Seeing Like a State

Written on May 11, 2020. Written by .

This book goes deep into a discussion of how states operate and why their central planning schemes are often very destructive. The first part of the book talks about how states attempt to make their citizens and resources more “legible”, meaning easier to measure and administrate. The second part is about “high modernism”, the naive […]

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Smart and SeXy

Written on April 21, 2020. Written by .

This book is one of the most information dense books I’ve read, it felt like almost every sentence was providing a new fact and there are a ton of citations. Also one of the least politically correct books I’ve read. The first half of the book goes pretty deep into genetics related to sex chromosomes […]

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The Illusion of the Self

Written on April 18, 2020. Written by .

The Buddhist concept of non-self says that the self is an illusion, but the meaning of this is subtle and requires some elaboration. First we need to distinguish what I’ll call the “concept of self” and the “sense of self”. The concept of self is what you cognitively think of yourself as. The sense of […]

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We need to stop the lockdowns

Written on March 24, 2020. Written by .

The CDC says “In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus” (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html). “A panel of experts at the University of California, San Francisco, predicted that between 40 and 70% of Americans could become infected within the next 18 months” (https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-150-million-americans-may-get-infected-2020-3?op=1). The lockdowns are not going to stop or […]

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The Coddling of the American Mind

Written on March 3, 2020. Written by .

I didn’t really learn much new from reading this book; just reading the summary online covered most of the points, and I expected this, but I decided to read it anyways because I became more interested in the topic and wanted to use the book as a way to help me ponder it a bit […]

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Against the Grain

Written on January 13, 2020. Written by .

Somewhat dry but really interesting thesis that grain agriculture was uniquely suited to taxation which enabled the formation of early states. Emphasized that early states may have been worse places to live than the surrounding areas outside of state control and how states were effectively farms for domesticating, breeding, and enslaving humans. ★★★★★

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Pro Git

Written on November 24, 2019. Written by .

This book is a good introduction to Git and also covers some of how Git works internally. There were a few useful things that I learned from the book, but for the most part I either already knew it from using Git or it wasn’t something I would need. ★★★★★

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The Dark Forest

Written on November 22, 2019. Written by .

I think this sequel was better than its predecessor, The Three Body Problem. It’s very well thought out and interesting, but at the same time somewhat slower-paced. ★★★★★

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Mastering Bitcoin

Written on November 17, 2019. Written by .

Mastering Bitcoin provides a solid and fairly comprehensive explanation of how Bitcoin works. It started out by going into a bit too much detail on very specific topics before explaining the bigger picture. For example it was talking about vanity addresses and HD wallets before explaining anything about transactions or the blockchain. I prefer to […]

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Civilized to Death

Written on November 17, 2019. Written by .

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Actually I had planned on writing a book on this topic but now I think I can just recommend this one. It summarizes ideas and facts from many other books and studies to show the reader how the effects of civilization are not as good as many […]

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