8 Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

Although this is a few years old, here is Neil deGrasse Tyson’s answer to the question: Which books should be read by every intelligent person on the planet?

  1. The Bible (public library; free ebook), 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 (public library; free ebook) by Isaac Newton, to learn that the universe is a knowable place

  3. On the Origin of Species (public library; free ebook) by Charles Darwin, to learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth

  4. Gulliver’s Travels (public library; free ebook) by Jonathan Swift, to learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are Yahoos

  5. The Age of Reason (public library; free ebook) by Thomas Paine, to learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world

  6. The Wealth of Nations (public library; free ebook) by Adam Smith, to learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself

  7. The Art of War (public library; free ebook) by Sun Tzu, to learn that the act of killing fellow humans can be raised to an art

  8. The Prince (public library; free ebook) by Machiavelli, 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

If you’re interested, the thoughtful people at BrainPickings.org have a little more to add on the subject.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/12/29/neil-degrasse-tyson-reading-list/