Modern Library’s 100 Best Non-Fiction Reads (with links)

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I’ve been on the hunt for some good non-fiction reads for 2019 and realised in the rush with everyone else to read Sapiens or Sleep, I’m probably missing out on some classics. The Modern Library has made a pretty good, if very American, list of its 100 best non-fiction titles. Some of them I’ve read for pleasure, some for studies, … Read More

Ron Berger

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Ron Berger’s book “An Ethic of Excellence” is, well, excellent. Am really looking forward to trying out the whole critique, redraft, improve idea – and it’s certainly made me realise I have to be more proactive about finding model bits of work and archiving them. Anyway, my dogears: Archiving “One of my jobs as a teacher, I feel, is to … Read More

Kindle on holiday

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I was given a Kindle for my birthday. And I loved it. I took it on holiday to Sicily. And I loved how much lighter my bags were without all those holiday books. Heaven. The screen bust. And now, bookless, I have to trawl those English bookshops which only seem to sell dog-eared Danielle Steel and Dan Brown. Hell. The … Read More

Fibonacci was a mediaeval Steve Jobs

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Try to imagine a day without numbers. Never mind a day, try to imagine getting through the first hour without numbers: no alarm clock, no time, no date, no TV or radio, no stock market report or sports results in the newspapers, no bank account to check. It’s not clear exactly where you are waking up either, for without numbers … Read More

Lord of the Flies: How Adults Create Bullying

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When Lord of the Flies is taught this way, it encourages the adults in school to continue to behave as they do, and blames children, and their inherently evil nature, for all that is wrong in society. This lies at the heart of how bullying is usually combatted in our schools. Source: here

Book Review: You Are Not a Gadget – WSJ.com

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But what Mr. Lanier is missing is the sheer fun of a lot of social-media interaction and the way it has brought non-geeks into the computer world. As I look at the social Web that he finds sterile and overly corporatized, I see Tea Party activists, "caveman diet" enthusiasts and model-rocketry devotees—among countless others—coming together and finding ways to collaborate, … Read More

The Master and His Emissary| Book review

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McGilchrist's suggestion is that the encouragement of precise, categorical thinking at the expense of background vision and experience – an encouragement which, from Plato's time on, has flourished to such impressive effect in European thought – has now reached a point where it is seriously distorting both our lives and our thought. Our whole idea of what counts as scientific … Read More

The Play’s the Thing » American Scientist

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Let me explain a thing or two about humanists like me. There are legions of us who reach for our guns when we hear the word genome. That’s because we’re all too familiar with the history of eugenics, and we flinch whenever someone attempts an “evolutionary” explanation of Why Society Is the Way It Is; we suspect them, with good … Read More

The Play’s the Thing » American Scientist

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Let me explain a thing or two about humanists like me. There are legions of us who reach for our guns when we hear the word genome. That’s because we’re all too familiar with the history of eugenics, and we flinch whenever someone attempts an “evolutionary” explanation of Why Society Is the Way It Is; we suspect them, with good … Read More