Mike at Crime & Federalism wants reading suggestions. He prefers practical non-fiction and enjoys “books that are that are hybrids of insight and practicality.”
Here are my suggestions:
Armchair Economist by Steven Landsburg. It’s about thinking carefully about incentives and how people respond to them. Good for thinking about public policy, but I’ve also found this way of thinking useful in other ways, such as how to structure a business deal so both sides have an incentive to do the right thing.
A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness by V. S. Ramachandran. A few glimpses of the modern way of thinking about thinking.
Anatomy of Movement by Blandine C. Germain. How your muscles and skeleton work, with lots of diagrams. If this doesn’t sound useful now, just wait until you get older
Anybody else have ideas?