- Morris’ War! What is it Good For?
- Eig, The Birth of the Pill
- Crease & Goldhaber, The Quantum Moment (but no Everett, of course)
- Dolnick, The Clockwork Universe (but very basic, of course)
Melzer’s Philosophy Between the Lines was quite good, and should settle the argument as to whether or not esotericism was common throughout most of philosophical history. Now the question is, how much can we know about what historical philosophers actually thought? Should we bother to try to figure that out?
Morris’ The Measure of Civilization is perhaps the most useful book I’ve read so far on the great divergence (“Why did the industrial revolution happen in Britain rather than China?”). Read this one instead of Why the West Rules, for Now. Hopefully I’ll be blogging about this later.
Shermer’s The Moral Arc was not well-argued. Read the comparable section of Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature instead.
Favorite albums discovered this month
- Bent Knee, Shiny Eyed Babies (try “Battle Creek”)
- Pye Corner Audio, Black Mill Tapes Vols 1-4 (try “We Have Visitors”)
Movies I loved this month
- Iñárritu, Birdman (2014)
- Miller, Foxcatcher (2014)
- Chazelle, Whiplash (2014)
- Chandor, A Most Violent Year (2014)
- Gilroy, Nightcrawler (2014)
- Clément, Purple Noon (1960)