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Evolution and the Theory of Games
4.00
it was amazing
This is a founding work of evolutionary game theory. It
introduces the evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS) --
namely, the game-theoretic strategy
...more
Jun 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions, and Evolution
4.33
it was amazing
Uses the fairly recently-developed (1970's) tools of
evolutionary game theory (specifically evolutionarily
stable strategies) to study more-realistic
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May 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
Permutation City (Subjective Cosmology #2)
4.08
really liked it
Humanity has gained immortality, by placing perfect
simulations of humans onto a computer chip after they die.
The humans on the chip learn how to
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Jun 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design
3.99
really liked it
"Creationism's Trojan Horse" argues passionately that "Intelligent Design Creationism" ("ID") is old wine in new skins. ID updates the old Paleyan ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2007
 
Cities and the Wealth of Nations
4.11
really liked it
Jane Jacobs loves cities. In The Death and Life of Great American Cities, written in the Sixties, she blasted urban-redesign efforts that were based ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 05, 2007
 
Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality
3.97
really liked it
Starts out trying to understand why lots of cultures believe in vampires. Eventually the author realized that belief in vampires is closely correlated ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 05, 2007
 
Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis---and the People Who Pay the Price
3.80
it was amazing
Cohn follows lots of people who've been screwed by the U.S. health-insurance system. Rich or poor, employed or not, it doesn't seem to matter: if you ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 05, 2007
 
Call It Sleep
3.83
it was amazing
A very simple story about an immigrant boy growing up in
New York's Jewish ghettoes in the early 20th century. The
book captures the fear of being an
...more
Jun 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
The Social Sources of Denominationalism
4.21
really liked it
Despite the academic-sounding title, this is a passionate
work. It argues that the distinct Christian churches
(Lutheran, Presbyterian, Catholic, ad
...more
May 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
really liked it
Imagine that a plague of zombiehood has befallen the
entire world, turning the vast majority of your neighbors
into bloodless
...more
May 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
Invitation to a Beheading
3.91
liked it
Not worth reading when genuine masterpieces from Nabokov exist. In "Invitation to a Beheading," we meet Cincinnatus C., who will soon be executed for ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology
4.01
it was amazing
The true story of a real museum in L.A. that may or may not be filled with pure objects of fantasy from Wilson's own mind. If so, it is an extremely ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role of the Emotions
4.33
it was amazing
Argues that even if you accept the premise that people are
selfish maximizers of their own utility, it does not
follow that every action they perform
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May 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
4.16
really liked it
Using Peter and Rosemary Grant's annual studies on
the Galapagos Islands as a jumping-off point,
fleshes out the idea that Darwin didn't begin to
...more
May 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
A Future for Socialism
3.68
really liked it
Lays out the case for "market socialism," whereby most
functions are left to the market but centralized control
is added in where helpful. A clear,
...more
Apr 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
Happy Cruelty Day!: Daily Celebrations of Quiet Desperation
4.28
liked it
Works as a blog; does not work as a book. The editors should have picked and chosen the 30 or 40 best "Girls Are Pretty" columns, rather than printing ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 27, 2007
 
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
4.06
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not set
Jul 08, 2007
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