This is a collection of some of the books, movies, music, and more that influence who I am and how I see the world.
I fervently believe in the power of self-education, and I have no doubts that grappling with and implementing the ideas in these books is one of the greatest contributors in getting me to where I am today.
Blogs & Newsletters
There's an old saying that you become the average of the people with whom you spend your time. I like that idea, but I really believe that you become the average of the ideas with which you spend your time. Therefore, I try to be very intentional about the ideas with which I fill my mind, and these are some of the blogs and newsletters that I rely on to serve that purpose.
Articles & Academic Papers
I've spent literally thousands of hours reading articles and struggling to understand academic papers. Out of the thousands of pieces I've read, this is a small collection of some of the ones I found to be most powerful.
Videos & Podcasts
Before college, I used to listen to TED Talks, course lectures, and other videos and podcasts during passive activities like eating, riding the bus to school, and so on. Virtually every moment of passive time during my high school career was spent engaging in self-educational content. I do this far more infrequently now because college has afforded me far less passive time, but these remain some of my favorites.
I love movies that are just fantastical enough to make you feel as though you're being immersed in another world but just realistic or familiar enough that the themes they explore feel like they can apply to your own life. Themes like the duality of man, liberty versus security, and sanity & reality are explored by my favorite works, and believe it or not, they can have a very real impact in framing the way I look at the world.
Bands & Composers (See What I'm Listening to on Cymbal)
My taste in music is pretty strange: the only things I really listen to are film/video game/television background music and progressive rock. I also have a penchant for concept albums.
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