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Category: Book Notes

Money: The Unauthorized Biography by Felix Martin
Mar 19, 2016, 10:34p - Book Notes - Economics
It has been a very long time since I last wrote a Book Notes entry (in fact, the last one was in 2007). During PhD grad school (2007-2015), I didn't write any Book Notes because I barely read books, as journal articles fully absorbed my attention. Now that grad school is finished, we've finished our move from Boston to Oakland, ... more »

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Where the Wasteland Ends
May 30, 2007, 12:53p - Book Notes
This Cinco de Mayo, as I sat in a church watching my cousin get married, I decided to start believing in God. Yes, I know, that sounds crazy and (more damningly) foolish. How can you just wake up one morning after 15 years of atheism and just decide to start believing in God?! I don't consider myself born-again, nor did ... more »

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Top 11 Books
Jan 10, 2007, 11:52p - Book Notes
A few people have asked me for book recommendations, so here goes (in no particular order):

The Greening of America - my notes

Your Money or Your Life - taught me how to know when I had enough money

A People's History of the United States - must read to get a truer understanding of United States ... more »

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Book Notes: Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Jan 8, 2007, 11:42a - Book Notes
Here's a collection of quotes from Notes from the Underground, a short 91-page novella. The book is broken into two halves, and I found the first half (a philosophical pondering) much more interesting than the second (a plot involving school-time enemies and a prostitute).

Overall, I highly recommend this book (and you can read it for free online). It ... more »

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Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
Jan 5, 2007, 12:34a - Book Notes
The Death and Life of Great American Cities - Jane Jacobs

This book had been on my list of books to read since I started keeping one a few years ago. I'd heard about it in countless places, and after seeing 2 references to it in Adbusters, I figured it was about time I bought it. I got it ... more »

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Book Notes: The Greening of America by Charles Reich
Dec 3, 2006, 4:06p - Book Notes
The Greening of America - Charles Reich

This is one of the best books I've read in the past several years. Written in the '70s by a Yale Law professor, this book documents the ongoing social revolution and predicts that it will overturn the established social fabric and breed a new form of human consciousness. Unfortunately, its predictions weren't realized ... more »

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Book Notes: Copyright's Highway by Paul Goldstein
Oct 7, 2006, 3:01p - Book Notes
Copyright's Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox by Paul Goldstein

I read this book as a senior in college and originally wrote these notes on Dec 12, 2001. Technology was wreaking havoc on the music industry, and Dave and I were voraciously consuming as much knowledge as we could about how the industry ticked. Artists were getting screwed by ... more »

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Everybody Just Wants To Bounce Their Ball
Jun 20, 2006, 12:40a - Book Notes
2 weeks ago, I picked up Awake at Work with the hope that it would ease my anxiety at work and make me feel more alive in my life.

Suprisingly, it has.

For awhile now I've been feeling as if my consciousness has been asleep. I feel that the days are just passing by and, though I am ostensibly awake, ... more »

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Book Notes: My Inventions - Autobiography of Tesla
Mar 4, 2006, 12:00p - Book Notes
Last week, Dave piqued my interest about Tesla, so I decided to read his autobiography, which is available online for free. Tesla was an amazing inventor, "at one point creating an earthquake which shook the ground for several miles around his New York laboratory. He also devised a system which anticipated worldwide wireless communications, fax machines, radar, radio- guided ... more »

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Brief Guide to Persuasion from Power of Persuasion
Feb 6, 2006, 9:04p - Book Notes
OK, so the Book Notes I posted yesterday were way too long, so long that I can't even keep track of all the things I should be doing differently after reading that book. So, here's the concise version for those who didn't get through the previous long-winded post.

PERSUASION STRATEGY
1) Use the contrast principle and anchoring
- e.g. TV ... more »

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Book Notes: The Power of Persuasion by Robert Levine
Feb 5, 2006, 11:20a - Book Notes
The Power of Persuasion - Robert Levine

Dave got me this book for my birthday last year, and I finally got around to reading it several months ago. The Power of Persuasion is an excellent book that I highly recommend if you're interested in improving your persuasion skills and increasing your awareness of the techniques frequently used to persuade you ... more »

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Book Notes: On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins
Aug 29, 2005, 2:22a - Book Notes
On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

On Intelligence is a brilliant book that proposes what I like to think of as a "grand unifying theory" for how the brain works. I highly recommend the book to anyone who has any interest in the brain. Notes from the book:

- Redwood Neuroscience Institute is the research institute Hawkins started in 2002 to ... more »

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Book Notes: Don't think of an elephant! by George Lakoff
May 1, 2005, 9:05a - Book Notes
Don't Think of an Elephant! by George Lakoff

I read this book while in India, and it has definitely given me a new perspective on American politics and the present divide between progressives and conservatives. I highly recommend it, and it's really short (only about 100 pages). Notes from the book:

- "Thinking differently requires speaking differently" (xv). This is ... more »

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Synopsis: Charles Wheelan - Naked Economics
Dec 4, 2003, 10:45p - Book Notes - Economics
Charles Wheelan - Naked Economics

* Free international trade can improve the standard of living of the trading countries

* Assumption #1: Individuals act to make themselves as well off as possible. However, maximizing utility is not the same as living selfishly

* Assumption #2: Firms attempt to maximize profits

* Concern for the environment is a luxury good

* ... more »

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