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Yuval Noah Harari

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Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli public intellectual, historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the popular science bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.
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Mama's Last Hug
Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves
Frans de Waal - 2020-03-10 (first published in 2019)
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Discover the emotional lives of animals in Mama's Last Hug. Follow the story of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with a biologist, and learn about the many ways in which humans and animals are connected. With colorful stories and riveting prose, Frans de Waal argues for better treatment and appreciation of animals, challenging the notion that humans alone experience a broad array of emotions. Prepare to open your heart and mind to the fascinating world of animal emotions.
Yuval Noah Harari
Frans de Waal’s Mama’s Last Hug transported me to a looking-glass animal world, which is at once very alien and embarrassingly familiar. There is plenty of comedy, tragedy, politics and ethics – but chimpanzee-style.      source
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A Natural History
Tim Flannery - 2019-02-12 (first published in 2018)
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Explore the fascinating and diverse evolution of Europe's flora and fauna, from its formation to the present day. Award-winning author and expert ecologist Tim Flannery takes readers on an exciting journey through the continent's history, showcasing how it has absorbed and transformed immigrant species over millions of years. Discover how Europe was once home to the world's largest elephants, and how it continues to exert a massive influence on the world today. A groundbreaking and captivating read.
Yuval Noah Harari
Tim Flannery’s Europe: A Natural History took me on a sightseeing tour. The tour’s highlights include a visit to Europe when it was a tropical archipelago inhabited by dinosaurs, and a hike on foot from London to Amsterdam through ancient Doggerland – before it sank under the waves in a geological Brexit.      source
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The Three-Body Problem
Cixin Liu - 2014-11-11 (first published in 2006)
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Experience an award-winning Chinese science fiction masterpiece from the beloved author, Cixin Liu, in English for the first time. Against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. When an alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth, different camps form on Earth, leading to a battle against corruption or a welcome for superior beings. Delve into this epic story of invasion, alliances, and survival.
Yuval Noah Harari
Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem starts with China’s Cultural Revolution and the Sino-American arms race, but quickly leaves such mundane affairs behind to explore what happens to the universe when you weaponize the laws of physics. If you think atom bombs are scary, wait till you read what a two-dimensional bomb does to our solar system.      source
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AI Superpowers
China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
Kai-fu Lee - 2018-09-25
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Discover how China has rapidly caught up with the US in the development of AI with Kai-Fu Lee's AI Superpowers. Lee, an expert in AI and China, argues that dramatic changes will happen sooner than many expect due to these developments. Lee also explores the impact of AI on both blue-collar and white-collar jobs and provides insight into possible solutions for the significant changes that are coming.
Yuval Noah Harari
A superb and very timely survey of the impact of AI on the geopolitical system, the job market and human society.      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 - 2018-05-17
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Explore the use of psychedelic drugs for treating conditions like depression, addiction, and anxiety in this brilliant and brave investigation. Join Michael Pollan on a personal journey into altered states of consciousness and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Discover the truth about these mysterious drugs and their potential to transform our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. A unique blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, this book is a triumph of participatory journalism and a gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier.
Yuval Noah Harari
Changed my mind, or at least some of the ideas held in my mind.      source
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Enlightenment Now
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Steven Pinker - 2018-02-13
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Discover the gift of the Enlightenment in this groundbreaking assessment of the human condition in the 21st century. Follow cognitive scientist Steven Pinker as he encourages readers to step away from the doom and gloom headlines and embrace reason and science. Through stunning data and graphs, Pinker illustrates that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. But, Pinker warns, we must defend the Enlightenment ideal against human nature's tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, and magical thinking. With literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism - the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.
Yuval Noah Harari
It is the most optimistic book I’ve read in a long time.      source
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Brave New World
Aldous Huxley - 1998-01-01 (first published in 1932)
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This dystopian novel explores a futuristic World State where citizens are genetically modified and society is based on intelligence. The plot anticipates major scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning, which create a dystopian society where the protagonist challenges the norm.
Yuval Noah Harari
The best science fiction book ever, definitely the most prescient.      source