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Book summaries, reviews and discussions. We aim to teach the big ideas from the most popular non-fiction books. We cover a wide-range of topics including, psychology, communication, personal development, habits and much more. Our aim is to make sure you learn more in less time. If you enjoyed our podcast make sure to check out our other content on our website: https://wisewords.blog/

Book Summaries by Wise Words Jes Oliphant & Tristan Alexander

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Book summaries, reviews and discussions. We aim to teach the big ideas from the most popular non-fiction books. We cover a wide-range of topics including, psychology, communication, personal development, habits and much more. Our aim is to make sure you learn more in less time. If you enjoyed our podcast make sure to check out our other content on our website: https://wisewords.blog/

    #26 - Selfie - Book Summary

    #26 - Selfie - Book Summary

    Hey wise listeners and welcome back to another episode of our wise words book summaries.
    This episode is on Selfie by Will Storr which tries to explore ‘the self’ from the perspective of the west in terms of individualism and in particular perfectionism. 

    To do this, Will Storr approaches the self from a biological, social and cultural perspective.  Tracing back the roots of individualism to Ancient Greece, he is able to show how the conceptualisation of the self has evolved through different historical periods and become what it is today. 
    Jes and I touch on all three components with the odd detour now and then just to mix it up. Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties, we cut out halfway through but we rectified the issue in the post. 
    We hope you enjoy it, it is a fascinating book which gives you a lot to think about especially as the need to portray oneself as perfect is constantly increasing with the help of social media.
    If you enjoy it, you know what to do, give us a like or leave us a comment so that we can know what you thought about it. Also, make sure to subscribe to our channel so that you can be kept up to date when we next bring out another episode. But until then, here is Selfie by Will Storr.
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    #25 - Social Warming - Book Summary

    #25 - Social Warming - Book Summary

    This episode on Social Warming by Charles Arthur takes a look at social media platforms and their negative effects on society caused by their business model as well as their increasing size; such as the breakdown of trust, the increase in fake news, and political polarisation.
    He uses real-world examples of how social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and WhatsApp have all played a role in the breakdown of society in one way or another. 
    Jes and I explore a lot in this episode, touching on the three main areas mentioned previously as well as haywire algorithms, the consequences of amplifying negative and false information, the problems of incentivising lies and fake news, and finally the erosion of democracy.
    This is a poignant episode as currently, over 4 billion people in the world use some form of social media, and as this increases, so will the problems related to them. With a better understanding of how these platforms work, we can put forward solutions that focus on individual and societal commonalities rather than just differences.
    So with that being said, we hope you enjoy it, and if so, make sure you show us some love by leaving us a like, commenting or subscribing to our channel, because frankly why wouldn’t you, its free knowledge at your fingertips.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Short Intros Ep.2 - Philosophy of Science

    Short Intros Ep.2 - Philosophy of Science

    Hello good people and welcome to another episode of our Wise Words Short Intros.

    Today we build on top of our previous episode on philosophy by summarising  'A very Short Introduction to Philosophy of Science.' this is a fantastic book that really makes you question, what is science? I highly recommend it as it gives you another tool to your toolbox for understanding the world and getting that one step closer to the truth.

    We explore a lot of areas in regard to philosophy science, such as;
    What is science?Scientific InferenceExplanation of ScienceRealism and Anti-realismScientific change and scientific revolutionsHow this can be applied to human behaviourIf this sounds of interest, do give it a listen and if you enjoy what you hear, do let us know, whether that be by leaving a like, following us or subscribing to our channel, it all makes a difference.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    #24 - 12 more Rules for Life (Part 2) - Book Summary

    #24 - 12 more Rules for Life (Part 2) - Book Summary

    Welcome back to the 2nd part of Beyond Order, 12 More Rule for Life. 

    In this episode, we will be covering the other 6 rules, these being:
    Rule 7: Work as Hard as You Possibly Can on At Least One Thing and See What HappensRule 8: Try to Make One Room in Your Home as Beautiful As PossibleRule 9: If Old Memories Still Upset You, Write Them Down Carefully and CompletelyRule 10: Plan and Work Diligently to Maintain Romance in Your RelationshipRule 11: Do Not Allow Yourself to Become Resentful, Deceitful, or ArrogantRule 12: Be Grateful in Spite of Your SufferingIf you enjoyed the first 6 then you’re definitely going to love these. We cover topics such as goals, values, beauty, morality, relationships, and much much more. 
    If you enjoy it, you know what to do, hit that like button below and make sure you subscribe so you know when a new episode is released. 
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    • 58 min
    #23 - 12 More Rules for Life (Part 1) - Book Summary

    #23 - 12 More Rules for Life (Part 1) - Book Summary

    If you’ve been tuning in to our previous episodes you would’ve realised Jes and I are big fans of JBP (that is Jordan B. Peterson), so we thought it was about time we should summarise his new book '12 More Rules for Life - Beyond Order.' This book is in line with the previous book episodes on  Shattered Assumptions and Evil as it conveys the same underlying concept of overcoming adversity and self-transformation.

     Now just like the last JBP book we summarised, we will also be splitting this into two episodes of 6 rules, that way we can cover all of it but in sufficient detail.
    The rules we will be summarising today are:
    Rule 1: Do not Carelessly Denigrate Social Institutions or Creative AchievementsRule 2: Imagine Who You Could Be and then Aim Single-mindedly at ThatRule 3: Do Not Hide Unwanted Things in the FogRule 4: Notice that Opportunity Lurks Where Responsibility has Been Abdicated Rule 5: Do Not Do What You HateRule 6: Abandon IdeologyIf you’re a fan of JBP (and frankly even if you’re not) you’re gonna love this. If you do, you know what to do, just click that little 'like' button below and then do yourself a favour and subscribe so you can be made aware when we next bring out another episode. We hope you enjoy it.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Short Intros Ep.1 - Philosophy

    Short Intros Ep.1 - Philosophy

    Hello good people and welcome to our new series 'Short Intros.'

    We are going to be moving on from our Roam Recap series to focus on summarising books from the 'Very Short Introduction (VSI)' series published by Oxford University Press. 

    The VSI is a book series that introduces different subjects in a concise manner and is aimed at a general audience but written by experts. If you haven’t heard of them go and check them out. They are amazing and give you a real insight into practically any topic you can think of. I think there are around 630 of them as we speak and they bring out new ones every year, so if you ever feel like you need to dive into a subject, these books are perfect. 

    Today we are reviewing 'A very Short Introduction to Philosophy.' We explore the three main questions posed in the book such as; what should we do? how do we know? and what am I? Each of these questions has been tackled by many famous philosophers and so we touch on a lot of their work throughout this recording. We also explore a lot of the isms such as materialism, idealism, dualism, rationalism, empiricism, scepticism and more. 

    If this sounds of interest, do give it a listen and if you enjoy what you hear, do let us know, whether that be by leaving a like, following us or subscribing to our channel, it all makes a difference.
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    • 1 hr 20 min

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