Books recommended by Sam Harris

  1. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins


  2. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins


  3. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett

  4. Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright


  5. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman


  6. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius


  7. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


  8. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett


  9. Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah by Ajahn Chah


  10. Terror and Liberalism by Paul Berman


  11. The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl Popper


  12. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design by Richard Dawkins


  13. Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne


  14. Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett


  15. I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj by Nisargadatta Maharaj


  16. Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens


  17. Ethics in the Real World: 86 Brief Essays on Things that Matter by Peter Singer


  18. Freedom from the Known by Jiddu Krishnamurti


  19. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely


  20. A Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination by Gerald M. Edelman


  21. The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen


  22. Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies by Geoffrey B. West


  23. Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom


  24. Thinking and Deciding by Jonathan Baron


  25. The Concept of Mind by Gilbert Ryle


  26. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright


  27. Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening by Stephen Batchelor


  28. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom


  29. A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss


  30. Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand Russell


  31. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer


  32. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond


  33. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan


  34. Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi by Ramana Maharshi


  35. Terrorist Hunter by Anonymous


  36. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt


  37. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks


  38. Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference by William MacAskill


  39. The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch


  40. Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom


  41. Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens


  42. The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State by Graeme Wood


  43. Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit


  44. Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti


  45. The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory by David J. Chalmers


  46. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini


  47. Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen


  48. Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul by Francis Crick


  49. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin


  50. Freedom Evolves by Daniel C. Dennett


  51. Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins


  52. A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love by Richard Dawkins


  53. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion


  54. Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch


  55. The Flight of the Garuda: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by Keith Dowman


  56. Sick Societies by Robert B. Edgerton


  57. The Gospel of Lie: A Grieving Christian Searches the Bible for a New Jesus by Joshua Lie


  58. Principles of Neural Science by Eric R. Kandel


  59. The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee


  60. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer


  61. God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens


  62. Probability 1: Why There Must Be Intelligent Life in the Universe by Amir D. Aczel


  63. The Nature Of The Physical World by Arthur Stanley Eddington


  64. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson


  65. In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire by Tom Holland


  66. The End of Illness: A New Perspective on Health That Changes Everything by David B. Agus


  67. Suicide: A Study in Sociology by Émile Durkheim


  68. Open Secret by Wei Wu Wei


  69. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder


  70. Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley


  71. Breakdown of Will by George Ainslie


  72. Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness by Gerald M. Edelman


  73. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee


  74. The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size by Tor Nørretranders


  75. Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations by Ayaan Hirsi Ali


  76. Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America by James Allen


  77. Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge by Gerald M. Edelman


  78. Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream by Jay Stevens


  79. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman


  80. Remembered Present: A Biological Theory Of Consciousness by Gerald M. Edelman


  81. On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious by Douglas E. Harding


  82. Experiments in Ethics by Kwame Anthony Appiah


  83. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart D. Ehrman


  84. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris


  85. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley


  86. The First Crusade: A New History by Thomas Asbridge


  87. The Nonsense of Free Will: Facing Up to a False Belief by Richard Oerton


  88. The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes–and Its Implications by David Deutsch


  89. The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell


  90. The Day of the Barbarians: The Battle That Led to the Fall of the Roman Empire by Alessandro Barbero


  91. Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind by Simon Baron-Cohen


  92. Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat


  93. Mythologies by Roland Barthes


  94. Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor


  95. Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga

  96. The Illusion of Conscious Will by Daniel M. Wegner


  97. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby


  98. A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey


  99. While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within by Bruce Bawer


  100. The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker