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The Case Against Reality by Donald D. Hoffman
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Fascinating alternative view point on questions of consciousness from a dedicated researcher who presents an argument that "reality" as we experience is instead a "user interface" that simplifies and maximizes fitness for evolutionary purposes. ...more
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Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
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Like ear worm, the book collection explores the wonderful different ways in which music, consciousness and the mind interplay with anecdotes , neuroscience in an entertaining, engaging manner.
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Trip by Tao Lin
"I don't have much good to say about this book.

I thought that Tao's iconic 'bleak, detached' style has started to wear thin, especially when paired with his predictable wordnet lists and his super predictable 'frame this dumb argument by appealing..." Read more of this review »
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Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
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Exceptional full 360 account of the nuclear disaster that is fast paced, exceptional and fascinating. Excellent source reading prior to or post the HBO show by the same name.
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Altered States by Douglas Osto
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Extremely well organized and researched collection offering objectivity regarding a complex subjective topic. Providing several references and various Buddhist schools of thought on the intersections between psychedelics and Buddhism in a very ...more
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When Plants Dream by Daniel Pinchbeck
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Pinchbeck and Rokhlin produce a beautiful collaborative honest review of all topics ayahuasca, its use and history, implications, legality, best practices, etc.

Recommended. Provides a good starting point to think about plants, plant medicine from a
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Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
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Makes a very strong case for being more mindful, conscious, and purposeful on the use of technology.

Excellent frame work for being pragmatic, gaining more value from less, replacing bad habits with more engaging social, personal, and creative
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Free Will by Sam Harris
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The shortness of this essay counters against its impact on one's philosophical foundations of ethics, morality, free will, determinism. My mind still hurts trying to come to terms with its arguments. Excellent. A book to be reconnected to often and ...more
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Moon Juice Cookbook by Amanda Chantal Bacon
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Sam Anderson
“Imperial is like Robert Caro’s The Power Broker with the attitude of Mike Davis’s City of Quartz, if Robert Caro had been raised in an abandoned grain silo by a band of feral raccoons, and if Mike Davis were the communications director of a heavily armed libertarian survivalist cult, and if the two of them had somehow managed to stitch John McPhee’s cortex onto the brain of a Gila monster, which they then sent to the Mexican border to conduct ten years of immersive research, and also if they wrote the entire manuscript on dried banana leaves with a toucan beak dipped in hobo blood, and then the book was line-edited during a 36-hour peyote séance by the ghosts of John Steinbeck, Jack London, and Sinclair Lewis, with 200 pages of endnotes faxed over by Henry David Thoreau’s great-great-great-great grandson from a concrete bunker under a toxic pond behind a maquiladora, and if at the last minute Herman Melville threw up all over the manuscript, rendering it illegible, so it had to be re-created from memory by a community-theater actor doing his best impression of Jack Kerouac. With photographs by Dorothea Lange. (Viking has my full blessing to use that as a blurb.)”
Sam Anderson - NY Magazine

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