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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...
Naval Ravikant
Feb 25, 2020
@JackDickersons @AdHocAccount_ Great book. I just can’t recommend Cialdini’s other work as strongly so I left him out.     source
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard P. Feynman (Feb 06, 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 ...
Naval Ravikant
Feb 15, 2020
@aashray18521 “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman.”     source
The Sovereign Individual
Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
by James Dale Davidson (Aug 26, 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 03, 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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Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment
Book Two of The Enlightenment Trilogy
by Jed McKenna (Oct 02, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Nov 03, 2019
Worth reading.     source
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...
Naval Ravikant
Nov 03, 2019
Worth reading.     source
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...
Naval Ravikant
Nov 02, 2019
@AlexJRado I love that book.     source
* Beautifully illustrated with atmospheric paintings by renowned artists, The Wealth of Nations is one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth and is today a fundamental work in classical economics. * Just as accessible and enjoyable for today's readers as it would have been when first published, this is one of th...
Naval Ravikant
Aug 01, 2019
@imSinghAjay The Wealth of Nations.     source
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...
Naval Ravikant
Aug 01, 2019
Q: Any good book about economy for a beginner? N: The Wealth of Nations.     source
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Batman Noir
The Dark Knight Returns
by Frank Miller (Jun 09, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Jun 08, 2019
@NabeelAzeezDXB @elonmusk Favorite childhood comic: Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” 🙏     source
Spiritual Enlightenment, the Damnedest Thing
Book One of The Enlightenment Trilogy
by Jed McKenna (Oct 02, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Apr 04, 2019
Jed McKenna is to spirituality what Rick and Morty is to children’s cartoons.     source
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...
Naval Ravikant
Jan 15, 2019
@arnej247365 Great book.     source
Awareness
The Perils and Opportunities of Reality
by Anthony De Mello (May 01, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Oct 22, 2018
@PennieBrian @tferriss Amazing book, love DeMello.     source
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Permutation City
A Novel
by Greg Egan (Sep 16, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Sep 01, 2018
The author's very dry but full of great ideas.     source
The Order of Time
by Carlo Rovelli (Dec 10, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Aug 14, 2018
@Bad__Ape The Order of Time.     source
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."...
Naval Ravikant
Aug 14, 2018
@kaus__02 Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic.     source
Lord of Light
by Roger Zelazny (May 11, 2004)
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Earth is long since dead. On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology, made themselves immortal, and now rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Only one dares oppose them: he who was once Siddhartha and is now Mahasamatman. Binder of Demons, Lord of Light....
Naval Ravikant
Jul 17, 2018
@BrianTHeligman @srirangr Then you may like Lord of Light. It’s the only sci-fi novel that I know of where the protagonist is a Buddha.     source
Skin in the Game
Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Feb 27, 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 (Jan 01, 2001)
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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...
Naval Ravikant
Jun 06, 2018
@anti_nihilist @DeLossMcKnight @ideaholi @LindaNagata @ramez Nexus is fantastic. I’ll check out Red.     source
Transmetropolitan Book One
by Warren Ellis (Feb 26, 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...
Naval Ravikant
May 27, 2018
@jonbesga V for Vendetta, The Boys, Planetary, Sandman, The Dark Knight Returns, Unwritten, Transmetropolitan.     source
Batman
The Dark Knight
by Frank Miller (Sep 19, 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...
Naval Ravikant
May 27, 2018
@jonbesga V for Vendetta, The Boys, Planetary, Sandman, The Dark Knight Returns, Unwritten, Transmetropolitan.     source
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Planetary Book One
by Warren Ellis (Jul 18, 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...
Naval Ravikant
May 27, 2018
@jonbesga V for Vendetta, The Boys, Planetary, Sandman, The Dark Knight Returns, Unwritten, Transmetropolitan.     source
The Unwritten
The Deluxe Edition Book One
by Mike Carey (Dec 20, 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'...
Naval Ravikant
May 27, 2018
@jonbesga V for Vendetta, The Boys, Planetary, Sandman, The Dark Knight Returns, Unwritten, Transmetropolitan.     source
The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1
by Neil Gaiman (Sep 03, 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...
