The Purpose

The purpose of this documentation is a primary list of areas I have documented over time for help with various areas of lifestyle design. When I say lifestyle design I try to answer the question “how to design a life worth living and optimized to my needs?” I assume many people struggle with similar problems to myself and that the same solutions that have worked for me are useful to others. This is not simply a list of areas of study, it is a web of knowledge to thread together over time to help others and myself become more effective.

“argued, I think, very plausibly, that the core principle and requirement of a fulfilled human being is the ability to inquire and create constructively, independently, without external controls.” A true education, Chomsky suggests, opens a door to human intellectual freedom and creative autonomy." ~ paraphrasing Wilhelm von Humboldt by Noam Chomsky

“glorify who you are today, do not condemn who you were yesterday and dream of who you can be tomorrow…” ~ Neale Donald Walsch


DO NOT BE A HELP VAMPIRE: (plural help vampires) (chiefly computing, derogatory, informal) A person who requests answers and solutions from a community while giving nothing in return.

Disclaimer 1: I am not an investment advisor. None of the information presented herein is intended to form the basis of any offer or recommendation or have any regard to the investment objectives, financial situation, or needs of any specific person, and that includes you, my dear reader. Everything you’re going to read is for informational purposes only. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR ANY FINANCIAL ADVICE, MY ANSWER IS ALWAYS “I DO NOT GIVE ADVICE.”

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Disclaimer 3: The views expressed in these resources do not necessarily express my views or that of my employer

1. Learning

Searching through tag: Work on your strategy for learning and you can get pretty far in life.

  1. Ultralearning by Scott Young
  2. Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley
  3. The Torchlight List by James Flynn
  4. What is Intelligence? By James Flynn
  5. Jo Boaler work on How to Learn Maths
  6. The New Torchlight List: In Search of the Best Modern Authors by James Robert Flynn
  7. A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley
  9. Bring Up Genius! by László Polgár
  10. The Making of a Genius by Aaron Stern (hard to get a copy)11. Pedagogy (Learning Models) when people ask “well this is the only model we currently have for education, right?” send them here to read these other options This is not a failure of possibility, only a failure of imagination if someone can’t imagine a better option.
    1. Dojo Mastery Model
    2. Colorado College uses the block plan
    4. Yeshiva Schools
    6. Apprenticeship Programs i.e.
    8. Sudbury Valley School:
    9. Unschooled:
    12. (AKA Oxbridge Model)
    13. Open Acceptance, High Filter Model. Have everyone be allowed to get into X school. After the first year offer bottom 50% of students money to drop out.
    14. Sudbury School Model:
    15. Deep Springs College:
    16. Mastery Learning, you only pass once you’ve mastered the material:
    17. Constructionism:
    19. A story about self learning using computers and home teaching. This is a future that is potentially real now.
    21. Paper Belt on Fire by Michael Gibson
  11. Solving the infinite library problem, for those trying to figure out where to start

2. Math and Systems Thinking

For me, reason and order are just as important as learning. Learn how to structure your mind to get important things done.

  1. Introduction to General Systems Thinking Gabriel Weinberg et al.
  3. High-Dimensional Statistics by Martin J. Wainwright
  4. Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models
  5. The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts
  6. The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Timothy Gowers
  8. ERE Style Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence by Jacob Lund Fisker
  9. Wikipedia style
  10. Polymath: Master Multiple Disciplines, Learn New Skills, Think Flexibly, and Become an Extraordinary Autodidact by Peter Hollins
  11. Software and Algorithms
    1. Please see my github on this @awsaavedra

    2. Haskell programming from first principles by Christopher Allen and Julie Moronuki

    3. Negative Consequences and pitfalls

      1. Jorah Lanier
    4. Algorithms to Live By Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

    5. A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram

    6. Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H. Cormen (Author), Charles E. Leiserson (Author), Ronald L. Rivest (Author), Clifford Stein

    7. The Little Schemer by Daniel P. Friedman , Matthias Felleisen , et al.

  12. Cryptocurrency, cryptocommerce
    1. Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain
    2. Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and DApps
    3. Building Ethereum Dapps: Decentralized Applications on the Ethereum Blockchain
    4. Phil Champagne The Book Of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto
    5. Proof of Stake: The Making of Ethereum and the Philosophy of Blockchains by Vitalik Buterin and Nathan Schneider
  13. Exploring Science by David Klahr
  15. Before first principles, you need zeroth principles thinking
  21. Exploring Science by David Klahr
  25. Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse
  26. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  27. Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
  28. The unreasonable effectiveness of Mathematics in the natural sciences

3. Superforecasting

Searching through tag: Learn ways of predicting the possible paths things can go on.

  1. Nate Silver The Signal and the Noise
  2. Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock
  3. Naseem Taleb book series: Incerto, skin in the game, black swan
  4. Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently by Gregory Berns
  5. The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t by Julia Galef
  6., an institute dedicated to studying the future of technology
  9. Look around for prediction markets
  10. Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

4. Productivity

Search through tag: Productivity is doing the most important thing first and keeping on it without distraction. Then, you get the next most important thing.

