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Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?

A reddit user asks Neil deGrasse Tyson: Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?

Tyson responded with the following list:

  1. The Bible – “to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.”
  2. The System of the World by Isaac Newton – “to learn that the universe is a knowable place.”
  3. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (free) – “to learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth.”
  4. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift – “to learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are Yahoos.”
  5. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine (free) – “to learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world.”
  6. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (free) – “to learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself.”
  7. The Art of War by Sun Tsu (free) – “to learn that the act of killing fellow humans can be raised to an art.”
  8. The Prince by Machiavelli (free) – “to learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it.”

Tyson concludes by saying: “If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.”

(H/T Open Cutlure)