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What are we reading?


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Currently reading The God Species, by Mark Lynas (the same guy who wrote Six Degrees) -

http://www.amazon.co...f=docs-os-doi_0

It's really good. A balanced and logical view of global warming. He talks a lot about "planet boundaries" and resource limits.

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I am currently reading Dark Horse by Ralph Reed

It's about politics and an Independent Democrat who runs for President. Very good thriller full of conspiracies, sex, backstabbing and a terrorist attack!

Before this I read Herman Cain's Book, the new Steve Jobs book, and a book about Howard Hughes life.
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I've read a fair few 'popular science' books on the subject of QM but this one is really accessible and up to date The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen
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Lot's of stuff to read for my work, so during free time I rarely read in last weeks, but I'm in middle of Einstein's Mirror, and towards end of Musui's Story. First one tends to be hard at times, just when I thought I was good with relativity :). Second one is a great twist at samurai culture, depicting a real low life from Tokugawa Shogunate, brawls, loans, corruption, foul language. And since it's autobiography at times you're pretty much sure he exaggerates his deeds or skips some of his crimes. :)
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Currently reading "New York" by Edward Rutherfurd. Great read, which chronicles different families throughout different generations, beginning with the city as a Dutch settlement, up to 9/11.
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I've started reading a lot of the source material for the timeline. Finished Engines of Creation and Climate Wars and have now moved on to Mining the Sky. I'm really enjoying it so far, mainly considering all that's happened in the years since it was published.

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I'm reading The End of Growth.

Only got through 20 pages so far, but already it's terrifying.

Here's a graph from it...


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That graph looks exactly like the ones from Limits to Growth... is The End of Growth the 40-year update?
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I'm reading this rather provocative book by Christopher Hitchens; God is not great: How religion poisons everything. It's wonderfully witty and well argued, though I feel he's preaching to the converted, it's not something I can see the faithful picking up and having a revelation from!
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That graph looks exactly like the ones from Limits to Growth... is The End of Growth the 40-year update?


That graph is indeed from Limits to Growth.

The End of Growth is a separate book - but pretty much confirms that the earlier predictions are still on track, i.e. we're fucked.




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