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Ryan Shea is a co-founder of Blockstack, a new internet for decentralized apps where users own their data. Shea studied engineering at Princeton, went through Y Combinator, and has been inducted into the Forbes 30 Under 30. He has authored several popular open source libraries on cryptography and blockchains.
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The Machiavellians
Defenders of Freedom
James Burnham - 1943-01-01
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THIRD FISHERMAN: Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. FIRST FISHERMAN: Why, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones. Pericles, Prince of Tyre A classic work of political theory and practise, this book makes available an account of the modern Machiavellians, a remarkable group who have been influential in Europe and pract...
Ryan Shea
A good book on this last point is “The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom.” (Thanks @drydenwtbrown for the recommendation)      source
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The Imp of the Mind
Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts
Lee Baer - 2002-02-26 (first published in 2001)
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In The Imp of the Mind, a leading expert on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder explores the hidden epidemic that afflicts millions of Americans.In the first book to fully examine obsessive bad thoughts, Dr. Lee Baer combines the latest research with his own extensive experience in treating this widespread syndrome. Drawing on information ranging from ne...
Ryan Shea
@nickcammarata @nosilverv There’s an excellent book on this: The Imp of the Mind      source
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The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library)
Richard P. Feynman - 2014-10-26 (first published in 1985)
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Celebrated for his brilliantly quirky insights into the physical world, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the general public. Here Feynman provides a classic and definitive introduction to QED (namely, quantum electrodynamics), that part of quantum field theory describing the ...
Ryan Shea
@jaltma @AriannaSimpson Incredible book. Perhaps my favorite physics book.      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...
Ryan Shea
One of the books I’ve given most as a gift.      source
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The Alchemist
25th Anniversary Edition
Paulo Coelho - 2014-09-09 (first published in 1988)
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Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. What starts out as a journey to find...
Ryan Shea
One of the books I’ve given most as a gift.      source
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The Sovereign Individual
Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
James Dale Davidson - 1999-08-26 (first published in 1997)
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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...
Ryan Shea
One of the books I’ve given most as a gift.      source