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Naval Ravikant is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com) and Vast.com. He is an active Angel investor, and have invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo.
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Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
by Robert B. Cialdini (Aug 07, 2008)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard P. Feynman (Feb 05, 2018)
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A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on ...
The Sovereign Individual
Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
by James Dale Davidson (Aug 25, 1999)
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Two renowned investment advisors and authors of the bestseller The Great Reckoning bring to light both currents of disaster and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The Sovereign Individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of...
Naval Ravikant
Feb 11, 2020
This is the best book I've read since Sapiens (far less mainstream, though).     source
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The Untethered Soul
The Journey Beyond Yourself
by Michael A. Singer (Oct 02, 2007)
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What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul—now a #1 New York Times bestseller—offers simple yet profound answers to these questions.Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the...
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Spiritual Warfare
Book Three of The Enlightenment Trilogy
by Jed McKenna (Oct 01, 2011)
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Guns and bombs are children's toys. A true war wages, and you're invited. IT'S AN INVITATION you may not be able to accept if you want to, or decline if you don't. It's an invitation to fight in a war like no other; a war where loss is counted as gain, surrender as victory, and where the enemy you must face, an enemy of unimaginable superiority, i...
Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment
Book Two of The Enlightenment Trilogy
by Jed McKenna (Oct 01, 2011)
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Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment Isn't One Kind of Enlightenment - It's the Only KindTHE MARK OF A TRUE MASTER is that he can express a subject of the utmost complexity with uncanny simplicity. Jed McKenna is such a master, and spiritual enlightenment is his subject.His first book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, was an instant cla...
Calculus Made Easy
by Silvanus P. Thompson (Oct 14, 1998)
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Calculus Made Easy has long been the most popular calculus primer, and this major revision of the classic math text makes the subject at hand still more comprehensible to readers of all levels. With a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, Cal...
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The annual labour of every nation is the fund which originally supplies it with all the necessaries and conveniencies of life which it annually consumes, and which consist always either in the immediate produce of that labour, or in what is purchased with that produce from other nations.According, therefore, as this produce, or what is purchased wi...
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Batman Noir
The Dark Knight Returns
by Frank Miller (Jun 08, 2015)
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It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off aga...
Spiritual Enlightenment, the Damnedest Thing
Book One of The Enlightenment Trilogy
by Jed McKenna (Oct 01, 2011)
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From a Spiritual Master Unlike Any, A Spiritual Masterpiece Like No OtherAUTHOR, TEACHER AND SPIRITUAL MASTER Jed McKenna tells it like it's never been told before. A true American original, Jed succeeds where countless others have failed by reducing this highest of attainments - Spiritual Enlightenment - to the simplest of terms.Effectively demys...
A Pattern Language
Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)
by Christopher Alexander (Dec 31, 1976)
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At the core of A Pattern Language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages,’ which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable m...
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Awareness
The Perils and Opportunities of Reality
by Anthony De Mello (Apr 30, 1992)
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The heart of Anthony de Mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis.In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenge...
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Permutation City
A Novel
by Greg Egan (Sep 15, 2014)
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What happens when your digital self overpowers your physical self?A life in Permutation City is unlike any life to which you’re accustomed. You have Eternal Life, the power to live forever. Immortality is a real thing, just not the thing you’d expect.Life is just electronic code. You have been digitized, scanned, and downloaded into a virtual reali...
The Order of Time
by Carlo Rovelli (Dec 09, 2019)
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One of TIME's Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 "Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . The Order of Time is a dazzling book." --The Sunday Times From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, comes a concise, elegant exploration of time.Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist...
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An indispensable work for understanding the life and teachings of one of the most unusual mystics and philosophers of our time. Ten years have past since, in the words of his attending physician, Osho prepared for his departure from the body that had served him for fifty-nine years "as calmly as though he were packing for a weekend in the country."...
Lord of Light
by Roger Zelazny (Mar 29, 2010)
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Skin in the Game
Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Feb 26, 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibilityIn his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed...
Naval Ravikant
Jul 05, 2018
The best book I've read in 2018, I highly recommend it. Lots of great ideas in there. Lots of good mental models and constructs. He has a bit of an attitude, but he has that because he's brilliant, and it's okay. So just look past the attitude and read the book, learn the concepts. It's one of the best business books I've ever read. And luckily, it doesn't masquerade as a business book.     source
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Nexus
by Ramez Naam (Dec 31, 2000)
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Mankind gets an upgradeIn the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link humans together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it.When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, hes thrust over his head into a world of danger and int...
