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TARDIS Eruditorum by Philip Sandifer
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TARDIS Eruditorum - An Unauthorized Critical History of Docto... by Philip Sandifer
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The Last Ring-Bearer by Kirill Yeskov
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This book is basically a sequel to Lord of the Rings told from the point of view of the other side, which basically paints Mordor as a place of science and learning which became a threat to the ignorant medieval elves who ran the place with magic (Ye ...more
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The Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg
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An interesting view into the world of political campaign research in modern US politics, and the way that politicians from Rick Perry to Barack Obama used scientific research on what works to get out the vote, and how this developed and continues to ...more
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Rome by Greg Woolf
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A good overview of the Roman Empire, from go to woe. In high school, I learned about a particular period of Roman time, and it was good to flesh it out. This was fairly up-to-date, mentioning the efforts of recent research and it avoided the trap of ...more
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Life by Keith Richards
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This was an entertaining gallop through Richards' life, which was genuinely illuminating and largely full of good anecdotes and occasionally some insight, especially into what it was like to be in a band surrounded by as much mania and trouble as the ...more
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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
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Much of our behaviour is entirely habitual. Our minds are elsewhere, and we don't even realise what we're doing. From the perspective of people who want to change behaviour - advertisers, weight-loss programs, the music industry, psychologists - what ...more
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The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
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Judging by this book, Steven Pinker really likes graphs. There's a lot of graphs here! Almost every second page has one. And what pretty much every graph here shows is that the world is a much safer, nicer, kinder place than it has ever been. Includi ...more
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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Kahneman makes putting together psychology experiments sound easy. Bastard! This is an eye-opening book about human thought based on years of research by a Nobel Prize winner and colleagues, which should change how you make decisions, which should ma ...more
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