- Behave by Robert Sapolsky
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- The Years of Lyndon Johnson series by Robert Caro
- The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson
- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
- The Best American Short Stories anthologies
- The big religious ones: Bible, Koran, Baghvad Gita, Tao Te Ching, etc.
Business & Leadership
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge
- The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
- Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight. The story of Nike told by its founder.
- Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin. Fantastic science fiction series.
- Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges
- Lex Fridman Podcast
- Tim Ferriss Podcast
- Brain Science with Ginger Campbell
- Science Magazine Podcast
- Nature Podcast
- The Moth
- Atomic Habits, by James Clear.
- Bittersweet by Susan Cain
- Miracle & Wonder, live audiobook by Paul Simon and Malcolm Gladwell.
- The Voltage Effect, by John A. List.
- Corruptible, by Brian Klass.
- God Emperor of Dune, by Frank Herbert.
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley.
- The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt.
- Unleash The Giant Within, by Tony Robbins.
- Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson.
- Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0, by Jim Collins.
- Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson. 4/5.
- When The Body Says No. 4/5. A fascinating look at the body’s stress response system, and how it can be used to understand and treat a wide variety of diseases. The book is a bit dated, but the science is still relevant. It helped me think about how trauma in my own family is passed down through generations–not being the fault of any individual along the way–and how I can break that cycle.
- Honeybee Democracy, by Thomas Seeley. 4/5. Sweeping review of what humans know about how bees choose new colony locations. The process is decentralized, and I think human systems can learn from them. Interesting heuristics that can be applied more by humans are things like many independent reviews before voting, cooldown effects for any individual lobbying, quorums instead of majorities, and, of course, waggle dances.
- King of Kings, audio narrative by Dan Carlin. 4/5. Gripping account of the Persian Empire’s interactions with Greece from Cyrus the Great to Alexander the Great. A motif that stuck out is just how much of the facts from that time are unknown or seeped in so much propaganda that no one knows what’s true, even down to whether certain individuals exists or who won battles of thousands of warriors.
- Atomic Habits by James Clear.
- The Smartest Guys in The Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. 4/5. A fascinating look at the rise and fall of Enron. When hubris takes hold of rapidly growing companies filled with ambitious people, it’s easy for them to lose sight of reality. Though an extreme case, it’s a good reminder that fancy pedigrees and beautiful ideas don’t always translate into good outcomes.
- Stories of Your Lives And Others by Ted Chiang. 5/5. A collection of short stories that are all about the intersection of science and humanity. And actually a lot about religion, too.