Arjun Yadav

Interesting Reads - September 2021

Sep 30, 2021

Hill - British Library

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Note: This post was last edited on Mar 31, 2022.

I log everything I read in Notion. This month I have read 3 books, 36 newsletters and 18 articles.

Here are some of the highlights of this month!


  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: This book is a rollercoaster of emotions, it is uplifting at how the human spirit can persevere through the toughest of times and depressing that such a talented person and most of their family and friends were taken away.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari: There is something so captivating about Yuval's work, it is written so well and presents so many great lessons about ethics, politics, self-improvement and world issues. Can't wait to read Homo Deus next.

  • The Precipice by Toby Ord: The main ideas presented in this book are longtermism and the importance of existential risks.

    I felt this book was quite repetitive and slow at the beginning, but it does pick up later on. This book also presented an existential risk probability table: Probability Table - Toby Ord
    This was quite controversial on the EA Forum. Regardless, it's a good intermediate book about EA and a good introduction to longtermism.