Naval Ravikant
May 27, 2018
@jonbesga V for Vendetta, The Boys, Planetary, Sandman, The Dark Knight Returns, Unwritten, Transmetropolitan.     source
V for Vendetta
by Alan Moore (Oct 24, 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...
Naval Ravikant
May 27, 2018
@jonbesga V for Vendetta, The Boys, Planetary, Sandman, The Dark Knight Returns, Unwritten, Transmetropolitan.     source
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Sun Rises in the Evening
by Bhagwan Rajneesh (Mar 01, 1980)
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Naval Ravikant
Apr 24, 2018
Bit mystical but he’s not wrong.     source
The Three-Body Problem
by Cixin Liu (Jan 12, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Apr 02, 2018
Great series.     source
Letters from a Stoic
by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Jul 30, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Apr 02, 2018
That’s what I read by Seneca.     source
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Freedom from the Known
by Jiddu Krishnamurti (Mar 19, 1975)
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Krishnamurti shows how people can free themselves radically and immediately from the tyranny of the expected, no matter what their age--opening the door to transforming society and their relationships....
Naval Ravikant
Mar 30, 2018
@moids Freedom from the Known is just as good. Think on These Things is just the first one that I stumbled upon.     source
Think on These Things
by Jiddu Krishnamurti (Oct 11, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Mar 29, 2018
“Think on These Things” by Jiddu Krishnamurti. Decades ago, it didn’t make sense. Years ago, it changed my life, but I felt late. So that time was the right time.     source
Why Information Grows
The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies
by Cesar Hidalgo (Jun 02, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Feb 04, 2018
An important book.     source
The Elephant in the Brain
Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
by Kevin Simler (Jan 02, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Dec 05, 2017
Fantastic read.     source
Foundation
by Isaac Asimov (Oct 01, 1991)
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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...
Naval Ravikant
May 02, 2017
I loved reading it as a kid.     source
Reality Is Not What It Seems
The Journey to Quantum Gravity
by Carlo Rovelli (Jan 23, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Feb 24, 2017
Best book I've read in the last year. Physics, poetry, philosophy and history packaged in a very accessible form.     source
Homo Deus
A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari (Sep 04, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Dec 17, 2016
@sohilgupta @dirceu Already reading, great book.     source
The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien (Aug 14, 2012)
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The 50th anniversary one-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic "An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged t...
Naval Ravikant
Dec 06, 2016
Loved The Lord of the Rings and other fiction when younger.     source
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Feb 05, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Jul 10, 2016
@PatrickWStanley amazing book, but good luck finishing it 😉.     source
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The Third Wave
An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future
by Steve Case (Apr 18, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Apr 09, 2016
Steve Case is doing the behind the scenes work to support entrepreneurship in America.     source
The Power of Now
A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle (Aug 19, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Feb 24, 2016
@blusoup Start with "The Power of Now" if you haven't read it yet. If inspired, move to meditation.     source
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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 28, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Feb 22, 2016
@yashmankad Core Teachings of the Buddha, free online.     source
Wind, Sand, and Stars
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (May 23, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Feb 01, 2016
@toddfcole One of my all time favorite books. I quote it all the time.     source
The Diamond Age
Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)
by Neal Stephenson (May 02, 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 ...
Naval Ravikant
Dec 28, 2015
@EricJorgenson @ScottAdamsSays Great book.     source
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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...
Naval Ravikant
Oct 22, 2015
[email protected] Great chapter from the book by @ade3 . Admirably free on his blog, or in a convenient format here:     source
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams (Sep 27, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Aug 21, 2015
@stevenjhammond @tferriss Classic. I love that book.     source
Rick and Morty Book One
Deluxe Edition (1)
by Zac Gorman (Dec 06, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Aug 18, 2015
@otisfunkmeyer There are original Rick and Morty comic books by the same writers. Just as funny, different content. Must read!     source
Rick and Morty Book Four
Deluxe Edition (4)
by Kyle Starks (Oct 08, 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 ...
