Essays to Read - ILtB Commentors

Essays to Read - ILtB Commentors

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Essays to read

ReadEssayAuthorUrlThemes
Creating the Kingdom of Ends
Christine M. Korsgaard
Moral PhilosophyPhilosophyEthics
The Narrowing Circle
Gwern Branwen
PhilosophyCharityEthics
One Man’s Modus Ponens
Gwern Branwen
PhilosophyBayesian Updating
The Revival of Philosophy – Why?
G.K. Chesterton
PhilosophyEducation
Existentialism Is a Humanism
Jean-Paul Sartre
PhilosophyExistentialismAbandonment
The Absurd
Thomas Nagel
PhilosophyAnti-absurdityMeaning
Nietzsche’s Eternal Return
Alex Ross
PhilosophyPolitics
On the Suffering of the World
Arthur Schopenhauer
PhilosophyGood and EvilSuffering
Consider the Lobster Article
David Foster Wallace
EthicsCulinary
Self-Reliance
Ralph Waldo Emerson
TranscendentalismSpiritualitySolitude
Walking
Henry David Thoreau
TranscendentalismSelf-ReflectionExploration
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Martin Luther King Jr.
SpiritualityRaceFreedom
Letter from a Region in My Mind
James Baldwin
Spirituality
Hindu View of Life
S. Radhakrishnan
SpiritualityHinduismPractical Philosophy
Solitude and Leadership
William Deresiewicz
SolitudeLeadershipSelf-Reflection
Twitching With Twight
Mark Twight
Self-KnowledgeMotivationSuccess
Personal Renewal
John Gardner
Self-KnowledgeSelf-ReflectionEducation
Katha Upanishad
Multiple Translations
Self-KnowledgeSpiritualityHinduism
Literary Machines
Ted Nelson
Software EngineeringHyperlinksWeb
No Silver Bullet
Fred Brooks
Software EngineeringComplexity
Big Ball of Mud
Brian Foote and Joseph Yoder
Design Anti-PatternSystemsSoftware Engineering
Destruction and Creation
John Boyd
SystemsComplexityWarPhysics
How Complex Systems Fail
Richard Cook
SystemsComplexity
Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System
Donella Meadows
SystemsParadigmsComplexity
What You'll Wish You'd Known
Paul Graham
EducationKnowledgeResponsibility
Of the Education of Children
Michel de Montaigne
EducationKnowledge
School vs. Education
Russell Baker
EducationKnowledge
What Is College For?
William Deresiewicz
Education
A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom
Charlie Munger
EducationGeneralistInvestingFinance
This is Water
David Foster Wallace
EducationFreedomPerceptionEmpathy
How to Do What You Love
Paul Graham
ObsessionSuccessFreedom
Bus Ticket Theory of Genius
Paul Graham
ObsessionEducationSuccess
The Paradox of Skill: Why Greater Skill Leads to More Luck
Michael J. Mauboussin
SuccessLuckSports
Growth Without Goals
Patrick O’Shaughnessy
SuccessSystems
Air and Light and Time and Space
Charles Bukowski
SuccessDetermination
How to be Successful
Sam Altman
SuccessConfidenceDetermination
How to Make Wealth
Paul Graham
WealthSoftware EngineeringTechnology
1000 True Fans
Kevin Kelly
WealthSuccess
Turning $2 Million Into $2 Trillion
Charlie Munger
WealthPsychologyFinance
Richest Man in Babylon
George S. Clason
WealthEducationFreedom
Money is the Megaphone of Identity
Lawrence Yeo
WealthFreedomFear
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose
Ben Hunt
FreedomSocietyHonesty
The View from Mrs. Thompson's
David Foster Wallace
FearHistorySociety9/11
The Uses of Great Men
Ralph Waldo Emerson
HistorySuccess
Losing the War
Less Sandlin
HistoryWW2LanguageWar
Three Big Things
Morgan Housel
HistoryEconomyInequality
The Use of Knowledge in Society
F. A. Hayek
EconomyDecentralized
The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age
Wendell Berry
EconomyNatureSociety
Parable of The Broken Window
Frédéric Bastiat
EconomyUnintended Consequences
I, Pencil
Leonard Read
EconomySociety
The Multidisciplinary Approach to Thinking
Peter Kaufman
LeadershipConfidenceWealth
The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville
Warren Buffett
InvestingBusinessFinance
Tying too Hard
Dean Williams
InvestingDecision Making
A Game of Sentiment
Ben Hunt
InvestingDecision MakingBayesian UpdatingFinance
Investing in the Unknown and Unknowable
Richard Zeckhauser
InvestingUncertaintyDecision MakingFinance
The Weirdest People in the World?
