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The Undercover Economist

The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford I came across this book at Commercial Press a few months ago. The cost was $160. I didn’t buy it in the first instance but instead went to the Victoria Park Book Festival hoping to get a discounted copy. Yes, there was a simplified Chinese version of the book […]

A History of Knowledge

A History of Knowledge – Past, Present and Future by Charles Van Doren I just finished reading this book. It is a book explaining pivotal events, people and achievements of world history. The history of the world, or the human world, or the civilized human world covers a relatively short period of time compared with […]

Global Capitalism

Global Capitalism, edited by Will Hutton and Anthony Giddens Hutton and Giddens are the editors of this book. They are not the authors. This book is a collection of 12 essays. Only the first and the last are co-authored by Hutton and Giddens. Most of the essays are academic in nature and are difficult to […]

The World is Flat 2

This is part 2 of the notes on The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. Some of the ten flatteners noted by Friedman have been around for many years. However, Globalization 3.0 as Friedman proposed did not occur until 2000, the reason being that the flatteners have to collaborate with each other and synergize before […]

The World is Flat

The World Is Flat – A brief history of the globalized world in the 21st century by Thomas Friedman In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain to India, taking a westerly route across the Atlantic, thinking it would be easier to go round the back of the world to reach India instead of going pass […]

Why be moral

There is still one more topic from the book Philosopher at the end of the universe which I wish to make some notes before putting it back on the bookshelf. The sci-fi movie mentioned in the book is Hollow Man, starring Kevin Becon as a scientist who worked on the technology of invisibility. He tested […]

Minority report and free will

More interesting topic from the book Philosopher at the end of the universe. We now have Tom Cruise who is an actor I like. His good movies include Mission impossible, Jerry McGuire, Last Samurai and many others. Mark Rowlands picked out Minority Report, which is a sci-fi movie on a strange theme. In Minority Report, […]

Total Recall and the Sixth Day

Another interesting topic from the book Philosopher at the end of the universe. This time it is Arnold Schwarzenegger in the sci-fi movie Total Recall. The scene was on Mars. I love Mars and have watched almost all movie on Mars. There were quite a few in recent years, especially after NASA turned its attention […]

Frankenstein and Sisyphus

There is another sci-fi movie mentioned in Mark Rowlands’ book. It is an old movie on Frankenstein, which was re-made many times. The author draws reference to Frankenstein’s monster to the philosophy of the meaning of life. There are many different lines of argument in the book on the topic, evolving around the absurdity of […]

Philosopher at the end of the universe

Just finished reading the book The Philosopher at the End of the Universe by Mark Rowlands. The feature of the book is that it uses many sci-fi movies to elaborate on the various theories of philosophy, making the dry subjects much more interesting to read. The author said that the book is equivalent to university […]