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Nicholas Thompson Swisher is an American former professional baseball outfielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball. He was a switch hitter who threw left-handed, and played for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves.
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Why Buddhism is True
The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Robert Wright - May 08, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the worl...
Nick Thompson
A story about mindfulness and about the science of Buddhism and the current neurosciencee.     source
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Nigel Warburton
Strangers Drowning
Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help
Larissa MacFarquhar - Sep 27, 2016
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What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas. A couple a...
Nick Thompson
A story about people who make extraordinary moral choices like the choice to adopt 23 children and bring them into your lives, and why they make those choices.     source
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Katherine Boo - Apr 08, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Ann...
Nick Thompson
Katherine Boo doesn’t write a ton, but she writes is extraordinary.     source
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Bill Gates
Nonzero
The Logic of Human Destiny
Robert Wright - Jan 08, 2001 (first published in 1999)
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In his bestselling The Moral Animal, Robert Wright applied the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of the human mind. Now Wright attempts something even more ambitious: explaining the direction of evolution and human history–and discerning where history will lead us next.In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright asserts that, ever ...
Nick Thompson
Among my five favorite books of all time.     source
The Survival of the Bark Canoe
John McPhee - May 01, 1982 (first published in 1975)
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In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same tools that the Indians used. The Survival of the Bark Canoe is the story of this ancient craft and of a 150-mile trip through the Maine woods in those graceful survivors of a prehistoric techn...
Nick Thompson
An unknown book but just brilliant.     source