Books

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The Myth of Mirror Neurons
The Myth of Mirror Neurons

The Myth of Mirror Neurons GREGORY HICKOK

  • A fantastic book that starts from a skeptical neuroscientists’ viewpoint. Deep dives into human cognition and a great primer for those looking to explore neuroscience.
  • W. Norton & Co
  • 08.18.2014
  • 304 pages
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Moonwalking with Einstein
Moonwalking with Einstein

Moonwalking with Einstein JOASHUA FOER

  • An amazing book on memory. The biggest takeaway is how expansive the human mind truly is how necessary it is to use the strengths of the structure of the brain to your advantage.
  • Penguin Books
  • 02.28.2012
  • 320 pages
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A Mind for Numbers
A Mind for Numbers

A Mind for Numbers BARBARA OAKLEY

  • For those of you like me that gave up after Calculus and relegated math as ‘not fun’, this book is brilliant. Very tactical advice on how to use math tools in everyday thinking.
  • Tarcher
  • 07.31.2014
  • 336 pages
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Think Like a Freak
Think Like a Freak

Think Like a Freak STEPHEN DUBNER, STEVEN LEVITT

  • From the Freakonomics guys. In this book, they study the similar ways of thinking, problem solving and idea formation of the outliers they’ve come across over the years.
  • William Morrow
  • 05.12.2014
  • 288 pages
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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness CASS SUNSTEIN, RICHARD THALER

  • This is the first book that got me so interested in hacking the brain. A wealth of psychology studies, behavioral economics and theories on how to apply this knowledge to improve human actions.
  • Penguin Books
  • 02.24.2009
  • 320 pages
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Meditations
Meditations

Meditations MARCUS AURELIUS

  • One of the greatest books on mental toughness and the stoic philosophy from the personal writings of the Roman Empire’s greatest leaders.
  • Dover Publications
  • 07.11.1997
  • 112 pages
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Poor Charlies Almanack
Poor Charlies Almanack

Poor Charlies Almanack CHARLES MUNGER

  • Peer into the mind of the man who helps Warren Buffet make decisions. Munger’s ‘latticework of mental models’ will have a huge impact on how you view intelligence.
  • Walsworth Publishing Company
  • 1.2.2005
  • 548 pages
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Quantum Chance
Quantum Chance

Quantum Chance NICOLAS GISIN

  • An approachable book on quantum physics. Seriously. A fantastic deep read that gives insight into creativity and complexity in the universe.
  • Copernicus
  • 07.31.2014
  • 109 pages
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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion ROBERT CIALDINI

  • One of the classic books on applied psychology. Required reading for anyone running a business. Raise your hand if you want to be more persuasive. Yep, I thought so.
  • Harper Business
  • 12.26.206
  • 336 pages
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The Obstacle is the Way
The Obstacle is the Way

The Obstacle is the Way RYAN HOLIDAY

  • Use stoic philosophy to overcome challenges. Simple, effective methods and fantastic stories.
  • Portfolio Hardcover
  • 05.01.2014
  • 224 pages
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