Reading/Resource List

Before buying a book, make sure its not about something that can be learned quickly via an online summary. For Example, the Lean Start-up has several summaries which I think suffice as replacements for reading it.

However, as a counter-point, spending additional effort to gain greater understanding of a topic/perspective could be a worthwhile investment.  A book is still the best medium to communicate and idea and perspective. I think the epitome for when to read a book in its entirety is Thinking, Fast and Slow. This is because integrating facts about behavioral psychology into one’s currently existing mental models is difficult. It is more difficult when the facts are not in line with a more foundational belief that we hold (about ourselves, or people in general). For example: the diffusion of responsibility in an emergency. Therefor, these facts need to be reinforced with experiencing the experiment, as well as stories of the experiences of others. Without these reinforcements, we tend to not integrate these facts of human tendencies into our existing models. This is why teaching psychology is difficult. It is also why a summary of Thinking, Fast and Slow is in no way a comparison to the experience of reading the book itself.

Deep Reading

Technology & Entrepreneurship:
The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham
The Pragmatic Programmer by Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt
The Information Diet by Clay Johnson
0 to 1 by Peter Thiel
Alone Together by Sherry Turkle
In the Plex by Steven Levy
The Lean Start-up by Eric Ries
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
The Sense of Style by Stephen Pinker

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Stephen Pinker
The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
How To Measure Anything by Douglas Hubbard
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
Change of Heart by Nick Cooney
Scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir
Introduction to Electrodynamics by David Griffiths
The Social Animal by Elliot Aronson
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

popular non-fiction:
Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerfee, Esther Duflo
World Poverty and Human Rights by Thomas Pogge
The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Creative Confidence by co-founders of ideo
The Best American Infographics 2013
Physics of the Future
Blink, Tipping Point, David & Goliath, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Some Online Favorites
Effective Altruism Reading Material For Busy People
cognitive lode
The Internet With a Human Face
An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes’ Theorem
Implementation Intentions
MIT: Explained
Analogy for Web Application Scaling
The Best of LifeHacker 2013
Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction by Bret Victor
Mining of Massive Datasets

How To Design a Good API and Why It Matters (video)
Information is Beautiful
The PHP Singularity
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
The Portable Nietzsche (“Friedrich Nietzsche – Penguin Classics” is more accessible)
The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
One-Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse
The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant
Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Emerson
Straw Dogs by John Gray

*Tinkers by Paul Harding*
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
The Plague by Albert Camus
The Fall by Albert Camus
The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Brothers Karamazov By Fyodor Dostoevsky

Personal Development:
How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa
Rules For Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
Daring Greatly: How Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
How To Practice the Way to a Meaningful Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Forgive For Good by Luskin

Waking Up by Sam Harris
Introduction to Meditation lead by Gil Frondsal
Focusing by Eugene Gendlin
The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
The Path is the Goal by Chogyam Trungpa
Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
What Makes You not a Buddhist (western intro to Buddhism)

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
The Human Face of Big Data
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Professional Development:
Getting Things Done
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
Never Eat Alone
Cracking the Coding Interview

Dune by Frank Herbert
Accelerando by Charles Stross
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
The Ender Quintet (starting with Ender’s Game) by Orson Scott Card

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