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Each of these books changed how I think about the world the first time I read them.


By David Whyte

His articulation of the conversational nature of reality is so beautiful and resonates so deeply with me.

Tao Te Ching

By Ursula K. Le Guin

She wrote so many great books but this one was a surprise that I love.

The Big Picture

By Sean Carroll

This gave me language to understand science and story-telling. My religion is poetic naturalism.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

By Robin Sloan

A great novel packed with interesting ideas. I stole the Codex Vitae for myself.

The Fifth Discipline

By Peter Senge

This was the first book I read that directly discussed systems thinking, starting me down a long path. Also, just a great business book.

Fooled by Randomness

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This changed how I thought about probability, risk, and volatility... which are all much more important than they seem.

When a Butterfly Sneezes

By Linda Booth Sweeney

The best intro to systems thinking I know of.

What Technology Wants

By Kevin Kelly

This changed how I think about technology.

The Artist's Way

By Julia Cameron

I was so inspired by this that I built 750words.com based on morning pages.

Everone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too

By Buster

A truly unique and warm book about being yourself. Worth reading 100 times.

Reality is Broken

By Jane McGonigal

Jane led the way with using games for good when everyone else was using them for evil.

The Crossroads of Should and Must

By Elle Luna

The book is great and I reference it a ton for how to intermingle words and art.

Creativity, Inc

By Ed Catmull

This is such an interesting view into Pixar and Ed Catmull's organizational genius.

Gödel, Escher, Bach

By Douglas Hofstadter

A super weird book that broke my brain in a good way.

Thinking Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman

This cracked opened the whole world of cognitive biases for me. I recommend the audiobook version.

Game Thinking

By Amy Jo Kim

This is Amy's latest book but all of her work is great, including her talks and workshops.

You're It!

By Alan Watts

This covers pretty much Alan Watts' entire philosophy. The audiobook is highly recommended.

Articles that changed how I think

Neurons Gone Wild

This forever changed how I think about my brain. It definitely got creepier.

Make Your Own Rules

I'm obsessed with life rule sets, and this only encouraged it.

Your Life In Weeks

This inspired me to map my own life in weeks.
From Tim Urban.

Evolution of Trust

The best intro to my favorite game: prisoner's dilemma.

1000 True Fans

The manifesto for creators.

Touching the Wild

This article, and many of Kathy's talks, helped remind me of my true nature.

how to do nothing

I've read this a dozen times, it's such a great exploration of the art of doing nothing.

Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System

This completely changed the way I think about action of any kind.

10 Reasons Why Our Universe Is a Virtual Reality

Quantum realism is such a beautiful way to see the world.