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Nick Szabo is a computer scientist, legal scholar and cryptographer known for his research in digital contracts and digital currency.
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Getting To Maybe
How to Excel on Law School Exams
by Richard Michael Fischl (May 25, 1999)
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Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader's performance. The book begins by describing the difference between educational cultures that praise students for "right answers" and the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more th...
Nick Szabo
Jun 14, 2017
Nominally a book on how to take a law school exam. Really a primer on quantum thought:     source
The Selfish Gene
40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science)
by Richard Dawkins (Jul 31, 2016)
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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of i...
Nick Szabo
Sep 06, 2016
Three crucial books on our origins & our natures:     source
The 10,000 Year Explosion
How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution
by Gregory Cochran (Oct 19, 2010)
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A manifesto for and an example of a new kind of history, a biological history, and not just of the prehistoric era Scientists have long believed that the 'great leap forward' that occurred some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago in Europe marked the end of significant biological evolution in humans. In this stunning account of our evolutionary history, top...
Nick Szabo
Sep 06, 2016
Three crucial books on our origins & our natures:     source
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...
Nick Szabo
Sep 06, 2016
Three crucial books on our origins & our natures:     source
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Metaphors We Live By
by George Lakoff (Apr 14, 2003)
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The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure ou...
Nick Szabo
Jan 31, 2016
Some of the most important books I’ve read:     source
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The Fatal Conceit
The Errors of Socialism (Volume 1) (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek)
by F. A. Hayek (Aug 28, 1991)
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Hayek gives the main arguments for the free-market case and presents his manifesto on the "errors of socialism." Hayek argues that socialism has, from its origins, been mistaken on factual, and even on logical, grounds and that its repeated failures in the many different practical applications of socialist ideas that this century has witnessed were...
Nick Szabo
Jan 31, 2016
Some of the most important books I’ve read:     source
First published in 1776, the year in which the American Revolution officially began, Smith's Wealth of Nations sparked a revolution of its own. In it Smith analyzes the major elements of political economy, from market pricing and the division of labor to monetary, tax, trade, and other government policies that affect economic behavior. Throughout h...
Nick Szabo
Jan 31, 2016
Some of the most important books I’ve read:     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, ...
Nick Szabo
I think three or four of my top 20 books of all time are all this author's. This is my favorite one.     source
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...
Nick Szabo
I think three or four of my top 20 books of all time are all this author's.     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...
Nick Szabo
I think three or four of my top 20 books of all time are all this author's.     source
This book is also recommended by
Naval Ravikant