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1331 · 2010-05-22 · Original thread
I recommend two authors, listed below with Amazon links to their most famous books:

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gaius · 2008-08-08 · Original thread

It's socially acceptable, even desirable, to lack technical skills. Witness the number of people who will happily proclaim they're no good at maths or whatever. Western culture (presently) doesn't value effort or accomplishment - you're supposed to succeed "just for being you", like a reality TV star, pop idol, etc. History will not reward this decadence.

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