What I have been studying – Marginal REVOLUTION


1.Danielle Dreilinger, The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live.  A pathbreaking e-book that finds and presents a part of the “hidden” historical past of economics, on this case as practiced largely by girls, and sometimes black girls at that.  Consider it because the science and craft of Beckerian family manufacturing however with a managerial emphasis.  When you like books on paths not taken, this one is for you.

2. David M. Carballo, Collision of Worlds: A Deep History of the Fall of Aztec Mexico and the Forging of New Spain.  I by no means tire of books on this matter, however that ought to inform you one thing in regards to the matter, proper?  This one is written by an archaeologist, and you may consider it as unearthing the completely different layers of Aztec tradition extra successfully than most competitor books.

3. Avi Loeb, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.  The Oumuamua e-book, by the previous chair of the Harvard astronomy division.  I’m not in a position to decide the scientific claims about comets, mild refraction, journey spin, and the like, however an excessive amount of of the e-book felt like “argument from elimination” to me.  “Effectively it may well’t be this, and may’t be that, and thus it’s more likely to be…”  That works nicely for phenomena we perceive!  However it may well lead you into harmful traps once you apply it to mysteries.  I get nervous after I learn sentences like “Shmuel and I went down a logical path.”  The e-book is well-written and many clear, and will be usefully supplemented with this podcast with the author.  In any case, I discover alien origin unlikely, however nonetheless see a one % probability as greater than enough to justify this whole line of inquiry.

4. Bryn Rosenfeld, The Autocratic Middle Class: How State Dependency Reduces the Demand for Democracy.  When is it the center class that contributes to the resilience of autocracy, quite than its breakdown?  A really attention-grabbing e-book, extremely related to China amongst different locations.

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