Reading list

This page is very unorganized. I list books, articles, websites that helped me at some point with some specific thing related to becoming Overhuman. Some links may be dead, some books I probably wouldn’t recommend anymore. Until I find time to edit this page properly, it is effectively dead, but since it still may be useful to some, I’m leaving it up. For a complete list of what I’ve been reading, see my Goodreads profile.

Books

Nonfiction (in no particular order)

  • The Speed Reading Book, Tony Buzan – Speed reading is one of the fundamental skills you need because it allows you to learn faster. This book is a well-designed course for beginners.
  • Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle – A book on mindfulness. It can be really useful, but it demands a certain frame of mind, so if you don’t get anything out of it, consider reading it again sometimes later in your life.
  • Emotions Revealed, Paul Ekman – A book on how people express emotions with their faces, and what an observer can find out if they pay attention to people’s expressions.
  • How to win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie – The original primer on influencing the people around you. Very useful.
  • When Technology Fails, Matthew Stein – Be prepared, learn the necessary fundamental prepper skills and increase your chances of survival.
  • A Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi – Strategy.
  • Moonwalking with Einstein, Joshua Foer – How to remember anything.
  • The 4-Hour Body, Tim Ferriss – The fundamental book for hacking your body, whether for fat loss, muscle gain, better sleep, endurance or anything else.
  • The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss – Superior self-management.
  • Influence, Robert B. Cialdini – A scientific understanding of how human psychology can be influenced.
  • What Every Body Is Saying, Joe Navarro – Non-verbal communication.
  • The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, Burger, Starbird – How to think better.

Fiction (also in no particular order)

I’m big on detective novels, fantasy and SF. Fiction is a great source of learning from me and while you always learn something from a character (sometimes even how NOT to do things), some are better learning opportunities than others. This is my choice of best books that pertain to Overhumanism (it will be updated as I read more). Note that the reasons I put with the individual books don’t include “inspiration” – it is a given that ALL of these books are packed with inspiring characters and stories.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle – Good for deduction and solving problems and also for habits of thought (when to stop thinking, what to think about first…)
  • Dune Chronicles, Frank Herbert – Good for understanding how a complete Overhuman looks like, how (s)he behaves in stressful situations and for understanding geopolitics.
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card – Good for problem solving and understanding how to approach new problems.
  • Harry Potter and the Methods Of Rationality, Eliezer Yudkowsky – Good for understanding how other people think and how people can be manipulated. Also how to approach new problems and develop good thought habits.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin – Good for understanding people’s motivations and how geopolitics work.

Articles and miscellaneous

This is a document I found when I was first starting out with training for Overhumanism in 2012. Somebody was also quite inspired by the Bene Gesserit from Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, so they made a manual for training. Many good takeaways.

The Bene Gesserit Training Manual Part 1

The Bene Gesserit Training Manual Part 2

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