Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds: A Review

    I recently finished listening to a fascinating audiobook called Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. It was written by a Scottish journalist named Charles Murray, in 1841, and was apparently one of the first studies on crowd psychology. Murray examines all kinds of crazy beliefs that large groups of people have...

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The Last Question, by Isaac Asimov: Did an A. I. Create the Universe?

I listened to the audio version of an awesome short story by Isaac Asimov the other day, called The Last Question. Asimov was one of the most prolific and creative science fiction authors of all time. He wrote over 300 books, including the famous Foundation and Robot series. I, Robot, the first of those novels, got made into a movie with Will Smith. I thought...

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Millionaire, by Janet Gleeson: A Review

The book by Janet Gleeson called Millionaire: The Philanderer, Gambler, and Duelist who Invented Modern France, is fascinating. It’s about the famous John Law who is referenced in a lot of movies, though it seems that, as per usual, Hollywood gets their history wrong. According to the book, John Law had a very interesting and historically impactful life. Due to...

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Reason, by Isaac Asimov: Reason Can Cause us to be Ruled by Robots

The short story by Isaac Asimov called Reason is fascinating and exciting. It takes place in the robot universe, which, as readers of Asimov will know, has some aspects that intersect with the Foundation universe. Foundation is another series by Asimov, which is at least equally fascinating. I actually enjoy it more than the robot series because it seems more...

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Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes: A Review

Written in the 1600s, Leviathan is a seminal work on political philosophy. Hobbes makes a lot of eloquent, yet simple and interesting arguments, to the point where I almost agree with even his points that I think are bad. Hobbes basically believed that countries should be run by monarchs who have the ultimate authority, for reasons to do with Plato’s concepts...

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