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Books: They’re What’s for Dinner!

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Okay, it’s been a couple of weeks. Let’s do some book recommendations backstory
on this segment. I used to do these weekly, the segments did
terribly on YouTube. We stopped doing them, but due to popular
demand, people said, David, please bring back the book recommendation, so I’m doing this
like every two to three weeks. I will will remind you, and this is what hopefully
will make this a worthwhile to continue doing. If you go to David pakman.com/recommendations
you will find all of these recommendations and others with Amazon links where if you
buy them through the links at David pakman.com/recommendations we get a slice like Andrew Yang likes to say,
a slice of an Amazon transaction. We get a slice of your Amazon transaction. If you use the links at David pakman.com/recommendations
to buy these books. I’ve got two nonfiction books here and two
fiction books. Let’s get right into it. First one, nonfiction life 3.0 by max Tegmark. This is a great book about artificial intelligence. I believe that it was build Gates who had
recommended this one, at least put it on my radar. Very, very good because it is not hyperbolic. This book life 3.0 we’ll take all of the different
fears and hypotheses around the development of artificial intelligence and it will sort
of like simmer down and speak in much more measured ways about the risks and the possibilities
of artificial intelligence. I highly recommend it. It has some parts in it that you can sort
of skip depending on your knowledge of technology. I just read the entire thing. Um, but definitely don’t miss this one. Life 3.0 by max Tegmark second nonfiction
book today. This one I read, uh, about a year ago. This is called traffic by Tom Vanderbilt. This is a book about traffic on the roads
and it will explain to you there. So traffic is interesting because the, the,
the concept of traffic is interesting because there are like mathematical elements to understanding
why is it that we’re going so slowly if there is no crash, like what, what’s causing this
slow down? I don’t understand that. What is the most efficient means of merging
when there is emerge? There are a lot of, a lot of mathematical
considerations around traffic, but there’s also a lot of sociology and culture around
how highway systems are designed in different countries. Um, there are probably other examples that
I’m forgetting here. This book, uh, discusses a lot of that traffic,
why we drive the way we do and what it says about us by Tom Vanderbilt. Get it, enjoy it. If you don’t drive, you will certainly get
pleasure out of, uh, taking public transit after reading this book. For sure. Let’s now do two fiction recommendations. All right. Now this one I was very hesitant to, so I,
I in general, I’m kind of hesitant often to jump into authors that do like the massive
bestsellers that sometimes feel sort of like there for the lowest common denominator. And I don’t say that at any kind of, I dunno,
pejorative way, but like I’ve never read a Stephen King book up until a few months ago. I just kind of resisted the craze around it. Whatever this book is really worth reading. It’s a big one. It is 21, a New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. I’ve read nothing else by Kim Stanley Robinson
in my life. This was thoroughly enjoyable without passing
any judgment of any kind on any other work by Robinson. This is a great book because it combines great
readability, interesting characters with the issue of climate change, climate, destabilization
of rising sea wa a sea level. And a lot of the stuff that we’re dealing
with today, I don’t know that I need to say much more about it, but if you’re into Saifai,
if you’re into climate change, dystopian sort of stuff, this is a great book. It is about 600 pages. It goes quickly. It really is a quick read, as quick as 600
pages can be. And lastly, this was recommended to me by,
um, a writer, Elliott pepper, who I will sometimes trade recommendations with and whose books
I recommended before. It is called ABA. God row Corp or avocado corporation is what
it stands for. Avogadro’s corporation in the book. This is by William Hertling. This is a place holder for a sort of massive
multinational could be Google, like could be Apple, like you know that type of company
and it is, let’s see, how much do I want to say about it? Let’s just say that it takes, you know how
Gmail now has this feature where it has predictive text. If you haven’t turned on as you’re writing,
it will consider what it is likely you are going to write and let you auto fill. It will say, Oh, you’re probably, if you start
saying, um, let’s figure out tomorrow whether we can increase, it might add in the prices
if it knows that you’re often talking about increasing or decreasing prices or whatever. The book jumps off from the idea of a more
advanced version of that Gmail feature that doesn’t do predictive text on the basis of
what it thinks you are likely to want to say. But it actually can restructure emails on
the basis of who the recipient is to make them more influential when the recipient gets
that email. So I might write a sales email and the function
might say, Oh, based on who it’s going to, here’s how that email could be rewritten to
make it more likely that you’re going to make a sale. That’s the idea and it expands from there
into the problems that come from that. Really, really good. It’s actually kind of good to pair this as
a fiction book. Oh, with life 3.0 by max Tegmark so check
these out, all of these and many more recommendations available at David pakman.com/recommendations
any links you use on that page to buy these or other books, we will get a slice of those
Amazon purchases, which is a really, really great thing and I appreciate everybody who
is already doing that.