Transmetropolitan Book One
by Warren Ellis (Feb 25, 2019)
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In a future where consumerism, superficiality and corruption reign supreme, outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem has decided to stop sitting by idly and watching the world crumble around him. Back in the saddle, no one in The City is safe.After years of self-imposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spi...
Batman
The Dark Knight
by Frank Miller (Sep 18, 2017)
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One of the most highly anticipated sequels of all-time is finally here in BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE! In 1986, Frank Miller introduced his iconic take on Batman and changed the face of comics forever. Now, three decades after BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Miller himself has returned with a third chapter to his groundbreaking saga. BATM...
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Planetary Book One
by Warren Ellis (Jul 17, 2017)
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From critically acclaimed author Warren Ellis (THE AUTHORITY, TRANSMETROPOLITAN) and artist John Cassaday comes the ultimate collection of PLANETARY in PLANETARY BOOK ONE.This book collects the adventures of Elijah Snow, a powerful hundred-year-old man, Jakita Wagner, an extremely powerful but bored woman, and the Drummer, a man with the ability to...
The Unwritten
The Deluxe Edition Book One
by Mike Carey (Dec 19, 2016)
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New York Times best-selling series!Stories Are the Only Thing Worth Dying ForTom Taylor has spent his entire life as a hostage to his father s literary legacy. Wilson Taylor's wildly successful 13-volume series chronicling the adventures of a bespectacled boy wizard named Tommy Taylor made him the most popular author on Earth and destroyed his son'...
The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1
by Neil Gaiman (Sep 02, 2013)
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A New York Times Bestseller!The Sandman is the universally lauded masterwork following Morpheus, Lord of the Dreaming--a vast hallucinatory landscape housing all the dreams of any and everyone who's ever existed. Regardless of cultures or historical eras, all dreamers visit Morpheus' realm--be they gods, demons, muses, mythical creatures, or simply...
V for Vendetta
by Alan Moore (Oct 23, 2008)
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A new trade paperback edition of the graphic novel that inspired the hit movie!A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet.In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything com...
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Sun Rises in the Evening
by Bhagwan Rajneesh (Feb 29, 1980)
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The Three-Body Problem
by Cixin Liu (Jan 11, 2016)
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The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization o...
Letters from a Stoic
by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Jul 29, 1969)
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The power and wealth which Seneca the Younger (c.4 B.C. - A.D. 65) acquired as Nero's minister were in conflict with his Stoic beliefs. Nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. The Stoic philosophy which Seneca professed in his writings, later supported by Marcus Aurelius, provided Rome with a passable bridge to Christianity. Seneca's...
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Freedom from the Known
by Jiddu Krishnamurti (Mar 09, 2009)
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Think on These Things
by Jiddu Krishnamurti (Oct 10, 1989)
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The material contained in this volume was originally presented in the form of talks to students, teachers and parents in India, but its keen penetration and lucid simplicity will be deeply meaningful to thoughtful people everywhere, of all ages, and in every walk of life. Krishnamurti examines with characteristic objectivity and insight the express...
Why Information Grows
The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies
by Cesar Hidalgo (Jun 01, 2015)
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Why do some nations prosper while others do not? Economists usually turn to measures such as gross domestic product or per capita income to answer this question, but interdisciplinary theorist Cesar Hidalgo argues that we can learn more by measuring a country’s ability to make complex products.In Why Information Grows, Hidalgo combines the seemingl...
The Elephant in the Brain
Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
by Kevin Simler (Jan 01, 2018)
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Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. Our brains, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather, but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise. The less we know about our own ugly motives, the better - an...
Foundation
by Isaac Asimov (Apr 28, 2008)
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For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in th...
Reality Is Not What It Seems
The Journey to Quantum Gravity
by Carlo Rovelli (Jan 22, 2018)
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"The man who makes physics sexy . . . the scientist they're calling the next Stephen Hawking." --The Times Magazine From the New York Times-bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and the forthcoming The Order of Time, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe.What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and...
Homo Deus
A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari (Sep 03, 2018)
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Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans...
The Lord of the Rings
50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
by J.R.R. Tolkien (Dec 31, 2004)
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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it ...
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Feb 04, 1999)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
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The Third Wave
An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future
by Steve Case (Apr 17, 2017)
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The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller from Steve Case—the co-founder of AOL—presents “a compelling roadmap for the future…that can help us make sense of the technological changes reshaping our economy and the world. A fascinating read” (Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.org).Steve Case—a pioneer who made the Int...
The Power of Now
A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle (Aug 18, 2004)
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Eckhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a wor...
