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Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock
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You have to understand that this book is eminently and deeply rooted in the research program Tetlock pioneered and ran, the Good Judgement Project, and about the real people whom he found through the program to be great are forecasting geopolitical e ...more
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Cities and the Wealth of Nations by Jane Jacobs
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Forged by Bart D. Ehrman
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(I feel bad for writing a review of this when I have left other books, ones I liked a lot more, unreviewed.)

I didn't come to this book with an axe to grind—everyone has had the experience of discovering that a fact long held is actually disproven or
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Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton
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Words on the Move by John McWhorter
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The Poker Face of Wall Street by Aaron Brown
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Look. He tells you up front what this book is about: “Finance can only be understood as a gambling game, and gambling games can only be understood as a form of finance.” A nice video tl;dr I can recommend is his guest lecture at MIT called “Poker Eco ...more
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Dreaming in Chinese by Deborah Fallows
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John McWhorter sent me here from his audio lectures, “Language from A to Z”, saying it would give a more in-depth look at Chinese (Mandarin, Shanghaiese, Cantonese, et al.). I knew probably 80% of the factual elements in this book but still very much ...more
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NonNonBa by Shigeru Mizuki
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A yōkai (妖怪, same word as used in the Japanese translation of the first sentence of the Communist Manifesto; also note the casual misogyny in the character 妖 meaning both “calamity” and “attractive”, incorporating the characters for “woman” 女 and “ea ...more
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“You have probably heard the saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Actually, there is another saying that is probably more accurate, but is not quite as well known: 'The quickest way to become an old dog is to quit learning new tricks.”
Kenneth L. Higbee, Your Memory: How It Works and How to Improve It

“You cannot build a complete memory with a single memory tool any more than you can build a complete building with a single carpentry tool.”
Kenneth L. Higbee, Your Memory: How It Works and How to Improve It

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“[David Riesman] had made a hobby of studying the American Civil War and he had always been disturbed by the passions which it had unleashed in the country, the tensions and angers just below the surface, the thin fabric of the society which held it all together, so easy to rend.”
David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest

David Halberstam
“an aristocracy come to power, convinced of its own disinterested quality, believing itself above both petty partisan interest and material greed. The suggestion that this also meant the holding and wielding of power was judged offensive by these same people, who preferred to view their role as service, though in fact this was typical of an era when many of the great rich families withdrew from the new restless grab for money of a modernizing America, and having already made their particular fortunes, turned to the public arena as a means of exercising power. They were viewed as reformers, though the reforms would be aimed more at the newer seekers of wealth than at those who already held it. (“First-generation millionaires,” Garry Wills wrote in Nixon Agonistes, “give us libraries, second-generation millionaires give us themselves.”)”
David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest

“When a person asks how he can improve his memory, he cannot expect a useful answer until he makes his question more specific. What kind of material does he want to remember? In what way? [How will his memory be measured?] Under what circumstances? For how long? There are methods and principles in this book that apply to almost any kind of learning situation, but none applies to all situations”
Kenneth L. Higbee, Your Memory: How It Works and How to Improve It

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