  1. Cal Newport books

    1. So Good They Can’t Ignore You
    2. Digital Minimalism
    3. A World Without Email
    4. How to Become a Straight A Student
    5. How to Be a High School Superstar
    6. Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout
  2. Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal

  3. HELL YEAH OR NO by Derek Sivers


  5. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal

  6. Atomic Habits by James Clear

  7. Tim Ferriss’s DEAL Formula to Work Less and Earn More

  8. Information Absorption Capacity and Retention

    1. Does speed reading even work? Does it come with trade-offs?
    2. Eliminate distractions, no multi-tasking
    3. Busyness is a choice by Tim Ferriss
    4. Memory Training:
      • look for memory training experts with proven track record. Jim Kwik is quite interesting.
    5. Moon Walking with Einstein, Joshua Foer
    6. Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte
  9. Greatness by Dean Simonton

  10. Formal Education

    1. Will College Pay Off? by Peter Cappelli
    2. The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan
    3. Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life Kindle Edition by William Deresiewicz
  11. Working Minds by Beth Crandall, Gary Klein and Robert Hoffman

  12. Scientific Elite by Harriet Zuckerman

  13. Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, 2nd Edition (The XP Series) by Kent Beck (Author), Cynthia Andres

  14. The New One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard, Specner Johnson

  15. Extreme Productivity by Robert C Pozen

  16. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

  17. The Dip by Seth Godin

  18. The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

5. Meditation

Seek inner mental and spiritual alignment towards your aims.

  1. Wim Hof Techniques
  2. Expertise in Meditation to be in a Gamma state
  3. Guided Meditation apps and trainings
  4. Silent retreats
  5. Descartes’ Error by Antonio Damasio
  6. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

6. Social and Cultural Life

The world around you may be puzzling, seek to understand it.

  1. The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life by Robin D. Hanson

  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

  3. Parkinson’s Law of Triviality and look under other trivial issues a. Example


  5. The further you move away from normal the relatively less sane you seem to most people. Even it is simply because of convention.

  6. Yak Shaving


  8. Yerkes-Dodson Law

  9. Ideological Turing Test. Please look around but here is one article



  12. Democracy may be an emergent social system:



  15. We Do, a book on marriage


  17. Eroom’s Law

  18. Gell-man Amnesia

  19. Price’s Law

  20. Administrative Behavior by Herbert Simon

  21. Matthew effect

  22. Spiral of Silence

  23. Parenting Mission: I am working on how to let kids realize their full potential for their goals. Please hold while I work through this and find the right methodology for ours. First, an essay:

    1. The Birthing Partner 5th edition
    2. Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids by Bryan Caplan
    3. Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster
    4. How To Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons to Help Your Child Become Self-Driven, Respectful, and Resilient
    5. Bring Up Genius by Laszlo Polgar
    6. The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be by Armin A. Brot
    7. Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow ~Lenore Skenazy
    8. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogel Ph.D., Carrington Macduffie, et al.
    9. Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems" by Dr. Richard Ferber, M.D
    10. Raising Good Humans by Hunter Clarke Fields
    11. On Becoming Babywise (Updated and Expanded): Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep Unabridged by Robert Bucknam MD
    12. Harvey Karp The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
    13. Nature’s Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential by David Henry Feldman with Lynn T. Goldsmith
    14. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (the book). Probably the most influential lecture for me as a high school student. Randy Pausch is fantastic.
  24. Psychology Tests


  26. Randy Pausch

    1. Ray Dalio’s take on personality inventory in a work context
    2. The big 5 personality traits

  28. Brandolini’s Shadow: A space where bullshit thrives in the orbit of a real innovation

  29. Brandolini’s Law (bullsh*t asymmetry principle)


  31. Matthew effect


  33. The second usage, more common outside of the former Soviet Union, appropriates one interpretation of Lysenko’s career to decry political intervention in and distortion of scientific knowledge.



7. Health

Search through tag: The body is a temple, we live in our bodies first and must maintain it well.

  1. How not to Die by Michael Greger

  2. The Telomere Effect by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn (Author), Dr. Elissa Epel

  3. The Blue Zones

  4. Longevity

  5. How not to Diet by Michael Greger

  6. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

  7. How to Survive a Pandemic by Michael Greger

  8. The Drive by Dave Attia

  9. Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To Kindle Edition by David Sinclair


  11. Blueprint, the most comprehensive longevity study on one individual…ever?


8. Behavioral Change Strategies

Learn how to control your behavior or it will control you.

  1. ERE a practical and philosophical guide by Jacob Fischer
  2. Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money by Dolly Freed
    1. The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
    2. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
    3. Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending
    4. Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation
    5. The American Paradox By David Myers
    6. Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

9. Philosophy Areas

Seek knowledge and a love of knowledge.

  1. Connectionism

  2. The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner


  4. Patternism:

    1. Patternist philosophy of mind by Ben Goertzel
    2. Ray Kurzweil Writings
    3. The Society of Mind by Marvin Minsky
  5. Philosophy of mind influencers: Marvin Minsky, Noam Chomsky

  6. Philosophers: Bertrand Russell, Godel, Ed Witten works on political science, John Maynard Keynes, John Stuart Mill

    1. Principa Mathematica by Bertrand Russell
    2. Free Thought and Official Propaganda by Bertrand Russell
  7. The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper

  8. Design

    1. Minimalism and Zen Philosophy
    2. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    3. KISS Principle
    5. The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition by Donald A. Norman
    6. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life Hardcover by Bill Burnett (Author), Dave Evans



  12. Enough. by Jack Bogle

  13. A good case study on someone who did not care what was fashionable, only what was morally correct in his mind.

  14. Day by day, however, the machines are gaining ground upon us; day by day we are becoming more subservient to them; more men are daily bound down as slaves to tend them, more men are daily devoting the energies of their whole lives to the development of mechanical life. The upshot is simply a question of time, but that the time will come when the machines will hold the real supremacy over the world and its inhabitants is what no person of a truly philosophic mind can for a moment question. ~published in The Press newspaper on 13 June 1863 in Christchurch, New Zealand









  23. Intellectual Impostures: Modern Philosophers abuse of science

10. Finance

Search through tag: Finance can be a wonderful subject to understand the world since we all lack resources we want to allocate. Those resources are time, capital, attention, and more.

  1. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
  2. Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham
  3. Dhandho Investor book
  4. The Simple Path to Wealth by jlCollinsh
  5. Deep Value by Tobias Carlisle
  6. Basically anything Scott Galloway writes
  7. Common Stock and Uncommon Returns by Philip Fisher
  8. One Up On Wallstreet By Peter Lynch
  9. Conservative Investors Sleep Well At Night by Philip Fisher
  10. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  11. I wrote a lot of other information on my finance blog posts for you.
  12. The Alpha Strategy: The Ultimate Plan of Financial Self-Defense Hardcover by John A. Pugsley
  13. Economics, intelligent cooperation, Law
    1. Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis (Information Policy) by Vili Lehdonvirta, Edward Castronova
    2. The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything by Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
    3. DeFi and the Future of Finance by Campbell R. Harvey (Author), Ashwin Ramachandran (Author), Joey Santoro (Author), Vitalik Buterin (Preface), Fred Ehrsam (Foreword)
    4. Legal Systems Very Different from Ours by David Friedman
    5. Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters by David D. Friedman
    6. The Machinery of Freedom by David D. Friedman
    7. The Network State by Balaji,
    8. Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life by David Friedman (Author), Steve Landsburg
    9. John Maynard Keynes - The Essential Writings by John Maynard Keynes
    10. The Communistic Societies of the United States: Economic Social and Religious Utopias of the Nineteenth Century by Charles Nordhoff
    11. A Place of Refuge: An Experiment in Communal Living – The Story of Windsor Hill Wood by Tobias Jones
    12. Ages of Discord: A Structural-Demographic Analysis of American History by Peter Turchin
    13. The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology) Reprint Edition by Joseph A. Tainter
    14. Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber
    17. The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth by Robin Hanson
    26. Coordinating styles in broader natural and social history
      1. Hamilton’s Rule Genetics i.e. Ant colonies all being genetically identical, or groups being genetically related
      2. Economics: game theory and incentive alignment
      3. Ideological: humans are the apex example of this behavior on planet earth, as long as a group believes the same things they’re in the ingroup.
    27. Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair. Schulman, Sarah
    28. The Internet of Money part I to III by Andreas Antonopoulos
    29. The Zero Marginal Cost Society by Jeremy Rifkin
  16. Abraham Lincoln surrounded himself with a team of rivals to tease out what’s true via debate, thoughtful disagreement, etc.

11. Entrepreneurship

You want to add value to peoples lives and the future lives of people not yet known.

  1. Smart people should be building things by Andrew Yang
  3. The E Myth
  4. Marketing
    1. Seth Godin
  5. Accounting principals
    1. Business and otherwise - free Wharton online ones work fine
    2. Madfientist series on tax law
  6. Seth Godin
    1. Linchpin
    2. The Practice: Shipping Creative Work
  7. The Start-up Of You by Reid Hoffman
  8. The Originals: How Non-conformists Move the World
  10. Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World by Tyler Cowen, Daniel Gross
  11. Exponential Organizations 2.0: The New Playbook for 10x Growth and Impact Salim Ismail , Ray Kurzweil (Foreword) , Peter H. Diamandis
  12. The E-myth Revisited Gerber, Michael E.
  13. The Magic of Thinking Big Schwartz, David J.
  14. Super Founders: What Data Reveals About Billion-Dollar Startups by Ali Tamaseb
  15. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
  16. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  18. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey

12. Blogs

The day you became a better writer MOVED TO: and

13. Additional Resources

14. A list of Notable Persons

Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet, Isaac Asimov, Da Vinci, Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, Will Sidis, Josh Waitzkin, Terence Tao, Benjamin Franklin, Hamilton, Bertrand Russell, ERE AKA Jacob Lund Fisker, Noam Chomsky, Martine Rothblatt

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