What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart by Gerd Gigerenzer, Peter Todd, and the ABC Research Group.

I have just started it and so far I don't like it. The authors are unnecessarily sarcastic about the rationality research and some of their arguments are wrong. Nevertheless, I want to read at least 15% of the book to make sure that I've covered all the bases of the cognitive biases and their mitigation.

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VictoriaF wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:16 am Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart by Gerd Gigerenzer, Peter Todd, and the ABC Research Group.

I have just started it and so far I don't like it. The authors are unnecessarily sarcastic about the rationality research and some of their arguments are wrong. Nevertheless, I want to read at least 15% of the book to make sure that I've covered all the bases of the cognitive biases and their mitigation.

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jebmke wrote: Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:14 pm
TomatoTomahto wrote: Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:10 pm I’ve got to stop reading this thread.
What is really a killer is when someone hooks you on a crime novel and you need to start at the beginning of the 10-15 book series to really do it justice. Fortunately a lot of early books can be had on Libby through local libraries.
Or you can check online used book stores such as thriftbooks.com or betterworldbooks.com.
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Hurricane Season
by Fernanda Melchior:
The English-language debut of one of the most thrilling and accomplished young Mexican writers...Longlisted for the National Book Award...Shortlisted for the Booker Prize...Winner of the Internationaler Literaturpreis.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
by James Nestor:
Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out why humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.
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Barkingsparrow wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:46 am
VictoriaF wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:16 am Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart by Gerd Gigerenzer, Peter Todd, and the ABC Research Group.

I have just started it and so far I don't like it. The authors are unnecessarily sarcastic about the rationality research and some of their arguments are wrong. Nevertheless, I want to read at least 15% of the book to make sure that I've covered all the bases of the cognitive biases and their mitigation.

Victoria
Why 15% specifically?
The book comprises 16 chapters that are written by different groups of people. The chapters are intended for consecutive reading and I want to read the first two. 2/16 = 12.5%. But page count-wise the first two chapters have 56 pages and all chapters have 364 pages, which is 15.4%. If I find Chapter 2 informative, I will move to Chapter 3, and so on, until I decide that the opportunity cost of not reading other books on my list is higher than reading this one.

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I am reading the book "Dune".

The new movie was going to be released late this year, but it now looks like it will be released next year. The 1980's movie was not considered very good and it was stated that it did not capture the nuances of the book. I wanted to read the book and see for myself. The book itself has gotten great reviews.

So far I have enjoyed the book and it is almost identical to the 1980's movie with a few minor additions.
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VictoriaF wrote: Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:07 am
Barkingsparrow wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:46 am
VictoriaF wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:16 am Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart by Gerd Gigerenzer, Peter Todd, and the ABC Research Group.

I have just started it and so far I don't like it. The authors are unnecessarily sarcastic about the rationality research and some of their arguments are wrong. Nevertheless, I want to read at least 15% of the book to make sure that I've covered all the bases of the cognitive biases and their mitigation.

Victoria
Why 15% specifically?
The book comprises 16 chapters that are written by different groups of people. The chapters are intended for consecutive reading and I want to read the first two. 2/16 = 12.5%. But page count-wise the first two chapters have 56 pages and all chapters have 364 pages, which is 15.4%. If I find Chapter 2 informative, I will move to Chapter 3, and so on, until I decide that the opportunity cost of not reading other books on my list is higher than reading this one.

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heartwood wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:32 am Dave55. you beat me to it! I wrote mine but walked away for awhile before posting.

I just finished Tana French's The Searcher. I recommend it I've enjoyed all but one of her books. All set in Ireland, but this one is a bit different in that its not a Dublin Murder Squad story, and the protagonist is an American, a retired Chicago detective. He's moved to a very rural Irish village and sets out to renovate an old house and become part of the village life.

There were at least two unexpected turns in the 2nd half of the book. I didn't see either coming!

I'll probably go back and give The Witch Elm, the one I had a hard time with, another go.

But before that, I'm finally starting Louise Penny's latest Gamache novel, All the Devils Are Here. Apparently set in Paris (France), not Three Pines (Canada). I wonder whether Ruth will make an appearance?
The Witch Elm was my least favorite of Tana French's books.

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Barkingsparrow wrote: Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:40 am
VictoriaF wrote: Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:07 am
Barkingsparrow wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:46 am
VictoriaF wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:16 am Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart by Gerd Gigerenzer, Peter Todd, and the ABC Research Group.

