Books, music, etc. from Q4 2017


  • Berezow & Campbell, Science Left Behind: Meh.
  • Biederman & Bennis, Organizing Genius: Some interesting stories, not sure how reliable they are, authors make no attempt to get data on the question.


Spotify playlist for all of 2017 is here.

Music I most enjoyed discovering this month:


Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Denis Villenueve: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★
  • Mike Mills: 20th Century Women (2016)
  • Various: Top of the Lake, season 1 (2013) ★
  • Various: Bojack Horseman, season 3 (2017)
  • Noah Baumbach: The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) ★
  • Mike Leigh: Life is Sweet (1990)
  • Dee Rees: Mudbound (2017)
  • Various: Broad City, season 4 (2017)
  • Various: Better Things, season 2 (2017)
  • Johnson: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Aronofsky: Mother! (2017) ★


Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Breath of the Wild (2017) ★
  • Super Mario Odyssey (2017) ★
  • Steamworld Dig 2 (2017)


  1. Flavio says

    Hi. Big fan of yours since CSA blog(even thought i only discovered it when it was already dead). You seem to be a polymath, having knowledge in very different areas, from psychology, to philosophy to AI. I too have very different interests, but in certain areas it is very difficult to know where to start. Can you tell me how i should begin in areas like Political Science/Economics/History?

  2. Flavio says

    By the way, what’s your thoughts on the:
    1- penrose-lucas argument against strong AI?
    2- Searle’s chinese room argument?
    3- The ORCH-OR model?
    4- Is there a mathematical model of consciousness, or are we (still) just clueless on how the brain gives rise to consciousness?
    My regards, from brazil.

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