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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 and 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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Lord of Light
Kathryn le Veque - 2014-01-04 (first published in 2013)
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In "Lord of Light," a member of the St. John the Baptist Hospitaller sect gains miraculous healing powers after being struck by lightning in Jerusalem. But the Hospitallers consider him a heretic and put a bounty on his head. Lady Alisanne de Soulant is forced to help capture him, but guilt and attraction lead her to aid his escape. As the stakes grow higher, a group of misfits must come together to save the "Lord of Light" from certain death at the hands of the Hospitallers.
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@samrexford Lord of Light, Snow Crash, Borges and Ted Chiang short stories.      source
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Collected Fictions
Jorge Luis Borges - 1999-09-30 (first published in 1998)
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Discover the complete collection of the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century. This single volume gathers all of Jorge Luis Borges' enigmatic and imaginative fictions, perfectly translated by Andrew Hurley. From his debut in 1935 to his influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, Borges plays with form, genre, and language to turn fiction on its head. Don't miss out on this superb introduction to the works of a singular genius.
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@samrexford Lord of Light, Snow Crash, Borges and Ted Chiang short stories.      source
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The Joy of Living Dangerously
Osho - 1999-11-20 (first published in 1977)
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Discover the true meaning of courage with this insightful book by Osho. Fear is not something we can avoid, but it's how we face it that shows courage. Osho provides a unique perspective on fear and shares meditation techniques to help readers find the courage to embrace change and the unknown. From authenticity to fulfilling everyday lives, embrace the challenges that come your way with courage and celebrate the opportunities they bring.
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@sachinbapure I liked it. But these kinds of books aren’t quick reads, they’re inspiration to self reflect.      source
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Ankur Warikoo
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The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Richard Bach - 2001-03-12 (first published in 1977)
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Experience the wonder of soaring through the clouds and discovering timeless truths with Richard Bach's Illusions. Follow the journey of a disillusioned writer and barnstormer who learns to put his faith in more than just the propeller of his biplane. Discover the transformative power of meeting a former mechanic turned self-described messiah, who helps Richard's imagination soar and makes wrenches fly. Through Bach's storytelling, explore the idea that we don't need airplanes to reach new heights and that messiahs can be found in unexpected places – even within ourselves.
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@realKaushikN Great book!      source
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Summerhill School
A New View of Childhood
A. S. Neill - 1977-01-01 (first published in 1960)
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Revolutionize your approach to education with the classic volume, Summerhill School. Originally published in 1960, this new, expanded edition reinstates the "free school" traditions of founder A.S. Neill. With American education lagging behind, this timely treatise challenges parents and teachers to teach children to make independent choices and learn from their outcomes. Discover a new view of childhood and reshape your approach to education with Summerhill School.
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@YagoMann SummerHill, and a philosophy called “Taking Children Seriously.”      source
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Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - 2006-12-26 (first published in 1984)
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Discover the science of compliance in this captivating book that uncovers the factors that influence people to say "yes" to a request. Scholarly research is combined with real-life techniques and strategies gathered from sales, fundraising, advertising, and other positions that commonly use compliance tactics. The author has organized the tactics into six categories based on psychological principles: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity. Widely used in both classes and the business world, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of persuasion.
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@JackDickersons @AdHocAccount_ Great book. I just can’t recommend Cialdini’s other work as strongly so I left him out.      source
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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
Richard P. Feynman - 2018-02-06 (first published in 1985)
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Join the outrageous adventures of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist in this New York Times bestseller. In his own unmistakable voice, he recounts trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr, cracking uncrackable safes guarding nuclear secrets, and even painting a naked female toreador. Feynman's life is an eccentric mix of high intelligence, curiosity, and chutzpah that is not to be missed.
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@aashray18521 “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman.”      source
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The Sovereign Individual
Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
James Dale Davidson - 1999-08-26 (first published in 1997)
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Learn how to adapt financially to the next phase of Western civilization with The Sovereign Individual. Renowned investment advisors James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg provide strategies for navigating the radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The book explores the shift from an industrial to an information-based society and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of disaster. This insightful read replaces false hopes and fictions with new understanding and clarified values.
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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
Michael A. Singer - 2007-10-03
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Unlock your inner potential and discover inner peace with The Untethered Soul - a #1 New York Times bestseller. Author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer takes readers on a transformative journey that explores the source of thoughts and emotions, and provides simple yet profound solutions for releasing limiting beliefs. Through meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how to live in the present moment and release painful memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization. This book offers a life-changing perspective for anyone looking to let go of mental and emotional limitations, and is now available in a special hardcover gift edition.
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Spiritual Warfare
Book Three of The Enlightenment Trilogy
Jed McKenna - 2007-07-01
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Spiritual Warfare delves into a war like no other, where you face an enemy of unimaginable superiority - yourself. The book presents the story of a normal woman who receives an invitation that she cannot refuse, as well as that of another woman who accepted and overcame the challenge. It also puts spirituality and religion to the test, indicting its own genre and audience for a crime of oppression and subjugation. This book is a must-read for those seeking direct and authentic spirituality and are ready to put away childish beliefs.
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