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Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
4.19
it was amazing
This was a fantastic condensation of modern research on genomics and it's effect on our understanding of anthropology and history. Really, what is it ...more
Apr 14, 2018
Mar 22, 2018
 
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
4.39
really liked it
Eliezer has completely turned the story around with a fabulous mixture of real science and JKRverse. The book is peppered with real life use of ration ...more
Mar 16, 2015
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Jan 20, 2012
 
Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
4.19
it was amazing
Definitely one of the best non-fiction books I have read lately. So much food for thought - so much to rethink about how I look at the world.
I got int
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Apr 02, 2017
Feb 12, 2017
 
The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution
4.14
it was amazing
It deserves all the praise it gets.

As the subtitle suggests, Fukuyama focuses on the vast historic scale, starting from prehuman times, until the Fren
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Mar 14, 2019
Jun 14, 2013
 
Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy
3.82
really liked it
I am sorry, but I love rants. This book is quite a long one about what is wrong with India as a nation. The book is choke-full of hilarious anecdotes ...more
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 22, 2015
 
Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
4.13
really liked it
Too short...

Interesting counterpoint to the "ascent of man" kind of story we tell about ourselves when we think about history. The major point Scott i
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Aug 13, 2017
May 25, 2017
 
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
3.67
really liked it
How do I say this? The ambiguity and uncertainty reminded me of Len's Solaris and Strugatsky
brothers' Roadside Picnic. Yet, it felt a lot "brighter"
...more
Mar 29, 2018
Sep 18, 2017
 
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
4.41
liked it
His classes must be very interesting. What is it with biologists and well written non-fiction that does not completely gloss over the details? The boo ...more
Jun 15, 2017
May 15, 2017
 
Bleeding Edge
3.57
really liked it
My first Pynchon. Very hard to review. For now I'll just say that if you like Neal Stephenson with his tangential info dumps and anti climatic endings ...more
Mar 26, 2017
Sep 25, 2013
 
The Bluest Eye
4.00
it was amazing
I was constantly reminded of Housekeeping -similar lovely prose style, "teenage" PoV etc. But compared to Housekeeping, where I was constantly at loss ...more
Jan 20, 2018
Jan 09, 2018
 
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
4.13
really liked it
It was great that thanks to Bezos, the book acknowledged the existence of narrative bias in all such writings and came out less "worshipy" than Vance' ...more
Jun 22, 2017
May 08, 2017
 
The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
3.94
really liked it
Important read for me personally. Forced me to rethink about a lot of my beliefs. Quite surprisingly, despite being originally published in 1979, litt ...more
Aug 27, 2017
Jun 20, 2017
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.09
really liked it
I originally thought of giving this a three star because even though I probably write in a similar fragmentary stream of conscious style, I would like ...more
Feb 19, 2017
Feb 07, 2017
 
Invisible Cities
4.18
it was amazing
Subtler than Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. You think it's a travelogue but eventually realize that traveling is about ideas and living life it ...more
Apr 08, 2017
Aug 31, 2013
 
The Dream Machine: J. C. R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal
4.48
really liked it
I have read quite a few books covering different parts of the history of computing but none of them were as expansive as this one. Not sure if keeping ...more
May 30, 2017
Apr 14, 2017
 
Lolita
3.89
it was amazing
A shocking story of love? Obsession? Narcissism? Depravity? Eh. It was such a mesmerizing mashup that any attempts to analyze it fails.
Aug 03, 2018
Oct 05, 2017
 
The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature
4.20
it was amazing
You know the feeling that you get when you go to a national park or any forest and just sit there alone, observing, meditating... That's what you expe ...more
Mar 26, 2018
Apr 29, 2017
 
The White Album
4.17
really liked it
The book had me at the first line:

We tell ourselves stories in order to live.


Joan Didion is apparently a big name which I knew nothing about when I st
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Jul 14, 2018
Feb 19, 2018
 
The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter
4.40
really liked it
Trying to queer the nature-nurture binary :D (rather the genetics-environment binary). I think it overreaches in the middle with some of the Evo-Psych ...more
Dec 16, 2018
Apr 22, 2017
 
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
4.05
liked it
First half was really great. How the calorie-in/calorie-out dynamic does not make sense is explained really well and I am inclined to agree because of ...more
Apr 09, 2017
Feb 05, 2017
 
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
4.22
really liked it
The author puts too much weight on evolution and nature than was necessary to make his points. (And this is from someone like me, who thinks people in ...more
Sep 16, 2017
Feb 17, 2013
 
Unsong
4.41
really liked it
I loved the book. I guess the genre would be Kabbalah-punk adventure? We need more of these. I should read Foucault's Pendulum.

Would I recommend it? I
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May 20, 2017
Mar 27, 2017
 
The Art of Loving
4.03
really liked it
The title is a bit of a misnomer. It's not really a self-help book of any kind but rather a philosophical/introspective book trying to dissect the dif ...more
Jun 24, 2017
Mar 25, 2017
 
The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths
3.87
really liked it
What's the book about? A scathing critique of modern civilization and liberal humanism? Loathing for the idea of faith in progress? Or a call to accep ...more
Jul 24, 2017
Mar 25, 2017
 
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
3.84
really liked it
The historical detail, especially in the first half, is extremely endearing and convincingly shadows the current state of information age. Be it the m ...more
Aug 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.72
it was amazing
What a delightful read this was! Fowler's prose is impeccable, helping you navigate the protagonist mind as if you are them. This was very important b ...more
Feb 21, 2017
Feb 12, 2017
 
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
4.48
really liked it
Straightforward read. Resolved a lot of behind the scenes details of the Theranos saga. Star studded directors (Kissinger!!), sad suicide of a scienti ...more
Jul 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018
 
The Gone-Away World
4.12
it was amazing
Neal Stephenson of Cryptonomicon, minus tech babble but everything else plus plus. In a sense the book is empty calories and a standard adventure stor ...more
Oct 2018
Sep 18, 2017
 
Conversations with Friends
3.78
it was ok
There were parts that were interesting but mostly couldn't connect with the narrator's excessively self-aware voice (which is kinda surprising because ...more
Aug 05, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
 
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right
3.51
really liked it
Goes very well with The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements. Surprisingly balanced and short tour of the multiple "online culture ...more
Nov 05, 2017
May 05, 2017
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