Joseph Henrich, Steven J. Heine, and Ara Norenzayan
PsychologyBehaviorSocietyWesternizationEducation
The Psychology of Human Misjudgment
Charlie Munger
PsychologyDecision MakingBehavioral Finance
General Theory of Reflexivity
George Soros
Practical PhilosophyEconomyKarl Popper
Speculation as a Fine Art
Dickson G. Watts
DeterminationDecision MakingInvestingFinance
The Religious Life of Theological Students
Benjamin B. Warfield
TheologyKnowledgeSpirituality
God in the Dock
C. S. Lewis
TheologyEthicsScience and Religion
Once More to the Lake
E. B. White
DeathAdolescenceTechnology
You May Want to Marry my Husband
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
DeathRelationships
Wait But Why
Tim Urban
DeathRelationships
The Wreck of Time
Annie Dillard
DeathSufferingTheology
In Defense of Sanity (Collection)
G.K. Chesterton
Everything
I Can Tolerate Anything Except the Outgroup
Scott Alexander
PoliticsSpiritualityRace
Anthem
Ayn Rand
PoliticsIndividualismDystopian
Politics and the English Language
George Orwell
PoliticsProseLatinization
Of Parties in General
David Hume
PoliticsPhilosophy
Meditations On Moloch
Scott Alexander
SocietyPoliticsScienceEducation
The Coronation
Charles Eisenstein
SocietyPandemicCompassion
On Liberty
John Stuart Mill
IndividualismEconomyPolitics
Make Your Bed
William H. McRaven
MotivationSuccess
The Referendum
Tim Kreider
InsecurityRegretMidlife
Don't Eat Before Reading This
Anthony Bourdain
Culinary
Triple Crown Teachings: Three Takeaways from the Quest for the Elusive Feat
Michael J. Mauboussin
SportsBehavioral FinanceDecision Making
I Made a Deal in a Bike Race—And It Haunted Me for 15 Years
Ian Dille
SportsRegret
How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart
David Foster Wallace
SportsSuccess
Sanderson's 3 Laws of Magic
Brandon Sanderson
WritingFantasyLiterature
Make Good Art
Neil Gaiman
WritingObstaclesOriginalityMistakes
On Keeping a Notebook
Joan Didion
WritingDesireEgoSelf-Knowledge
Persecution and the Art of Writing
Leo Strauss
WritingPhilosophyPersecution
Shitty First Drafts
Anne Lamott
WritingSystems
Window of the World
Cal Fussman
9/11DeathWine
A Mathematical Theory of Communication
Claude Shannon
MathematicsInformation TheoryScience
The Ergodicity Problem in Economics
Ole Peters
MathematicsPhysicsEconomyStatisticsFinance
How to Solve It
G. Polya
MathematicsProblem Solving
A Mathematician's Apology
G.H. Hardy
MathematicsAestheticsYouth
In Praise of Shadows
Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
AestheticsSabiArchitecture
You and Your Research
Richard Hamming
KnowledgeScience
The Meaning of It All
Richard Feynman
ScienceSocietyScience and Religion
The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research
Martin A. Schwartz
ScienceKnowledgeSelf-Reflection
More Is Different
P. W. Anderson
SciencePhilosophySystems
Is the Moon There When Nobody Looks?
N. David Mermin
SciencePhysics
Cargo Cult Science
Richard Feynman
ScienceTruthSelf-KnowledgeFreedom
How to Defend Society Against Science
Paul Feyerabend
ScienceIdeology
Drugging of the American Boy
Ryan D'Agostino
ADHDMedicineSociety
Man-Computer Symbiosis
J.C.R. Licklider
TechnologySoftware EngineeringSocietyProblem Solving
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Eric Steven Raymond
TechnologySoftware EngineeringOpen Source
Stevey's Google Platforms Rant
Steve Yegge
TechnologyPlatforms
Is Google Making Us Stupid
Nicholas Carr
TechnologyKnowledgeWeb
Can a Biologist Fix a Radio?
Yuri Lazebnik
TechnologyBiologyAnalytic Approaches
Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?
