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Buddhism

Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation | Bhikkhu Anālayo

Another amazing blend of scholarship and guide for practice from Ven. Analayo. I've completely changed my brahmavihara practice and find the more ancient practice much easier to relate to than more popularly taught methods.
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Mindfully Facing Disease and Death | Bhikkhu Anālayo

An overview of many core Buddhist teachings with a strong emphasis on meditation practice connected to perception and the Girimananda Sutta - a complete meditation practice beyond what the title implies.
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Health

The Blue Zones | Dan Buettner

Ignore Buettner's more recent vegan propaganda. This book focuses on what we can learn from the healthiest and happiest people on the planet: strong social connections, relaxation, finding meaning and eating sensibly.
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Natural Born Heroes | Christopher McDougall

McDougall masterfully weaves high-fat diets, barefoot running, parkour, Greek mythology, endurance sports and general badassery into the harrowing tale of the Cretan resistance during WWII. One of my favorite books.
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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers | Robert Sapolsky

While this book is pretty technical and not packed with actionable details, it outlines how much of a medical disaster the modern stress-filled lifestyle is.
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Language

Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes | Daniel Everett

Everett describes the language and culture of the Pirahã, a culture with a language that only allows speaking of direct experience. This radically challenged the entire field of Chomskian linguistics.
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Through the Language Glass | Guy Deutscher

Deutscher looks at the subtle ways that one's language can influence thinking by focusing on what different languages require you to say such as gender, evidentiality, etc. Could have been half the length, but still worth the read.
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Philosophy

Antifragile | Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Instead of trying to perfectly predict and defend against future problems, Taleb argues that we need to focus on creating systems that grow stronger from disorder and chaos.
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Science

Sapiens | Yuval Noah Harari

If you're looking for a whirlwind tour of humaniy's history, including plenty of thought-provoking and uncomfortable conclusions, this is it.
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Spirituality

Waking Up | Sam Harris

Harris explores the relevance of spiritual practice, particularly Buddhism and Advaita, for an atheist. Some interesting points, but rambling and short on actionable insights. Still worth the read and checking out Harris' podcast.
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