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81 thoughts on “Books: They’re What’s for Dinner!”

  1. Jacques Souvenir says:

    🤣 😂 pakman’s fanbase don’t read

  2. zo1dberg says:

    Recommended: 12 rules for life. Sort yourselves out, lefties!

  3. Greenest Hue says:

    I just finished my first reading of War and Peace. I say first reading because it is such a titanic book that I'm sure I will get as much out of it the second time I read it. I recommend it to anyone.

  4. Saima Baig says:

    My current read: IQ 84 by Haruki Murakami

  5. Gary Turbo says:

    I needed a book about AI

  6. onefatstratcat says:

    Books?? What do we need books for… We have free porn! 🙂

  7. holly Stevia says:

    This is actually one of my favorite Segments on the show! Thanks for the Recommendations David !

  8. Robo Blue says:

    In the age of Trump I thought that title was literal.

  9. Quixotic Indiscipline says:

    Keep bringing the book segments!

  10. Ebenizer B. Schlestertrapp Dumoulin says:

    Me, I"m still in the weeds. I just started Nietzsche's Beyond Good And Evil. But I love it!

  11. djames2322 says:

    Wow! Really wasn't expecting the part where David gets crushed to death by the new platinum edition of Infinite Jest falling from the sky

  12. Skum Night Shyamalan says:

    But are their pictures?

  13. Timothy David says:

    No Pakman, you can't get a slice of Amazon's profit LOL WTF.

  14. Kurtis Rader says:

    I recently read the Kim Stanley Robinson book "New York 2140". I'm not a fan of his writing. But is well worth a read for a realistic look at what life might be like if we don't do something soon about man made climate change.

  15. John Prodject says:

    Traffic has been sitting on my coffee table for months… maybe I should get around to it…

  16. snakebte1 says:

    I personally really like KimSR. I haven’t read NY 2140, but it wouldn’t be his first SF book dealing with climate change (cf. his 40/50/60 trilogy).

  17. Silent Earthquake says:

    Read Maxim Gorky’s “ My Childhood” a self biography from someone who without proper education, where instead your hard work’s experiences becomes your universities, writes one of the most beautiful books ever written! He was actually friends with Lenin.

  18. John Lewis says:

    I would like to recommend a book I'm reading called "Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe" by Roger McNamee. As one would expect from the title, its about how Facebook is bad. Specifically how Facebook is bad for political life, privacy concerns and misuse of data to manipulate people. It is interesting and has a lot of rather concerning information in it. The first 100 pages or so are a bit rough and not super interesting but it seems to be improving now that he has set the stage for the rest of the book. As for fiction, I'd recommend the wonderful book by Neil Gaiman call "Anansi Boys." Feel free to comment with some books I should read. I'm always looking for new and interesting things to read.

  19. Marcos Rocha Jr. says:

    Sorry in advance for I know this isnt the right place. The way we take out Warren is by asking and pressuring her on her foreign policy. No One Is Doing This and we are in War ALL OVER the world. Foreign policy is her achilles heal. I can feel it! We should not belittle this limitation of Warren. #Bernie2020

  20. Raymond Nickolas says:

    Book recommendation: Dr. Thomas Stark Truth Series.