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Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha
An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book (Second Edition Revised and Expanded)
by Daniel M Ingram (Jun 27, 2018)
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The very idea that Buddhist teachings can be mastered will arouse controversy within Buddhist circles. Even so, Daniel Ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use meditation as a method for examining reality rather than an opportunity to wallow in self-absorb...
Wind, Sand, and Stars
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (May 22, 2019)
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Exupery was a prize-winning novelist, professional mail pilot, airborne adventurer, war correspondent, commercial test pilot, and the author of a popular children's book The Little Prince. Wind, Sand, and Stars more than all the others is a synthesis of his skill as a writer and his life as a flier. It is a collage of anecdotes, speculations and pe...
The Diamond Age
Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)
by Neal Stephenson (May 01, 2000)
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The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is a postcyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson. It is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. The novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the ...
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Art of the Living Dead
by Adrian E. Hanft III (Oct 30, 2014)
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"The apocalypse has arrived. The zombies surround us, drawn to the pulse of creative spirit, hungry for destruction. We need heroes."Strange as it may seem, Art of the Living Dead is a book about creativity. It is a guide for protecting the living parts of your brain. Why is there so much opposition to innovation? Why does creativity come so easily...
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams (Sep 26, 1995)
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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space ai...
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Rick and Morty Book Four
Deluxe Edition (4)
by Kyle Starks (Oct 07, 2019)
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The smash-hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim]™ animated show RICK AND MORTY™ is available in its fourth deluxe hardcover collection!When aliens threaten to destroy the world (again), what happens when Jerry tries to talk 'em out of it? Nothing good! Morty and Summer need dates to the prom, but when ...
Rick and Morty Book Three
by Kyle Starks (Sep 10, 2018)
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The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK AND MORTY™ is available in its third deluxe hardcover collection!Catch up on the adventures of sociopathic genius scientist Rick Sanchez and his inherently timid grandson Morty Smith as they embark on dangerous adventures across the universe...
Rick and Morty Book Two
Deluxe Edition (2)
by Tom Fowler (Nov 06, 2017)
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The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK AND MORTY is available in its second deluxe hardcover collection! Join the excitement as depraved genius Rick Sanchez embarks on insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty across the universe and across time. Caught in the crossfire a...
Rick and Morty Book One
Deluxe Edition (1)
by Zac Gorman (Dec 05, 2016)
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The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland s hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK & MORTY is now available in its first deluxe hardcover collection! Join the excitement as depraved genius Rick Sanchez embarks on insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty across the universe and across time. Caught in the crossfire...
Waking Up
A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
by Sam Harris (Jun 15, 2015)
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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who foll...
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Genome
The Autobiography Of A Species In 23 Chapters
by Matt Ridley (May 29, 2006)
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The Red Queen
Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
by Matt Ridley (Apr 28, 2003)
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Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why men p...
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The Origins of Virtue
Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation
by Matt Ridley (Mar 31, 1998)
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If, as Darwin suggests, evolution relentlessly encourages the survival of the fittest, why are humans compelled to live in cooperative, complex societies? In this fascinating examination of the roots of human trust and virtue, a zoologist and former American editor of the Economist reveals the results of recent studies that suggest that self-intere...
The Agile Gene
How Nature Turns on Nurture by Matt Ridley (2004-07-06)
by Matt Ridley (Dec 31, 1993)
Sapiens
A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari (May 14, 2018)
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
The Rational Optimist
How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.)
by Matt Ridley (Jun 06, 2011)
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“Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.” — Los Angeles TimesIn a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an economics of hope, ...
The Truth about Carbs
How to Eat Just the Right Amount of Carbs to Slash Fat, Look Great Naked, & Live Lean Year-Round
by Nate Miyaki (Nov 25, 2014)
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Free Yourself From CarbophobiaCarbs. The very word strikes fear in the heart of many these days. They make you fat, right? And they lead to diabetes and a host of other ailments…right? Chances are, if you’re trying to lose weight, you’ve probably tried a low-carb diet. But did it work for you long-term? If you’re still stuck in the yo-yo diet rut, ...
The Salmon of Doubt
by Douglas Adams (Apr 25, 2005)
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Douglas Adams changed the face of science fiction with his cosmically comic novel The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and its classic sequels. Sadly for his countless admirers, he hitched his own ride to the great beyond much too soon. Culled posthumously from Adamss fleet of beloved Macintosh computers, this selection of essays, articles, anecdote...
Economics in One Lesson
The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics
by Henry Hazlitt (Dec 13, 1988)
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A million copy seller, Henry Hazlitts Economics in One Lesson is a classic economic primer. But it is also much more, having become a fundamental influence on modern libertarian economics of the type espoused by Ron Paul and others.Considered among the leading economic thinkers of the Austrian School, which includes Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, F...
