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Peter Attia

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Peter Attia is a Canadian-American physician of Egyptian descent known for his medical practice that focuses on the science of longevity.
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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" book cover
"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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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 ...
Peter Attia
Q: What book have you recommended the most to friends and family? P.A.: The book I’ve recommended most is Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman.      source
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Altered Traits
Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
Daniel Goleman - 2018-09-04 (first published in 2017)
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Two New York Times-bestselling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain.In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling here the kind of cu...
Peter Attia
There’s a great book out there called Altered Traits, which I read this year.      source
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I Don't Want to Talk About It
Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression
Terrence Real - 1998-03-02 (first published in 1997)
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Twenty years of experience treating men and their families has convinced psychotherapist Terrence Real that depression is a silent epidemic in men; that men hide their condition from family, friends, and themselves to avoid the stigma of depression's "un-manliness." Problems that we think of as typically male; difficulty with intimacy, workaholism,...
Peter Attia
There is now a new book that is my most gifted book. And this book is called I Don’t Want To Talk About It, by Terrence Real.      source
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The Talent Code
Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown.
Daniel Coyle - 2010-04-01 (first published in 2009)
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'Talent. You've either got it or you haven't.' Not true, actually.In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured.In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music ...
Peter Attia
Q: Is there a book that you’ve read more than once? P.A.: Many, but the books I’ve read the most are: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, The Transformed Cell, The Talent Code, One Bullet Away and Mistakes Were Made.      source
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A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - 2018-05-15 (first published in 2011)
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.      source
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Mistakes Were Made
Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Carol Tavris - 2007-05-07
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Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Renowned social psychologists Carol Tavris and El...
Peter Attia
Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me is a bookabout cognitive dissonance, and it’s one of the few books that atthe moment I finished it, I not only reread it but I bought it forabout ten people. I think that the authors do such a great job of is really getting at the psychology ofwhy it is that we are simply not wired to acknowledge mistakeswhen we make them, look for weaknesses in our thinking. And I just think that how do I make sure I go throughlife without becoming too sure of myself? Because on some levels I am sure of myself, but at other levels I have to realize, whatcan I do to make sure I’m not missing something that could allowme to do a better job? And so I think it’s a fantastic book.      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
Michael Pollan - 2019-05-14 (first published in 2018)
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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 LS...
Peter Attia
Excellent.      source
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10% Happier
How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
Dan Harris - 2019-04-16 (first published in 2014)
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After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought w...
Peter Attia
I’ve read a lot about mediation, but it was the first book I read where I thought, 'I can relate to this guy.'      source
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Solve For Happy
Mo Gawdat - 2019-01-01 (first published in 2017)
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Mo Gawdat is the Vice President of Business Innovation at Google’s [X]. Applying his superior skills of logic and problem solving to the issue of happiness, he proposes an equation based on an understanding of how the brain takes in and processes joy and sadness. Then he solves for happy.In 2001, Mo Gawdat, a remarkable thinker and leading technolo...
Peter Attia
Probably moved to the #2 spot of books I've gifted the most.      source
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The Most Important Thing
Howard Marks - 2018-07-02 (first published in 2011)
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"This is that rarity, a useful book."--Warren BuffettHoward Marks, the chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, is renowned for his insightful assessments of market opportunity and risk. After four decades spent ascending to the top of the investment management profession, he is today sought out by the world's leading value investors, ...
Peter Attia
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? PA: I would also include these books.      source
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On Confidence
The School of Life - 2018-04-03
Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide by James Fadiman
Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
One Bullet Away by Nathaniel C. Fick
Forgive and Remember by Charles L. L. Bosk
King of Hearts by G. Wayne Miller
The Double Helix by James D. Watson
Dancing Naked in the Mind Field by Kary Mullis
King of the World by David Remnick
An Atlas of Atherosclerosis Progression and Regression by Herbert C. Stary
The Corner by David Simon
The Transformed Cell by Stephen A. Rosenberg
The Puzzle People by Thomas Starzl
The Rommel Papers by B. H. Liddell-Hart
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach