Naval Ravikant
Book Recommendations

  • The Rational Optimist

    The Rational Optimist

    The Rational Optimist

    Matt Ridley
    Business & Economics
    3.98 (9,993)

    Life is getting better—and at an accelerating rate. food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down — all across the globe. though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; africa is following asia out of poverty; the internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people’s lives as never before. the pessimists who dominate public discourse insist that we will soon reach a turning point and things will start to get worse.

    Naval Ravikant

    The most brilliant and enlightening book I've read in years.

    Sep 10, 2010 — Source

  • Thing Explainer

    Thing Explainer

    Thing Explainer

    Randall Munroe
    4.14 (10,028)

    In thing explainer: complicated stuff in simple words, things are explained in the style of up goer five, using only drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or "ten hundred") most common words. explore computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you're made of (cells).

    Naval Ravikant

    A great book.

     — Source

  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    Alan Moore,David Lloyd
    Comics & Graphic Novels
    4.25 (288,658)

    A frightening and powerful tale of the loss of freedom and identity in a chillingly believable totalitarian world, v for vendetta stands as one of the highest achievements of the comics medium and a defining work for creators alan moore and david lloyd.set in an imagined future england that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, v for

    Naval Ravikant

    The book is genius, a cogent defense of anarchy.

    Aug 16, 2016 — Source

  • Lord of Light
    Naval Ravikant

    The only sci-fi novel that I know of where the protagonist is a Buddha.

    Jul 17, 2018 — Source

  • Fables, Vol. 1

    Fables, Vol. 1

    Fables, Vol. 1

    Bill Willingham
    Comics & Graphic Novels
    3.97 (137,111)

    When a savage creature known only as the adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day new york, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called fabletown. but when snow white's party-girl sister, rose red, is apparently murdered, it is up to fabletown's sheriff, a reformed and pardoned big bad wolf (bigby wolf), to determine if the killer is bluebeard,

    Naval Ravikant

    This book is in his top 10 graphic novels.

    Jan 31, 2016 — Source

  • The Diamond Age

    The Diamond Age

    The Diamond Age

    Neal Stephenson
    Humorous stories
    4.15 (89,645)

    The diamond age: or, a young lady's illustrated primer is a postcyberpunk novel by neal stephenson. it is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. the novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the nature of artificial intelligence.

    Naval Ravikant

    Great book.

    Dec 29, 2015 — Source

  • Snow Crash

    Snow Crash

    Snow Crash

    Neal Stephenson
    Fiction
    4.02 (253,790)

    In reality, hiro protagonist delivers pizza for uncle enzo's cosonostra pizza inc., but in the metaverse he's a warrior prince. plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. snow crash is a mind-altering romp through a future america so bizarre, so outrageous… you'll recognize it immediately.

    Naval Ravikant

    Snow Crash is an amazing, amazing book. There’s nothing quite similar to Snow Crash.

     — Source

  • Batman

    Batman

    Batman

    David Mazzucchelli,Frank Miller
    4.23 (221,490)

    A new edition of one of the most important and critically acclaimed batman adventures ever, written by frank miller, author of the dark knight returns!in 1986, frank miller and david mazzucchelli produced this groundbreaking reinterpretation of the origin of batman—who he is and how he came to be.written shortly after the dark knight returns, miller's dystopian fable of batman's final days, year one set the stage for a new vision of a legendary character.this edition includes the complete graphic novel, a new introduction by writer frank miller and a new

    Naval Ravikant

    Favorite childhood comic.

    Jun 8, 2019 — Source

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    Hamlet

    Rex Gibson,Richard Andrews,William Shakespeare
    Drama
    4.03 (813,102)

    Among shakespeare's plays, "hamlet" is considered by many his masterpiece. among actors, the role of hamlet, prince of denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career. now kenneth branagh plays the leading role and co-directs a brillant ensemble performance. three generations of legendary leading actors, many of whom first assembled for the oscar-winning film "henry v", gather here to perform the rarely heard complete version of the play. this clear, subtly nuanced, stunning dramatization, presented by the renaissance theatre company in association with "bbc" broadcasting,

    Naval Ravikant

    If I'm going to read fiction, might as well start at the top.

    Feb 15, 2016 — Source

  • Planetary, Volume 1

    Planetary, Volume 1

    Planetary, Volume 1

    Warren Ellis
    4.2 (14,195)

    Elijah snow, a hundred year old man.jakita wagner, an extremely powerful and bored woman.the drummer, a man with the ability to communicate with machines.infatuated with tracking down evidence of super-human activity, these mystery archaeologists of the late 20th century uncover unknown paranormal secrets and histories, such as a world war ii supercomputer that can access other universes, a ghostly spirit of vengeance, and a lost island of dying monsters.: planetary 1-6

    Naval Ravikant

    On Naval Rvaikant's list of favorite comic books

    May 28, 2018 — Source

  • Good Calories, Bad Calories

    Good Calories, Bad Calories

    Good Calories, Bad Calories

    Gary Taubes
    Health & Fitness
    4.17 (9,168)

    For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. in this groundbreaking book, award-winning science writer gary taubes shows us that almost everything

    Naval Ravikant

    One of my top 3 books of all time

    May 13, 2012 — Source

  • Skin in the Game

    Skin in the Game

    Skin in the Game

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Business & Economics
    3.88 (20,757)

    From the new york times bestselling author of the black swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility in his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. citing examples ranging from hammurabi to seneca, antaeus the giant to donald trump, nassim nicholas taleb shows

    Naval Ravikant

    The best book I've read in 2018, I highly recommend it.

     — Source

  • Stories of Your Life and Others

    Stories of Your Life and Others

    Stories of Your Life and Others

    Ted Chiang
    Fiction
    4.23 (82,624)

    Ted chiang's first published story, "tower of babylon," won the nebula award in 1990. subsequent stories have won the asimov's sf magazine reader poll, a second nebula award, the theodore sturgeon memorial award, and the sidewise award for alternate history. he won the john w. campbell award for best new writer in 1992. story for story, he is the most honored young writer in modern sf.now, collected here for the first time are all seven of this extraordinary writer's stories so far-plus an eighth story written especially for this volume.what

    Naval Ravikant

    One of my favorite sci-fi novels

    May 13, 2012 — Source

  • Reality is Not What it Seems

    Reality is Not What it Seems

    Reality is Not What it Seems

    Carlo Rovelli
    Science
    4.33 (9,837)

    What are time and space made of? where does matter come from? and what exactly is reality? scientist carlo rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. here he explains how our image of the world has changed throughout centuries. fom aristotle to albert einstein, michael faraday to the higgs boson, he takes us on a wondrous journey to show us that beyond our ever-changing idea of reality is a whole new world that has yet to be discovered.

    Naval Ravikant

    This is the best book I've read in the last year.

    Feb 24, 2017 — Source

  • The Sovereign Individual

    The Sovereign Individual

    The Sovereign Individual

    James Dale Davidson,William Rees-Mogg
    4.25 (1,846)

    The sovereign individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of western civilization. few observers of the late twentieth century have their fingers so presciently on the pulse of the global political and economic realignment ushering in the new millennium as do james dale davidson and lord william rees-mogg. their bold prediction of disaster on wall street in blood in the streets was borne out by black tuesday. in their ensuing bestseller, the great reckoning, published just weeks before the coup attempt against gorbachev, they analyzed the

    Naval Ravikant

    Best book I've read since Sapiens (far less mainstream, though).

    Jul 4, 2016 — Source

  • Meditations

    Meditations

    Meditations

    Marcus Aurelius
    4.22 (164,598)

    Written in greek by the only roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, the meditations of marcus aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. while the meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, marcus aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a timeless collection that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and readers throughout the centuries.

    Naval Ravikant

    One of my favorite books of all time.

    Feb 23, 2014 — Source

  • Wind, Sand and Stars

    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.09 (16,484)

    Naval Ravikant

    One of my all time favorite books. I quote it all the time.

    Feb 1, 2016 — Source

  • The Beginning of Infinity
    Naval Ravikant

    Not the easiest read, but it made me smarter

    Aug 15, 2019 — Source

  • The Book of Life

    The Book of Life

    The Book of Life

    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    4.37 (1,138)

    365 daily meditations on freedom, personal transformation, living fully, and much more, from the man the dalai lama described as "one of the greatest thinkers of the age."

    Naval Ravikant

    Probably the best book is The Book of Life

    Feb 1, 2016 — Source

  • A Pattern Language

    A Pattern Language

    A Pattern Language

    Christopher Alexander,Ingrid Fiksdahl-King,Max Jacobson,Murray Silverstein,Sara Ishikawa,Shlomo Angel
    Architecture
    4.41 (4,548)

    At the core of a pattern language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages,’ which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.this book provides a language of this kind. it will enable making a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. ‘patterns,’ the units of this language, are answers to design problems: how high should a window sill be?;

    Naval Ravikant

    Love that book. Didn’t realize his breadth until now.

    Aug 20, 2018 — Source

  • How to Change Your Mind

    How to Change Your Mind

    How to Change Your Mind

    POLLAN MICHAEL
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.19 (60,738)

    When lsd was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. it promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. but in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counter-culture, all further research was banned. in recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of lsd, psilocybin and dmt. could these drugs in fact improve the

    Naval Ravikant

    You many want to take a look

    Oct 24, 2019 — Source

  • The Lessons of History

    The Lessons of History

    The Lessons of History

    Ariel Durant,Will Durant
    History
    4.11 (12,849)

    In this illuminating and thoughtful book, will and ariel durant have succeeded in distilling for the reader the accumulated store of knowledge and experience from their four decades of work on the ten monumental volumes of "the story of civilization." the result is a survey of human history, full of dazzling insights into the nature of human experience, the evolution of civilization, the culture of man. with the completion of their life's work they look back and ask what history has to say about the nature, the conduct and the

    Naval Ravikant

    This is a great book I really liked

    Aug 19, 2019 — Source

  • The Macintosh Way

    The Macintosh Way

    The Macintosh Way

    Guy Kawasaki
    Computer software
    3.94 (341)

    The macintosh way is a "take-no-prisoners guide to marketing warfare" says jean louis gasse, president of apple products. must reading for anyone in the high-tech industry, it is valuable, insightful guide to innovation management and marketing for any industry.

    Naval Ravikant

    led me into tech!

    Feb 22, 2011 — Source

  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

    Carlo Rovelli
    Science
    3.96 (45,704)

    This is a book about the joy of discovery. a playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, it's already a major bestseller in italy and the united kingdom. carlo rovelli offers surprising—and surprisingly easy to grasp—explanations of general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. he takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos,

    Naval Ravikant

    Terrific as well

    Feb 24, 2017 — Source

  • The Great Book of Amber

    The Great Book of Amber

    The Great Book of Amber

    Roger Zelazny
    Fiction
    4.31 (24,833)

    Alternate cover edition can be found here roger zelazny's chronicles of amber have earned their place as all-time classics of imaginative literature. now, here are all ten novels, together in one magnificent omnibus volume. witness the titanic battle for supremacy waged on earth, in the courts of chaos, and on a magical world of mystery, adventure and romance.--back cover

    Naval Ravikant

    Formative books for me. Read and re-read them over the years.

    Sep 19, 2010 — Source

  • Why Information Grows

    Why Information Grows

    Why Information Grows

    Cesar Hidalgo
    Business & Economics
    3.97 (1,237)

    Why do some nations prosper while others do not? economists usually turn to measures such as gross domestic product or per capita income to answer this question, but interdisciplinary theorist cesar hidalgo argues that we can learn more by measuring a country’s ability to make complex products.in why information grows, hidalgo combines the seemingly disparate fields of economic development and physics to present this new rubric for economic growth. he believes that we should investigate what makes some countries more capable than others. complex products—from films to robots, apps to

    Naval Ravikant

    Beautiful summary of an important book. Worth reading.

    Feb 5, 2018 — Source

  • The Power of Habit

    The Power of Habit

    The Power of Habit

    Charles Duhigg
    Self-Help
    4.12 (417,903)

    A young woman walks into a laboratory. over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. she has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. the patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.marketers at procter & gamble study videos of people making their beds. they are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and

    Naval Ravikant

    That one was interesting

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • Six Not-So-Easy Pieces

    Six Not-So-Easy Pieces

    Six Not-So-Easy Pieces

    Richard P. Feynman,Roger Penrose
    4.25 (7,790)

    No twentieth-century american scientist is better known to a wider spectrum of people than richard p. feynman (1918–1988)—physicist, teacher, author, and cultural icon. his autobiographies and biographies have been read and enjoyed by millions of readers around the world, while his wit and eccentricities have made him the subject of tv specials and even a theatrical film. the spectacular reception of the book and audio versions of feynman’s six easy pieces (published in 1995) resulted in a worldwide clamor for “more feynman! more feynman!” the outcome is these six additional

    Naval Ravikant

    I would give my kids a copy of Richard Feynman's [...] Six Not-So-Easy Pieces

     — Source

  • Thinking Physics

    Thinking Physics

    Thinking Physics

    Lewis Carroll Epstein
    4.41 (348)

    Lewis carroll epstein explains deep ideas in physics in an easy-to-understand way. thinking physics is a perfect beginner’s guide to an amazingly wide range of physics-related questions. the book targets topics that science teachers and students spend time wondering about, like wing lift. epstein elucidates the familiar but misunderstood — such as how tides work — along with more obscure but fascinating phenomena like the “bernoulli sub” and the “artificial aurora” created by hydrogen bombs. broken into many short sections and peppered with epstein’s own playful hand-drawn illustrations, the book

    Naval Ravikant

    There’s another great book called Thinking Physics. I open this one all the time

     — Source

  • The Sovereign Individual

    The Sovereign Individual

    The Sovereign Individual

    James Dale Davidson,William Rees-Mogg
    4.25 (1,849)

    The sovereign individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of western civilization. few observers of the late twentieth century have their fingers so presciently on the pulse of the global political and economic realignment ushering in the new millennium as do james dale davidson and lord william rees-mogg. their bold prediction of disaster on wall street in blood in the streets was borne out by black tuesday. in their ensuing bestseller, the great reckoning, published just weeks before the coup attempt against gorbachev, they analyzed the

    Naval Ravikant

    This is the best book I've read since Sapiens

     — Source

  • Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Charles T. Munger,Peter E. Kaufman
    4.4 (8,054)

    Expanded third edition includes charlie's 2007 usc law school commencement address. edited by peter d. kaufman. brand new.

    Naval Ravikant

    this is the only book on Munger you need.

     — Source

  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects

    The Lifecycle of Software Objects

    The Lifecycle of Software Objects

    Ted Chiang
    3.93 (5,484)

    What's the best way to create artificial intelligence? in 1950, alan turing wrote, "many people think that a very abstract activity, like the playing of chess, would be best. it can also be maintained that it is best to provide the machine with the best sense organs that money can buy, and then teach it to understand and speak english. this process could follow the normal teaching of a child. things would be pointed out and named, etc. again i do not know what the right answer is, but i

    Naval Ravikant

    Another masterpiece of sci-fi by Ted Chiang

     — Source

  • The Boys, Volume 1

    The Boys, Volume 1

    The Boys, Volume 1

    Darick Robertson,Garth Ennis
    4 (16,269)

    This is going to hurt! in a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone's got to make sure the "supes" don't get out of line. and someone will. billy butcher, wee hughie, mother's milk, the frenchman and the female are the boys: a cia backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on earth-superpower. some superheores have to be watched. some have to be controlled. and some of them-sometimes-need to be taken out

    Naval Ravikant

    I love graphic novels.

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

    The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

    The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

    Julian Jaynes
    4.26 (4,721)

    At the heart of this classic, seminal book is julian jaynes's still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only three thousand years ago and is still developing. the implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion -- and indeed our future.

    Naval Ravikant

    There’s a mouthful for you

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • Batman

    Batman

    Batman

    Frank Miller,Klaus Janson,Lynn Varley
    4.26 (171,539)

    This masterpiece of modern comics storytelling brings to vivid life a dark world and an even darker man. together with inker klaus janson and colorist lynn varley, writer/artist frank miller completely reinvents the legend of batman in his saga of a near-future gotham city gone to rot, ten years after the dark knight's retirement. crime runs rampant in the streets, and the man who was batman is still tortured by the memories of his parents' murders. as civil society crumbles around him, bruce wayne's long-suppressed vigilante side finally breaks free

    Naval Ravikant

    Favorite childhood comic

    Jun 8, 2019 — Source

  • A Cultural History of Physics

    A Cultural History of Physics

    A Cultural History of Physics

    Károly Simonyi
    Mathematics
    4.59 (54)

    While the physical sciences are a continuously evolving source of technology and of understanding about our world, they have become so specialized and rely on so much prerequisite knowledge that for many people today the divide between the sciences and the humanities seems even greater than it was when c. p. snow delivered his famous 1959 lecture, "the two cultures."in a cultural history of physics, hungarian scientist and educator karoly simonyi succeeds in bridging this chasm by describing the experimental methods and theoretical interpretations that created scientific knowledge, from ancient

    Naval Ravikant

    Recommended on twitter

    Mar 22, 2015 — Source

  • Antifragile

    Antifragile

    Antifragile

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Business & Economics
    4.06 (44,992)

    From the bestselling author of the black swan and one of the foremost philosophers of our time, nassim nicholas taleb, a book on how some systems actually benefit from disorder.in the black swan taleb outlined a problem; in antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. for what he calls the "antifragile" is one step beyond robust, as it benefits from adversity, uncertainty and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension.taleb

    Naval Ravikant

    Good books are worth re-reading. Great books are worth re-buying.

    Jun 23, 2019 — Source

  • Ficciones

    Ficciones

    Ficciones

    Anthony Kerrigan,Jorge Luis Borges
    Fiction
    4.43 (55,611)

    The seventeen pieces in ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of pascal's abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return. to enter the worlds in ficciones is to enter the mind of jorge luis borges, wherein lies heaven, hell, and everything else in

    Naval Ravikant

    Recommended on twitter

    Sep 2, 2018 — Source

  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1

    Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1

    Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1

    Warren Ellis
    Comics & Graphic Novels
    4.21 (42,920)

    After years of self-imposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist spider jerusalem is forced to return to a job that he hates and a city that he loathes. working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper the word, spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd century surroundings. combining black humor, life-threatening situations, and moral ambiguity, this book is the first look into the mind of an outlaw journalist and the world he seeks to destroy.

    Naval Ravikant

    This book is in his top 10 graphic novels

    Jan 31, 2016 — Source

  • Spiritual Warfare

    Spiritual Warfare

    Spiritual Warfare

    Jed McKenna
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.52 (565)

    Book three of jed mckenna's enlightenment trilogy: guns and bombs are children's toys. a true war wages, and you're invited. it's an invitation you may not be able to accept if you want to, or decline if you don't. it's an invitation to fight in a war like no other; a war where loss is counted as gain, surrender as victory, and where the enemy you must face, an enemy of unimaginable superiority, is yourself. spiritual warfare issues a damning and irrefutable indictment of its own audience and genre, putting

    Naval Ravikant

    They’re worth reading.

    Nov 4, 2019 — Source

  • Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment

    Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment

    Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment

    Jed McKenna
    Spiritual life
    4.4 (642)

    Jed mckenna is a one-man spiritual revolution. his first book, spiritual enlightenment: the damnedest thing, was an instant classic and established him as a spiritual teacher of startling depth and clarity. now, his second book, spiritually incorrect enlightenment, takes readers on a fascinating tour of the enlightened state as it's never been seen before. not to be missed spiritually incorrect enlightenment isn't one kind of enlightenment - it's the only kind - the mark of a true master is that he can express a subject of the utmost complexity with

    Naval Ravikant

    They’re worth reading.

    Nov 4, 2019 — Source

  • Total Freedom

    Total Freedom

    Total Freedom

    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    Religion
    4.38 (1,354)

    Counted among his admirers are jonas salk, aldous huxley, david hockney, and van morrison, along with countless other philosophers, artist, writers and students of the spiritual path. now the trustees of krishnamurti’s work have gathered his very best and most illuminating writings and talks to present in one volume the truly essential ideas of this great spiritual thinker.total freedom includes selections from krishnamurti’s early works, his ‘commentaries on living’, and his discourses on life, the self, meditation, sex and love. these writings reveal krishnamuri’s core teachings in their full eloquence

    Naval Ravikant

    Recommended on twitter

    Jan 28, 2017 — Source

  • Genius

    Genius

    Genius

    James Gleick
    Physicists
    4.06 (24,102)

    An illuminating portrayal of richard feynman—a giant of twentieth century physics—from his childhood tinkering with radios, to his vital work on the manhattan project and beyond raised in depression-era rockaway beach, physicist richard feynman was irreverent, eccentric, and childishly enthusiastic—a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy. his quick mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at los alamos working on the manhattan project under j. robert oppenheimer, where the giddy young man held his own among the nation’s greatest minds. there, feynman turned

    Naval Ravikant

    Re-reading Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

     — Source

  • The Bed of Procrustes

    The Bed of Procrustes

    The Bed of Procrustes

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Business & Economics
    3.79 (7,529)

    By the author of the modern classic the black swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. the bed of procrustes takes its title from greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. it represents taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects—modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested

    Naval Ravikant

    Good books are worth re-reading. Great books are worth re-buying.

