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The Logic of Life

The Logic of Life – The Rational Economics of an Irrational World by Tim Hartford Tim Hartford is the author of the book The Uncovered Economist. He is a new style economist who looks at everyday phenomenon from the economic angle. The stories in that book cover a few things which we take for granted, […]

Fooled by Randomness

Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Taleb sets forth the idea that modern humans are often unaware of the very existence of randomness. They tend to explain random outcomes as non-random. Some years ago, I had a colleague who organized a Mark 6 pool among friends. They had a database of previous Mark 6 […]


You may have heard the famous biblical story in Matthew 22:21. When Jesus was asked whether it was lawful for Jews to pay taxes to Caesar, he pointed to a coin and said Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s. This was a trick question, and […]

The Myth of Social Cost

The Myth of Social Cost by Steven Cheung May be Steven Cheung’ books are out of fashion. I found this book selling at a nominal cost of $20. Steven Cheung said that it could hardly be called a book but rather a long paper. With a long prologue and a long epilogue, they marginally make […]

The Evolution of Cooperation

The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod The Evolution of Cooperation was the title of a 1981 article co-authored by the political science professor Robert Axelrod and the late evolutionary biologist William D. Hamilton. Robert Axelrod expanded it into a book in 1984. It is interesting to note this book which was written more than […]

The God Gamble

This is one of the stories in the book The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten. It is particularly interesting as it is about logical thinking on the usually illogical religious belief. God was having a conversation with the philosopher who thought that the fact of no evidence on the non-existence of god was not […]

The roles of religion

In the last chapter of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, he discussed the four main roles of religion in human life: explanation, exhortation, consolation and inspiration. The intention of that chapter was to demonstrate that religion was not the sole source in fulfilling such roles. There were many ways of meeting these needs whether there […]

The Art of the Icon

The Art of the Icon by Nigel Cawthorne This is not a thick book, just 96 pages. It is mainly a collection of photographs of Orthodox church icons, with explanations on the history and techniques of painting. The printing is of very high quality. Its original price is 14.99 British Pounds. But because of the […]

The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten

The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten by Julian Baggini100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher As the subtitle suggests, this book contains 100 thought experiments for the armchair philosopher. Who are the armchair philosophers? I guess Baggini was referring to those so-called philosophers who never got up from their armchairs. They just daydreamed all day […]

The God Delusion

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins The God Delusion was ranked number 2 on the bestsellers’ list in November 2006. In early December 2006, it reached number 4 in the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller list after nine weeks on the list. As of August 5, 2007, it is still listed at […]