-thousands.
METACOGNITIVE DIVERSITY by Joëlle Proust
If you are interested in meta-cognition, this book presents an insightful overview over different approaches to it from an interdisciplinary angle (e.g. religion studies, developmental psychology).
The Human Brain Colouring Book
If you had enough of reading, colouring in brains and lobes can be surprisingly calming
Time of the Magicians
This book by Eilenberger is a well researched narrative about four influential thinkers (Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer and Heidegger) and their lives and philosophies. Interesting background and links. For example, did you know that Heidegger and Hannah Arendt were a couple?
The model thinker
What are models? Why should we absolutely use them, whenever doing serious thinking? Why should we absolutely distrust them and pitch them against each other?
What is all this fuzz about deep learning? What are its basic concepts? What are the strengths and deep limitations?
Calculus as you have never seen it. A vertiginous trip through the mind-bending discovery of infinitesimals.
Extra : Honorable mentions
Pearl, Causal Inference in Statistics - A Primer.
Sometimes a correlation does imply causation. When, how, WTF? A little book with exercises trying to guide you through causal inference issues in a meta-statistical way: causality can be found in statistical models given the assumptions you make about the underlying mechanisms.
King. Gods of the upper air
Enfield. How we talk
Jakson. The human network
Henrich. The secret of our success
Centola - Change: How to Make Big Things Happen
Christian - The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values
Lindsay - Models of the Mind: How Physics, Engineering and Mathematics Have Shaped Our Understanding of the Brain
Cobb - The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience
Wonderful stories where people are flawed in more interesting ways and magic is mostly about learning how not to use it:
Pratchett - the Tiffany series
LeGuin - Earthsea series
Rebekah Brita Baglini
Algorithms to Live By (Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths)
The Book of Why (Dana Mackenzie and Judea Pearl)
The Linguistics Wars (Randy Allen Harris)
Sebastian Scott Engen
- ‘LiveWired’ will invigorate your deepest desires to do CogSci research 💖 It’s a catalog of exciting anecdotes related to Brain Plasticity (or rather “livewiring”)
- ‘Surfaces and Essences’ is a looonnnnggggg book for the few who likes getting one idea hammered into their head with Thor’s thunder⚡ In this case, it’s that one idea is ‘Analogies are the fuel and fire of everything we hold dear’ 💗 Additionally, one of the chapters (basically a separate book) turned out being the best thing I’ve ever read on Einstein 🍬
- ‘The Most Human Human’ will give you a wacky introduction to grim parts of people’s personalities by exploring just how chatbots have been built to trick us into believing they’re real humans 🥳🥳🥳🤖🥳🥳🥳
- ‘How Emotions Are Made’ will give you a sensible introduction to the finetuning of emotions across cultures and wrecks a lot of outdated research in the process 🔥
- In ‘The Secret To Our Success,’ one of Havard’s epic evolutionary thinkers will take you on a ride that will make you appreciate new sides of life 🌄
- ‘Becoming Human’ is a beautiful introduction to Tomasello that I enjoyed while instructing the CogCom classes 🌅🌇🌅
- ‘Models of the mind’ is high on my To-Read List, and so is anything by Melanie Mitchel ✨✨✨
- ‘Childhood’s End’ has an intriguing take on emergence 🍀
- ‘To be taught if fortunate’ will make you fall in love with anthropology 💗 It’s beautiful 💝
- How to Create a Mind
- Politics and the English Language
- Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
- How to Actually Change Your Mind
- I Am a Strange Loop
- Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
- The Alignment Problem by Brian Christian
- Blueprint for Revolution
- The Book of Joy
- Black Swan by Nassim Nicolas Taleb
- The Fifth Science by Exurb1a. A fantastic collection of short sci-fi stories about consciousness.
- Logic Beach by Exurb1a. Awesome sci-fi story of computational physics.
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
A wonderful book, which is still relevant. The Demon-Haunted World discusses how prone we are as humans to misinterpret our perceptions. It’s a soft approach to scientific skepticism that doesn’t attack those who fall prey to logicial fallacies and cognitive biases, instead Sagan points out the problems and offers ways to avoid them. He has an writing style that often approaches the poetic. It’s likely you may even know a quote of his from another work “Pale Blue Dot”.
- The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism: An extremely smart of how tech companies are creating a new kind of capitalism - a must read if you want to work in tech without destroying humanity :))
- Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies: The Bible of AI Safety! Bostrom takes you on a tour de force of why making AI safe is an incredibly difficult and important problem.
- Brave New World: A Classic for a reason - it really highlights how difficult it is to create a pleasing utopia