    Jun 23, 2019 — Source

  • The Red Queen

    The Red Queen

    The Red Queen

    Matt Ridley
    Psychology
    4.05 (15,862)

    Referring to lewis carroll's red queen from through the looking-glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, matt ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. the red queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband. brilliantly written,

    Naval Ravikant

    Worth reading

    Mar 22, 2015 — Source

  • The Origins of Virtue

    The Origins of Virtue

    The Origins of Virtue

    Matt Ridley
    Science
    4.02 (3,963)

    If, as darwin suggests, evolution relentlessly encourages the survival of the fittest, why are humans compelled to live in cooperative, complex societies? in this fascinating examination of the roots of human trust and virtue, a zoologist and former american editor of the reveals the results of recent studies that suggest that self-interest and mutual aid are not at all incompatible. in fact, he points out, our cooperative instincts may have evolved as part of mankind?s natural selfish behavior--by exchanging favors we can benefit ourselves as well as others.brilliantly orchestrating the

    Naval Ravikant

    One of my favorite authors. I’ve read everything of his, and reread everything of his.

    Mar 2, 2017 — Source

  • Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track

    Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track

    Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track

    Richard P. Feynman
    Science
    4.25 (2,495)

    "one of the towering figures of twentieth-century science, richard feynman possessed a curiosity that was the stuff of legend. even before he won the nobel prize in 1965, his unorthodox and spellbinding lectures on physics secured his reputation amongst students and seekers around the world. it was his outsized love for life, however, that earned him the status of an american cultural icon - here was an extraordinary intellect devoted to the proposition that the thrill of discovery was matched only by the joy of communicating it to others." in

    Naval Ravikant

    I’ve also been reading Perfectly Reasonable Deviations

     — Source

  • Fooled by Randomness

    Fooled by Randomness

    Fooled by Randomness

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Business & Economics
    4.07 (55,864)

    Naval Ravikant

    Good books are worth re-reading. Great books are worth re-buying.

    Jun 23, 2019 — Source

  • The Evolution of Everything

    The Evolution of Everything

    The Evolution of Everything

    Matt Ridley
    Business & Economics
    3.92 (2,781)

    The evolution of everything is about bottom-up order and its enemy, the top-down twitch—the endless fascination human beings have for design rather than evolution, for direction rather than emergence. drawing on anecdotes from science, economics, history, politics and philosophy, matt ridley’s wide-ranging, highly opinionated opus demolishes conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by those on high, whether in government, business, academia, or morality. on the contrary, our most important achievements develop from the bottom up. patterns emerge, trends evolve. just as skeins of geese form vs

    Naval Ravikant

    One of my favorite authors. I’ve read everything of his, and reread everything of his.

    Mar 22, 2015 — Source

  • Genome

    Genome

    Genome

    Matt Ridley
    Science
    4.05 (24,846)

    Naval Ravikant

    One of my favorite authors. I’ve read everything of his, and reread everything of his.

    Mar 22, 2015 — Source

  • Permutation City

    Permutation City

    Permutation City

    Greg Egan
    Fiction
    4.08 (8,641)

    The story of a man with a vision - immortality : for those who can afford it is found in cyberspace. permutation city is the tale of a man with a vision - how to create immortality - and how that vision becomes something way beyond his control. encompassing the lives and struggles of an artificial life junkie desperate to save her dying mother, a billionaire banker scarred by a terrible crime, the lovers for whom, in their timeless virtual world, love is not enough - and much more -

    Naval Ravikant

    This book is in his current reading & favorite.

    Aug 4, 2019 — Source

  • The Sandman

    The Sandman

    The Sandman

    Dave Stewart,Guillermo Ruiz Carreras,J.H. Williams III,Neil Gaiman,Todd Klein
    4.01 (61,103)

    Twenty-five years since the sandman first changed the landscape of modern comics, neil gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe hardcover edition!the sandman: overture heralds new york times best-selling writer neil gaiman’s return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary j.h. williams iii (batwoman, promethea), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to the sandman’s origin story. from the birth of a galaxy to the moment that morpheus is captured, the sandman: overture will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as

    Naval Ravikant

    Naval top 10 graphic novels

    Jan 31, 2016 — Source

  • Moby-Dick or, the Whale

    Moby-Dick or, the Whale

    Moby-Dick or, the Whale

    Herman Melville
    Fiction
    3.52 (508,779)

    "it is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships' cables and hawsers. a polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it." so melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. in part, moby-dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. but more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and

    Naval Ravikant

    I'm trying to reread Moby Dick

    May 13, 2012 — Source

  • Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Charles T. Munger,Peter D. Kaufman
    Investments
    4.4 (8,049)

    Expanded third edition includes charlie's 2007 usc law school commencement address. edited by peter d. kaufman. brand new.

    Naval Ravikant

    I always recommend Poor Charlie's as my top business book

    Oct 29, 2012 — Source

  • The Power of Myth

    The Power of Myth

    The Power of Myth

    Joseph Campbell
    4.23 (49,471)

    The power of myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in joseph campbell and his work. a preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people. to him, mythology was the "song of the universe, the music of the spheres." with bill moyers, one of america's most prominent journalists, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, the power of myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from jesus to john lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit.

    Naval Ravikant

    I'm rereading. Sometimes I think its better to just to reread the greats than it is to read something that's not as great.

     — Source

  • Gödel, Escher, Bach

    Gödel, Escher, Bach

    Gödel, Escher, Bach

    Douglas R Hofstadter
    Philosophy
    4.26 (47,076)

    Douglas hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. however, according to hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. if life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. gödel, escher, bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

    Naval Ravikant

    Amazing book.

    Jul 10, 2016 — Source

  • The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí

    The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí

    The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí

    Salvador Dali
    ART
    4.11 (2,647)

    This early autobiography, which takes dalí through his late thirties, is as startling and unpredictable as his art. on its first publication, the reviewer of books observed: "it is impossible not to admire this painter as writer ... (dalí) succeeds in doing exactly what he sets out to do ... communicates the snobbishness, self-adoration, comedy, seriousness, fanaticism, in short the concept of life and the total picture of himself he sets out to portray." superbly illustrated with over eighty photographs of dalí and his works, and scores of dalí drawings

    Naval Ravikant

    This ones a harder read but really fun, most egotistical author of all time. The title alone should grab you and give you a sense.

    Aug 18, 2015 — Source

  • The Power of Now

    The Power of Now

    The Power of Now

    Eckhart Tolle
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.13 (267,504)

    Eckhart tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. and while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, tolle's clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. foremost, tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. more importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container--more conscious of how thoughts and

    Naval Ravikant

    Power of Now is the OG.

    Jun 14, 2019 — Source

  • The Tao of Philosophy

    The Tao of Philosophy

    The Tao of Philosophy

    Alan Watts
    Religion
    4.14 (254)

    Who am i? why am i here? what is the nature of the world around me?alan watts (1915 – 1973)—noted professor, graduate-school dean, harvard university research fellow, and episcopal priest—examines these fundamental questions from a taoist perspective, learning to appreciate not just the bowl but the empty space within it. with down-to-earth writing he reveals our direct connection to the natural world and reminds us that we are not so much born into this world as grown out of it. this collection of eight of watts' unique philosophical essays and

    Naval Ravikant

    Mention and recommend this book

     — Source

  • Pre-Suasion

    Pre-Suasion

    Pre-Suasion

    Robert Cialdini Ph.D.
    Business & Economics
    3.98 (7,705)

    The author of the legendary bestseller influence, social psychologist robert cialdini shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered.what separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his influence an iconic bestseller, robert cialdini explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. this “privileged moment for change” prepares people to be receptive

    Naval Ravikant

    You need to read the entire book to get the point but It's still good to read it

    Nov 21, 2016 — Source

  • Nexus

    Nexus

    Nexus

    Ramez Naam
    Fiction
    4.04 (20,361)

    In the near future, the experimental nano-drug nexus can link humans together, mind to mind. there are some who want to improve it. there are some who want to eradicate it. and there are others who just want to exploit it.when a young scientist is caught improving nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage – for there is far more at stake than anyone realizes.from the halls of academe to the halls of power, from the headquarters of an elite us agency in

    Naval Ravikant

    Is fantastic.

    Jun 6, 2018 — Source

  • "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

    Ralph Leighton,Richard P. Feynman
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.25 (181,399)

    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 gambling with nick the greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. in short, here is feynman's life in all its

    Naval Ravikant

    It's all bite sized little stories. You can skip around and read these great stories about the adventures of this curious character.

    Aug 18, 2015 — Source

  • Foundation

    Foundation

    Foundation

    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    4.17 (464,840)

    Soon to be an apple tv+ series, coming 9/24/21 - nominated as one of america's best-loved novels by pbs's the great american readfor twelve thousand years the galactic empire has ruled supreme. now it is dying. but only hari seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future--to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. to preserve knowledge and save humankind, seldon gathers the best minds in the empire--both scientists and scholars--and brings them to a bleak planet at

    Naval Ravikant

    And I loved reading it as a kid

    May 3, 2017 — Source

  • The Salmon of Doubt

    The Salmon of Doubt

    The Salmon of Doubt

    Douglas Adams
    Fiction
    3.91 (28,348)

    Douglas adams changed the face of science fiction with his cosmically comic novel the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy and its classic sequels. sadly for his countless admirers, he hitched his own ride to the great beyond much too soon. culled posthumously from adams’s fleet of beloved macintosh computers, this selection of essays, articles, anecdotes, and stories offers a fascinating and intimate portrait of the multifaceted artist and absurdist wordsmith.join adams on an excursion to climb kilimanjaro…dressed in a rhino costume; peek into the private life of genghis khan—warrior and

    Naval Ravikant

    Recommended.

    Mar 14, 2014 — Source

  • A Soldier of the Great War

    A Soldier of the Great War

    A Soldier of the Great War

    Mark Helprin
    Fiction
    4.34 (6,875)

    From acclaimed novelist mark helprin, a lush, literary epic about love, beauty, and the world at war.alessandro giuliani, the young son of a prosperous roman lawyer, enjoys an idyllic life full of privilege: he races horses across the country to the sea, he climbs mountains in the alps, and, while a student of painting at the ancient university in bologna, he falls in love. then the great war intervenes. half a century later, in august of 1964, alessandro, a white-haired professor, tall and proud, meets an illiterate young factory worker

    Naval Ravikant

    For historical fiction, I like A Soldier of the Great War

    Sep 17, 2012 — Source

  • Sun Rises in the Evening
    Naval Ravikant

    Bit mystical but hes not wrong.

