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Gavin Gavin said: " Instantly charmed - imagine a technically literate Zen and the Art of Motorcycle.
Danger is the shark in shallow waters, the pills in the cupboard or a grand piano teetering on a window ledge while children skip below. It is the diet too rich in cre
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Gavin Gavin said: " Casual, brief and witty theoretical economics. Actually a unification of economics, political science, and this other thing.

The prose is deceptively plain, like say Anscombe. There's basically no data, it's all intuition pumps. (But I share most of
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Sharp by Michelle Dean
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I wrote this book because this history has never been as well-known as it deserves to be, at least outside certain isolated precincts of New York. Biographies had been written of all of them and devoured by me. But as biographies do, each book c...
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I know that there is no [demiurge], but what if I were wrong? I am not, but I could be, but I am not, though I may be.

A wall has been built, and it is being built; we think it will continue to be built. No one knows exactly who started the wall, th
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The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem
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Superlatively brainy and silly fairytales, with wizards replaced by AI engineers. Think Carroll, Smullyan, Juster, Egan, heavier than heaven.

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Writings on an Ethical Life by Peter Singer
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If a critical mass of people with new priorities were to emerge, and if these people were seen to do well, in every sense of the term -- if their cooperation with each other brings reciprocal benefits, if they find joy and fulfillment in their live
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Factfulness by Hans Rosling
" Yes! I liked it, but it is already in need of a second edition because of the statistical frailty of the rest of the field. (His research is fine, but ...more "
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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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Engrossing, a great charitable reconstruction of a terrible age. Besides the subtle portrayal of the latent Reformation revolution, there's also a far more important upheaval: the rise of brilliant laymen and potent commoners (e.g. More and Cromwell) ...more
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Robert Nozick
“as a young man I thought the ideal philosophical argument was one with the following property: someone who understood its premises and did not accept its conclusion would die.”
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Luciano Floridi
“Human beings differ from other animals because they are sufficiently intelligent to wish that they could stop working and reasoning – and free enough to toil harder than other creatures to pursue both these aims in order to eventually enjoy free time.

It follows that Homo faber and Homo sapiens are only contingent consequences of the truly essential Homo ludens. The fact that philosophers do not typically endorse this view only clarifies why they rarely qualify as champions of common sense…”
Luciano Floridi, Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction

“John [McCarthy]'s world is a world of ideas, a world in which ideas don't belong to anyone, and in which, when an idea is wrong, just the idea – not the person – is wrong. A world in which ideas are like young birds, and we catch them and proudly show them to our friends. The bird's beauty and the hunter's are distinct...

Some people won't show you the birds they've caught until they are sure, certain, positive that they – the birds, or themselves – are gorgeous, or rare, or remarkable. When your mind can separate yourself from it, you will share it sooner, and the beauty of the bird will be sooner enjoyed.”
Richard Gabriel

Robert Penn Warren
“Goodness… You gotta make it out of badness... Because there isn’t anything else to make it out of.”
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

“The craft of programming gratifies creative longings built deep within us and delights sensibilities we have in common with all men, providing five kinds of joys:

• The joy of making things;
• The joy of making things that are useful to other people;
• The fascination of fashioning puzzle-like objects of interlocking moving parts;
• The joy of always learning, of a nonrepeating task;
• The delight of working in a medium so tractable — pure thought-stuff — which nevertheless exists, moves, and
works in a way that word-objects do not.”
Frederick Phillips Brooks Jr.

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