Books Of Interest: May 16, 2015

I was doing some reading and ran across these books that may be of interest to our readers:

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What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought      Keith Stanovich

This book was written in 2009 and discusses IQ tests. He is in support that IQ can be measured along with others such as Charles Murray in Bell Curve:Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life and Arthur Jensen in The g Factor:The Science Of Mental Ability but it does not measure rational thinking. I have included a video of the author discussing this:

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Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction     Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner

This is written by the author of Expert Political Judgment and will not be coming out until September 29th, 2015 but you need to put it on your radar screen. I have included a video of the author discussing Expert Political Judgment.

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Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics     Richard E. Thaler

This book is a clash of the minds between rational economics and the psychology of human beings. This book explores the beginnings of behavioral economics and human behavior. I also have included a video by the author

Arrived In My Pile: May 15, 2015

I received these books today and thought they may of interest to our readers:

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The Poverty of Historicism     Karl Popper

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The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community, with A Retrospective Essay     William H. McNeill

Both of these books are classics and I wanted to delve into both of them. The Poverty of Historicism comes up in other books I have read and I knew I needed to read it. Popper explores and criticizes the idea that there are laws of development in history and we are able to discern them. I have an interest in Cliodynamics and thought it would give me a different perspective. For our readers, The goal of cliodynamics (or cliometrics) is to turn history into a predictive, analytical science. I believe that this is very speculative, however, I believe it is necessary for me to study, in order to understand the other side. As you can see these ideas are polar opposites of each other.

After reading Ian Morris’  Why The West Rules For Now, I was also intrigued by this classic by William McNeil and wanted to make sure I had a good understanding of this subject. As you can see this is along the lines of syntopical reading and moves me closer to a finished reading of the subject. If our readers have any suggestions on more syntopical readings on both of these subjects, I would be very appreciative.

I have included a video from William H. McNeill and why he wrote The Rise of The West and the study of history

Some Thoughts About Listening From Anonymous

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“Knowledge without wisdom is as dangerous as an automobile with neither steering wheel nor brakes.”

“Spreading gossip is impossible if we refuse to listen—or to believe it.”

“A lasting gift to a child is the gift of a parent’s listening ear—and heart.”

“There are two kinds of bores—those who talk too much and those who listen too little.”

“A good listener is one who can give you his full attention without hearing a word you say.”

Some Thoughts About Faults From Anonymous

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“When looking for faults, use a mirror, not a telescope.”

“Never exaggerate your faults—leave that for your friends.”

“We usually tell the faults of others because it takes less time than telling our own.”

“After counting another person’s faults, multiply by two and you will have a fair estimate of your own.”

“A fault which humbles a man is of more use to him than a virtue which puffs him up.”

Some Thoughts About Mistakes From Anonymous

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“The greatest mistake you can make in this life is to be constantly fearful you will make one.”

“He who makes the same mistake over and over again learns to do at least one thing well.”

“When a friend makes a mistake, don’t rub it in. Rub it out.”

“Some people never make a mistake, nor do they ever make anything else.”

“Most people make the mistake of looking too far ahead for things close by.”


Some Thoughts On Patience From Anonymous

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“Patience, forbearance, and understanding are companions to contentment.”

“Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.”

“Patience is the ability to throttle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”

“Nothing worthwhile is achieved without patience, labor, and disappointment.”

“Like farmers we need to learn that we can’t sow and reap the same day.”


Some Thoughts On Ideas From Anonymous

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“Too many speakers have diarrhea of words and constipation of ideas.”

“A man without a single idea is less of a bore than a man with only one idea.”

“New ideas hurt some minds the same as new shoes hurt some feet.”

“The real test of a good idea is whether or not it’s your own.”

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be terribly distorted by a quip; or it can be crushed by a frown.”