In the normal, fair and well-functioning parts of our society, costs are borne by the people who benefit. In unusual, unfair and badly-functioning parts of our society, benefits accrue to select system-abusers, while the costs are borne by others.
13 Things That Don’t Make Sense is an accessible book about the limits of current scientific understanding. In many story arcs – both fiction and non-fiction – there’s a satisfying and familiar pattern of sharing a beginning, a middle, and an end. That pattern is broadly consistent through many different forms of story-telling from short jokes, to long novel, to historical treatises. 13 Things is … Continue reading Book Review: 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense
Dark Places is a dark and emotional story – an interesting “whodunit” which opens a window to a world that is deeply foreign to me. It tells the fictional story of a young woman’s search for the truth behind the murder of her family. On one hand, it’s obviously a fictional story, but the story of a family losing one parent to murder, and another … Continue reading Book Review: Dark Places
Review of the (audio) book, Eat Pray Love. Continue reading Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love
I recently finished listening to 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson, narrated by Jordan B. Peterson on my Audible app. I thought it was very powerful in terms of taking personal responsibility for your own life – and to make your life (and the lives of your family and community) stronger. Growing up with a Jewish father, a Lutheran mother, I went to … Continue reading Book Review: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
Richard Feynman won a Nobel Prize, played a key role in science in the 20th century, and obviously has a great mind. But this collection of anecdotes reveals that despite (maybe because of?) his great mind, he is a little odd. Perhaps a mind as great as his has been filled with great scientific understanding, sharp and analytical thinking, and a deep purpose, to the … Continue reading Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!
“D-Day Through German Eyes” is an eye-opening book with a series of terrible tales. In contrary to the Saving Private Ryan/Band of Brothers/Western tales that tell the stories of Allied Heroes, it tells the story of D-Day from the point of view of 4/5 German soldiers. Continue reading D-DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944