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Essential Bukowski
Poetry
Charles Bukowski - Oct 16, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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Edited by Abel Debritto, the definitive collection of poems from an influential writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, and acutely observant writing has left an enduring mark on modern culture.Few writers have so brilliantly and poignantly conjured the desperation and absurdity of ordinary life as Charles Bukowski. Resonant with his powe...
Lex Fridman
Because I've been doing the startup, I've been suffering so I'm reading a lot of Bukowski.     source
Life 3.0
Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Max Tegmark - Jul 31, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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In this authoritative and eye-opening book, Max Tegmark describes and illuminates the recent, path-breaking advances in Artificial Intelligence and how it is poised to overtake human intelligence. How will AI affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more th...
Lex Fridman
I recommend people read Life 3.0.     source
Sapiens
A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - May 15, 2018 (first published in 2011)
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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...
Lex Fridman
Basically one of the things we've created here is we've imagined ideas that we all share.     source
The War of Art
Steven Pressfield - Jun 16, 2015 (first published in 2002)
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Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it....
Lex Fridman
Beautiful book.     source
The Better Angels of Our Nature
Why Violence Has Declined
Steven Pinker - Sep 25, 2012 (first published in 2010)
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Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths abou...
Lex Fridman
Encouraged the better side of ourselves.     source
Empire of the Summer Moon
Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
S. C. Gwynne - May 25, 2010
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In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all.S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise...
Lex Fridman
I admire the purity of that way of life.     source
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Machines Who Think
Pamela McCorduck - Mar 16, 2004 (first published in 1979)
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This book is a history of artificial intelligence, that audacious effort to duplicate in an artifact what we consider to be our most important property--our intelligence. It is an invitation for anybody with an interest in the future of the human race to participate in the inquiry....
Lex Fridman
I really like Machines Who Think.     source