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A Soldier of the Great War
by Mark Helprin (May 31, 2005)
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From acclaimed novelist Mark Helprin, a lush, literary epic about love, beauty, and the world at war.Alessandro Giuliani, the young son of a prosperous Roman lawyer, enjoys an idyllic life full of privilege: he races horses across the country to the sea, he climbs mountains in the Alps, and, while a student of painting at the ancient university in ...
Good Calories, Bad Calories
Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
by Gary Taubes (Sep 22, 2008)
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Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight, and DiseaseIn this groundbreaking book, the result of seven years of research in every science connected with the impact of nutrition on health, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.For decades we have been...
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The Macintosh Way
by Guy Kawasaki (Jul 31, 1989)
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Soon I Will be Invincible
by Austin Grossman (Jun 09, 2008)
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Doctor Impossibleevil genius, would-be world conquerorlanguishes in prison. Shuffling through the cafeteria line with ordinary criminals, he wonders if the smartest man in the world has done the smartest thing he could with his life. After all, he's lost every battle he's ever fought. But this prison won't hold him forever. Fatalehalf woman, half h...
The Great Book of Amber
The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber)
by Roger Zelazny (Mar 29, 2010)
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War Nerd
by Gary Brecher (Jun 30, 2008)
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Self-described war nerd Gary Brecher knows hes not alone, that theres a legion of fat, lonely Americans, stuck in stupid, paper-pushing desk jobs, who get off on reading about war because they hate their lives. But Brecher writes about war, too. War Nerd collects his most opinionated, enraging, enlightening, and entertaining pieces. Part war commen...
Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius (Apr 06, 2020)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collectors Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful b...
Naval Ravikant
Marcus Aurelius was absolutely life changing for me. It's the personal diary of the Emperor of Rome. Here's a guy who was probably the most powerful human being on Earth at the time he lived. He’s writing a diary to himself, never expecting it to be published. When you open this book, you realize he had all the same issues and all the same mental struggles, he was trying to be a better person. Right there, you figure out success and power don't improve your internal state, you still have to work on it.      source
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It
by Kamal Ravikant (Jan 06, 2020)
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THE SELF-PUBLISHED PHENOMENON —NOW FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDEDI almost didn’t publish Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It. Here I was, a CEO who’d fallen apart after his company failed, writing a book about how loving himself saved him. I thought I’d be a laughingstock and my career would be finished. But I stepped through the fears and share...
Naval Ravikant
I’ve actually been reading my brother’s book, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It. I thought it was very succinctly written. (Obviously a plug for my bro.) He’s the philosopher in the family — I’m just the amateur. He has a great line in his book. "I once asked a monk how he found peace. - "I say 'yes,'" he said. "To all that happens, I say 'yes.     source
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How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
by Michael Pollan (May 13, 2019)
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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how L...
Naval Ravikant
There's a good book Michael Pollan wrote recently called How to Change your Mind, and I think it is a brilliant book everybody should read. The book discusses psychedelics. Psychedelics are a bit of a cheat code in self-observation. I don't recommend drugs for anybody, you can do it all through pure meditation. If you want to accelerate ahead, you know, psychedelics are good for that.      source
Exhalation
Stories
by Ted Chiang (May 06, 2019)
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alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereThe universe began as an enormous breath being held.From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others — the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film Arrival — comes a ground-breaking new collection of short fiction: nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories. These are tal...
Naval Ravikant
This contemplates the marvel of thermodynamics from the best sci-fi short story writer of our age.      source
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Siddhartha
by Hermann Hesse (Oct 29, 2018)
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Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies--Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism--into a unique vision of...
Naval Ravikant
I love this as a classic book on philosophy, a good introduction for someone starting out. I’ve given out more copies of this book than any other.      source
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Jed Talks #1
Essays, Teachings, Rants & Frivolous Frivolity (2nd ed.)
by Jed McKenna (Sep 22, 2018)
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Jed McKenna is the author of The Enlightenment Trilogy (Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, and Spiritual Warfare) and The Dreamstate Trilogy (Jed McKenna's Theory of Everything: The Enlightened Perspective, Play: A Play by Jed McKenna, and Dreamstate: A Conspiracy Theory). The Jed Talks series continu...
