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Jonathan P.

Jonathan P.The bulk of my reading is in classic literature, philosophy and popular science. Russian literature has always had a special place in my heart, with authors like Gogol, Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Solzhenitsyn, and Nabokov. I like to read philosophy books on ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. To come back to earth, I also enjoy non-technical science books. I’m drawn to books on neuroscience, Darwinian evolution, theoretical physics, artificial intelligence, and behavioral psychology. My fall back author when looking for an easy and hilarious read is P.G. Wodehouse.

Recent Non-Fiction

The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchristUntil the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brain GreeneBraiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall KimmererConscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind by Annaka HarrisWhite Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo 

Recommended Non-Fiction

The Better Angels of our Nature by Steven PinkerThinking Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanWhy We Sleep by Matthew WalkerThe Righteous Mind by Jonathan HaidtDoing Good Better: Effective Altruism and How You Can Make a Difference by William MacAskill 

Recent Philosophy

Why Buddhism Is True by Robert WrightThe Consolations of Philosophy by BoethiusMeditations by Marcus AureliusPolitical Liberalism by John RawlsReasons and Persons by Derek Parfit 

Recent Fiction

Collected fictions by Jorge Luis BorgesThe Remains of the Day by Kazuo IshiguroThe Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienSiddhartha by Hermann HesseInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri