Recommended Reading

Reading Guide: Below are a list of the materials I found useful in researching for each episode. For each episode, I've listed the materials in order of relevance and accessibility. So, the top materials are more likely to be introductory overviews, whereas you might find the lower materials more useful once you're already pretty confident in the subject matter and want to learn more about the niche areas. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an e-mail!

14 - Buddhism: Meditation and Mindfulness

  • Gunaratana, Henepola. Mindfulness in Plain English. [Book]
  • Rahula, Walpola. What the Buddha Taught. [Book]
  • Chodron, Thubten. Buddhism for Beginners. [Book]
  • Bodhi, Bhikkhu. The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering. [Book]

13 - Buddhism: The Path to Nirvana

  • Rahula, Walpola. What the Buddha Taught. [Book]
  • Chodron, Thubten. Buddhism for Beginners. [Book]
  • Bodhi, Bhikkhu. The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering. [Book]
  • Gunaratana, Henepola. Mindfulness in Plain English. [Book]

12 - Anti-Natalism: Why Having Children Is Wrong

  • Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence. [Book]
  • Perry, Sarah. Every Cradle Is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide. [Book]
  • Coates, Ken. Anti-Natalism: Rejectionist Philosophy from Buddhism to Benatar. [Book]

11 - Sartre and Existentialism

  • Blakewell, Sarah. At the Existentialist Cafe. [Book]
  • The Panpsycast. Episode 17 (Parts I and II). [Podcast]
  • Philosophize This. Episodes 86, 87, 88, 103, 104. 105. [Podcast]
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Existentialism is a Humanism. [Essay]
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness. [Book]
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul. No Exit. [Play]
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Nausea. [Book]

10 - Liam Ward on Camus and the Absurd

  • Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus. [Book]
  • Camus, Albert, The Outsider. [Book]

9 - Altruism: How to do Good Effectively

  • MacAskill, Will. Doing Good Better. [Book]
  • Singer, Peter. The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. [Book]
  • www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities [Website]
  • www.80000hours.org [Website]
  • Ord, Toby. The Moral Imperative toward Cost-Effectiveness in Global Health. [Essay]
  • MacAskill, Will. Replaceability, Career Choice, and Making a Difference. [Essay]
  • Bostrom, Nick. Astronomical Waste: The Opportunity Cost of Delayed Technological Development. [Essay]

8 - Altruism: The Case for Doing Good

  • Singer, Peter. The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. [Book]
  • Singer, Peter. The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle. [Essay]
  • Singer, Peter. Famine, Affluence, and Morality. [Essay]
  • Mwenda, Andrew. Aid for Africa? No Thanks. [Ted Talk]
  • Murphy, Liam. The Demands of Beneficence. [Essay]

7 - Freedom and Happiness

  • Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. [Book]
  • Orwell, George. 1984. [Book]
  • Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World Revisited. [Book]
  • Sunstein, Cass and Thaler, Richard. Nudge. [Book]
  • Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty. [Book]
  • Saetra, Henrik Skaug. When nudge comes to shove: Liberty and nudging in the era of big data. [Essay]

6 - The Psychedelic Experience: The Acid Tests

  • Wolfe, Tom. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. [Book]
  • Huxley, Aldous. The Doors of Perception. [Essay]
  • Thompson, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. [Book]
  • Brown, Mick. Trip of a lifetime: Ken Kesey, LSD, the Merry Pranksters and the birth of psychedelia. www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/trip-of-a-lifetime-ken-kesey-lsd-the-merry-pranksters-and-the-bi/. [Article]
  • Lord, Sterling. When Kerouac Met Kesey. www.theamericanscholar.org/when-kerouac-met-kesey/#.XbEugmYxXIU. [Article]

5 - The Psychedelic Experience: Psychedelic Music and the Grateful Dead

  • Gimbel, Steve. The Grateful Dead and Philosophy: Getting High Minded about Love and Haight. [Book]
  • Carr, Patrick. The Grateful Dead Makes a Real Good Hamburger. www.nytimes.com/1973/03/11/archives/the-grateful-dead-makes-a-real-good-hamburger-pop.html. [Article]
  • Jarnow, Jesse. How an Army of Deadheads (And Their LSD) Invented Silicon Valley. www.wired.com/2016/04/heads-jesse-jarnow-excerpt/. [Article]

4 - Living Deliberately

  • Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. [Book]
  • Kerouac, Jack. The Dharma Bums. [Book]
  • Kerouac, Jack. Desolation Angels. [Book]
  • Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. [Book]

3 - Kerouac: Beyond the Road

  • Kerouac, Jack. The Dharma Bums. [Book]
  • Watts, Alan. Zen & the Beat Way. [Book]

2 - Kerouac: On the Road

  • Kerouac, Jack. On The Road. [Book]
  • Garcia, Jerry. The History of Rock 'N' Roll [from 11:55]. www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVkkbJ_KI2Y [Interview]

1 - Suicide and the Absurd

  • Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus. [Book]
  • Camus, Albert. The Outsider. [Book]
  • Camus, Albert. The Plague. [Book]
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