Eric Jonas and Konrad Paul Kording
TechnologyNeuroscienceAnalytic Approaches
Against Edenism
Peter Thiel
TechnologyOptimism
The Unabomber Manifesto
Theodore Kaczynski
TechnologySocietyFear
Stranger In The Village
James Baldwin
RaceSocietyIdentity
The Ballot or the Bullet
Malcolm X
RaceFreedom
Keep Your Identity Small
Paul Graham
IdentityPolitics
If—
Rudyard Kipling
PoetrySuccess
Tradition and the Individual Talent
T. S. Elliot
PoetryClassic LiteratureOriginality
Anxiety of Influence
Harold Bloom
PoetryOriginality
Ideas That Changed My Life
Morgan Housel
OriginalityGeneralistSelf-KnowledgeSuccess
Why Bother? / Perchance to Dream
Jonathan Frazen
LiteratureWritingReadingTechnology
The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History
Isaiah Berlin
LiteratureHistoryTruthBelief
Shakespearean Tragedy
A. C. Bradley
LiteratureExplanation
The Tyranny of Structurelessness
Jo Freeman
FeminismLeadership
A Room of One's Own
Virginia Woolf
FeminismWealth
On the Shortness of Life
Seneca
PresenceDeathMoral Philosophy
Truth is a Pathless Land
Jiddu Krishnamurti
BeliefSpiritualityFreedom
Stalking the Billion-Footed Beast
Tom Wolfe
Literary RealismLiterature
Newcomb’s Problem and Two Principles of Choice
Robert Nozick
ParadoxFree WillDecision Making
All Revenue is Not Created Equal: The Keys to the 10X Revenue Club
Bill Gurley
BusinessTechnologyFinance
Increasing Returns and the New World of Business
Brian Arthur
BusinessEconomyTechnology
Do Things that Don't Scale
Paul Graham
BusinessEfficiencyCustomer Acquisition
Value of Voluntary Simplicity
Richard Gregg
SimplicityPurposeRelationshipsTechnology
Finding the 9th Path
Hunter S. Thompson
PurposeSuccessSociety
Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth
Richard Buckminster Fuller
AutomationIndividualismSpaceSustainability
In the Penal Colony
Franz Kafka
Due ProcessSocietyExecution
Society Against the State
Pierre Clastres
AnthropologyPhilosophyWesternization
Junkspace
Rem Koolhaas
ArchitectureModernismUrbanism
The Age of the Essay
Paul Graham
WebWriting
Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?
Edmund Gettier
EpistemologyPhilosophy
Honesty and The Human Body
Kevin Simler
HonestyEconomyBiologyConsciousnessSpirituality
A New Theory of the Universe
Robert Lanza
PhysicsConsciousness
A Piece of Chalk
G.K. Chesterton
DesirePurpose
Of Cannibals
Michel de Montaigne
Cultural Relativism
On Bullshit
Harry Frankfurt
LanguagePersuasion
The Lives of a Cell (Collection)
Lewis Thomas
BiologyHumanityLanguagePoetry
Book of Lamentations
Sam Kriss
DystopianSatirePsychology
A Modest Proposal
Jonathan Swift
SatirePoliticsHistory
Upon Some Verses of Virgil
Michel de Montaigne
LoveRelationshipsSex
The Prophet (Collection)
Kahlil Gibran
LoveRelationshipsGivingChildren
In Praise of Idleness
Bertrand Russell
WorkaholismHappinessFreedomEconomy
Notes On Camp
Susan Sontag
SexLGBTQ
Why Correlation Usually ≠ Causation
Gwern Branwen
StatisticsPhilosophyBayesian UpdatingCausality
Burdens
Scott Alexander
DepressionTherapy
The Parable Of The Talents
Scott Alexander
DepressionKnowledgeSuccess
Studying Studies: Parts 1-5
Peter Attia
EpidemiologyScienceStatisticsNutrition
What Matters More Than Your Talents
Jeff Bezos
KindnessSuccessDecision Making
The Fringe Benefits of Failure
J.K. Rowling
ObstaclesSelf-ReflectionGood and Evil
Creative Thinking
Claude Shannon
InversionGeneralistProblem SolvingSimplicity
Such, Such Were The Joys
George Orwell
AdolescenceClass ConflictPsychology
13 Life-Learnings from 13 Years of Brain Pickings
Maria Popova
GenerousityPresenceDeterminationForgivenessSelf-Knowledge
Buffett's Alpha
Andrea Frazzini, David Kabiller, and Lasse Heje Pedersen
FinanceQuantInvestingDecision Making
The Financial Instability Hypothesis
Hyman P. Minsky
FinanceEconomyInvesting
Father Forgets
W. Livingston Larned
ParentingRelationships
Tails, You Win
Morgan Housel
FailureSuccessBusiness
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
FantasySpirituality
An Unsung Hero
Peter d. Kaufman
On Self Respect
Joan Didon