RECOMMENDED READING


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

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

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.

Making Sense

“Everything from the maintenance of civilization to the moral progress of our species depends on a series of successful conversations.”—Sam Harris 

The Death Of Expertise

The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions

Who Owns the Future?

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Rationality: From AI to Zombies

Eating Animals

The Gene: An Intimate History

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far: Why Are We Here?

Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

10% Happier

A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies

The Nonsense of Free Will: Facing Up to a False Belief 

Mortality

HOLY MADNESS

Why Orwell Matters

The End of Illness

Who’s in Charge?

Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives

Ethics for the Real World

A Brief History of Time

The Character of Physical Law

Eichmann in Jerusalem

The Blind Watchmaker

Mindfulness in Plain English

The Varieties of Scientific Experience

The Portable Atheist

Hitch-22

The Demon-Haunted World

How the Mind Works

Hitler’s Willing Executioners

The Emperor’s New Mind

Six Not-So-Easy Pieces

Six Easy Pieces

Hyperspace

The Elegant Universe

God Is Not Great

The God Delusion

Operation Barbarossa and Germany’s Defeat in the East

by David Stahel

Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942

by David Stahel