    Apr 25, 2018 — Source

  • Art Of Manipulation

    Art Of Manipulation

    Art Of Manipulation

    R. B. Sparkman
    Influence (Psychology)
    3.93 (143)

    Five percent of the people manipulate the other ninety-five percent.what do these manipulators know that the rest of us don't?a very well received 'how to' book on learning street smarts and what to look out for in avoiding scams.with topics such as: character types to watch out for (tips that tell you you're about to be taken) • how to make a slave out of a person (what made you think being good to people all the time will ever get you what you want?) • the world is rife

    Naval Ravikant

    It was really a good book.

     — Source

  • Think on These Things

    Think on These Things

    Think on These Things

    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    Religion
    4.06 (4,653)

    ‘the material contained in this volume was originally presented in the form of talks to students, teachers and parents in india, but its keen penetration and lucid simplicity will be deeply meaningful to thoughtful people everywhere, of all ages, and in every walk of life. krishnamurti examines with characteristic objectivity and insight the expressions of what we are pleased to call our culture, our education, religion, politics and tradition; and he throws much light on such basic emotions as ambition, greed and envy, the desire for security and the lust

    Naval Ravikant

    Decades ago, it didnt make sense. Years ago, it changed my life, but I felt late. So that time was the right time.

    Mar 30, 2018 — Source

  • Brahma

    Brahma

    Brahma

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    3.86 (22)

    The famous poem "brahma" by ralph waldo emerson.

    Naval Ravikant

    Big fan. I can quote “Brahma” by heart.

    Jul 19, 2018 — Source

  • Thinking Physics

    Thinking Physics

    Thinking Physics

    Lewis Carroll Epstein
    4.4 (346)

    Lewis carroll epstein explains deep ideas in physics in an easy-to-understand way. thinking physics is a perfect beginner’s guide to an amazingly wide range of physics-related questions. the book targets topics that science teachers and students spend time wondering about, like wing lift. epstein elucidates the familiar but misunderstood — such as how tides work — along with more obscure but fascinating phenomena like the “bernoulli sub” and the “artificial aurora” created by hydrogen bombs. broken into many short sections and peppered with epstein’s own playful hand-drawn illustrations, the book

    Naval Ravikant

    He recommend this book

    Mar 1, 2017 — Source

  • Calculus Made Easy

    Calculus Made Easy

    Calculus Made Easy

    Martin Gardner,Silvanus P. Thompson
    Calculus
    4.19 (1,011)

    Calculus made easy has long been the most popular calculus primer, and this major revision of the classic math text makes the subject at hand still more comprehensible to readers of all levels. with a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, calculus made easy has been thoroughly updated for the modern reader.

    Naval Ravikant

    I love that book.

    Nov 2, 2019 — Source

  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It

    Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It

    Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It

    Kamal Ravikant
    Happiness
    3.88 (13,080)

    In december of 2011, i gave a talk to an audience of scientists, pentagon officials, politicians, and ceo's on the secret of life and how i'd figured it out the previous summer. afterwards, people came up individually and told me how much what i'd shared meant to them. this book is based on the truth i spoke about.it's something i learned from within myself, something i believed saved me. and more than that, the way i set about to do it. this is a collection of thoughts on what i

    Naval Ravikant

    I thought it was very succinctly written.

     — Source

  • Live Your Truth

    Live Your Truth

    Live Your Truth

    Kamal Ravikant
    4.2 (1,145)

    We don't stumble accidentally into an amazing life. it takes a conscious commitment to figuring out what we stand for - finding our truth. it begins by looking inside ourselves, because when it rises from within, we have no choice but to express it, to live it. that is when magic happens: fulfillment, happiness, relationships and success. the question is: how? with meditations on love, healing, entrepreneurship, overcoming failure, vulnerability, fear, the nature of the mind and the rhythm of life, "liveyour truth" is a guide to this crucial journey

    Naval Ravikant

    He had a great line in there where it said, I once asked a monk, What is your secret to peace and happiness? And the monk said, I say Yes. To everything that happens, I say Yes.

     — Source

  • Rick and Morty Book One

    Rick and Morty Book One

    Rick and Morty Book One

    Zac Gorman
    4.34 (498)

    The hit comic book series based on dan harmon and justin roiland s hilarious [adult swim] animated show rick & morty is now available in its first deluxe hardcover collection! join the excitement as depraved genius rick sanchez embarks on insane adventures with his awkward grandson morty across the universe and across time. caught in the crossfire are his teenage granddaughter summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter beth, and his hapless son-in-law jerry. this collection features the first ten issues of the comic book series, including " the wubba lubba dub

    Naval Ravikant

    Just as funny, different content. Must read!

    Aug 18, 2015 — Source

  • "What Do You Care What Other People Think?"

    "What Do You Care What Other People Think?"

    "What Do You Care What Other People Think?"

    Ralph Leighton,Richard P. Feynman
    Physicists
    4.12 (28,741)

    One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, richard feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "what do you care what other people think?" is feynman’s last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, ralph leighton. among its many tales—some funny, others intensely moving—we meet feynman’s first wife, arlene, who taught him of love’s irreducible mystery as she lay dying in a hospital bed while he worked nearby on the atomic bomb at los alamos. we

    Naval Ravikant

    I love the title alone

    Aug 18, 2015 — Source

  • Falling Into Grace

    Falling Into Grace

    Falling Into Grace

    Adyashanti
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    3.9 (3,135)

    In the same way that we fall into the arms of a loved one or drop our heads on the pillow before sleep, we can let go into the beauty and truth of who and what we really are. falling into grace presents adyashanti's response to anyone looking for a way out of suffering and into the freedom of spiritual awakening. with his first introductory book, he offers what he considers the fundamental teachings on "seeing life with clear eyes" to transcend the illusions that lead to unhappiness. readers join

    Naval Ravikant

    I thought was very good.

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • Distress

    Distress

    Distress

    Greg Egan
    Fiction
    3.86 (2,363)

    Investigative reporter andrew worth turns down a documentary on a mysterious new mental illness -- distress, or acute clinical anxiety syndrome, for another assignment. he's on his way to the artifical island of stateless, where the world's top physicists are gathering to decide on a new toe, or theory of everything, to replace einstein's outmoded legacy. chief among the scientists is the brilliant african nobel laureate, violet mosala, the focus of worth's story, who is the subject of mysterious death threats. worth begins his own investigation, but it takes on

    Naval Ravikant

    I’ve been reading a book from him called Distress.

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • Waking Up

    Waking Up

    Waking Up

    Sam Harris
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    3.89 (40,285)

    For the millions of americans who want spirituality without religion, sam harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.from multiple new york times bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” sam harris, waking up is for the 30 percent of americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that jesus, buddha, lao tzu, rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. throughout the book, harris argues that there are important truths

    Naval Ravikant

    Loved this book

    Jul 1, 2015 — Source

  • Influence

    Influence

    Influence

    Robert B. Cialdini
    4.18 (125,904)

    Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. dr. robert cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. his thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.you'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. perfect for people in all walks of

    Naval Ravikant

    Was fundamental and had a lot to teach

    Nov 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Truth about Carbs

    The Truth about Carbs

    The Truth about Carbs

    Nate Miyaki
    3.72 (94)

    Free yourself from carbophobiacarbs. the very word strikes fear in the heart of many these days. they make you fat, right? and they lead to diabetes and a host of other ailments…right? chances are, if you’re trying to lose weight, you’ve probably tried a low-carb diet. but did it work for you long-term? if you’re still stuck in the yo-yo diet rut, still struggling with a muffin top, still reluctant to attend that high school reunion or beach vacation, then you need to get your facts straight. wouldn’t it be

    Naval Ravikant

    BTW, new book is amazing.

    May 24, 2014 — Source

  • Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

    Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

    Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

    Gordon Livingston MD
    Self-Help
    3.85 (2,821)

    After service in vietnam as a surgeon in 1968-69, dr. gordon livingston returned to the u.s. and began work as a psychiatrist. in that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives and the limitless ways that they have found to be unhappy. he is also a parent twice bereaved. in one thirteen-month period, he lost his eldest son to suicide, his youngest to leukemia. out of a lifetime of experience, livingston has extracted thirty bedrock truths: we are what we do. any relationship is under the control

    Naval Ravikant

    That was a fun, light read.

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects

    The Lifecycle of Software Objects

    The Lifecycle of Software Objects

    Ted Chiang
    Fiction
    3.93 (5,481)

    What's the best way to create artificial intelligence? in 1950, alan turing wrote, "many people think that a very abstract activity, like the playing of chess, would be best. it can also be maintained that it is best to provide the machine with the best sense organs that money can buy, and then teach it to understand and speak english. this process could follow the normal teaching of a child. things would be pointed out and named, etc. again i do not know what the right answer is, but i

    Naval Ravikant

    Another masterpiece of SciFi

    Jan 20, 2013 — Source

  • The War Nerd

    The War Nerd

    The War Nerd

    Gary Brecher
    History
    4.14 (368)

    Self-described war nerd gary brecher knows he’s not alone, that there’s a legion of fat, lonely americans, stuck in stupid, paper-pushing desk jobs, who get off on reading about war because they hate their lives. but brecher writes about war, too. war nerd collects his most opinionated, enraging, enlightening, and entertaining pieces. part war commentator, part angry humorist àla bill hicks, brecher inveighs against pieties of all stripes — liberian generals, dick cheney, u.n. peacekeepers, the neo-cons — and the massive incompetence of military powers. a provocative free thinker, he

    Naval Ravikant

    check out "The War Nerd" by Gary Brecker

    Aug 23, 2010 — Source

  • The Three-Body Problem

    The Three-Body Problem

    The Three-Body Problem

    Cixin Liu
    Fiction
    4.06 (202,940)

    The three-body problem is the first chance for english-speaking readers to experience the hugo 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 on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade earth. meanwhile, on earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the

    Naval Ravikant

    I just love to read, whenever I'm bored, whenever I have timeI just do it.

    Apr 3, 2018 — Source

  • The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

    The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

    The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

    Julian Jaynes
    Psychology
    4.26 (4,718)

    At the heart of this classic, seminal book is julian jaynes's still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only three thousand years ago and is still developing. the implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion -- and indeed our future.

    Naval Ravikant

    Thats a great book. Recommended to me by a friend.

     — Source

  • Thing Explainer

    Thing Explainer

    Thing Explainer

    Randall Munroe
    4.14 (10,032)

    In thing explainer: complicated stuff in simple words, things are explained in the style of up goer five, using only drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or "ten hundred") most common words. explore computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you're made of (cells).

