The best books to alter your world view

Colin R. Turner Author Of F-Day: The Second Dawn Of Man
By Colin R. Turner

The Books I Picked & Why

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

By Douglas R. Hofstadter

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Why this book?

This was my bible during my awkward teenage years. Hofstadter takes the reader on a fascinating odyssey through maths, logic, music, and art, recklessly blurring the lines between art and science, describing the emergent patterns that repeat all around us – a fractal universe forever repeating itself at the galactic and molecular level. It’s a heady and intoxicating read, but richly rewarding. I can’t imagine not having read this book.


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The God Delusion

By Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion

Why this book?

I remain to this day fascinated by religion and the mechanisms on which it flourishes. While I have never been religious and wasted quite a few years entrenched in the atheist camp, these days I’m far more interested in how religion and the god story makes itself attractive, and why such ideas have propagated successfully again and again throughout human history. 

I believe by understanding how this mechanism works, we can solve many of the challenges that arise from dogmatic and polarizing belief systems today. It was also this book that Dawkins first challenged my belief of a map's North being ‘up’. I never looked at a map the same way since.


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Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil

By Paul Levy

Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil

Why this book?

As someone who campaigns for a better way to operate spaceship Earth, Dispelling Wetiko was the precise slap in the face I needed to break free from the spell that has captured so many would-be change-makers like myself. It’s so easy to look around and point the finger at those who benefit most from the world’s problems as being the cause agents when nothing could be further from the truth. 

It is our collective hopes, our weaknesses, and our fears – multiplied in their billions – that create the super-structure that billionaires enjoy. Levy defines this as a collective psychosis of humanity that wreaks havoc on the world around us – a psychosis that we must face down before we can hope to defeat it.


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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

By Charles Eisenstein

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Why this book?

If you haven’t yet read Eisenstein, then I promise you you are intellectually and emotionally impoverished by that lack. Charles Eisenstein has such an extraordinary deep insight into the human condition and interconnectedness, coupled with an astounding level of humility in the wonder of what he doesn’t yet know, that he will leave you feeling at once masterful in your own destiny and humbled by the world and the great possibilities that lie tantalisingly close if we are just a shade braver and reach for it.


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The Secret

By Rhonda Byrne

The Secret

Why this book?

This may be seen as an odd inclusion by me to this list, but there are lessons in this book that are impossible to ignore. Mostly, how our private thoughts shape the outcomes we receive. It’s easy to dismiss Byrne’s ideas of a universal law of attraction in a hyper-rational world where magic no longer has a place, but, for me, what she describes is not magical at all. 

It merely reminds us that the reality we each experience is nothing more and nothing less than our own private interpretation of the universe, based on the sum of our experiences. Life is entirely subjective to the liver, and if we can shape our thoughts towards the kind of life that we want to see, then we can literally (within reason) create that life for ourselves.


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