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Posted on Thursday, June 8th 2023 by ludovicianul | 30 points


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@ Thursday, June 8th 2023 by thx-2718 | Open

What do you mean by 'hidden' knowledge?[Here]

Plato potentially 'hid' knowledge by not writing it down.


@ Thursday, June 8th 2023 by costco | Open

I think Strauss argued that there is hidden meaning in many of the philosophy classics. But a lot of people think his theory is bullshit.

@ Thursday, June 8th 2023 by dxs | Open

Try this: "What is Stoicism and How Can it Turn your Life to Solid Gold?" at

@ Thursday, June 8th 2023 by aristofun | Open

This is one of those boring books that will never be a NY bestseller, while containing some timeless gems of wisdom worth multiple NY-bestseller shallow books each:

For example -- how you build a feedback loop and why it's more important than writing elaborate guides, docs and business processes.

Or how you give a simple yet meaningful metrics to your tests and learning process.

@ Thursday, June 8th 2023 by ArtWomb | Open

@ Thursday, June 8th 2023 by Karawebnetwork | Open

I don't know if you could call it non-mainstream but buying "Pocket Reference 4th Edition" has been a source of joy for me. Pocket sized "wikipedia". It contains everything from how to tie knots to the specs of sheet metal screws.

@ Thursday, June 8th 2023 by romanhn | Open

It's been a while since I've read it, but I remember The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber being a very interesting take on how to build a scalable business by analyzing how successful franchises operate. It was an unexpectedly practical and engaging book, even for someone not interested in franchising per se.

@ Friday, June 9th 2023 by throwaway14356 | Open

The Secret World of Magnets by Howard Johnson

Magnetic Current by Edward Leedskalnin

@ Friday, June 9th 2023 by SirensOfTitan | Open

Maybe Daniel Ingram's Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha?

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