    Naval Ravikant

    A great book by Randall Munroe

     — Source

  • The Book of Secrets
    Naval Ravikant

    If you want to run through a bunch of them [meditation techniques], you can pick up a book called The Book of Secrets

     — Source

  • Sacrifice (Breakthroughs in Mimetic Theory)

    Sacrifice (Breakthroughs in Mimetic Theory)

    Sacrifice (Breakthroughs in Mimetic Theory)

    Rene Girard
    3.88 (158)

    In sacrifice, rené girard interrogates the brahmanas of vedic india, exploring coincidences with mimetic theory that are too numerous and striking to be accidental. even that which appears to be dissimilar fails to contradict mimetic theory, but instead corresponds to the minimum of illusion without which sacrifice becomes impossible. the bible reveals collective violence, similar to that which generates sacrifice everywhere, but instead of making victims guilty, the bible and the gospels reveal the persecutors of a single victim. instead of elaborating myths, they tell the truth absolutely contrary to

    Naval Ravikant

    I'm reading a book on Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory, it's more of an overview book

    May 13, 2012 — Source

  • The Essential Gandhi

    The Essential Gandhi

    The Essential Gandhi

    Gandhi,Louis Fischer,M.K.Gandhi,Mahatma Gandhi
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.24 (1,314)

    An anthology of his writings on his life, work & ideasmohandas k. gandhi, called mahatma (“great soul”), was the father of modern india, but his influence has spread well beyond the subcontinent, and is as important today as it was in the first part of the twentieth century, and during this nation’s own civil rights movement. taken from gandhi’s writings throughout his life. introduces us to his thoughts on politics, spirituality, poverty, suffering, love, non-violence, civil disobedience, and his own life. the pieces collected here, with explanatory head-notes by gandhi

    Naval Ravikant

    I’m reading The Essential Gandhi

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • The Tao of Philosophy

    The Tao of Philosophy

    The Tao of Philosophy

    Alan W. Watts
    4.14 (254)

    Who am i? why am i here? what is the nature of the world around me?alan watts (1915 – 1973)—noted professor, graduate-school dean, harvard university research fellow, and episcopal priest—examines these fundamental questions from a taoist perspective, learning to appreciate not just the bowl but the empty space within it. with down-to-earth writing he reveals our direct connection to the natural world and reminds us that we are not so much born into this world as grown out of it. this collection of eight of watts' unique philosophical essays and

    Naval Ravikant

    Been reading

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • How to Change Your Mind

    How to Change Your Mind

    How to Change Your Mind

    Michael Pollan
    4.19 (60,690)

    When lsd was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. it promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. but in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counter-culture, all further research was banned. in recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of lsd, psilocybin and dmt. could these drugs in fact improve the

    Naval Ravikant

    You many want to take a look at Michael Pollan’s most recent book

    Oct 24, 2019 — Source

  • Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

    Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

    Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

    Basil Mahon,Nancy Forbes
    4.25 (1,159)

    The story of two brilliant nineteenth-century scientists who discovered the electromagnetic field, laying the groundwork for the amazing technological and theoretical breakthroughs of the twentieth century.two of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were michael faraday (1791-1867) and james clerk maxwell (1831-1879). this is the story of how these two men - separated in age by forty years - discovered the existence of the electromagnetic field and devised a radically new theory which overturned the strictly mechanical view of the world that had prevailed since newton's time.the

    Naval Ravikant

    What Naval is reading now

    Aug 14, 2018 — Source

  • Sun Rises in the Evening
    Naval Ravikant

    Bit mystical but he’s not wrong.

    Apr 25, 2018 — Source

  • Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic

    Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic

    Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic

    Osho
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.29 (1,116)

    An indispensable work for understanding the life and teachings of one of the most unusual mystics and philosophers of our time.ten years have past since, in the words of his attending physician, osho prepared for his departure from the body that had served him for fifty-nine years "as calmly as though he were packing for a weekend in the country." this volume is recognition that the time has come to provide a historical and biographical context for understanding osho and his work. who was this man, known as the sex

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  • Direct Truth

    Direct Truth

    Direct Truth

    Kapil Gupta
    4.42 (616)

    Prescriptions, how-to’s, self-help, guru’s, mental hacks, psychology, motivation, and the like, are things that are fundamentally unserious. they are things that move humans away from truth. for they approach all matters from the standpoint of a “fix.” the truth is a path away from all fixes. and away from all chases. it is for the one who is serious. it is for the one who is sincere. this book is for but a handful of individuals in the world. those with a rarest form of dna. the dna to arrive

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    Aug 14, 2018 — Source

  • Awareness

    Awareness

    Awareness

    Anthony De Mello,J. Francis Stroud
    Religion
    4.24 (12,247)

    The heart of anthony de mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. mixing christian spirituality, buddhist parables, hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de mello's words of hope come together in awareness in a grand synthesis.in short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: we must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. and this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace.here, then, is a masterful

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    Aug 14, 2018 — Source

  • Art of the Living Dead

    Art of the Living Dead

    Art of the Living Dead

    Adrian Hanft
    4.36 (11)

    "the apocalypse has arrived. the zombies surround us, drawn to the pulse of creative spirit, hungry for destruction. we need heroes." strange as it may seem, art of the living dead is a book about creativity. it is a guide for protecting the living parts of your brain. why is there so much opposition to innovation? why does creativity come so easily for some people? why do the relics of the past survive when better alternatives are created? where does creativity come from? how can we maintain artistry when we

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    Oct 22, 2015 — Source

  • Science and Method

    Science and Method

    Science and Method

    Henri Poincaré
    Mathematics
    4.04 (107)

    "still a joy to read." — mathematical gazettethis classic by the famous mathematician defines the basic methodology and psychology of scientific discovery, particularly regarding mathematics and mathematical physics. drawing on examples from many fields, it explains how scientists analyze and choose their working facts, and it explores the nature of experimentation, theory, and the mind. 1914 edition.

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    Aug 4, 2019 — Source

  • The Untethered Soul

    The Untethered Soul

    The Untethered Soul

    Michael A. Singer
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.18 (72,149)

    Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. you’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. by tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher michael a. singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories

    Naval Ravikant

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    Dec 17, 2017 — Source

  • Nature Via Nurture

    Nature Via Nurture

    Nature Via Nurture

    Matt Ridley
    Science
    4.07 (3,981)

    Acclaimed author matt ridley's thrilling follow-up to his bestseller genome. armed with the extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, ridley turns his attention to the nature versus nurture debate to bring the first popular account of the roots of human behaviour. what makes us who we are?in february 2001 it was announced that the genome contains not 100,000 genes as originally expected but only 30,000. this startling revision led some scientists to conclude that there are simply not enough human genes to account for all the different ways people behave:

    Naval Ravikant

    And everything by @mattwridley is worth reading

    Mar 22, 2015 — Source

  • Sex at Dawn

    Sex at Dawn

    Sex at Dawn

    Cacilda Jetha,Christopher Ryan
    Social Science
    3.97 (27,915)

    Since darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. mainstream science--as well as religious and cultural institutions--has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. but this narrative is collapsing. fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages.how can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative? it can't be, according to renegade thinkers christopher ryan

    Naval Ravikant

    He re-reads the book.

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  • Freedom from the Known

    Freedom from the Known

    Freedom from the Known

    Jiddu Krishnamurti,Mary Lutyens
    Religion
    4.21 (9,966)

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  • The Agile Gene

    The Agile Gene

    The Agile Gene

    Matt Ridley
    Science
    4.07 (3,981)

    Armed with extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, acclaimed science writer matt ridley turns his attention to the nature-versus-nurture debate in a thoughtful book about the roots of human behavior.ridley recounts the hundred years' war between the partisans of nature and nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature, the human being, can be simultaneously free-willed and motivated by instinct and culture. with the decoding of the human genome, we now know that genes not only predetermine the broad structure of the brain, they also absorb formative experiences, react to social

    Naval Ravikant

    And everything by @mattwridley is worth reading

    Mar 22, 2015 — Source

  • The Great Challenge

    The Great Challenge

    The Great Challenge

    Rajneesh
    Spiritual life
    4.03 (33)

    The great challenge of osho is not just a challenge, it is also an invitation to delve into the inner world. within this series of discourses is the wisdom of a 20th-century buddha, made available through his response to questions from people who sense there is more to life than meets the eye. osho covers it all - from god and faith to existence and consciousness, from the miracles of jesus to the materializations of sai baba, from intellect and intelligence to the significance of the master- disciple connection. this

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    Apr 27, 2019 — Source

  • Francis Crick

    Francis Crick

    Francis Crick

    Matt Ridley
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.91 (288)

    Francis crick, who died at the age of eighty-eight in 2004, will be bracketed with galileo, darwin, and einstein as one of the great scientists of all time. between 1953 and 1966 he made and led a revolution in biology by discovering, quite literally, the secret of life: the digital cipher at the heart of heredity that distinguishes living from non-living things -- the genetic code. his own discoveries -- though he always worked with one other partner and did much of his thinking in conversation -- include not only

    Naval Ravikant

    And everything by @mattwridley is worth reading

    Mar 22, 2015 — Source

  • At Home in the Universe

    At Home in the Universe

    At Home in the Universe

    Stuart Kauffman
    Science
    4.01 (1,364)

    A major scientific revolution has begun, a new paradigm that rivals darwin's theory in importance. at its heart is the discovery of the order that lies deep within the most complex of systems, from the origin of life, to the workings of giant corporations, to the rise and fall of greatcivilizations. and more than anyone else, this revolution is the work of one man, stuart kauffman, a macarthur fellow and visionary pioneer of the new science of complexity. now, in at home in the universe, kauffman brilliantly weaves together the

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    Aug 20, 2018 — Source

  • Watchmen

    Watchmen

    Watchmen

    Alan Moore
    Comics & Graphic Novels
    4.37 (515,512)

    This hugo award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.one of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, watchmen has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as v for vendetta, batman: the dark knight returns and the sandman series.

    Naval Ravikant

    This book is in his top 10 graphic novels

    Jan 31, 2016 — Source

  • The Unwritten, Vol. 1

    The Unwritten, Vol. 1

    The Unwritten, Vol. 1

    Mike Carey
    Comics & Graphic Novels
    3.74 (19,982)

    Tom taylor's life was screwed from go. his father created the tommy taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with harry potter. the problem is dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of z-level celebrity. in the final novel, it's even implied that the fictional tommy will crossover into the real world, giving delusional fans more excuses to harass tom.when an enormous scandal reveals that tom might really be

    Naval Ravikant

    This book is in his top 10 graphic novels

    Jan 31, 2016 — Source

  • Rick and Morty Book Two

    Rick and Morty Book Two

    Rick and Morty Book Two

    Pamela Ribon,Tom Fowler
    Humor
    4.35 (153)

    The hit comic book series based on dan harmon and justin roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show rick and morty is available in its second deluxe hardcover collection! join the excitement as depraved genius rick sanchez embarks on insane adventures with his awkward grandson morty across the universe and across time. caught in the crossfire are his teenage granddaughter summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter beth, and his hapless son-in-law jerry. this collection includes issues #11-20 of the comic book series, featuring the superstar talents of tom fowler, kyle starks, pamela

    Naval Ravikant

    Comic books by the same writers. Just as funny, different content. Must read!

