Naval & Scott University Reading List

In May 2018 Naval Ravikant joined Scott Adams on Twitter live for a wide ranging conversation.

At 39:50, they discuss which classes would be taught at a Naval & Scott University.

  1. Persuasive Writing & Persuasion
  2. Nutrition
  3. Mathematics & Technology
  4. Reading & Writing
  5. Fitness
  6. Strategy

If I were tasked with creating a reading list for each class, here is what I would assign.

Persuasive Writing & Persuasion

Naval recommended starting with this post by Scott Adams: The Day You Became A Better Writer.

My reading list would include:

  1. Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg
  2. On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King
  3. Relentless by Tim Grover
  4. What It Takes by Stephen A. Schwarzman


  1. Two Meals a Day by Mark Sisson
  2. The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

Mathematics & Technology

  1. Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  2. Weaving the Web by Tim Berners-Lee
  3. Crystal Fire by Michael Riordan & Lillian Hoddeson
  4. The Great Bridge by David McCullough

Reading & Writing

  1. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  2. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  4. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield


  1. The Naked Warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline
  2. Kettlebell Simple & Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline
  3. Relax into Stretch by Pavel Tsatsouline
  4. The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss


  1. Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  3. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
  4. Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson


*This is a personal addition to the list of courses.

  1. Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
  2. The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Seneca