Naval Ravikant
Aug 17, 2015
There are original Rick and Morty comic books by the same writers. Just as funny, different content. Must read!     source
Rick and Morty Book Three
by Kyle Starks (Sep 11, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Aug 17, 2015
There are original Rick and Morty comic books by the same writers. Just as funny, different content. Must read!     source
Rick and Morty Book Two
Deluxe Edition (2)
by Tom Fowler (Nov 07, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Aug 17, 2015
There are original Rick and Morty comic books by the same writers. Just as funny, different content. Must read!     source
Waking Up
A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
by Sam Harris (Jun 16, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Jun 01, 2015
@rneppalli @BrianGrazer Loved "Waking Up." Also check the Raptitude blog.     source
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Genome
The Autobiography Of A Species In 23 Chapters
by Matt Ridley (May 30, 2006)
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Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of yo...
Naval Ravikant
Mar 21, 2015
@leonjohnstone And everything by @mattwridley is worth reading - Genome, Red Queen, Origin of Virtue, etc.     source
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The Red Queen
Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
by Matt Ridley (Apr 29, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Mar 21, 2015
@leonjohnstone And everything by @mattwridley is worth reading - Genome, Red Queen, Origin of Virtue, etc.     source
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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...
Naval Ravikant
Mar 21, 2015
@leonjohnstone And everything by @mattwridley is worth reading - Genome, Red Queen, Origin of Virtue, etc.     source
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Sapiens
A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari (May 15, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Mar 21, 2015
"Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari is the best book I've read since "The Rational Optimist" (@mattwridley). Both orthogonal and deep thinkers.     source
The Rational Optimist
How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.)
by Matt Ridley (Jun 07, 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, ...
Naval Ravikant
Mar 21, 2015
"Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari is the best book I've read since "The Rational Optimist" (@mattwridley). Both orthogonal and deep thinkers.     source
The Agile Gene
How Nature Turns on Nurture
by Matt Ridley (Jul 06, 2004)
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Acclaimed author Matt Ridley's thrilling follow-up to his bestseller Genome. Armed with the extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, Ridley turns his attention to the nature versus nurture debate to bring the first popular account of the roots of human behaviour. What makes us who we are?In February 2001 it was announced that the genome conta...
Naval Ravikant
Mar 21, 2015
Everything by Matt Ridley is worth reading.     source
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 26, 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, ...
Naval Ravikant
May 23, 2014
Amazing.     source
The Salmon of Doubt
by Douglas Adams (Apr 26, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Mar 14, 2014
@cdixon That article is also in his collected-essay book, "The Salmon of Doubt." Recommended.     source
Economics in One Lesson
The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics
by Henry Hazlitt (Dec 14, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Oct 12, 2012
@crichton18 great book. Required reading.     source
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A Soldier of the Great War
by Mark Helprin (Jun 01, 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 ...
Naval Ravikant
Sep 17, 2012
@JeffMiller by Cornwell? Nope. If that's the one, I'll download it. For historical fiction, I like "A Soldier of the Great War"     source
Good Calories, Bad Calories
Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
by Gary Taubes (Sep 23, 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...
Naval Ravikant
May 13, 2012
@sowbug one of my top 3 books of all time     source
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The Macintosh Way
by Guy Kawasaki (Jul 31, 1989)
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The Macintosh Way is a "take-no-prisoners guide to marketing warfare" says Jean Louis Gasse, founder and president of Be, Inc. Must reading for anyone in the high-tech industry, it is valuable, insightful guide to innovation management and marketing for any industry....
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Feb 21, 2011
The Macintosh Way led me into tech!     source
Soon I Will be Invincible
by Austin Grossman (Jun 10, 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...
Naval Ravikant
Dec 29, 2010
@Harjeet "Soon I will be Invincible" - Austin Grossman     source
The Great Book of Amber
The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber)
by Roger Zelazny (Mar 30, 2010)
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Alternate cover edition can be found here Roger Zelazny's chronicles of Amber have earned their place as all-time classics of imaginative literature. Now, here are all ten novels, together in one magnificent omnibus volume. Witness the titanic battle for supremacy waged on Earth, in the Courts of Chaos, and on a magical world of mystery, adventure...
Naval Ravikant
Sep 18, 2010
@johnolilly Formative books for me. Read and re-read them over the years. Highly recommend "Lord of Light" by Zelazny as well.     source
War Nerd
by Gary Brecher (Jul 01, 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...
