Some things I share frequently with anyone who will listen. Most of my explorations revolve around the history (industries and civilizations), anthropology, psychology, science (physics, biology, neuroscience), economics and philosophy. I’m fun at parties.


Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse

Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Essays by Michel de Montaigne

Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Persig

Science & Health

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolski

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk MD

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression by Johann Hari

Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feinman

Waking Up by Sam Harris

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Business & Economics

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson

The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King by Rich Cohen

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayak

Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows

Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott

Small Unit Leadership by Col. Dandridge M. Malone

High Output Management by Andy Grove

Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton.


Apollo by Charles Murray (This is also a pseudo-business book and is one of my top five favorite books of all time. The Apollo program was a giant startup.)

The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Plutarch’s Lives by Plutarch

The Power Broker by Robert Caro

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer


Nexus (the entire series) by Ramex Naam

Anything by Andy Weir

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong


Anything said or written by Charlie Munger, especially The Psychology of Human Misjudgment.

Definite optimism as human capital

You and Your Research by Richard Hamming

Solitude and Leadership by William Deresiewicz

Marketing Myopia by Theodore Levitt

This Is Water by David Foster Wallace

How to be successful by Sam Altman

The lifetime of works of Ryan Holiday, specifically thisthisthis and this.

Thomas Schelling’s paper Enforcing Rules on Oneself

A trio (123) of writings by Tim Urban at Wait But Why.