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Bryan Johnson is an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the founder and CEO of Kernel, a company developing advanced neural interfaces, and OS Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage science and technology companies.
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Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel - 2014-09-16
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Discover uncharted frontiers and create new inventions - this is the main topic of Zero to One. Peter Thiel, the legendary entrepreneur and investor, believes that progress should not be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. In fact, he argues that progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. Thiel's book presents an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and provides a new way of thinking about innovation, starting with learning to ask the right questions to find value in unexpected places. If you want to build a better future, this book is a must-read.
Bryan Johnson
Just finished @peterthiel's Zero to One. A must read.      source
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Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Matthew Walker - 2017-10-03
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Discover the power and purpose of slumber with this international sensation of a book. Sleep expert Matthew Walker examines every aspect of our physical and mental well-being, from learning and mood to regulating hormones and preventing diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. In this “compelling and utterly convincing” read, Walker explains how to improve our lives by harnessing the benefits of sleep.
Bryan Johnson
Not only did I become convinced that getting high-quality sleep is the best protector and enhancer of health and cognition, but it is also the most underappreciated.      source
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Life and Work
Ray Dalio - 2017-09-19
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Discover the unconventional principles of one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs and investors, and how they can be applied to achieve unique results in both life and business. Learn about Bridgewater Associates, the fifth most important private company in the US, and the idea meritocracy culture that has led to their success. In Principles, author Ray Dalio outlines hundreds of practical lessons built around "radical truth" and "radical transparency," which can be applied to decision-making in any setting. Gain access to proven advice unlike anything found in conventional business press.
Bryan Johnson
The author Ray Dalio open sourced Bridgewater’s methods in Principles and the results were good evidence that collectives can operate at higher levels when they are open and honest about and can see past their cognitive flaws.      source
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The Gene
An Intimate History
Siddhartha Mukherjee - 2016-05-17
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This fascinating history of the gene explores human heredity and its influence on our lives, personalities, fates, and choices. The author weaves science, history, and personal memoir into an epic tale of discovery, from Aristotle to the revolutionary innovators of the 21st century. Through emotional stories and a riveting narrative, he explores the questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world, making this a book we all should read.
Bryan Johnson
A great book.      source
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A Good Man
Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver
Mark Shriver - 2012-06-05
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"Discover the three principles that guided the legendary founder of Peace Corps and War on Poverty, Sargent Shriver, in this intimate portrait of father-son relationship. In A Good Man, Mark Shriver applies his father's morals to his own life, sharing personal stories and notes from Sarge that highlight the importance of faith, hope, and love. Through this inspirational and deeply personal story, readers will find meaning and purpose in their own lives."
Bryan Johnson
An exceptional father, a good friend, loyal, and he is a mental model of the kind of person I want to be in life.      source
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - 2011-10-25
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Explore the inner workings of the mind in this groundbreaking book that explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, emotional, and intuitive while System 2 is slower, more analytical, and logical. Discover the benefits and drawbacks of both systems and learn how to tap into the benefits of slow thinking. With practical insights into decision-making in both our personal and professional lives, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to guard against mental pitfalls and gain a deeper understanding of the way we think.
Bryan Johnson
I started reading Thinking, Fast and Slow and I became increasingly convinced of my own fickleness and inability to actually act rationally in life.      source
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Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - 2006-06-01 (first published in 1959)
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Discover how to find meaning in suffering and move forward with renewed purpose by exploring the riveting memoir of a psychiatrist who survived Nazi death camps. In this influential book, based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, the author argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it and find meaning in it through his theory of logotherapy. This book is a must-read for anyone searching for significance in the act of living.
Bryan Johnson
His basic point is no matter the conditions we surround ourselves in, we can author our life.      source
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The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
Charles Seife - 2000-02-07
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From its birth as a philosophical concept in the East to its eventual acceptance in the West, the power of zero has a fascinating and controversial history. Zero was once considered demonic, but it ultimately became the foundation of mathematics. Today, zero continues to be a crucial element in the search for the theory of everything. Zero is a witty and enlightening exploration of the quirkiest number in the universe and a great paradox of human thought.
Bryan Johnson
Chronicles how hard it was for humanity to come up with and hold onto the concept of zero. No zero, no math. No zero, no engineering. No zero, no modern world as we know it...      source
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A Romance of Many Dimensions
Edwin A. Abbott - 1992-09-21 (first published in 1884)
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Step into the unique world of Flatland, where women are thin, straight lines and social status is defined by the number of sides you have. Follow the fascinating journey of A. Square, a mathematician resident of this two-dimensional land, as he travels through Spaceland, Lineland, and Pointland, encountering a range of geometric forms. Will he succeed in his ultimate goal of visiting a land of four dimensions? This masterpiece of science fiction and satire, illustrated by the author himself, is both entertaining and instructive, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the concept of multiple dimensions of space.
Bryan Johnson
A good book.      source
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse