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Rather frequently people on facebook ask for book recommendations. Here are some I’ve read in the last few years which I’ve enjoyed. Matter Iain M. BanksRevolution Emmanuel Macron The Breakers Omnibus: Books and Prequel NovellaThe Power Naomi AldermanAfter On: A Novel of Silicon Valley Rob ReidThe Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam Douglas MurrayAll These Worlds: Bobiverse Dennis E. Taylor The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut Betterness: Economics for Humans Umair HaqueFor We Are Many: Bobiverse Dennis…

I’m currently listening to The Righteous Mind by by Jonathan Haidt whilst on a long car journey from Salisbury to La Plagne and back in 4 days. It kept me captivated for 8 solid hours yesterday, which is pretty darned impressive, but also par for the course since his last book, The Happiness Hypothesis did the same, twice. I’ve not absorbed it all yet and may have to listen again (certainly, in fact, I’m just not sure when) but…

A team from Harvard has been studying Google Book’s record of human culture, spanning six centuries and seven languages. It shows vocabularies expanding and grammar evolving. It contains stories about our adoption of technology, our quest for fame, and our battle for equality. And it hides the traces of tragedy, including traces of political suppression, records of past plagues, and a fading connection with our own history. The part about our perceptions of time are…