Naval Ravikant
Everything by Jed McKenna. Jed spits raw truth. His style may be off-putting but the dedication to truth is unparalleled.     source
Jed Talks #2
Away from the Things of Man
by Jed McKenna (Sep 21, 2018)
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JT2 is the second book in the Jed Talks series by Jed McKenna, author of the Enlightenment Trilogy and the Dreamstate Trilogy.Jed McKenna is the author of The Enlightenment Trilogy (Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, and Spiritual Warfare) and The Dreamstate Trilogy (Jed McKenna's Theory of Everything...
Naval Ravikant
Everything by Jed McKenna. Jed spits raw truth. His style may be off-putting but the dedication to truth is unparalleled.     source
Direct Truth
Uncompromising, non-prescriptive Truths to the enduring questions of life
by Kapil Gupta (Jul 26, 2018)
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Prescriptions, how-to’s, self-help, guru’s, mental hacks, psychology, motivation, and the like, are things that are fundamentally unserious. They are things that move humans away from Truth. For they approach all matters from the standpoint of a “fix.” The Truth is a path away from all fixes. And away from all chases. It is for the one who is Serio...
Naval Ravikant
Everything by Kapil Gupta, MD. Kapil recently became a personal advisor and coach to me, and this comes from a person who doesn’t believe in coaches     source
Pre-Suasion
A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
by Robert Cialdini Ph.D. (Jun 04, 2018)
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The acclaimed New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller from Robert Cialdini—“the foremost expert on effective persuasion” (Harvard Business Review)—explains how it’s not necessarily the message itself that changes minds, but the key moment before you deliver that message.What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuade...
Naval Ravikant
I just finished reading Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, or I should say I just finished skimming Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini. I don’t think I needed to read the entire book to get the point, but it was still good to read what I did. It’s a great little history book.      source
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A Master's Secret Whispers
For those who abhor the noise and seek The Truth about life and living
by Kapil Gupta (Sep 10, 2017)
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Herein lie a series of dialogues between a True Master and an Authentic Student. The Master has devoted his life to unraveling the secret cures to the ills that plague every human being. Put simply, the Master has discovered The Truth. The Truth about freedom from anxiety, curing emotional pain, achieving true success, attaining clarity, cultivatin...
Naval Ravikant
Everything by Kapil Gupta, MD. Kapil recently became a personal advisor and coach to me, and this comes from a person who doesn’t believe in coaches     source
Arrival
by Ted Chiang (Oct 31, 2016)
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From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the heavens above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of time and reality... Chiang's rigorously ima...
Naval Ravikant
My current favorite short story, sci-fi short story: probably “Understand” by Ted Chiang. It’s in a collection called Stories of Your Life and Others. “Story of Your Life” was made into a movie called Arrival.      source
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The Bed of Procrustes
Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (Incerto)
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Oct 24, 2016)
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The Bed of Procrustes is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don't understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, Antifragile, and Skin in the Game.By the author of ...
Naval Ravikant
This is his collection of ancient wisdom. He is also famous for The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, and Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and Markets, all of which are worth reading.     source
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The Evolution of Everything
How New Ideas Emerge
by Matt Ridley (Oct 24, 2016)
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Human society evolves. Change in technology, language, morality, and society is incremental, inexorable, gradual, and spontaneous. It follows a narrative, going from one stage to the next, and it largely happens by trial and error—a version of natural selection. Much of the human world is the result of human action but not of human design: it emerg...
Naval Ravikant
Matt is a scientist, optimist, and forward thinker. One of my favorite authors. I’ve read everything of his, and reread everything of his.     source
Atmamun
The path to achieving the bliss of the Himalayan Swamis. And the freedom of a living God.
by Kapil Gupta MD (Apr 20, 2016)
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Everything by Kapil Gupta, MD. Kapil recently became a personal advisor and coach to me, and this comes from a person who doesn’t believe in coaches     source
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
by Carlo Rovelli (Feb 29, 2016)
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All the beauty of modern physics in fewer than a hundred pages.This is a book about the joy of discovery. A playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, it's already a major bestseller in Italy and the United Kingdom. Carlo Rovelli offers surprising—and surprisingly easy to grasp—explanations of general relativity, quantu...
Naval Ravikant
I’ve read this one at least twice.      source
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Thing Explainer
Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
by Randall Munroe (Nov 23, 2015)
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In Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, things are explained in the style of Up Goer Five, using only drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or "ten hundred") most common words. Explore computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and ...
Naval Ravikant
A great book by Randall Munroe (creator of xkcd, a very science-oriented webcomic.) In this book, he explains very complicated concepts, all the way from climate change to physical systems to submarines while only using the 1,000 most common words in the English language. He called the Saturn Five rocket “Up Goer Five.” You can’t define a rocket as a spaceship or a rocket. It’s self-referential. He says “up goer.” It’s this thing that goes up. Kids get it right away.     source
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Antifragile
Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Jan 27, 2014)
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Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestsell...
