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I used to read a lot of Alfred North Whitehead (process philosophy, anyone?), but I’ve never read a lot (any) of Bertrand Russell. Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou was a great introduction to Russell’s significant contributions to logic, mathematics and philosophy. It covers neither his whole life nor all of his writings, […]


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Who Played with Fire

Just a brief foray back into the self-restricted world of fiction.

Stieg Larsson showed up on my radar a month or two ago on a list of authors to read instead of Dan Brown. Then The Economist ran a positive review of his Millennium Trilogy last month. I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo […]



I heard about Zachary Shore’s Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions via an interview with the author by D.J. Grothe on his Point of Inquiry podcast. Shore approaches the problem of cognition traps (his term for the different types of errors we make when trying to make decisions) as an historian. His descriptions of […]


The Mouse That Roared

In October, our book club read Leonard Wibberley’s The Mouse that Roared. I chose this book to help us ease into the non-book meetings in November and December, and because I had a vague memory from having read it over thirty years ago (yes, it scares me to write that) that it contained some concepts […]


Darwin’s Legacy, Day Three

Sunday morning we enjoyed the final two presentations, prior to heading back to sunny Mexico. Jonathan Kirsch gave a very interesting, very scary presentation on the Long Shadow of the Inquisition. He defined the Inquisitorial Toolbox as set of techniques, thoughts and methods that had been defined during the original Inquisition and that are still […]