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Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:29 am

I thought it was v well written, and had some angles etc.

Never got round to implementing - but, wouldnt blame the book.

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Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:58 pm

Recently read "The Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoevsky. Probably the greatest novel I have ever read. Ivan's rationale for posing there is no god is conclusive - what possible reason is there for children to suffer. His follow on discussion of the return and trial of Jesus in the Spanish Inquisition is so brilliant I couldn't sleep after I read it and thought about little else for days. Finally Ivan's fever dream meeting with the devil sealed the deal for me that this is the greatest novel I have read.

I've also read the Age of Genius by A C Grayling on the birth of the modern mind in the 17th century. Once you get past the chapters on the 30 years war it's not a bad book.

Finally I'm most of the way through F A Hayek's The Road to Serfdom. Sensational book. More important than ever, with Corbyn running around proposing a reversion to old style socialism. News flash to every budding young socialist- the experiment was done, the findings are in. Go and watch any documentary on the fall of the Berlin Wall. Turn the sound down. East Berlin had the Trabi, small apartments, bans on freedom of movement and a secret police getting your wife and kids to report on your activities. You couldn't choose your job. The State came first and the individual was irrelevant. West Germans drove BMWs, could holiday abroad, choose their own profession and the individual was paramount. Then turn the television off, read this book and then read Orwell's animal farm. Individual rights must always come first, capitalism guarantees freedom. Socialism guarantees totalitarianism, no freedom and a frog march to the hangman. All versions of socialism, Marxist/Leninist and National Socialsim. The Nazis were socialists too. Please don't let us repeat history and impoverish the nation. Equal society - doesn't exist. Endeavour to create equal opportunity, but minimise the role of the state and recognise even if we all get to go to school not everyone has the same skills, intelligence, endeavour, grit. If you aim for an equal society you enslave the many for benefit of the few. Commissar Jeremy wants your society. Don't let him have it.
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Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:00 pm

I finally finished the audio reading of Predictably irrational from Dan Ariely. Recommended.

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Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:11 pm

Sounds interesting. Have you tried The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel?

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Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:39 am

I recently read The Year of the Hare by by Arto Paasilinna, published in 1975.

A tremendous novel of escapism. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:19 am

I haven't read this but I loved the title. The date of first publication should be noted by those that think crowd research is a relatively new thing.

1841. Charles McKay - Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

In it he talks about the South Sea & Tulip bubbles and other assorted manias.

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