    Aug 18, 2015 — Source

  • The Boys Omnibus Vol. 1

    The Boys Omnibus Vol. 1

    The Boys Omnibus Vol. 1

    Garth Ennis
    3.99 (4,286)

    All-new printing collecting the first 14 issues of the critically acclaimed series, now heading to live-action on amazon prime! this is going to hurt! in a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone's got to make sure the "supes" don't get out of line. and someone will! billy butcher, wee hughie, mother's milk, the frenchman, and the female are the boys: a cia-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on earth -

    Naval Ravikant

    This book is in his top 10 graphic novels

    Jan 31, 2016 — Source

  • Soon I Will Be Invincible

    Soon I Will Be Invincible

    Soon I Will Be Invincible

    Austin Grossman
    Fiction
    3.68 (13,542)

    Doctor impossible—evil genius, diabolical scientist, wannabe world dominator—languishes in a federal detention facility. he's lost his freedom, his girlfriend, and his hidden island fortress. over the years he's tried to take over the world in every way imaginable: doomsday devices of all varieties (nuclear, thermonuclear, nanotechnological) and mass mind control. he's traveled backwards in time to change history, forward in time to escape it. he's commanded robot armies, insect armies, and dinosaur armies. fungus army. army of fish. of rodents. alien invasions. all failures. but not this time. this time

    Naval Ravikant

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    Dec 29, 2010 — Source

  • Rick and Morty Book Three

    Rick and Morty Book Three

    Rick and Morty Book Three

    Kyle Starks,Marc Ellerby,Sarah Graley
    4.13 (76)

    The hit comic book series based on dan harmon and justin roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show rick and morty™ is available in its third deluxe hardcover collection!catch up on the adventures of sociopathic genius scientist rick sanchez and his inherently timid grandson morty smith as they embark on dangerous adventures across the universe! recoil at the despicable doofus jerry and his attempt to take over the family (and the world)! relive the joys and sorrows of tiny rick! join summer and mr. poopybutthole on their own adventure through fame

    Naval Ravikant

    Comic books by the same writers. Just as funny, different content. Must read!

    Aug 18, 2015 — Source

  • Preludes & Nocturnes

    Preludes & Nocturnes

    Preludes & Nocturnes

    Neil Gaiman
    4.23 (236,239)

    New york times best-selling author neil gaiman's transcendent series sandman is often hailed as the definitive vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.in preludes & nocturnes, an occultist attempting to capture death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother dream instead. after his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, dream, also known as morpheus, goes on

    Naval Ravikant

    This book is in his top 10 graphic novels

    Jan 31, 2016 — Source

  • Rick and Morty #4

    Rick and Morty #4

    Rick and Morty #4

    Zac Gorman
    4.13 (373)

    Old rick donald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o! and on that farm he had a violent proletariat uprising! when rick refuses to pay his alien workers a fair wage, he finds himself on the business end of a pitchfork. meanwhile, morty's relationship with a beleaguered young milkmaid gets hot and heavy.

    Naval Ravikant

    Comic books by the same writers. Just as funny, different content. Must read!

    Aug 18, 2015 — Source

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories

    Lewis Carroll
    4.24 (30,339)

    Includes such stories as - "alice's adventures in wonderland", "through the looking-glass", "sylvie and bruno", "sylvie and bruno concluded", "the hunting of the snark" and the poetry, essays and phantasmagoria along with a collection of the author's miscellaneous writings.

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    May 6, 2016 — Source

  • Superintelligence

    Superintelligence

    Superintelligence

    Nick Bostrom
    Computers
    3.86 (15,019)

    Superintelligence asks the questions: what happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? will artificial agents save or destroy us? nick bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. the human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. it is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. if machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful--possibly beyond our control. as the fate of the gorillas now depends more on

    Naval Ravikant

    He re-reads the book.

     — Source

  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

    Adam Smith,Edwin Cannan
    3.85 (33,638)

    Adam smith's masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. written in clear and incisive prose, the wealth of nations articulates the concepts indispensable to an understanding of contemporary society; and robert reich's introduction both clarifies smith's analyses and illuminates his overall relevance to the world in which we live. as reich writes, "smith's mind ranged over issues as fresh and topical today as they were in the late

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    Aug 1, 2019 — Source

  • The Compleat Strategyst

    The Compleat Strategyst

    The Compleat Strategyst

    J. D. Williams
    Mathematics
    3.51 (150)

    When j. d. williams wrote this entertaining, witty introduction for the nonscientist, game theory was still a somewhat mysterious subject familiar to very few scientists beyond those researchers, like himself, working for the military. now, over thirty years after its original publication as a rand corporation research study, his light-hearted though thoroughly effective primer is the recognized classic introduction to an increasingly applicable discipline. used by amateurs, professionals, and students throughout the world in the classroom, on the job, and for personal amusement, the book has been through ten printings,

    Naval Ravikant

    I grew up playing strategy games, so second nature to me.

    Jan 15, 2018 — Source

  • Undercover Economist

    Undercover Economist

    Undercover Economist

    Tim Harford
    Consumer education
    3.8 (26,560)

    With over one million copies sold, the undercover economist has been hailed worldwide as a fantastic guide to the fundamental principles of economics. an economist's version of the way things work, this engaging volume is part economics 101 and part expose of the economic principles lurking behind daily events, explaining everything from traffic jams to high coffee prices.new to this edition this revised edition, newly updated to consider the banking crisis and economic turbulence of the last four years, is essential for anyone who has wondered why the gap between

    Naval Ravikant

    He re-reads the book.

     — Source

  • The Story of Philosophy

    The Story of Philosophy

    The Story of Philosophy

    Will Durant
    4.14 (14,982)

    Few write for the non-specialist as well as will durant, and this book is a splendid example of his eminently readable scholarship. durant’s insight and wit never cease to dazzle; the story of philosophy is a key book for anyone who wishes to survey the history and development of philosophical ideas in the western world.

    Naval Ravikant

    He re-reads the book.

     — Source

  • God's Debris

    God's Debris

    God's Debris

    Scott Adams
    Religion
    3.95 (7,195)

    God's debris is the first non-humor book by best-selling author scott adams. adams describes god's debris as a thought experiment wrapped in a story. it's designed to make your brain spin around inside your skull. imagine that you meet a very old man who you eventually realize knows literally everything. imagine that he explains for you the great mysteries of life: quantum physics, evolution, god, gravity, light psychic phenomenon, and probability in a way so simple, so novel, and so compelling that it all fits together and makes perfect sense.

    Naval Ravikant

    He re-reads the book.

     — Source

  • The Evolution of Cooperation

    The Evolution of Cooperation

    The Evolution of Cooperation

    Robert Axelrod
    Political Science
    4.25 (1,829)

    The evolution of cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists—whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals—when there is no central authority to police their actions. the problem of cooperation is central to many different fields. robert axelrod recounts the famous computer tournaments in which the “cooperative” program tit for tat recorded its stunning victories, explains its application to a broad spectrum of subjects, and suggests how

    Naval Ravikant

    I grew up playing strategy games, so second nature to me.

    Jan 15, 2018 — Source

  • Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

    Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

    Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

    Daniel M Ingram
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.28 (890)

    * author posits that enlightenment is an attainable goal* argues that meditation is a method for examining reality. the very idea that the teachings of meditation can be mastered will arouse controversy within buddhist circles. even so, ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use meditation as a method for examining reality rather than an opportunity to wallow in self-absorbed mind-noise .ingram sets out concisely the difference between concentration-based and insight (vipassana) meditation; he provides

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  • Thermoinfocomplexity

    Thermoinfocomplexity

    Thermoinfocomplexity

    Behzad Mohit
    4.5 (4)

    Thermoinfocomplexity combines the stochastic interplay of energy and information that leads to the emergence of complex adaptive systems. it is scale-free and applies to the emergence of molecules, man and society. the theory carefully develops the physico-chemical rationale behind the selection of complex systems based on their efficient extraction and utilization of energy from their environment. thermoinfocomplexity also explains the scaling laws of metabolism from bacteria to amoeba, man, and human society. a good metaphor for this process (shown on the front cover) is the trajectory of a ball, (photon)

    Naval Ravikant

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  • How Innovation Works

    How Innovation Works

    How Innovation Works

    Matt Ridley
    Business & Economics
    4.15 (1,814)

    Innovation is the main event of the modern age, the reason we experience both dramatic improvements in our living standards and unsettling changes in our society. forget short-term symptoms like donald trump and brexit, it is innovation itself that explains them and that will itself shape the 21st century for good and ill. yet innovation remains a mysterious process, poorly understood by policy makers and businessmen, hard to summon into existence to order, yet inevitable and inexorable when it does happen.matt ridley argues in this book that we need to

    Naval Ravikant

    And everything by @mattwridley is worth reading

    Mar 22, 2015 — Source

  • René Girard's Mimetic Theory

    René Girard's Mimetic Theory

    René Girard's Mimetic Theory

    Wolfgang Palaver
    Literary Criticism
    4.14 (108)

    A systematic introduction into the mimetic theory of the french-american literary theorist and philosophical anthropologist rené girard, this essential text explains its three main pillars (mimetic desire, the scapegoat mechanism, and the biblical “difference”) with the help of examples from literature and philosophy. this book also offers an overview of rené girard’s life and work, showing how much mimetic theory results from existential and spiritual insights into one’s own mimetic entanglements. furthermore it examines the broader implications of girard’s theories, from the mimetic aspect of sovereignty and wars to the

    Naval Ravikant

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  • The Order of Time

    The Order of Time

    The Order of Time

    Carlo Rovelli
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.11 (20,129)

    Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. from boltzmann to quantum theory, from einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. time flows at different speeds in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe. with

    Naval Ravikant

    This book is the best book and recommended on twitter

    Aug 4, 2019 — Source

  • Striking Thoughts

    Striking Thoughts

    Striking Thoughts

    Bruce Lee,John Little
    Sports & Recreation
    4.3 (2,340)

    Within the pages of striking thoughts, you will find the secrets of bruce lee's amazing success— as an actor, martial artist, and inspiration to the world. consisting of eight sections, striking thoughts covers 72 topics and 825 aphorisms—from spirituality to personal liberation and from family life to filmmaking—all of which bruce lived by.his ideas helped energize his life and career, and made it possible for him to live a happy and assured life, overcoming difficult obstacles with seeming ease. his ideas also inspired his family, friends, students, and colleagues to

    Naval Ravikant

    Striking Thoughts is a good summary of some of his [Bruce Lee] philosophy.