  21. Make it simple says:

    Well, since we are at it, what manga would you recommend David?

  22. Nora Liliannita says:

    Yaaas for books

  23. Supreme SkillSets says:

    Who the fuck would read that shit lmao jk I might give the traffic book a try.

  24. Furthermore ASMR says:

    YAY!

  25. janglestick says:

    #1 for short reading should always be Smedley Butler's "War is a Racket". It always applies regardless of current era.

  26. Nora Liliannita says:

    Wow I have contimplated traffic alot in my life lol gonna need to get that book. It was u expected but that does seem interesting

  27. F J says:

    Unfortunately a lot of people don’t even read. It’s kind of bizarre

  28. Nothing BurgerKing says:

    Max Tegmark, his one dementional physics is cool.
    Also, way to brag about reading an entire book David.
    I've heard when its 100% automated traffic, the space between parallel cars on the highway will be like 3 feet! Yikes, that would take some getting use to

  29. Totaled1991 says:

    Gonna try and pick up one of those. They all sounded interesting

  30. Ninja Tribble says:

    What are these "books" of which you speak?

  31. The Memes of Destruction says:

    I like books!

  32. Amara Jordan says:

    That traffic book is my next nonfiction I’ll get! Thanks! I’ve read a book about Seeds (the Triumph of Seeds) four or five times and am still so interested in it. I’m always interested in traffic stuff. I know these segments aren’t huge for you, but I love them!! I’m generally reading four books at once (fiction, nonfiction, fantasy or sci-fi, and memoir or biography, one of those being an audiobook) and I really enjoy getting recommendations from people outside my bubble. Super!

  33. jack mack says:

    KSRobinson wrote RedMars, Green Mars and Blue Mars. 5/7 would recommend.

  34. Sunnernite Sunnernite says:

    One that I recommend is chariot of the gods by Eric Von Daniken. Read it in middle school. I was in to the ancient astronaut theory at the time and loved the book

  35. facite non victimarum says:

    I think he'll make a video about anything that pops into his mind as long as he can say his own name over and over again and watch his own face continually.

    Holy narcissism Batman!

  36. Ruth Sheridan says:

    I love Books! So glad they still exist! Thanks David,your a real pal! Blessings

  37. Nothing BurgerKing says:

    Remember "Slice" (A Registered trademark of the Coke-A-Cola company)
    T'was, and may still be, an orange flavored, carbonated candy water. Arch enemy of toothpaste & floss and un rivaled by any other orange flavored soft drink apart from Oringina, Hi-C and Frutopia if I'm not mistaken. Hawian Punch comes close but is without a citrus persuasion. You'll remember it being the preferred beverage of the lovable and kooky Kel, of Keenan and Kel and Goodburger fame!

  38. A B says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwGtkusno9A

  39. Eric Felds says:

    Stoked to see this segment back!

  40. Exavior31 says:

    "Books! They are what's for dinner!" – post brexit UK

  41. Gustav Gnöttgen says:

    That segment now is… the appendix lol

    #lovetheshowgoodtohaveyouback

  42. Jakob Kosir says:

    Have you read anything from Hitchens?

  43. Blynky Land says:

    I got someone Delta-V based on your advice. He says it's good so far. 😀

  44. John sweda says:

    That what you do in your spare time David Counting Cars.
    Really you get pleasure taking public transport after reading it….! I think it will probably shock you more

  45. chris joseph says:

    I try my best not to buy books through Amazon.

  46. james b says:

    Yeah I was gonna say just do it 1-2 times a month.

  47. niriop says:

    I finished off Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There last night, and it remains insanely relevant on our celebrity political culture and the fallacies of the punditocracy.

    I recommend the Dustin Hoffman audio version.

  48. John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt says:

    Love it David, thanks for the recommendations!

  49. Leso Varen says:

    Raymond E. Feist = Best modern fantasy writer

  50. Daniel Katz says:

    very smart about books , nice

  51. Daniel Katz says:

    David m who are you ? this consummate educator non condescending friend to all citizens , and a fellow yid

  52. Daniel Katz says:

    that Ahh Was a compliment

  53. wesley rodgers says:

    Dragons egg. Robert L Forward. Life on a neutron star.

