This small book makes a big impact.
If you've never contemplated the enigma that is consciousness this is a great place to start. It will make you look at your morning cup of tea or coffee and wonder, what if all matter in the Universe has a level of consciousness we do not, and may never, understand?
This book is a meditation, a philosophical treatise, an interrogation of the way humans experience time. And let me tell you, we've got it all wrong. With carefully balanced blocks of reasoning and scientific theories, Rovelli builds a new understanding of the way we hold memory, history, each moment. You don't have to be a scientist or a philosopher to embrace this book, you only have to be human.
Growing up in the Sixties and Seventies off-the-grid, I learned to milk a cow, bake bread, fill and clean kerosene lamps, sew and mend clothes, and knit. I worked painting houses, doing construction, and gardening. In place of pay, I experienced a deep sense of satisfaction in doing a good job just for the love of it. In Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford explains why this kind of doing and making brings such satisfaction, how our inherent need for meaningful work has been manufactured out of (most of) our daily lives, and what we can do about it. Sure, the book came out almost 10 years ago, but the concepts are timeless. Give it a read!
A master-class in literary criticism, critical theory, and art history, Illuminations is a must-read. Hannah Arendt's introduction gracefully captures Benjamin's tragic and compelling biography. In the current political environment, it is important to reflect on the immortal work of this man, whose life was ended too soon by nationalism and racism.