Holiday Readings

The Open Society and Its Enemies - I find Karl Popper to be one of the more readable of the influential philosophers, but I just can't seem to get into this one. Would it be accurate to summarize the first volume as "Plato is the source of all evil in political philosophy"?

The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe - Roger Penrose may have just become my favorite "science for the layman" author. He includes lots of equations, but it is still readable and understandable even ignoring the equations. Do not expect to take in everything from a few sessions of reading. I will be reading and studying this book for months. Some readers criticize Penrose for including controversial topics - but he very clearly points out where he is getting into controversial territory.

The Selfish Gene - Thirty years already? This should be required reading for economics students. I did not realize how much crossover there is between econ and bio. BTW, Dawkins is still neck and neck for best "popular science" author.

The God Delusion - It is an over hyped book, but that may be because Dawkins raised his own bar too high with previous works. OTOH, maybe it is because it is only a summary of the alt.atheism newsgroup with only half the flames. I doubt this book will change many minds.

On The Wealth of Nations - If you are looking for P.J. O'Rourke's humor, re-read Parliament of Whores or something. Otherwise a fairly good intro to Adam Smith's classic.

Near the top of the "to read" pile:
The Extended Phenotype, books two and three of The Baroque Cycle (or maybe not. I struggled to get through Quicksilver), Anglo-Saxon England, The Gripping Hand, Game Theory, and Microeconomic Theory. BTW, the last two go along with MIT's OpenCourseware.

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