#philosophy

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

The third book from Harari, probably the weakest of the three, but still a fun to read.

From Bacteria to Bach and Back

Dennett’s latest attempt at explaining our mind and its evolution.

I Am a Strange Loop

Hofstadter’s Law, which states, “It always takes longer than you think it will take, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law”), (Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 03:26 PM, page 457-58) publish-or-perish pressures, or perhaps even worse, the relentless pressures of grant-chasing. (Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 04:05 PM, page 502-3) I wish that more thinkers wrote in a first-person fashion. (Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 04:12 PM, page 512-13) It is curious, how one often mistrusts one’s own opinions if they are stated by someone else.

Mozart – Stopy transcendence

Myslím, že mi to půjčil pan prof. Hanuš.

Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on various topics captured usually when reading / listening to something or discussing with my wife

Sapiens

An instant favourite. What a thinker this Harari!

Sum

40 short stories with a twist at the end from a very imaginative neuroscientist.

Surfaces and Essences

Another book from my favourite author Hofstadter.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

A self-help novel, full of great wisdoms packed into a bit weird story.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Hard to read. Both history and acquaintance made me doubt that practitioners of the natural sciences possess firmer or more permanent answers to such questions than their colleagues in social science. (Friday, July 17, 2015, 03:59 PM, page 73-74) Normal science, for example, often suppresses fundamental novelties because they are necessarily subversive of its basic commitments. (Friday, July 17, 2015, 04:29 PM, page 212-13) That is why a new theory, however special its range of application, is seldom or never just an increment to what is already known.