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President Arif Alvi talks about a few of his favorite books

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President Arif Alvi turning the pages of certainly one of his favorite books. — Screengrab from video courtesy YouTube/The President of Pakistan

President Arif Alvi on Sunday whereas sharing what he considers the most effective reads of 2020 in his view, referred to as for the promotion of a guide studying tradition within the nation.

The president, in a video message, suggested the folks, notably the youth to develop the behavior of studying to reinforce their publicity to the world and assist suppress biases.

He stated he recurrently research books on a spread of subjects from present affairs to laptop science and tries to disseminate his data to the plenty by means of his speeches.

The president shared a listing of books he learn final yr, encompassing topics together with Islamic historical past, capitalism, historical past of the subcontinent, upheaval and exploitation in nations, human psychology, riots in India, physics, and synthetic intelligence.

He stated apart from the books advisable by him, folks must also learn any helpful materials of their selection — as long as they have interaction within the exercise.

The president stated in terms of acquiring the huge quantity of data revealed in books, he considers his life too brief to understand all of it.

He additionally confirmed notes he took whereas studying numerous books, which he hopes to compile at a later stage.

“I do nothing else but read books during travel, be it by car or air. I study books as I go home. Though I get few chances to read books in office, I do it when there is some gap,” he remarked.

High suggestions

The president, who had additionally beforehand shared his greatest reads of 2019, put at high a guide “Revelations” by Meraj Mohiuddin, presenting all kinds of scholarly viewpoints on the story of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) and Quranic revelation.

He additionally strongly advisable “Art of Thinking Clearly” by Rolf Dobelli on human psychology and reasoning. The guide factors out round 100 biases present in people, meant for self-examination and strategies to keep away from them.

Different books advisable by the president included “Capital and Ideology” by Thomas Piketty (on financial inequalities and suggesting outlines for fairer financial system), “Anarchy” by William Dalrymple (on rise of East India Firm and financial prosperity in subcontinent), “Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis” by Jared Diamond (on the historical past of various nations like Japan, Soviet Union and their efforts to beat crises), and “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty” by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson (on an exploitative society which begets change and results in revolution).

He stated presently, the identical battle is happening in Pakistan in opposition to the corrupt rulers and system.

President Alvi additionally advisable “The Metric Society: On the Quantification of the Social” by Steffen Mau (on measurement and analysis within the society), and “The Huge Image” by Sean M. Carroll and Sean B. Carroll (on a scientific worldview and exploration of God).

The tech-savvy president also suggested people read “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” by Deckle Edge (how science is advancing and becoming a challenge for humanity) and “Superintelligence” by Nick Bostrom (on the growing influence of machines and possible replacement of humans by super intelligence).

Other than his 10 favourite reads from last year, the president also suggested “The End of India” by Khushwant Singh (on communal violence in Gujarat in 2002 and rise of religious fundamentalism in India), “Gujarat Recordsdata” by Rana Ayub, Allama Iqbal’s “The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam” and M J Akbar’s Riot After Riot: Stories on Caste and Communal Violence in India”.

Different books advisable by the president included “Protocol” by Capricia Penavic Marshall, “Makers of Modern Sindh” by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh (on lifetime of Sindh’s distinguished figures), “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama, “Jinnah and Tilak: Comrades in the Freedom Struggle” by AG Noorani, “Tuba” by Shah Baligh-ud-Din, “The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple and “World Enough and Time” by Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan.

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