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When The Rivers Run Dry
When The Rivers Run Dry

Fresh water is the ultimate renewable resource. And in large parts of the world it is the ultimate common resource too. The former is reason to be optimistic about future water security. After all, the world has an awful lot of the stuff. But most economists would raise a red flag of pessimism... Read more
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Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale
Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale
The Moral Limits of Markets

The sub-title that Debra Satz, a professor of ethics at Stanford, gave to this was copied by Michael Sandel, similarly employed at Harvard, in "What Money Can't Buy" a year or so later. Your reviewer loved the latter, and this steered her to the present volume, which is more encompassing... Read more
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29th March 2015 06:34 PM by gilius Go to last post
 
Why Nations Fail
Why Nations Fail
The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty

Rather reminiscent of the excellent “Collapse” by Jared Diamond, but this work prefers to sweep away all points of Diamond’s thesis of why societies collapse—environmental damage, overpopulation, hostile (and friendly actually) neighbours—for the single determinant of extractive institutions.... Read more
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3rd September 2013 10:09 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
What Money Can't Buy
What Money Can't Buy
The Moral Limits of Markets

The opening intro to this book was deceptively pedestrian to this reviewer: providing a laundry-list of things money can buy (helpfully called commodities whenever the emphasis is supposed to be that it should not be able to)--none of which greatly surprised her or gave her instinctive cause... Read more
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6th August 2013 09:56 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Why Does E = mc2
Why Does E = mc2
And Why Should We Care?

An explanation of the most important equation of our time.
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11th November 2011 12:56 AM by marplots Go to last post
 
Women Aren't Supposted to Fly
Women Aren't Supposted to Fly
The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon

"An irreverent romp though the worlds of medicine and the military, part autobiography, part social history, and part laugh-out loud comedy."
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28th August 2008 08:44 AM by Darth Rotor Go to last post
 
When Good Thinking Goes Bad
When Good Thinking Goes Bad
How Your Brain Can Have a Mind of Its Own

A brief introduction to critical thinking and how even those who have critical thinking skills do not always apply them consistently.
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6th July 2008 08:17 PM by fxm Go to last post
 
Why People Believe Weird Things
Why People Believe Weird Things
Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of our Time

Shermer begins with a discussion on the virtues of science and skepticism, delves into pseudoscience and superstition, confronts Creationism, contrasts history and pseudohistory, and defends reason.
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