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Following the percent allocation:

  • 25% psychology
  • 20% computer science/computer history
  • 30% software engineering/development
  • 25% misc/whatever

I agree with the computer science and software engineering that @ben said, too. I'm putting more emphasis on psychology since I think there's a lot of value in learning how people behave. Psychology has also helped me understand a lot about myself, too.

The other 25% is really to give me freedom to do whatever, since I have a lot of varied interests.

Awesome thought experiment by the way.


Thanks! I.'m surprised to see psychology come up as often as it has. Would you have any recommendations (books, talks, courses etc.)?


I think any updated psychology textbook will give you a good groundwork, although probably boring. Vlogbrothers on Youtube have a Crash Course on Psychology.

Some books I have read are more pop psychology as opposed to traditional (and usually more scientific) psychology, but I would still recommend them. Some are even in the self-help area, but were useful to me:

  • Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  • Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen Covey
  • Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (on my to read)
  • Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Lubner (not really psychology, but an interesting book that I recently read)
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