Discussion in 'The Games Room' started by Hotblack, Oct 24, 2010.
Just finished Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test. Frightening.
And are you?
Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars. Just finished John Kenneth Galbraith's history of the 1929 Wall Street Crash.
You need to ask?
He wouldn't tell you if he was, would he?
No, but I now know who is....
Depends how you phrased the question. If you put it "If I asked you if you were a psychopath, what would you say?" you should be able to work it out.
Risk - The Science and Politics of Fear by Dan Gardner. Initially bought as a lightweight way of getting into the research for my dissertation on the fear of photographers, I think it may now form the seed for a couple of 4th year projects. It goes into the way that the human mind processes information and makes decisions based on percieved risk and how that can expose us to exploitation - from advertisers and politicians. It was written in 2008 but a lot of what I'm reading strikes me as scarily accurate when you see interviews with Trump's supporters and I can see how easily people like Hitler and Trump are able to get folk onboard...even against their better judgement!
That would fit well with the very current science of Behavioural Economics, as applied to business and marketing things. Much discussed in the ad business a couple of years back. Yes fear of loss beats anticipation of gain for most people most of the time, so No is a default response unless Yes is risk free. But not for psychopaths I believe.
Currently on my kindle is Adam Bede by George Eliot.
Currently at the top of my pile of books to read are 50 Contemporary Photographers You Should Know (I recognised a few of the names ) and, for reasons only tangentially related to photography, a book of Chekhov short stories.
Just ordered a copy of the Focal Encyclopaedia of Photography 1956 at for all of 80p + £3.50 pp
should arrive in a few days, it was one of my bibles when it first came out. but my original copy is long lost.
I will also get the 1956 copy of the Photography almanac, and the same years reprint of the Ilford manual when I find them at the right price.
They will take me back...... I knew them all virtually by heart and cover to cover back then.
I had previously read every BJP almanac since the first one 1859 in the school library, up to 1952. I missed 53, 54 and 55, while in the army.
Matilda by Roald Dahl. My daughter was reading it in school but I'd never read it so started. The man knew how to tell a good story.
I've just started reading a book from my childhood. I went to school in Sheffield and at aged 11 I didn't want to read the books that the school set in English. The teacher, for whom I am grateful, gave me "A kestrel for a knave" (It reminds me of my school). The language in it shocked me to some extent and was surprised a school allowed it.
So anyway, I've just started reading it again, the first time in 41 years .
Just started In the Shadow of the Sword (The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World) by Tom Holland. A tour de force in revisionist scholarship, or so it says.
T`other day I found a book I`ve been after for a long time:Goddess.The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe by Anthony Summers.
It`s very well written and very enjoyable.
There`s an Oxfam branch in Swansea specialising in just books.It was in a clearance box at 99p.
I was so glad to find it I gave them £5.
Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
The leopard- Jo Nesbo
I somehow missed this one in the series of books.
Read the Didache ... by Aaron Milavec for at least the fourth time yesterday.
Would you believe "Swallows and Amazons"? I watched the new film with some grandchildren couple of days ago and I wanted to check the plots changes against my memory
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