My top five books read in the last year in no particular order. Please share your top books of the year.
How numbers rule the world by Lorenzo Fioramonti
Statistics are, by definition, static: ‘Things have to keep static if you’re going to count them’, argues David Boyle, fellow at the New Economics Foundation and author of The Tyranny of Numbers: ‘But real life isn’t still.’
A Man’s Head by Georges Simenon
The Time machine by George Orwell
“Simple was my explanation, and plausible enough—as most wrong theories are!”
What I believe by Bertrand Russell
“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
“There are places where cops are not hated, Captain. But in those places you wouldn’t be a cop.”
The promise of technology was that it would deliver people form the tedium of manual work. Robots would do all the jobs that we do not or would not do and that people would be free to pursue ideas and dreams of a higher order.
So why today in 2013 are people in China and most of South East Asia making all of the goods that were meant to be made by robots?
Here are some articles / videos which go some way to explaining where the tech utopia went and how it is effecting us as people. – KP
Hearing the news of Margret Thatcher’s death I felt a sudden urge to express a deep felt anger about her, about her policies and the critically wrong path on which she led the Britain of my teen years. I turned to my wife and asked “how do you express outrage in public” she is a professor of urban studies and therefore has studied such ideas. She stopped for a moment and then said to me “eloquent writing”. This was not the simple answer I was looking for. It then struck me that what she said was “eloquent writing” not “your eloquent writing”, so here is another collected reading with 5 eloquently written pieces that take thatcher apart piece by piece and reveal failed public, international and monetary policies and show her shameful legacy. – KP