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2013 Read List

  • Antifragile (Nassim Taleb) – Instant Fogbanking canon. Sweeping ideas on “antifragility”, hormesis, iatrogenics (applied beyond their usual fields)
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (Rachel Maddow) – How gently changing structural process has changed culture and policy
  • The Signal and the Noise (Nate Silver) – Pro-Bayesian Propaganda. Accessible, light.
  • TRSF (Stephen Cass) – Sci-fi stories.
  • The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Larger  (Marc Levinson) – Simple tech, big ideas.
  • The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin (Corey Robin) – More on Burke and “intellectual conservatism” here.
  • The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (Richard McGregor) – Source for original sequence on Apologetics
  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (Tony Judt) – “An Atheist View of History”
  • Simpler: The Future of Government (Cass Sunstein) – An extended addendum to Nudge, really, but the new examples are very useful (OIRA etc.)
  • From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ (Paula Frederickson) – Source for Apologetics II specifically.
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking (Daniel Dennett) – Predictably brilliant. Easy to digest and useful.
  • The Long Descent (John Michael Greer) – Fueled my dig into DownWing thought.
  • Finite and Infinite Games (James Carse) – Confusing paradox, interesting food for thought.
  • Mystery Teachings from a Living Earth (John Michael Greer) – Gave some form to mysticism in a way that didn’t make me cringe (a feat).
  • A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (Manuel De Landa) – A unique, dense, and opaque refactoring of history into something nonhuman.
  • The New Digital Age (Schmidt and Cohen) – Predictably conservative view of the future, considering the authors.
  • A Gentle Introduction to UR (Mencius Moldbug) – Fueled my dig into the neoreactionary world.
  • Normal Accidents (Perrow) – Scared me.
  • The Everything Store (Brad Stone) – A fun romp on Bezos and Amazon
  • Surfaces and Essences (Hofstader and Sander) – Fun read, although maybe I was too familiar with the argument beforehand.
  • The Origins of Consciousness and the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (Julian Jaynes) – Fueled a sequence of posts. Very unique thesis.