    Feb 1, 2013 — Source

  • Tao Te Ching

    Tao Te Ching

    Tao Te Ching

    Lao Tzu
    Religion
    4.26 (137,357)

    Written more than two thousand years ago, the tao teh ching, or -the classic of the way and its virtue, - is one of the true classics of the world of spiritual literature. traditionally attributed to the legendary -old master, - lao tzu, the tao teh ching teaches that the qualities of the enlightened sage or ideal ruler are identical with those of the perfected individual. today, lao tzu's words are as useful in mastering the arts of leadership in business and politics as they are in developing a sense

    Naval Ravikant

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  • Jed Talks #1

    Jed Talks #1

    Jed Talks #1

    Jed McKenna
    4.36 (81)

    Jed mckenna is the author of the enlightenment trilogy (spiritual enlightenment: the damnedest thing, spiritually incorrect enlightenment, and spiritual warfare) and the dreamstate trilogy (jed mckenna's theory of everything: the enlightened perspective, play: a play by jed mckenna, and dreamstate: a conspiracy theory). the jed talks series continues to provide the same combination of humor, charm, and unparalleled mastery that has made jed mckenna the clearest and most unique voice in modern spirituality. visit wisefool press to learn more.

    Naval Ravikant

    Jed spits raw truth. His style may be off-putting but the dedication to truth is unparalleled

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  • Jed Talks #2
    Naval Ravikant

    Jed spits raw truth. His style may be off-putting but the dedication to truth is unparalleled

     — Source

  • A Master's Secret Whispers

    A Master's Secret Whispers

    A Master's Secret Whispers

    Kapil Gupta
    4.56 (352)

    Herein lie a series of dialogues between a true master and an authentic student. the master has devoted his life to unraveling the secret cures to the ills that plague every human being. put simply, the master has discovered the truth. the truth about freedom from anxiety, curing emotional pain, achieving true success, attaining clarity, cultivating wisdom, mastering relationships, gaining complete control of one's mind, and so on. the master speaks the raw truth. and the raw truth has no place for trite things such as prescriptions, how-to's, and cosmetic

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    Kapil recently became a personal advisor and coach to me, and this comes from a person who doesn’t believe in coaches

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  • Atmamun
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    Kapil recently became a personal advisor and coach to me, and this comes from a person who doesn’t believe in coaches

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  • Principles

    Principles

    Principles

    Ray Dalio
    Business & Economics
    4.08 (45,960)

    In 1975, ray dalio founded an investment firm, bridgewater associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in new york city. forty years later, bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and grown into the fifth most important private company in the united states, according to fortune magazine. dalio himself has been named to time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. along the way, dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to bridgewater’s exceptionally effective culture,

    Naval Ravikant

    As with most non-fiction, the meat was in the beginning. I'd move on as there are more great books than time.

    Dec 28, 2017 — Source

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Daniel Kahneman
    Psychology
    4.16 (389,431)

    In the highly anticipated thinking, fast and slow, kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. system 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; system 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. the impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in

    Naval Ravikant

    Fine book but it didnt need to be an entire book. A blog post would have gotten the point across.

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  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Naval Ravikant

    I think I’ll put that down. I get it. About half-way through it’s just a giant drug-fueled orgy by Hunter S. Thompson and his friend.

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • The Book of Five Rings

    The Book of Five Rings

    The Book of Five Rings

    Miyamoto Musashi
    Business & Economics
    4.01 (41,292)

    The book of five rings is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from asian culture. written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. the book of five rings was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai miyamoto musashi. thomas cleary's translation is immediately accessible, with

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    I'd only read this book

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  • Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Viktor E. Frankl
    Existential psychotherapy
    4.36 (522,974)

    Psychiatrist viktor frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. at the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. man's

    Naval Ravikant

    Started reading it, wow it's dark.

    Oct 1, 2015 — Source

  • Hagakure

    Hagakure

    Hagakure

    Yamamoto Tsunetomo
    Sports & Recreation
    4.05 (13,718)

    Hagakure ("in the shadow of leaves") is a manual for the samurai classes consisting of a series of short anecdotes and reflections that give both insight and instruction-in the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of bushido-the way of the warrior. it is not a book of philosophy as most would understand the word: it is a collection of thoughts and sayings recorded over a period of seven years, and as such covers a wide variety of subjects, often in no particular sequence. the work represents

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  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

    How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

    How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

    Scott Adams
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.02 (17,541)

    Scott adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. so how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? in how to fail at almost everything and still win big, adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket. no career guide can offer advice

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    He addresses this squarely

    Jun 28, 2018 — Source

  • The Martian

    The Martian

    The Martian

    Andy Weir
    Young Adult Fiction
    4.4 (938,508)

    Six days ago, astronaut mark watney became one of the first people to walk on mars. now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.after a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. the

    Naval Ravikant

    I finished The Martian, which was decent

    Jan 30, 2016 — Source

  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics

    The Feynman Lectures on Physics

    The Feynman Lectures on Physics

    Matthew Sands,Richard Phillips Feynman,Robert B. Leighton
    Science
    4.6 (7,295)

    The revised edition of feynman's legendary lectures includes extensive corrections and updates collated by feynman and his colleagues. a new foreword by kip thorne, the current richard feynman professor of theoretical physics at caltech, discusses the relevance of the new edition to today's readers. this boxed set also includes feynman's new tips on physics—the four previously unpublished lectures that feynman gave to students preparing for exams at the end of his course. thus, this 4-volume set is the complete and definitive edition of the feynman lectures on physics. packaged in

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  • The Gay Science

    The Gay Science

    The Gay Science

    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Philosophy
    4.26 (14,879)

    Nietzsche called the gay science "the most personal of all my books." it was here that he first proclaimed the death of god—to which a large part of the book is devoted—and his doctrine of the eternal recurrence.walter kaufmann's commentary, with its many quotations from previously untranslated letters, brings to life nietzsche as a human being and illuminates his philosophy. the book contains some of nietzsche's most sustained discussions of art and morality, knowledge and truth, the intellectual conscience and the origin of logic.most of the book was written just

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  • Fallen Leaves

    Fallen Leaves

    Fallen Leaves

    Will Durant
    History
    3.96 (827)

    Praised as a “revelatory” book by the wall street journal, this is the last and most personal work of pulitzer prize–winning author and historian will durant, discovered thirty-two years after his death.the culmination of will durant’s sixty-plus years spent researching the philosophies, religions, arts, sciences, and civilizations from across the world, fallen leaves is the distilled wisdom of one of the world’s greatest minds, a man with a renowned talent for rendering the insights of the past accessible. over the course of durant’s career he received numerous letters from “curious

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  • The Fabric of Reality

    The Fabric of Reality

    The Fabric of Reality

    David Deutsch
    Science
    4.12 (4,589)

    For david deutsch, a young physicist of unusual originality, quantum theory contains our most fundamental knowledge of the physical world. taken literally, it implies that there are many universes “parallel” to the one we see around us. this multiplicity of universes, according to deutsch, turns out to be the key to achieving a new worldview, one which synthesizes the theories of evolution, computation, and knowledge with quantum physics. considered jointly, these four strands of explanation reveal a unified fabric of reality that is both objective and comprehensible, the subject of

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  • Dream Yoga

    Dream Yoga

    Dream Yoga

    Andrew Holecek
    Religion
    4.31 (319)

    Lucid dreaming—waking up and becoming fully conscious in your dreams—has intrigued legions of those seeking to explore their vast inner worlds. yet for many, "getting lucid" for the first time can be elusive. and for those who have, there are few resources that show us how to use this extraordinary state for the greater goal of awakening to all of reality, day or night. with dream yoga, andrew holecek brings us a practical guide for meditators, seasoned dream travelers wanting to go deeper, and total beginners eager to experience lucidity

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  • Dreamstate

    Dreamstate

    Dreamstate

    Jed McKenna
    Religion
    4.37 (82)

    If life is but a dream, to what do we awake? the central premise of dreamstate: a conspiracy theory, is the admittedly ridiculous but incontrovertibly true assertion that the universe does not exist. this is something you can understand conceptually, like watching a documentary about antarctica, or experientially, like moving to antarctica. there’s also a related phenomenon where you fall asleep watching the documentary and wake up in the frozen wasteland. that’s gotta be weird, but the truth is that you’re asleep in a barren wasteland dreaming that you’re not,

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  • The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali

    The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali

    The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali

    Swami Satchidananda
    Philosophy
    4.27 (10,602)

    This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of raja yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. this new deluxe printing of these timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path. the classic sutras (thought-threads), at least 4,000 years old, cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life. the sutras are presented here in the purest form, with the original sanskrit and

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    Too flowery for me.

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  • The Bhagavad Gita - Introduced & Translated by Eknath Easwaran

    The Bhagavad Gita - Introduced & Translated by Eknath Easwaran

    The Bhagavad Gita - Introduced & Translated by Eknath Easwaran

    Anonymous
    Religion
    4.14 (60,947)

    “bir daha duy, sözümün en yücesi, hepsinin en gizlisi şudur: sen benim büyük sevgilimsin, bu yüzden senin iyiliğin için konuşacağım. zihnini/gönlünü bana ver, kendini bana ada, bana kurban sun, beni tazim et ve bana gel. sana gerçekten söz veriyorum, çünkü sen benim için azizsin.”*bhagavad-gita (tanrı’nın şarkısı), hindu dininin en önemli ve en kutsal metinlerinden biridir. büyük hint destanı mahabharata’nın bir bölümünü oluşturur. savaşçı prens arcuna ile dostu ve arabacısı, aynı zamanda tanrı vishnu’nun yeryüzünde bedene bürünmüş bir zuhuru (avatar) olan şri krişna arasında geçen bir söyleşidir. mö 400 ile mö

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    Too flowery for me.

