Reading Stuff

Here are some (non-fiction) books I hope to read in the near to medium-term future:

  • The Road to Reality – Roger Penrose
  • Computation and Human Experience – Phiip E. Agre
  • The Science of Conjecture: Evidence and Probability Before Pascal – James D. Franklin
  • Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact – Ludwik Fleck
  • Capital – Karl Marx
  • Structural Stability and Morphogenesis – Rene Thom
  • The Organization of Behavior – Donald Hebb
  • Beat the Market – Edward Thorp
  • The Art of Deception – Kevin Mitnick


And here are my “favorite” (non-fiction) books of all time.  I don’t necessarily “agree” with a given book, but they have strongly shaped the questions I ask and the underlying systems that provide both answers and additional questions:

  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – Thomas Kuhn
  • Red Blooded RIsk – Aaron Brown
  • The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Tempo – Venkatesh Rao
  • The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin
  • The Mind of War: John Boyd and National Security – Grant Hammond
  • Who Owns the Future? – Jaron Lanier
  • Metaphors We Live By – George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
  • The Invisible Gorilla – Christopher Chabris
  • The Poor, Misunderstood Calorie – Bill Lagakos
  • The Crash Course – Chris Martenson
  • Paper Promises – Phillip Coggan
  • The Pentagon Labyrinth (Anthology)
  • Grammatical Man – Jeremy Campbell
  • Chaos: Making a New Science – James Gleick
  • How to do Theory – Wolfgang Iser
  • The Flaw of Averages – Sam Savage
  • Chris Crawford on Game Design – Chris Crawford
  • Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia – John Gray
  • At Home in the Universe – Stuart Kauffman
  • Notes on the Synthesis of Form – Christopher Alexander
  • Breakdown of Will – George Ainslie
  • How We Became Post-Human – N. Katherine Hayles
  • The Culture of Narcissism – Christopher Lasch
  • Why Stock Markets Crash – Didier Sornette
  • The (Mis)Behavior of Markets – Benoit Mandelbrot
  • Against Method – Paul Feyerabend
  • Rewriting The Soul – Ian Hacking
  • A Theory of Semiotics – Umberto Eco
  • Illness as Metaphor – Susan Sontag
  • The Nature of Economies – Jane Jacobs
  • Self Comes To Mind – Antonio Damasio
  • The Reading Process: A Phenomenological Approach – Wolfgang Iser
  • A Theory of Semiotics – Umberto Eco
  • Making Things Work – Yaneer Bar Yam
  • Philosophy in the Flesh – George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
  • Development and Evolution – Stanley Salthe
  • Life Itself – Robert Rosen
  • Syntactic Structures – Noam Chomsky
  • Cambrian Intelligence – Rodney Brooks

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