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How to Get a PhD by Estelle M. Phillips
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I came across this when looking for a guide on effective supervision of students. While only one of the chapters is explicitly targeted at supervisors, it is certainly suitable for generally guiding supervision, containing a great deal of specific ad ...more
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Appleseed by John Clute
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Wow. Okay. So, I've been playing around with a few one-sentence summaries, and I think the closest I can get is to ask you to imagine what you'd get if John Milton had an erotic dream while possessed by the LSD-tripping ghost of Vernor Vinge. Even th ...more
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Permutation City by Greg Egan
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Makes 'ambitious scope' look like crazy understatement. Egan's starting point is the ethical and conceptual problems posed by people being able to scan their brains and run a software 'Copy' of themselves at a slowdown relative to real-time. The sci- ...more
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
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Great stuff. Psychological thriller, sympathetic magic, properly respectful treatment of cats, and all the main characters are decidedly abnormal (in contrast with the horribly normal antagonists). An ending that is neither entirely happy nor entirel ...more
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The Uses of Literature by Italo Calvino
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The only reason I don't rank these essays higher is because several of them were devoted to subjects that blew right by me -- books I've never read, authors I've never heard of (or worse, those whose names are in a notional list of Important Figures ...more
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Frankenstein Unbound by Brian W. Aldiss
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The hard thing about this book is not the shadow-tongue that immerses you into Kingsnorth's reconstruction of the rolling oral culture of the time, which quickly becomes easy to read and indeed eventually stops being noticeable (and actually, is done
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Hermann Hesse
“The life of the grownups had caught me, at first by a lock of hair or a finger, but soon it would have caught and bound me completely, the life lived according to goals, according to numbers, the life of order and jobs, or professions and examinations; soon the hour would strike for me too, soon I would be undergraduate, graduate student, minister, professor, would pay calls with a high hat and leather gloves to go with it, would no longer understand children, would perhaps envy them. But actually in my heart I didn't want any of this, I did not want to leave my world where things were good and precious. There was, to be sure, a completely secret goal for me when I thought about the future. The one thing I ardently wished for was to become a magician.”
Hermann Hesse, Autobiographical Writings

Julian Huxley
“Applied physics and chemistry bring more grist to the mill; applied biology will also be capable of changing the mill itself.”
Julian Huxley, Essays of a Biologist

Anthony Kenny
“In the period between Homer and Socrates most philosophers wrote in verse, and Plato, writing in the great age of Athenian tragedy and comedy, composed dramatic dialogue. Aristotle, an exact contemporary of the greatest Greek orator Demosthenes, preferred to write in prose monologue.”
Anthony Kenny, Ancient Philosophy

“Fire-priests have an uncomplicated theology; immolating people purifies them from sin, so the more people you burn to death the less sin there is in the world, and the more holy you are for doing it”
Graydon Saunders, The March North

Frans de Waal
“At the time, science had declared humans unique, since we were so much better at identifying faces than any other primate. No one seemed bothered by the fact that other primates had been tested mostly on human faces rather than those of their own kind.”
Frans de Waal, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

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