  54. Vincent Belanger says:

    Sometimes I see Amazon US links redirect to Amazon Canada, but the links on your website don't do that. I love these segments, though.

  55. Daniel Katz says:

    i’m getting ovogadro

  56. Wind Over Wingz says:

    Can't believe it has come to this but appreciate it just the same. It used to be a link to a quirky website that gave good book recommendations but now all we have is a guy on a video recommending books. How the internet has rapidly disintegrated.

  57. Vinicio Ledezma says:

    email content personalization has been around over a decade in several email marketing platforms but is not suitable for individual users maybe that’s the next breakthrough

  58. Irene Haralabatos says:

    Unfortunately, New York 2019 is already dealing with climate change.

  59. Irene Haralabatos says:

    Oh, I find the gmail predictive text so annoying

  60. Karen Byrd says:

    Margaret Atwood deserves the Nobel prize. Will she get it? Probably not. Ignoring Stephen King means that David would have ignored Dickens who had a similar kind of "tabloid" fame and popularity during the 19th century.

  61. Nocturnal Recluse says:

    Conservatives hate books…regressives pretend to like them.

  62. BFKC says:

    Max Tegmark is a fantastic physicist.

  63. King Achmed Detroit says:

    Read this book called pale settlement

  64. Sean O'Gary says:

    keep these up please

  65. Sean O'Gary says:

    Stephen King is a pheneomenal writer and should not be said to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

  66. John Dally says:

    I love your book recommendations. Even though I read all the time, and pride myself on being up on the latest titles, I always learn about new titles from you. I wish you would link to Powells.com rather than the evil empire, but I understand that every little bit helps keep your channel going. I contribute to you on Patreon, btw.

  67. Nickelini says:

    Love these segments

  68. DrGalazkiewicz says:

    Is that Elliot Pepper who wrote the Uncommon Stock books?

  69. Elias says:

    Nice! Kim Stanley Robinson is probably my favorite author. He does sci-fi like no one else. Many times it feels like a documentary. It feels real and humane. I just read his book Aurora a while ago and it was great. Politically Stanley Robinson is pretty left leaning so there are some critiques of current capitalist system and free markets in his works which is usually well-thought and interesting.

  70. D - 503 says:

    This segment is the best. I'm reading Ice by Anna Kavan. If you like Kafka I recommend to check this out.
    I'm gonna start Sean Carroll's newest Something Deeply Hidden soon. Quantum physics and especially the many-worlds interpretation of it. Let's see how that goes.

  71. Betty Veronica says:

    @TheDavidPakmanShow Yay! Thank you for public transit shout-out!

  72. Davinna Artibey says:

    Just placed a hold on Life 3.0 at my public library. Appreciate the recommendation. Please keep them coming. Some day I hope to be as informed as you!

  73. SaphricPCGaming says:

    Who still reads in 2019? Losers.

  74. Ryan O'Rourke says:

    Do I cook the books now?

  75. S Brown says:

    Kim Stanley Robinson is great. New York 2140 was good and has interesting parallels to what we talk about today politically. I think AOC would like it. But his book 2312 is even better. I loved it.

  76. Max Ramos says:

    All people named Max are awesome in unique ways

  77. Jaime Sherrill says:

    Everyone should be forced to read traffic and learn how to drive

  78. Oliver225 S. says:

    Love your podcast !!! I’m a subscriber! I listen as i get ready for work and I can listen to you and actually learn something , become informed. I don’t feel like Im losing brain cells 😆

  79. Sam Burns says:

    David, it sounds like you're the one who moved the goalposts here, and you arguably did so condescendingly, as if you were inconvenienced. I get that you like Warren, and consider her to be especially progressive, but she has a past that includes debateable positions.

  80. A Swaney says:

    You resisted reading Stephen King books until recently because of the popular craze? Way to show your snobbery, David 😝😝😝

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