Saturday, 1 October 2005

Books around the house

Here's a bunch of what I'm reading at the moment. If you're not interested, just turn the electronic page.

Putting Humans First: Why We Are Nature's Favorite, by Tibor Machan

Ludwig von Mises: The Man and His Economics, by Israel Kirzner

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

The Business of Ecology, ed. by Leigh Cato

The Essential Hemingway, by Ernest Hemingway

Music and the Mind, Anthony Storr

I'm enjoying all of them immensely. Do you generally have more than one book going at once? It's always worked that way for me.


  1. Yep, I usually have a few out at any given time.

    When I'm writing, I always have a stack of refference books and research material lying around the house.

  2. My current fave is The Ancestor's Tale, by Richard Dawkins, subtitled "A pilgrimage to the dawn of evolution". It fits right in with your other thread on "intelligent design".
    Starting with modern humans, Dawkins takes us back in time to meet progressively more ancient common ancestors and their modern descendents. We first run into chimpanzees and bonobos, then gorillas, orangutans, gibbons, monkeys, lemurs, and so on back to the dawn of life. The scope is epic and Dawkins does it justice.
    A real five-star read.
    The last book I actually finished, which can be a problem with several on the go, was The Wisdom of Crowds. This a behavioural economics book on how groups of people make decisions, when this works (markets, Google, pedestrians) and when it doesn't (NASA gets a hiding here as do committees in general).
    Also staring up at me from the floor is Catch 22 with a bookmark stalled a third of the way through. I fear it will disappear into the "too hard" pile.

  3. A third of the way through is plenty far enough for 'Catch 22.' It gets no better for reading any further. ;^)

    The other two sound worth a read -- I have no doubt Dawkins does the topic justice.


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