Looking for books that will change how you see the world? Want the best nonfiction books to guide you to enhance your understanding and perception of reality? These books will help you get started.
Challenge your perception
We all have some idea about our reality. We see and hear things and we believe them to be a certain way. However, reality may not be what you make of it. There are some excellent books that can challenge how you see the world and completely alter the way you perceive it. By introducing us to various theories and phenomena, the best nonfiction books can help us expand our mind and look at our reality in a new way.
Best nonfiction books you must read
Here are 7 great books that will change what you believe you know about reality and give you a lot to think about.
1. The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
Published in 1997 by renowned physicist David Deutsch, this book covers everything from quantum computers, the multiverse, the physics of time travel, the reality of nature, the significance of human life, the limitations of virtual reality and even the fate of our universe. The book focuses on how quantum mechanics can help us understand reality and posits the multiverse hypothesis, part of the four-strand Theory of Everything (TOE).
The Fabric of Reality provides detailed explanations on various topics that are presently being researched. It offers a clear and detailed explanation of new physics and disciplines related to our existence for scientists and normal readers alike.
Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist and author, writes “A no holds barred work of non-fiction that vastly deepens the rabbit hole by dropping an atomic wormhole right smack in the middle of it. A delicious read for the scientifically minded who are looking to shatter their mental paradigms and think outside of the box of mere simplistic reductive reasoning.”
2. The Labyrinth of Time: The Illusion of Past, Present and Future by Anthony Peake
This book posits an extraordinary hypothesis that focuses on the connection between reality and consciousness. It deals with the phenomenon of deja vu which Anthony Peake identifies as deja vecu. Peake talks about the perception shattering idea that we tend to live the same life repeatedly and we possess that capacity to alter our outcomes. Apart from deja vu, the book covers many other fascinating hypotheses like altered states, near-death experience, precognition etc. It even features accounts of contemporary time theories like stages of hypnotic trance, precognitive dreams, the elasticity of time during severe stress and time slips.
This is one of the best nonfiction books that offers you a different look at the notion of time and how it has manipulated our perception of reality. Robert A. Charman of The Society for Psychical Research says “The reader will learn much from this book about our theories of time, including lots of intriguing clinical case histories and neurological experiments on time perception.”
3. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
Published in 1979, this book explores concepts related to intelligence, symmetry and mathematics. It shows us how systems can be meaningful even though they might be meaningless elements through formal rules and self-reference. Also known as GEB, the book reveals how cognition appears from concealed neurological mechanisms. The book shows how we can store and represent knowledge, what communication actually means and the basic idea of “meaning.”
Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach won the National Book Award for Science and the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. The author outlines how the formal system associated with mental activity rises above the system it’s based on. Hofstadter discusses how computers may achieve human-level intelligence based on the idea that consciousness comes from a formal system of neurons.