Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller The importance of money in our lives is readily apparent to everyone rich, poor, and in between However grudgingly, most of us accept the expression Money makes the world go round as a universal truth We are all aware of the power of money how it influences our moods, compels us to take risks, and serves as the yardA New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller The importance of money in our lives is readily apparent to everyone rich, poor, and in between However grudgingly, most of us accept the expression Money makes the world go round as a universal truth We are all aware of the power of money how it influences our moods, compels us to take risks, and serves as the yardstick of success in societies around the world Yet because we take the daily reality of money so completely for granted, we seldom question how and why it has come to play such a central role in our lives.In Coined The Rich Life of Money And How Its History Has Shaped Us, author Kabir Sehgal casts aside our workaday assumptions about money and takes the reader on a global quest to uncover a deeper understanding of the relationship between money and humankind More than a mere history of its subject, Coined probes the conceptual origins and evolution of money by examining it through the multiple lenses of disciplines as varied as biology, psychology, anthropology, and theology Coined is not only a profoundly informative discussion of the concept of money, but it is also an endlessly fascinating and entertaining take on the nature of humanity and the inner workings of the mind.
Coined The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller The importance of money in our lives is readily apparent to everyone rich poor and in between However grudgingly most of us accept the expression

  • Title: Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us
  • Author: Kabir Sehgal
  • ISBN: 9781455578528
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Latviešu valodā populārzinātniskas grāmatas iznāk daudz par maz. Protams, ne man pavēlēt izdevējiem izdot izglītojošu nozaru literatūru, bet, spriežot pēc esošās situācijas, cilvēki to praktiski nelasa. Patiešām izcilas grāmatas izdevniecības pārdod daudzus gadus par arvien zemākām cenām. Tādēļ katru reizi, kad iznāk kāda no populārzinātniskajām grāmatām, es cenšos pie viņas tikt. Šajā gadījumā gan sanāk nedaudz liekulīgi, jo nebalsoju par grāmatu ar [...]

    2. Coined is written as though the author were a very bright high school or college student, not quite versed in the way the world works, but eager to show off all the extensive scholastic research he's done to try to figure it out. If you like lots of footnotes, new and different rapid-fire academic references in almost every paragraph, and sentences like this"Researchers used brain scans to discover that the ventral pallidum (which is part of the ventral striatum that includes the nucleus accumbe [...]

    3. "In this highly readable book, he offers an enthusiastic romp through the history, philosophy, and even the neuroscience of money, broken up by firsthand accounts akin to travelogue. The result is a frequently fascinating, occasionally platitudinous and loopy, but consistently entertaining account of the grand, pocket-size social contract that makes the world go round. Coined is, as its name suggests, a somewhat improvisational collection of facts, theories, and anecdotes that, like the objects [...]

    4. Very dry. Kabir Sehgal speaks elementary to his readers when he tries to draw connections with phenomena; he rambles on in unnecessary explanation when he could have done one sentence referencing the metaphor (i.e. explaining in gruesome detail how bees pollinate and how it's similar to the concept of currency exchange). Would not recommend unless you're extremely interested in the psychology and history behind money.

    5. Show me the money!This was an interesting read on something we use and rely upon every day. I liked how he talked about the exchange of money being like biological symbiosis. Money affects us multiple ways, but we should avoid making it into an idol to worship.

    6. I was looking for something on the history of money in my local bookshop and picked this book up. I expected it to be a thought provoking one. Well, it was in some way and I put some of my observations down here.In the page 132 the author claims-“Borrowers will be less troubled by unexpected increases in inflation because it erodes the value of money over time, which means they will pay back the lender with money that is worth less than it is today.”Well, being the vice president of J. P. Mo [...]

    7. What is the book really about? Another entry in my tour through the philosophy of money. A good stop along that path. Sehgal considers a lot of issues: what in our brains seem to make us accept the idea of money, seem to make us want money, and trust or distrust various concepts of money. He ponders the history of money in different cultures, considers whether money grew out of barter or out of credit (credit wins here), discusses the concept of backing symbolic money with so-called "precious" m [...]

    8. As an Indian i was very curious to read this book right from the day of its launch and i must say that Kabir has done an amazing job in describing the origin, form and function of money. But i believe that somewhere in the middle the theme of the book moves in some other direction. I had read sapiens before reading this book and i would say that sapiens by yuval noah hararri also describes the function of money in similar way but more elegantly.

    9. First interdisciplinary look at money and economic life that I've tackled. Surprisingly each to follow. The brain science was enlightening -- money's been around long enough we're hard-wired to respond to it! Who knew! I enjoyed the chapter on coins most, though.

