Existential Essentials

Books to Challenge Your Reality

I read a book one day and my whole life was changed

Orhan Pamuk

Sapiens: A brief history of humankind

A book about deep history. 70000 years of human evolution in under 400 pages. This is a classic.

Homo deus: A Brief history of tomorrow

A book about deep future of humanity. When disease, war seem to be killing lesser humans than ever in history, and both biotech and info tech are at the verge of changing what it means to be human, what next?

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Are you sometimes worried about the future? Don’t fret, let’s prep!

  1. Whoever owns the data wins, which is why everyone struggles for it.
  2. Twin revolutions of biotech and info tech would create a useless class of people
  3. Biotech might end up in speciation of humans into multiple biological casts
  4. Education must show us how to navigate information, not give us more of it


Superintelligence asks what will happen once we manage to build computers that are smarter than us, including what we need to do, how it’s going to work, and why it has to be done the exact right way to make sure the human race doesn’t go extinct.