SUMMER READING LIST

MY READING LIST

The Inquisitive girl

Here are just a few books I have been reading this summer.

1Q84 – MURAKAMI (BOOKS ONE TO THREEE)

Not usually my style. But I a weirdly addicted.

 

ONE DAY – DAVID NICHOLLS

Nice easy read

 

THE PRICE OF CIVILIZATION – JEFFREY SACHS

My usual economics related reading  

 

A GOOD AFICAN STORY – ANDREW RUGASIRA

More Economics

 

BRYAN MAGEE – CONFESSIONS OF A PHILOSOPHER

A welcome gift 🙂

 

JOHN STEINBECK – OF MICE AND MEN

A I-can’t-believe-you-haven’t-read-it book

 

THIRTY FOUR – WILLIAM HASTINGS BURKE

History

 

WOLF HALL – HILARY MANTEL

A Bestseller

 

ANDREW CARNEGIE – DAVID NASAW

PENDING…

 

THE ENLIGHTENED ECONOMY – JOEL MOKYR

PENDING…

 

ELEPHANT MOOON – JOHN SWEENEY

PENDING…

 

Hope you think they are as interesting as I do!

 

 

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Everything happens for a reason… or does it?

I use the phrase ‘Everything happens for a reason’ but this morning I read an article from Big Think that described this way of thinking as managing ‘to combine the maximum of ignorance with the maximum of arrogance’. Wow.

This made me think. Why do we use this phrase? I think it might be because sometimes there isn’t an immediate answer to something or something seems inexplicable or ‘unfair’. It is a kind of reassurance that life is not nice sometimes.

Here is the Big Think article: http://bigthink.com/the-proverbial-skeptic/everything-happens-for-a-reason-really?utm_source=Big+Think+Weekly+Newsletter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6f0d91fc7a-_Here_s_What_s_New_at_Big_Think6_14_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6d098f42ff-6f0d91fc7a-40615877

More information: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hot-thought/201002/does-everything-happen-reason-0

How bad was it? On a scale of one to ten…

This Big Think article perfectly expresses our ineptitude to remember how painful an experience was. At first hearing this you think NO, I know how bad this was and that day was awwwwwful and don’t even mention last week when… But are we really remembering the pain itself or the event that was painful? For example, last week I had a cold and I was very ill, nauseous, tired, the works. But apart from remembering that I was very ill I can’t remember what it felt like to actually BE ill. This is an interesting concept and the Big Think article begins with the authors account of the pain he went through running a marathon and how he is about to do another one.

The article also discusses Daniel Kahneman’s 2011 book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” which has a whole chapter dedicated to human inability to conceptualize and process pain. (I haven’t yet read the book but will be doing so after IB. :D).

http://bigthink.com/praxis/the-upside-of-suffering?utm_source=Big+Think+Weekly+Newsletter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=c48eac05b9-_Here_s_What_s_New_at_Big_Think2_22_2013&utm_medium=email

Memory

The Inquisitive girl

Do you rely on technology to help you remember things? Do you not bother to remember more complicated things as you know you can simply ‘google’ them later? This interesting Big Think article discusses whether technology is hurting our memories and whether we should try to remember more things ourselves. It also relates the topic to our good friend, Sherlock Holmes and what he would do.

http://bigthink.com/big-think-tv/how-to-google-like-sherlock-holmes?utm_source=Big+Think+Weekly+Newsletter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=125e377770-Wed_2_27_Booth_3_sherlock2_27_2013&utm_medium=email

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London by heart

I am sure you have heard of Stephen Wiltshire, commonly known as the ‘Human Camera’. Wiltshire is able to draw the most complicated landscapes after just seeing them once. What is particularly intriguing is that he is autistic and that this is one of the many examples where a perceived ‘defect’ has positive outcomes. Wiltshire is able to draw very detailed pictures which have allowed him to become a famous artist. I thought it was interesting to find out that his primary school encouraged him to draw in order to express his emotions.

Watch this short video to see his amazing talent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3IMP0fwlCM