Naval Ravikant
This is his collection of ancient wisdom. He is also famous for The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, and Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and Markets, all of which are worth reading.     source
The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg (Jan 06, 2014)
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OVER 60 WEEKS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LISTWith a new Afterword by the authorIn The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that...
Naval Ravikant
Interesting, not because of its content necessarily, but because it’s good for me to always keep on top of mind how powerful my habits are.     source
Jed McKenna's Theory of Everything
The Enlightened Perspective (The Dreamstate Trilogy)
by Jed McKenna (May 09, 2013)
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We are programmed from birth to believe that our existence is an unsolvable riddle, but if we make an honest effort, then we discover that mystery itself is the riddle. Not just what is the big mystery, but why is there any mystery at all? And what if there isn't? What if the Mysterium Tremendum is just an internal belief without any external count...
Naval Ravikant
Everything by Jed McKenna. Jed spits raw truth. His style may be off-putting but the dedication to truth is unparalleled.     source
Falling into Grace
Insights on the End of Suffering
by Adyashanti (Dec 31, 2012)
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In the same way that we fall into the arms of a loved one or drop our heads on the pillow before sleep, we can let go into the beauty and truth of who and what we really are. Falling into Grace presents Adyashanti's response to anyone looking for a way out of suffering and into the freedom of spiritual awakening. With his first introductory book, h...
Naval Ravikant
Very good.     source
The Beginning of Infinity
Explanations That Transform the World
by David Deutsch (Dec 31, 2011)
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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge"Dazzling." - Steven Pinker, The GuardianIn this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe--and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all s...
Naval Ravikant
Not the easiest read, but it made me smarter.     source
Jed McKenna's Notebook
All Bonus Content from The Enlightenment Trilogy
by Jed McKenna (Oct 01, 2011)
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Naval Ravikant
Everything by Jed McKenna. Jed spits raw truth. His style may be off-putting but the dedication to truth is unparalleled.     source
Six Not-So-Easy Pieces
Einstein’s Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time
by Richard P. Feynman (Mar 21, 2011)
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It was Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics. In Six Not-So-Easy Pieces, taken from these famous lectures, Feyn...
Naval Ravikant
I would give my kids a copy of Richard Feynman's Six Easy Pieces and Six Not-So-Easy Pieces: Einstein’s Relativity, Symmetry, and Space. Richard Feynman is a famous physicist. I love both his demeanor as well as his understanding of physics.      source
Six Easy Pieces
Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
by Richard P. Feynman (Mar 21, 2011)
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"If one book was all that could be passed on to the next generation of scientists it would undoubtedly have to be Six Easy Pieces."- John Gribbin, New ScientistIt was Richard Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a ser...
Naval Ravikant
I would give my kids a copy of Richard Feynman's Six Easy Pieces and Six Not-So-Easy Pieces: Einstein’s Relativity, Symmetry, and Space. Richard Feynman is a famous physicist. I love both his demeanor as well as his understanding of physics.      source
The Book of Secrets
112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within
by Osho (Sep 13, 2010)
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In this comprehensive and practical guide, the secrets of the ancient science of Tantra become available to a contemporary audience for the first time. Confined to small, hidden mystery schools for centuries, and often misunderstood and misinterpreted today. Tantra is not just a collection of techniques to enhance sexual experience. As Osho shows i...
Naval Ravikant
Most meditation techniques are concentration methods, and there are many, many meditation techniques. If you want to run through a bunch of them, you can pick up pick up a book called The Book of Secrets by Osho. I know he's gotten a bad rap recently, but he was he was a pretty smart guy. It's actually a translation of an old Sanskrit book with 112 different meditations. You can try each one, and see which one works for you.     source
The Secret Life Of Salvador Dali
by Salvador Dali (Sep 09, 2010)
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This early autobiography, which takes Dalí through his late thirties, is as startling and unpredictable as his art. On its first publication, the reviewer of Books observed: "It is impossible not to admire this painter as writer ... (Dalí) succeeds in doing exactly what he sets out to do ... communicates the snobbishness, self-adoration, comedy, se...
Naval Ravikant
Really fun, most egotistical author of all time.     source
The Lifecycle of Software Objects
by Ted Chiang (Jul 30, 2010)
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What's the best way to create artificial intelligence? In 1950, Alan Turing wrote, "Many people think that a very abstract activity, like the playing of chess, would be best. It can also be maintained that it is best to provide the machine with the best sense organs that money can buy, and then teach it to understand and speak English. This process...
