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Influences

People with ideas that changed how I think.

Alan Watts

Alan Watts

Changed the way I think about reality and negative space.

  • You're It!: This covers pretty much Alan Watts' entire philosophy. The audiobook is highly recommended.
Amy Jo Kim

Amy Jo Kim

Changed the way I think about game theory.

  • Game Thinking: This is Amy's latest book but all of her work is great, including her talks and workshops.
Brené Brown

Brené Brown

Changed the way I think about vulnerability.

  • Daring Greatly: This is the first book I read of hers, but they are all great.
Brian Whitworth

Brian Whitworth

Changed the way I think about reality.

Dana Meadows

Dana Meadows

Changed the way I think about systems thinking.

Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman

Changed the way I think about cognitive biases.

  • Thinking Fast and Slow: This cracked opened the whole world of cognitive biases for me. I recommend the audiobook version.
David Whyte

David Whyte

Changed the way I think about vulnerability and dialogue.

  • Consolations: His articulation of the conversational nature of reality is so beautiful and resonates so deeply with me.
Douglas Hofstadter

Douglas Hofstadter

Changed the way I think about language and loopy thinking.

Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull

Changed the way I think about organizations.

  • Creativity, Inc: This is such an interesting view into Pixar and Ed Catmull's organizational genius.
Elle Luna

Elle Luna

Changed the way I think about being a creator and rules to live by.

Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal

Changed the way I think about game theory and motivation.

  • Reality is Broken: Jane led the way with using games for good when everyone else was using them for evil.
Jenny Odell

Jenny Odell

Changed the way I think about observation and negative space.

  • how to do nothing: I've read this a dozen times, it's such a great exploration of the art of doing nothing.
Jonny Sun

Jonny Sun

Changed the way I think about mental health and drawing.

Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron

Changed the way I think about being a creator.

  • The Artist's Way: I was so inspired by this that I built 750words.com based on morning pages.
Julia Galef

Julia Galef

Changed the way I think about critical thinking.

Kathy Sierra

Kathy Sierra

Changed the way I think about being alive.

  • Touching the Wild: This article, and many of Kathy's talks, helped remind me of my true nature.
Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Changed the way I think about technology.

Kevin Simler

Kevin Simler

Changed the way I think about technology.

  • Neurons Gone Wild: This forever changed how I think about my brain. It definitely got creepier.
Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett

Changed the way I think about spirituality and dialogue.

  • On Being: Krista interviewing style is really enjoyable and I always learn something.
Linda Booth Sweeney

Linda Booth Sweeney

Changed the way I think about systems thinking.

Maria Popova

Maria Popova

Changed the way I think about critical thinking.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Changed the way I think about antifragility and cognitive biases.

  • Fooled by Randomness: This changed how I thought about probability, risk, and volatility... which are all much more important than they seem.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Changed the way I think about dialogue and the scientific method.

  • Cosmos: For brining Cosmos back, I'll always love Neil.
Nicky Case

Nicky Case

Changed how I think about dialogue and loopy thinking.

Peter Senge

Peter Senge

Changed the way I think about organizations and systems thinking.

  • The Fifth Discipline: This was the first book I read that directly discussed systems thinking, starting me down a long path. Also, just a great business book.
Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan

Changed the way I think about observation.

Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll

Changed the way I think about science and reality.

  • The Big Picture: This gave me language to understand science and story-telling. My religion is poetic naturalism.
Tim Urban

Tim Urban

Changed the way I think about self-reflection and drawing.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin

Changed how I think about dialogue, language, and being alive.

  • Tao Te Ching: She wrote so many great books but this one was a surprise that I love.
Venkatesh Rao

Venkatesh Rao

Changed the way I think about self-reflection and critical thinking.