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Review of 'Trustworthy Online Controlled Experiments' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

While the beginning was frenetic and somewhat puzzling as it was obviously written by a group of people, it slowly starts to raise questions you normally don't ask.
Like long-term effects, learning effects, reverse testing, A/A testing to make sure your setup isn't leaking noise and errors.
I like it a lot.

The only thing I would ask to improve is the math part, some parts could be explained more. I had some algebra 10 years ago, but I'd appreciate a more down-to-earth approach, to say the least.
Nevertheless, this book is a solid milestone, you can only dive deeper from here on.
Just ask the right questions and this book will guide you.

Oliver Burkeman: Four Thousand Weeks (Hardcover, 2021, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 4 stars

The average human lifespan is absurdly, outrageously, insultingly brief: if you live to 80, you …

Review of 'Four Thousand Weeks' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

As 'books' these days, he tries to blame nearly everything related to depression and one's search for meaning for today's way of leaving.
He tells us to know we are going to die soon, get rid of the aspirations as we won't achieve the majority of them and do less for ourselves exclusively as there won't be anyone to judge that we failed.
In his opinion, this enlightenment, such a great resignation and such a terrible settlement for less is going to make us happy.

He is trying to cover everything without going to deep.
He basically touches every bit of our modern day lives without looking under the hood hence the book seem to be very shallow and lacks the 'juice'.

Last thing, Oliver.
There is this one thing you failed to mentioned in the book, something I almost consider a crime.
Consciously you failed to mention the regret …

The resident psychology experts on Goop offer a program to reach one's potential by activating …

Review of 'Coming Alive' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

the friend of mine gave me a voucher so I wasted it for 2 books written by these 2 shrinks;
the first one was junk imho, this one might have something to it but then the whole development you are starting to trust and believe... gets destroyed by some nonsense about Towers - being dead and imagining your resurrection full of flowers and collywobbles.

a piece (p.124):
"Twelve suns in a circle lined up directly over your head. Summon the Vortex (capital letter) by silently screaming the world "help" at them with focused intensity. This will set the entire circle of suns spinning, creating a gentle tornado-shaped vortex."
There is a constant effort to fuck up everything you have read - the reasoning behind situations taken from their practice (I hope these are true-ish stories) by introducing imaginary Vortexes, Mothers and loving Fathers, Black Suns etc;
I am sure it …

Review of 'Tools' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

The tools are basically well advertised ways to 'feel the cosmic power'.
I am not even joking, that's what they basically say.
Moreover, one of the authors claims to be atheist who had a difficult time to feel the cosmic love everyone else felt.

That's a fucking mystery to me.
There are 2 advices I found useful, not that those are new or revolutionary in any way - well known things addressed by Aurelius or Seneca, or even Gracian.
You take positive psychology, religion, exotic 'teachings' of the 60s, coaching and voila - find another sucker to fall for it.
I don't know what's worse - Robbins or Stutz. Both sell hope and, thanks to Jonah Hill, the entrapment worked, I actually bought 2 damned 'books' as they call them.

Don't waste your time.
Read Jack London.
Read Emerson.
Read Jung.
Read Peterson for fuck's sake.

Don't play with cosmic …

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow (Paperback, 1991, Harper Perennial) 4 stars

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience …

Review of 'Flow' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

this book wouldn't lose even a bit of the important if it were half its size;
lots of water, and unusual side notes that don't relate that much to stuff he writes 2-3 pages prior;
I guess the ever-green byproducts of popular science and self-help brochures will never cease to exist.
Too much to earn in the 'feel-good inc' business.

Some ideas are good, but these are much older than all the 'studies' done by the author.
But given the sporadic nature of his writings - it jumps from topic to topic, back and forth, so you never know what the case he made was actually about.
The collection of stories is ok.
The book - not so much.