Naval Ravikant
Another masterpiece of sci-fi by Ted Chiang     source
The Black Swan
Second Edition
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (May 10, 2010)
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A black swan is an event, positive or negative, that is deemed improbable yet causes massive consequences. In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows in a playful way that Black Swan events explain almost everything about our world, and yet we—especially the experts—are blind to them. In this second edition, Taleb has added a new essay,...
Naval Ravikant
This is his collection of ancient wisdom. He is also famous for The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, and Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and Markets, all of which are worth reading.     source
The Lessons of History
by Will Durant (Feb 15, 2010)
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A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of ...
Naval Ravikant
This is a great book I really liked which summarizes some of the larger themes of history, very incisive. And unlike most history books, it's actually really small, and it covers a lot of ground.     source
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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart
Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now
by Gordon Livingston (Mar 03, 2008)
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After service in Vietnam, as a surgeon for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in 1968-69, at the height of the war, Dr. Gordon Livingston returned to the U.S. and began work as a psychiatrist. In that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives-what works, what doesn’t, and the limitless ways (many of them self-inflicted) that people ...
Naval Ravikant
A fun, light read.     source
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The Great Challenge
Exploring the World within
by OSHO (Dec 31, 2007)
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Labyrinths
by Jorge Luis Borges (May 16, 2007)
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The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco's international bestseller, ...
Naval Ravikant
I love Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine author. His short story collection Ficciones, or Labyrinths, is amazing. Borges is probably still the most powerful author I have read who wasn’t just outright writing philosophy. There was philosophy in there with the sci-fi.     source
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The Evolution of Cooperation
Revised Edition
by Robert Axelrod (Dec 04, 2006)
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The Evolution of Cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. Widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists—whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals—when there is no central authority to police t...
Naval Ravikant
For game theory, in addition to playing strategy games, you may want to try The Compleat Strategyst: Being a Primer on the Theory of Games of Strategy by J.D. Williams and The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod.      source
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track
by Richard P. Feynman (Apr 24, 2006)
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A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a loving husband and father, an enthusiastic teacher, a surprisingly accomplished bongo player, and a genius of the highest caliber---Richard P. Feynman was all these and more. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track--collecting over forty years' worth of Feynman's letters--offers an unprecedented look...
Naval Ravikant
Richard Feynman is a famous physicist. I love both his demeanor as well as his understanding of physics. I’ve also been reading Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track by Feynman and re-reading Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, a biography about him.      source
Fooled by Randomness
The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Aug 22, 2005)
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Naval Ravikant
This is his collection of ancient wisdom. He is also famous for The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, and Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and Markets, all of which are worth reading.     source
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Poor Charlie's Almanack
The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
by Peter D. Kaufman (Dec 31, 2004)
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Naval Ravikant
This masquerades as a business book, but it's really just Charlie Munger's (of Berkshire Hathaway) advice on overcoming oneself to live a successful and virtuous life. Part biography and part collection of Charlie’s speeches, this is the only book on Munger you need. (Naval quotes Munger often, and the quotes are all from this book.)     source
God's Debris
A Thought Experiment
by Scott Adams (Sep 06, 2004)
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God's Debris is the first non-humor book by best-selling author Scott Adams. Adams describes God's Debris as a thought experiment wrapped in a story. It's designed to make your brain spin around inside your skull. Imagine that you meet a very old man who you eventually realize knows literally everything. Imagine that he explains for you the great m...
Naval Ravikant
I reread God’s Debris recently.     source
Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts
Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living (Bruce Lee Library)
by Bruce Lee (Jun 14, 2002)
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"A teacher is never a giver of truth—he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst."—Bruce LeeWithin the pages of Striking Thoughts, you will find the secrets of Bruce Lee's amazing success— as an actor, martial artist, and inspiration to the world. Consisting of eight sections, S...
Naval Ravikant
Oddly enough, Bruce Lee wrote some great philosophy and Striking Thoughts is a good summary of some of his philosophy.     source
Thinking Physics
Understandable Practical Reality
by Lewis Carroll Epstein (Dec 31, 2001)
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Lewis Carroll Epstein explains deep ideas in physics in an easy-to-understand way. Thinking Physics is a perfect beginner’s guide to an amazingly wide range of physics-related questions. The book targets topics that science teachers and students spend time wondering about, like wing lift. Epstein elucidates the familiar but misunderstood — such as ...
Naval Ravikant
There’s another great book called Thinking Physics. I open this one all the time and I love on the back cover. It has this great little pitch that says, “The only book used in both grade school and graduate school.” It’s true. It’s all simple physics puzzles that can be explained to a 12-year-old child and can be explained to a 25-year-old grad student in physics. They all have fundamental insights in physics. They’re all kind of tricky, but anyone can get to the answer through purely logical reasoning.     source
Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson (Dec 31, 1999)
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In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring ab...