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Aug 22, 2010
@rabois On a lighter but still very educational note, check out "The War Nerd" by Gary Brecker, or read one of his columns at The Exile.     source
Exhalation
by Ted Chiang (Jun 30, 2020)
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From an award-winning science fiction writer (whose short story "The Story of Your Life" was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival), the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short storiesThis much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory idea...
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This contemplates the marvel of thermodynamics from the best sci-fi short story writer of our age.      source
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Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius (Apr 07, 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...
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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 07, 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...
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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 14, 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...
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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
The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran (Jan 15, 2019)
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A stunning new hardcover edition--with a full linen case, copper stamping, gilded edges, and colored endpapers--of one of the world's most beloved and popular spiritual classics, featuring a new foreword by Rupi Kaur, the multimillion-copy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers"This book cracked my heart...
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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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Siddhartha
by Hermann Hesse (Oct 30, 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...
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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
Jed Talks #2
Away from the Things of Man
by Jed McKenna (Sep 22, 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...
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Everything by Jed McKenna. Jed spits raw truth. His style may be off-putting but the dedication to truth is unparalleled.     source
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...
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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 27, 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...
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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
Pre-Suasion
A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
by Robert Cialdini Ph.D. (Jun 05, 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...
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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 11, 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...
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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
Arrival
by Ted Chiang (Nov 01, 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...
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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 Evolution of Everything
How New Ideas Emerge
by Matt Ridley (Oct 25, 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...
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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
The Bed of Procrustes
Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (Incerto)
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Oct 25, 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 ...
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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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Atmamun
The path to achieving the bliss of the Himalayan Swamis. And the freedom of a living God.
by Kapil Gupta MD (Apr 21, 2016)
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Atmamun is the path to achieve the bliss of the Himalayan Swamis and the Freedom Of a living God. It is for True Seekers. It is for those who wish to move beyond the self-help and cosmetic slogans of meditation and mindfulness, toward the Ultimate Truths of Life and the Mind....
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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...
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I’ve read this one at least twice.      source
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Thing Explainer
Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
by Randall Munroe (Nov 24, 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 ...
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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 28, 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 07, 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...
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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 10, 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...
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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 (Jan 01, 2013)
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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...
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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...
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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 02, 2011)
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Print and ebook editions of the Enlightenment Trilogy contain the material in Jed McKenna's Notebook, so you don't need to purchase it separately. This book supplements first editions of the trilogy....
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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 22, 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...
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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 22, 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...
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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 14, 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...
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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 10, 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...
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Really fun, most egotistical author of all time.     source
The Lifecycle of Software Objects
by Ted Chiang (Jul 31, 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...
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Another masterpiece of sci-fi by Ted Chiang     source
The Black Swan
Second Edition
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (May 11, 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,...
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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 16, 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 ...
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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 04, 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 ...
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A fun, light read.     source
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Labyrinths
by Jorge Luis Borges (May 17, 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, ...
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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...
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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 25, 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...
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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 23, 2005)
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Just as coincidence can be confused with causality, so the lucky idiot can be confused with the skilled investor. The realities of randomness and probability almost guarantee that, out of a large pool of random investors, a Warren Buffett will emerge just by luck. Taleb (the founder of Empirica L.L....
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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 (Jan 01, 2005)
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EXPANDED THIRD EDITION includes Charlie's 2007 USC Law School Commencement address. Edited by Peter D. Kaufman. Brand New....
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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 07, 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 15, 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 (Jan 01, 2002)
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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 (Jan 01, 2000)
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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 30, 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
Tao of Philosophy
by Alan Watts (Jul 15, 1995)
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Featuring the edited transcripts of eight talks delivered by Alan Watts from 1965 to 1972, The Philosophies of Asia offers an overview of the major traditions of Eastern thought. Watts addresses the major Asian philosophies -- Hinduism, Zen Buddhism, and Taoism -- and reveals the common threads of spirituality that weave their way through each of t...
The Way to Love
The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello (Image Pocket Classics)
by Anthony de Mello (Jun 01, 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 12, 1995)
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365 Daily Meditations on Freedom, Personal Transformation, Living Fully, and Much More, from the Man the Dalai Lama Described as "One of the Greatest Thinkers of the Age"...
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 30, 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 (Feb 01, 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 02, 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 (May 01, 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