    10. รวบรวมความคิดเกี่ยวกับเงินตรา โดยแบ่งการนำเสนอออกเป็นสามด้านคือทางชีววิทยา ทางเศรษฐกิจ และทางจิตใจกับศาสนาบรรณานุกรมหนาและรายละเอียดอ้างอิงเยอะ เหมาะเป็นจุดเร่ิมต้นในการ [...]

    11. I enjoyed this book. I had never given that much thought regarding either the psychology/neurobiology behind money (and worth), plus the wide range of religious thought from four large religions dedicated to thoughts about money, wealth, and value was quite illuminating as well. The hard/soft money debate was well thought-out and delivered. I can see that in future arguments with hard money types that I'll be better armed rhetorically :)I recommend this book to anyone who would like to begin stu [...]

    12. I received this book from a giveaway. Very interesting topic and thoroughly researched. If you are someone interested in finance, financial accounting, etc then this book might not be for you as it appeals more to a general audience, but I found it to be very readable (I am not a finance person). Some parts were extremely detailed (bordering on tedious), but overall the flow was good and kept me interested enough to keep reading. Writing style was easy to follow and the author is good at explai [...]

    13. A well researched book on an interesting topic. There are plenty of facts and anecdotes that make it a must read for anyone looking to develop a deeper understanding of money, currencies and finance but certain chapters like the ones in the last part of the book made it feel very disjointed and sophomoric. I think it would have benefited from a bit more editing to draw it all together and give it a greater coherence.There were too many spots where I felt like my interest was waining and I had to [...]

    14. Good overview of money, how we relate to it, how it affects us, how we crave it and sometimes let it rule us. However, the last part where, the spiritual one, citing religious texts and how the moral compass from all is to not fall in love with money, not to hoard it and be generous lacked a little I think of basis from the first part or was too separated from it to show how generosity is also pleasurable. Regardless of that it is a good read.

    15. "When I realized I could do nothing to ease all that suffering , I felt the arrogance of knowledge and learning begin to melt away"So true, Knowledge is supposed to liberate!What should come with knowledge and learning is not only skills but also empathy,fulfillment of desires and NOT(Mind over matter) rather the reverse.The only book after Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" that captivated me with its simple and fluid writing and story.Kudos Kabir.

    16. ในฐานะหนอนหนังสืออยากจะบอกว่าคนเขียนอ่านหนังสือมาเยอะมาก ๆๆๆๆรู้ลึกรู้จริง โหดมาก(ผู้แต่งคนไหนที่ไม่แน่นจริง เวลาอ่านบางทีจะสังเกตเห็นได้เลย)ส่วนผู้แปลก็แปลได้สละสลวยมากถ [...]

    17. Money is an extremely powerful force. We evolved to use it to collaborate more effectively and survive in the wild. The financial choices we make are influenced by our emotions; and our values often stem from how we treat and treasure money. Money has changed a great deal since it was developed, and it’s clear that money will continue to evolve, especially as technology progresses.

    18. A breezy collection of reflections on money, where it came from, what it means. And where it's going. Some sections are MUCH better than others, and it feels a bit like mr. Sehgal's editor told him he had to get to 250 paged to publish. That said, the middle section is great, and I love how he brings science and religion into the topic

    19. I decided to read this book after seeing Kabir Sehgal at Austin's Bookpeople. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. Based on his talk at Bookpeople, I was expecting more of a focus on monetary policy and economics, but as the subtitle says, the main focus was really the history of money.

    20. The book is a good compilation of facts and ideas related to money but in doing so it lacks centrality of idea,means you may get confused why the author has given a particular information. At the same time author has failed to evoke a point of view.

    21. This is a really interesting book, just not at all what I was expecting. Sehgal looks at money from the perspective of mind, body, and spirit, rather than tracking the history of money (coins/paper). It is more about how we think about money than money itself.

    22. I won this book in a drawing.An entertaining and informative study of money, its history and its meaning. While focusing in the main on ancient history, it also spends time on the present and the future. I found it a good read for the casual historian.

    23. The book is exceptionally well researched, detailed, and thorough. It explains, describes, and informs on the topic of currency from every possible angle.

    24. A fascinating read on the practical symbol called "currency," including biology, economic use, history, art, and symbolism. Want to know about money? This book is good place to start.

    25. A very good idea but a somewhat weaker execution. A continuous feeling of déjà vu, proportionate to the number of footnotes.

    26. History and possible future of money in different civilizations. Also alternatives of money: barter, Bitcoin, etcIt also talk about gold and it relation to money.

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