Naval Ravikant
Snow Crash is an amazing, amazing book. There’s nothing quite similar to Snow Crash. Snow Crash is in a league of its own.      source
Total Freedom
The Essential Krishnamurti
by Jiddu Krishnamurti (Aug 29, 1996)
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Counted among his admirers are Jonas Salk, Aldous Huxley, David Hockney, and Van Morrison, along with countless other philosophers, artist, writers and students of the spiritual path. Now the trustees of Krishnamurti’s work have gathered his very best and most illuminating writings and talks to present in one volume the truly essential ideas of thi...
Naval Ravikant
I like this for someone who’s more advanced. A rationalist’s guide to the perils of the human mind. The “spiritual” book I keep returning to.     source
The Way to Love
The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello (Image Pocket Classics)
by Anthony de Mello (May 31, 1995)
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The Way To Love contains thefinal flowering of Anthony de Mello's thought, andin it he grapples with the ultimate question oflove. In thirty-one meditations, he implores hisreaders with his usual pithiness to break throughillusion, the great obstacle to love. "Lovesprings from awareness," de Mello insists, sayingthat it is only when we see others a...
The Book of Life
Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti
by Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 11, 1995)
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Naval Ravikant
Krishnamurti is a lesser-known guy, an indian philosopher who lived at the turn of the last century and is extremely influential to me. He’s an uncompromising, very direct person who basically tells you to look at your own mind at all times. I have been hugely influenced by him. Probably the best book is The Book of Life, which is excerpts from his various speeches and books stitched together. I'll give my kids a copy of The Book of Life. I'll tell them to save it until they're older because it won't make much sense while they're younger.      source
The Complete Stories of Isaac Asimov
by Isaac Asimov (Jun 29, 1994)
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The first book of the planned definitive three-volume collection of short stories by the prolific Isaac Asimov, whose tales have delighted countless fans for over half a century--a must for every science fiction bookshelf. The series was discontinued after the second volume.Contents:5 • The Dead Past • (1956) • novelette by Isaac Asimov61 • The Fou...
Naval Ravikant
I quote The Last Question all of the time. I loved it as a kid.      source
Ficciones
by Jorge Luis Borges (Jan 31, 1994)
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The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's ab...
Naval Ravikant
I love Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine author. His short story collection Ficciones, or Labyrinths, is amazing. Borges is probably still the most powerful author I have read who wasn’t just outright writing philosophy. There was philosophy in there with the sci-fi.      source
Genius
The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
by James Gleick (Nov 01, 1993)
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An illuminating portrayal of Richard Feynman—a giant of twentieth century physics—from his childhood tinkering with radios, to his vital work on the Manhattan Project and beyond Raised in Depression-era Rockaway Beach, physicist Richard Feynman was irreverent, eccentric, and childishly enthusiastic—a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its...
Naval Ravikant
Richard Feynman is a famous physicist. I love both his demeanor as well as his understanding of physics. I’ve also been reading Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track by Feynman and re-reading Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, a biography about him.      source
The Compleat Strategyst
Being a Primer on the Theory of Games of Strategy (Dover Books on Mathematics)
by J. D. Williams (Apr 30, 1986)
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When J. D. Williams wrote this entertaining, witty introduction for the nonscientist, game theory was still a somewhat mysterious subject familiar to very few scientists beyond those researchers, like himself, working for the military. Now, over thirty years after its original publication as a Rand Corporation research study, his light-hearted thou...
Naval Ravikant
For game theory, in addition to playing strategy games, you may want to try The Compleat Strategyst: Being a Primer on the Theory of Games of Strategy by J.D. Williams     source
The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran (Sep 22, 1923)
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Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. G...
Naval Ravikant
This book reads like a modern-day poetic religious tome. It’s up there with the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, the Bible, and the Qur’an. It is written in the style where it has a feel of religiosity and truth, but it was very approachable, beautiful, non-denominational, and non-sectarian. I loved this book. He has a gift for poetically describing what children are like, what lovers are like, what marriage should be like, how you should treat your enemies and your friends, how you should work with money, what can you think of every time you have to kill something to eat it. I felt, like the great religious books, it gave a very deep, very philosophical, but very true answer to how to approach the major problems in life. I recommend the prophet to anybody, whether you’re religious or not. Whether you are Christian, Hindu, Jewish, or Atheist. I think it’s a beautiful book, and it’s worth reading     source
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