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Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto
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Mama's Last Hug
Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves
Frans de Waal - 2020-03-10 (first published in 2019)
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Mama’s Last Hug is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals— beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. Her story and others like it show that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy, and open our hea...
Jordan Peterson
Reading Mama's Last Hug, by the eminent and brilliant primatologist Frans de Waal, who revolutionized our understanding of chimpanzee social organization. The book is a model of clarity and subtle depth      source
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Yuval Noah Harari
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Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know
And Many Others You Will Find Interesting
Ronald Bailey - 2020-08-31
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You're wrong: The world is, for the most part, not getting worse. 58 percent of folks in 17 countries surveyed in 2016 thought the world is getting worse rather than better or staying the same. Americans were even more glum: 65 percent thought the world is getting worse and only 6 percent thought it was getting better. The uncontroversial data on m...
Jordan Peterson
Everyone should have this book.      source
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The Horse's Mouth
Joyce Cary - 2020-10-22 (first published in 1944)
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The Horse's Mouth, famously filmed with Alec Guinness in the central role, is a searing portrait of the artistic temperament. Gulley Jimson is the charming, impoverished painter who cares little about the conventional values of his day. His unfailing belief that he must live and paint according to his intuition without regard for the cost to himsel...
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The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary. A book from my great books list:      source
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The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov - 2001-12-01 (first published in 1967)
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A masterful translation of one of the great novels of the 20th centuryNothing in the whole of literature compares with The Master and Margarita. Full of pungency and wit, this luminous work is Bulgakov’s crowning achievement, skilfully blending magical and realistic elements, grotesque situations and major ethical concerns. Written during the darke...
Jordan Peterson
The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. A book from my great books list:      source
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Aldous Huxley - 2009-10-20 (first published in 1962)
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In his final novel, which he considered his most important, Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years.Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an age...
Jordan Peterson
Island by Aldous Huxley a book from my great books list      source
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Aubrey Marcus
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The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway - 2016-08-23 (first published in 1952)
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The Old Man and the Sea, an apparently simple fable, represents the mature Hemingway at his best. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature soon after its publication, and half a century later it is still one of his most read books....
Jordan Peterson
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway a book from my great books list      source
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway - 1995-07-01 (first published in 1940)
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In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls.The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mount...
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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway a book from my great books list      source
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Josh Waitzkin
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A Farewell to Arms
The Hemingway Library Edition
Ernest Hemingway - 2014-07-07 (first published in 1929)
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The definitive edition of the classic novel of love during wartime, featuring all of the alternate endings: “Fascinating…serves as an artifact of a bygone craft, with handwritten notes and long passages crossed out, giving readers a sense of an author’s process” (The New York Times).Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as t...
Jordan Peterson
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway a book from my great books list      source
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A Novel in Three Parts (Vintage Classics)
Fyodor Dostoevsky - 1995-08-01 (first published in 1872)
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Alternate cover here.Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russia in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a "novel-pamphlet" in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. What emerged in 1872 was at once his darkest novel until The Brothers Karama...
Jordan Peterson
Here is a list of books that I found particularly influential in my intellectual development.      source
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Ben Shapiro
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Notes From Underground
Fyodor Dostoevsky - 1983-11-01 (first published in 1864)
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"I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man," the irascible voice of a nameless narrator cries out. And so, from underground, emerge the passionate confessions of a suffering man; the brutal self-examination of a tormented soul; the bristling scorn and iconoclasm of alienated individual who has become one of the greatest antiheroes in all literature...
Jordan Peterson
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky a book from my great books list      source
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Pope Francis
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Beyond Good and Evil
Friedrich Nietzsche - 2018-02-28
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
1984 by George Orwell
Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C. G. Jung
Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Unsafe Space by Tom Slater
The Origins and History of Consciousness by Erich Neumann
How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place by BjøRN Lomborg
The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R. C. Hicks
Catching Fire by Richard Wrangham
The Myth of Mental Illness by Thomas S. Szasz
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
The Gulag Archipelago Abridged by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1 by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
Our Culture, What's Left of It by Theodore Dalrymple
The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Affective Neuroscience by Jaak Panksepp
Panzram A Journal of Murder by Thomas E. Gaddis
Maps of Meaning by Jordan B. Peterson
The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
A History of Religious Ideas, Vol. 3 by Mircea Eliade
A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1 by Mircea Eliade