The Human Operating Manual

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Anthropology & History



Habits and Personal Development

Immune System








Philosophy & Life Lessons



Systems & Integration

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  • Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic

Sleep and Circadian

  • The Power of When
  • The Circadian Code: Lose weight, supercharge your energy, and transform your health from morning to midnight


  • How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy
  • Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain—for Life
  • Vitamin D: 4th Edition
  • Cu-RE Your Fatigue: The Root Cause and How to Fix It on Your Own
  • The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Manage Your


  • The Pain Relief Secret: How to Retrain Your Nervous System, Heal Your Body, and Overcome Chronic Pain
  • Ready to Run
  • Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance
  • The Squat Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Mastering the Squat and Finding Your True Strength
  • Rebuilding Milo
  • Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists
  • The Four-Hour Body
  • Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement
  • Biotensegrity The Structural Basis of Life
  • Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches
  • Temporomandibular Disorders: Manual Therapy, Exercise, and Needling
  • Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • The Align Method


  • The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age
  • A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death
  • Unstoppable: A 90-Day Plan to Biohack Your Mind and Body for Success

Biology, Neuro, and Medicine

  • Biochemical Individuality
  • The Psychobiotic Revolution
  • Glial Cells
  • Tripping Over the Truth: How the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Is Overturning One of Medicine’s Most Entrenched Paradigms
  • Mindwise: How we understand what others think
  • Brainwashing
  • Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst
  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
  • The Elephant in the Brain
  • A Thousand Brains: A new theory of intelligence
  • How Emotions Are Made: The secret life of the brain
  • Noise: A flaw in human judgement
  • Musicophilia
  • This is Your Brain on Music
  • Heat Shock Proteins
  • Rhonda Patrick FoundMyFitness summary:
  • The Time Paradox
  • Genome: The autobiography of a species in 23 chapters
  • Anxious: The modern mind in the age of anxiety
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
  • The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
  • Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive
  • The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It
  • Livewired
  • Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
  • The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity–and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race
  • Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence
  • The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse the Cognitive Decline of Dementia
  • The End of Alzheimer’s Program
  • The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s: How Patients Recovered Life and Hope in Their Own Words


  • Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
  • When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress
  • Scattered Minds
  • Psychoneuroimmunology Systems Biology: Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine
  • Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology: Second Edition
  • Motivational Interviewing and CBT: Combining Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness
  • How to do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, + Create Yourself
  • Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love
  • The Better Brain: Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition

Learning and Mental Models

  • The Art of Learning
  • The Four-Hour Chef
  • Moonwalking with Einstein
  • Learning Ecosystems: An emerging praxis for the future of education
  • Extend Your Mind
  • The Great Mental Models Volume 1
  • The Great Mental Models Volume 2
  • The Great Mental Models Volume 3
  • Super Thinking: The big book of mental models
  • An Introduction to Decision Theory
  • The Art of Thinking Clearly
  • Thinking Fast and Slow
  • Freakonomics
  • Fooled by Randomness
  • Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life
  • How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
  • A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
  • All I Want to Know Is Where I’m Going to Die So I’ll Never Go There
  • Seeking Wisdom from Darwin to Munger

Artificial Intelligence

  • Life 3.0: Being human in the age of artificial intelligence
  • How to Create a Mind: The secrets of human thought revealed
  • Superintelligence: Paths, dangers, strategies
  • Vision: A computational investigation into the human

Love and Sex

  • How to Think More About Sex
  • The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating
  • When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault
  • Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection
  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  • Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts


  • Show Your Work
  • Design Your Work
  • Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

Personal Development and Purpose

  • The Comfort Crisis: Embrace discomfort to reclaim your wild, happy, healthy self
  • Hell Yeah or No
  • Flow: The psychology of optimal experience
  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
  • Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life
  • The War of Art
  • The Definitive Book of Body Language
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity
  • What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth
  • Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
  • Getting Grit: The Evidence-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose
  • The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness
  • Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way
  • Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention
  • Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative


  • The Anatomy of Story
  • The Storytelling Animal
  • Wired for Story
  • Letters to a Young Writer

Anthropology and History

  • Sapiens
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Origin Story: A big history of everything
  • Homo Deus
  • The Silk Roads, A New History of the World
  • The Weirdest People in the World: How the west became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperous
  • The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

Environment, Societal Issues, and Politics

  • Merchants of Doubt
  • The Physics of Climate Change
  • The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion
  • This is Your Mind on Plants
  • Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know
  • The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brain Washing
  • The Threefold Social Order
  • Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered
  • The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology)
  • After Collapse: The Regeneration of Complex Societies
  • Toxic Legacy: How the Weedkiller Glyphosate Is Destroying Our Health and the Environment

Group Development and Sensemaking

  • The Rational Optimist: How prosperity evolves
  • The Sovereign Individual
  • The Bitcoin Standard
  • Scale: The universal laws of growth, innovation, sustainability, and the pace of life in organisms, cities, economies, and companies
  • Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World
  • Reinventing Organizations
  • Center for Applied Rationality Handbook
  • Constructive Developmental Theory
  • Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
  • Embracing Your Demons: An Overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • An Overview of Developmental Stages of Consciousness
  • Rationality: From AI to Zombies
  • Rebel Wisdom Sensemaking Companion
  • Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
  • The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t
  • Waking the Tiger
  • The Future of Life

Complexity, Science, and Physics

  • Chaos: Making a new science
  • A New Kind of Science
  • A Project to Find the Fundamental Theory of Physics
  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that transform the world
  • Skin in the Game: Hidden asymmetries in daily life
  • The Feynman Lectures
  • Bad Science
  • The Fabric of Reality: The science of parallel universes
  • The Science of Can and Can’t: A Physicists Journey through the Land of Counterfactuals

Philosophy and Spirituality

  • The Doors of Perception
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • The Art of War
  • Meditations
  • The Book of Secrets: 112 meditations to discover the mystery within
  • Man’s Search for Meaning
  • The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai
  • Direct Truth: Uncompromising, non-prescriptive truths to the enduring questions of life

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