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Dune

Frank Herbert

I've taken the plunge into the world of the sand planet Arrakis, and there is no looking back. Herberts first novel in the Dune series walks us through an epic journey of son and mother, of betrayal and sacrifice, of life on the unforgiving desert planet of Dune. Water is scarce and gigantic sand worms are plenty.

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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us

Ed Yong

Detailed look a the microbial world that exists around us and within us. From parasitic wasps to monkey's assholes to our own intestines, microbes make up much of the natural world. The influence of an organisms microbiome is stark - our microbes influence our behavior and health in unfathomable ways.

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A Place of My Own

Michael Pollan

A fantastic account of the building of Pollans writing house, a small cabin the author used to pen several of his notable works. From conception, to blueprint, to construction, this book follows the lifecycle of a building and offers a unique look at what it takes to build something from scratch.

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The Circle

Dave Eggers

Great piece of realistic fiction that follows the rise of a new employee at a massive technology conglomerate with massive reach. A tale on the perils of technological oversight and privacy infringement.

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Suburban Nation

Andres Duany

How modern development is destroying community and the environment. The author argues that we need new developments to mimic the traditional neighborhoods to eliminate sprawl, reduce crime, and engender proper communities

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Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

Jo Marchant

Telling tale of the power of thought on our health. From powerful placebos, to curing IBS with cognitive behavioral therapy, this book provides an in depth look at our ability to shape how we feel with our thoughts.

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The Gene: An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee

An excellent look at the history of genetic research and the industry of genomics. From the production of synthetic insulin to high consequence gene therapy, this book provided an excellent account of where genetics has gone and where it is heading

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Island

Aldous Huxley

Fascinating work of utopian fiction detailing the account of a shipwrecked journalist who finds himself on the island of Pala, where Buddhism, free and open sex, and psychedelic drug use are the norm

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New York 2140

Kim Stanley Robinson

Great futurist novel that anyone with knowledge of New York City should enjoy. Robinson paints a believable picture of the city––complete with its financiers, cops, celebrities, and hoodrats––in a future where the sea level has risen fifty feet.

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Parasite Rex

Carl Zimmer

I read this book while traveling through India... A phenomenal depiction of the bizarre world of parasites. Why parasites truly rule the world as we know it.

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande

An important book about life and death in the modern era. Awesome insights into how we can improve health care for the dying

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Seveneves

Neal Stephenson

This is an excellent hard science fiction novel that opens up with the moon exploding. This explosion sets the scene for an apocolypse that necessitates the building of a space colony initially tethered to the international space station. Worth the read if you're interested in orbital mechanics, genomics, robotics, or space.

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In the Beginning...was the Command Line

Neal Stephenson

Quick read that will get you thinking about switching from Mac/Windows over to Linux. This book is a bit outdated, but still a great read for those interested in computers.

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The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier

Ian Urbina

An awesome collection of investigative journalism covering everything from rogue environmental vigilantes to fishing ships capitalizing on slave labor on the open seas

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How to Change Your Mind

Michael Pollan

This book dives into the research and personalities behind the science of mind altering chemicals, most notibly Psilocybin and LSD. Pollan provides riveting personal anecdotes of his own psychedelic experiences

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Sex at Dawn

Christopher Ryan

A new classic which argues that humans are instinctively not monogomous creatures. Have we evolved to be sluts?

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Why We Sleep

Matthew Walker

A compelling case for getting those 8 + hours each night. Walker takes a look at a wide range of health problems associated with lack of sleep, sleep disorders, the new science of dreams, and more.

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The Industries of the Future

Alex Ross

An excellent look at the worlds shifting economies. Focus on robotics, machine learning, code-ification of money, big data, and other industries.

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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.

Atul Gawande

A nifty little book that discusses how something as simple as a checklist is saving lives in operating rooms around the world. Checklists can be applied to a wide range of professions and can ensure that simple mistakes are a thing of the past.

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Weapons of Math Destruction

Cathy O'Neil

A quick read the explores a number of pertinent cases where reliance on big data and machine learning is creating negative feedback loops that increase socioeconomic inequality.

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Change Agent

Daniel Suarez

Killer piece of futurist fiction that plays on gene editing, blockchain, and other soon to be technological realities. Was able to smash this book in three days.

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Chögyam Trungpa

A lovely collection of talks from Trungpa, illustrating that spirutality can be hijacked for selfish purposes...and it often is in the west.

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The Undoing Project

Michael Lewis

An intimate look at the lives and work of Danny Khaneman and Amos Tversky, who together published a number of seminal works on decision making and heuristics in judgement.

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

Yuval Noah Harari

A great overview of humanity and something to get you thinking about humanism, religion, economics, and philosophy.

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The Age of Surveillence Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff

An enticing but dense book detailing the quest of powerful technology companies to predict and control our behavior

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Bad Blood

John Carreyrou

Awesome investigative journalism piece detailing the rise and fall of the fraudulent silicon valley blood testing startup Theranos

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari

How do we stay relevent in a future dominated by computers? Exciting, but frightening at times, Harari's depiction of what may be in store for humanity is vivid and based in real philosophy, science, and technology. A must read.

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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeons Journey Into the Afterlife

Eben Alexander, MD

A quick read depicting a neurosurgeons near death experience (NDE). Bridges science and spirituality. Author has a bit of a god complex...

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Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler

Well written and researched book about flow states, ecstasis, and neurohacking.