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  • The Heart of Yoga

    The Heart of Yoga

    The Heart of Yoga

    T. K. V. Desikachar
    Health & Fitness
    4.33 (4,589)

    The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to viniyoga--yoga adapted to the needs of the individual. • a contemporary classic by a world-renowned teacher. • this new edition adds thirty-two poems by krishnamacharya that capture the essence of his teachings. sri tirumalai krishnamacharya, who lived to be over 100 years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. elements of krishnamacharya's teaching have become well known around the world through the work of b. k. s. iyengar, pattabhi jois,

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  • Diaspora

    Diaspora

    Diaspora

    Greg Egan
    Fiction
    4.13 (7,843)

    By the end of the 30th century humanity has the capability to travel the universe, to journey beyond earth and beyond the confines of the vulnerable human frame.the descendants of centuries of scientific, cultural and physical development divide into three: fleshers — true homo sapiens; gleisner robots — embodying human minds within machines that interact with the physical world; and polises — supercomputers teeming with intelligent software, containing the direct copies of billions of human personalities now existing only in the virtual reality of the polis.diaspora is the story of

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  • The Surrender Experiment

    The Surrender Experiment

    The Surrender Experiment

    Michael A. Singer
    Acceptance in the Bible
    4.02 (10,630)

    Spirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. but the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts, and views about the soul often leads to confusion. to reconcile the noise that clouds spirituality, michael singer combines accounts of his own life journey to enlightenment—from his years as a hippie-loner to his success as a computer program engineer to his work in spiritual and humanitarian efforts—with lessons on how to put aside conflicting beliefs, let go of worries, and transform misdirected desires. singer provides a road map to a new way

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  • Absolute Tao

    Absolute Tao

    Absolute Tao

    Osho
    Philosophy
    4.35 (130)

    Osho has spoken on more than 300 mystics, known and unknown. his absolute love is with lao tzu. .he speaks on mahavira, "as part of my duty...he is great, enlightened, but like a vast desert." of krishna osho says, "he is t as a multidimensional, superhuman, miraculous, but looks more like a myth than a man. i enjoy it as a cosmic gossip.". speaking on jesus christ he says, "i feel deep sympathy for him. but we remain parallel, we never meet. he is so sad, so burdened. and of

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  • Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

    Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

    Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

    Basil Mahon,Nancy Forbes
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.25 (1,156)

    The story of two brilliant nineteenth-century scientists who discovered the electromagnetic field, laying the groundwork for the amazing technological and theoretical breakthroughs of the twentieth century.two of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were michael faraday (1791-1867) and james clerk maxwell (1831-1879). this is the story of how these two men - separated in age by forty years - discovered the existence of the electromagnetic field and devised a radically new theory which overturned the strictly mechanical view of the world that had prevailed since newton's time.the

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  • Fall or, Dodge in Hell

    Fall or, Dodge in Hell

    Fall or, Dodge in Hell

    Neal Stephenson
    Fiction
    3.56 (15,041)

    The #1 new york times bestselling author of seveneves, anathem, reamde, and cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—paradise lost by way of phillip k. dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.in his youth, richard “dodge” forthrast founded corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. now in his middle years, dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece zula and her young daughter, sophia. one beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes

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  • Vasistha's Yoga

    Vasistha's Yoga

    Vasistha's Yoga

    Swami Venkatesananda
    Philosophy
    4.66 (308)

    This is swami venkatesananda's longer yoga vasistha. his two volume book is here offered between two covers. its purpose is to provide a means to eliminate psychological conditioning and to attain liberation. containing the instructions of the sage vasistha to lord rama, this scripture is full of intricately woven tales, the kind a great teacher might tell to hold the interest of a student.

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  • Convict Conditioning

    Convict Conditioning

    Convict Conditioning

    Paul Wade
    Bodybuilding
    4.18 (3,119)

    How to train as if your very life depended on your degree of real strength, power and toughnessmost physical training systems are designed for the domesticated human animal. that is to say, for us humans who live lives of such relative security that we cultivate our strength and power more out of pride and for a sense of accomplishment than out of an absolute need to survive in the wild. the professional athlete hones his body to function well in a sports event-rather than to emerge safe from a life-or-death

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  • The Jack Vance Treasury

    The Jack Vance Treasury

    The Jack Vance Treasury

    Terry Dowling
    Fiction
    4.2 (547)

    A massive (over 230,000 words) gathering of fiction by the master of science-fantasy.nebula and world fantasy grand master jack vance is one of the most admired and cherished writers of science fiction and fantasy in the world, and is one of the truly important and influential storytellers of the 20th century.from his first published story “the world thinker” in 1945 to his final novel lurulu in 2004, vance has shown an astonishing range of inventiveness, versatility and sheer storytelling power, as well as a gift for language and world-building second

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  • Great Short Poems

    Great Short Poems

    Great Short Poems

    Paul Negri
    Poetry
    3.98 (595)

    This outstanding anthology of short verse offers poetry lovers an impressive sampling of more than 150 masterpieces spanning over 400 years of english and american literary history. although short in length (the longest are 24 lines, most 16 lines or less), these poems are long on beauty, power, imagination, and originality.included are such memorable compositions as john donne's "death be not proud," shakespeare's "when, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes," "on his blindness" by john milton, william blake's "the tyger," wordsworth's "i wandered lonely as a cloud," byron's "she

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  • Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

    Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

    Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

    Jorge Luis Borges
    4.35 (1,554)

    Here is a handsome edition of one of borges' "ficciones," in a translation first published in "labyrinths" in 1962. it's an important story in the borges' canon, incorporating most of the author's philosophical and esthetic preoccupations in a typically brief compass. with great solemnity and a convincing array of scholarly detail (including annotated references to imaginary books and articles), borges contocts a fable of an alternate world and its infiltration of our own. the reality of tlon is idealist: material objects have no existence; language has no nouns; its principal

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  • The Path to Love

    The Path to Love

    The Path to Love

    Deepak Chopra M.D.
    Family & Relationships
    3.87 (4,026)

    Join deepak chopra on a wondrous journey. . . "the path to love." philosophical, inspiring, and ultimately very practical, the path to love is a book that can change lives as it invites the spirit to work its wonders on the most complex and richly rewarding terrain of all: the human heart.from the trade paperback edition.

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  • No bullshit guide to math and physics

    No bullshit guide to math and physics

    No bullshit guide to math and physics

    Ivan Savov
    Mathematics
    4.3 (115)

    Often calculus and mechanics are taught as separate subjects. it shouldn't be like that. learning calculus without mechanics is incredibly boring. learning mechanics without calculus is missing the point. this textbook integrates both subjects and highlights the profound connections between them.this is the deal. give me 350 pages of your attention, and i'll teach you everything you need to know about functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, vectors, forces, and accelerations. this book is the only math book you'll need for the first semester of undergraduate studies in science.with concise, jargon-free lessons

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  • Math, Better Explained

    Math, Better Explained

    Math, Better Explained

    Kalid Azad
    4.33 (365)

    "math, better explained" is a clear, intuitive guide to math topics essential for high school, college and beyond. whether you're a student, parent, or teacher, this book is your key to unlocking the aha! moments that make math truly click -- and make learning enjoyable.the book intentionally avoids mindless definitions and focuses on building a deep, natural intuition so you can integrate the ideas into your everyday thinking. its explanations on the natural logarithm, imaginary numbers, exponents and the pythagorean theorem are among the most-visited in the world.the topics in

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  • How to Teach Your Baby Math

    How to Teach Your Baby Math

    How to Teach Your Baby Math

    Glenn Doman,Janet Doman
    Family & Relationships
    4.19 (202)

    Time and again, the work performed at the institutes for the achievement of human potential has demonstrated that children from birth to age six are capable of learning better and faster than older children. how to teach your baby to read shows just how easy it is to teach a young child to read, while how to teach your baby math presents the simple steps for teaching mathematics through the development of thinking and reasoning skills. both books explain how to begin and expand each program, how to make and

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  • The Princeton Companion to Mathematics

    The Princeton Companion to Mathematics

    The Princeton Companion to Mathematics

    Imre Leader,June Barrow-Green,Timothy Gowers
    4.4 (1,589)

    This is a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone with a serious interest in mathematics. edited by timothy gowers, a recipient of the fields medal, it presents nearly two hundred entries, written especially for this book by some of the world's leading mathematicians, that introduce basic mathematical tools and vocabulary; trace the development of modern mathematics; explain essential terms and concepts; examine core ideas in major areas of mathematics; describe the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians; explore the impact of mathematics on other disciplines such as biology, finance, and musi—and much,

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  • The God Proof

    The God Proof

    The God Proof

    Jeffrey Kegler
    God
    3.67 (3)

    "this is a novel, but it is about a real proof claimed by kurt gödel, einstein's closest friend. ... the shy gödel feared ridicule. he probably told einstein about his god proof, but he told nobody else until 1970, and he never went public. after gödel's death, his papers were found in careful order. we know what is missing and what is not. everything was there, with two exceptions: the notebooks with his work on the god proof."--p. [4] pbk. cover.

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  • The Book of Why

    The Book of Why

    The Book of Why

    Dana Mackenzie,Judea Pearl
    Computers
    3.95 (3,894)

    "correlation is not causation." this mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. today, that taboo is dead. the causal revolution, instigated by judea pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality -- the study of cause and effect -- on a firm scientific basis. his work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like

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  • Courage

    Courage

    Courage

    Osho
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.05 (7,182)

    Courage is not the absence of fear, says osho. it is, rather, the total presence of fear, with the courage to face it. this book provides a bird's-eye view of the whole terrain--where fears originate, how to understand them, and how to find the courage to face them. in the process, osho proposes that whenever we are faced with uncertainty and change in our lives, it is actually a cause for celebration. instead of trying to hang on to the familiar and the known, we can learn to enjoy these

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  • How to Teach Your Baby to Read
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  • Infinite Powers

    Infinite Powers

    Infinite Powers

    Steven Strogatz
    History
    4.29 (3,858)

    Without calculus, we wouldn’t have cell phones, tv, gps, or ultrasound. we wouldn’t have unraveled dna or discovered neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket. though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, steven strogatz’s brilliantly creative, down‑to‑earth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it’s about simplicity. it harnesses an unreal number—infinity—to tackle real‑world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous. infinite powers recounts

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  • The Book of Nothing

    The Book of Nothing

    The Book of Nothing

    John D. Barrow
    Science
    3.97 (1,139)

    What conceptual blind spot kept the ancient greeks (unlike the indians and maya) from developing a concept of zero? why did st. augustine equate nothingness with the devil? what tortuous means did 17th-century scientists employ in their attempts to create a vacuum? and why do contemporary quantum physicists believe that the void is actually seething with subatomic activity? you’ll find the answers in this dizzyingly erudite and elegantly explained book by the english cosmologist john d. barrow.ranging through mathematics, theology, philosophy, literature, particle physics, and cosmology, explores the enduring hold

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  • What Is Life? with Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches

    What Is Life? with Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches

    What Is Life? with Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches

    Erwin Schrodinger
    Philosophy
    4.15 (5,729)

    What is life? is a 1944 non-fiction science book written for the lay reader by physicist erwin schrödinger. the book was based on a course of public lectures delivered by schrödinger in february 1943 at trinity college, dublin. schrödinger's lecture focused on one important question: "how can the events in space and time which take place within the spatial boundary of a living organism be accounted for by physics and chemistry?" in the book, schrödinger introduced the idea of an "aperiodic crystal" that contained genetic information in its configuration of

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  • Who We Are and How We Got Here

    Who We Are and How We Got Here

    Who We Are and How We Got Here

    David Reich
    Science
    4.14 (3,800)

    Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient dna as never before, and it has become clear--in part from david reich's own contributions to the field--that genomics is as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word. now, in the new science of the human past, reich describes just how the human genome provides not only all the information that a fertilized human egg needs to develop but also contains within it the history of our species. he delineates how

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  • The Third Wave

    The Third Wave

    The Third Wave

    Steve Case
    Biography & Autobiography
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