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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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How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
by Michael Pollan (May 14, 2019)
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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 L...
Yuval Noah Harari
Changed my mind, or at least some of the ideas held in my mind.     source
Enlightenment Now
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
by Steven Pinker (Jan 15, 2019)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlig...
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It is the most optimistic book I’ve read in a long time.     source
AI Superpowers
China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
by Kai-Fu Lee (Sep 25, 2018)
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Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace. In AI Superpowers, Kai-fu Lee argues powerfully that because of these unprecedented developments in AI, dramatic changes will be happening much sooner than many of us expected. I...
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A superb and very timely survey of the impact of AI on the geopolitical system, the job market and human society.     source
Mama's Last Hug
Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves
by Frans de Waal (Mar 10, 2020)
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Mama’s Last Hug is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals— beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. Her story and others like it show that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy, and open our hea...
Yuval Noah Harari
Jun 20, 2020
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
The Three-Body Problem
by Cixin Liu (Jan 12, 2016)
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The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization o...
Yuval Noah Harari
Jun 20, 2020
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
Europe
A Natural History
by Tim Flannery (Jun 06, 2019)
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'Vivid, thrilling, a delight ... Tim Flannery is a palaeontologist and ecologist of global standing, and this is a compelling and authoritative narrative of the evolution of Europe's flora and fauna, from the formation of the continent to its near future ... an exciting book, full of wonder' James McConnachie, Sunday TimesA place of exceptional div...
Yuval Noah Harari
Jun 20, 2020
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
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley (May 09, 2017)
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Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological mani...
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The best science fiction book ever, definitely the most prescient.     source