I have just started it and so far I don't like it. The authors are unnecessarily sarcastic about the rationality research and some of their arguments are wrong. Nevertheless, I want to read at least 15% of the book to make sure that I've covered all the bases of the cognitive biases and their mitigation.

Victoria
Why 15% specifically?
The book comprises 16 chapters that are written by different groups of people. The chapters are intended for consecutive reading and I want to read the first two. 2/16 = 12.5%. But page count-wise the first two chapters have 56 pages and all chapters have 364 pages, which is 15.4%. If I find Chapter 2 informative, I will move to Chapter 3, and so on, until I decide that the opportunity cost of not reading other books on my list is higher than reading this one.

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The Room where it Happened, by John Bolton.

Regardless of the politics, the author comes off as a complete know it all, surrounded by people who aren’t as smart as he is. While I was reading it, I kept thinking that he would be a horrible dinner guest. I couldn’t make it past the second chapter.
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"Normandy '44: D-Day And The Epic 77-Day Battle For France", by James Holland (Atlantic Monthly Press 2019)

You are probably thinking what I thought when I first saw the cover of this book: "Oh no - not another analysis of the Battle of Normandy!" Well, having finished Holland's effort, I can tell you that its is worth buying (or borrowing) it. Before the text begins, a large collection of excellent battle maps are provided for later reference. The author is an opinionated guy who likes to challenge long-held beliefs and I felt myself re-assessing some of mine as I worked through the chapters. I did not agree with all of his judgments, but I certainly was never bored. Holland is a bit of a British chauvinist; for example, he provides very detailed orders of battle for the British and German forces but neglects to include the same for the Americans. This is OK with me, because the British and Canadians endured a horrific Ragnarok while fighting against the Wehrmacht/SS around Caen and I am not sure that all American readers are properly appreciative of that fact.

His detailed comparisons of the advantages/disadvantages of Allied vs. German weaponry are superb and very illuminating. Most important, throughout his re-telling he continually concentrates on the testimonies of the (usually) very young soldiers, sailors, and airmen who fought desperately for their survival at "the sharp end". At times, Holland's analysis approaches the sublime. Beginning at the middle of page 280 and continuing for another page, he lays out one of the most cogent, succinct descriptions that I have ever read as to how Hitler's obsessive meddling interfered with the Wehrmacht generals' management of this battle. Any historian who can pen an interpretation like that that deserves a respectful hearing.
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If audio books count, The Stand by Stephen King. Picked it up in the spring and listen to it when I drive sometimes. Interesting book, not what I expected, first novel of his I've looked at.

To summarize, starts out as the typical apocalypse plot, but gets into the human condition and the supernatural. About 60% in.
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I found The Greatest Story Ever Told at one of the little free libraries. Published back in the 60s, I think. It is just OK. The prose is a little bit folksy, and yet the diction is rather advanced, so kind of an odd juxtaposition.
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The Darkest Evening, by Ann Cleeves.

Two women murdered in rural Nothumberland in mid-winter, a tangled web of family ties adds to the mystery. The title is from a line in a Robert Frost poem.
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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson....his account of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

I am enjoying it quite a bit (and can relate, being familiar with several segments of the trail). Lots of fascinating information (history, geology, ecology, politics) and good humor. I have found Bryson to sometimes be a bit loose with the facts on occasion in his books, but I can deal with that. It is a travelogue, not passed off as serious science (like my previous criticisms of Kahneman or Harari).

I recommend it. Good fun.
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"Jewelweed" by David Rhodes. Excellent story and characters about ordinary people in rural Wisconsin. Also reading "The Keeper of Lost Causes" the first Department Q book of the series by Jussi Adler-Olsen. These are detective novels taking place in Denmark. It is translated from Danish, and these books are best sellers in Europe. Pretty good so far.


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I finished Louise Penny's latest in her Gamache series, All the Devils are Here. A good story if a little over the top at the end.

I'm now reading Network Effect by Martha Wells. It's the 5th novel in the Murderbot Diaries. I've enjoyed each. This one started a little slow for me, because I have trouble recalling who the different side characters from previous novels are. I'm a quarter way into it now and it's picked up tremendously.
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The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson.

The story of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, the race to get it designed and built, and how it changed America. And about the serial killer that was living next door at the time. Larson is an incredible storyteller, and he had some good material to work with on this one.
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