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What I’ve been reading

September 25th, 2005

I’ve been pretty much flat out lately, not too busy to read, but to busy to post much about it. I enjoyed “The Kite Runner” (Khaled Hosseini). I’ve also been reading“The End of Oil : On the Edge of a Perilous New World” (Paul Roberts) and “The Singularity Is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology” (Ray Kurzweil) and plan to review both at some point.

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  1. gordon
    September 26th, 2005 at 10:37 | #1

    I too have been reading Roberts’ “The End of Oil”, which I thought good but not well enough referenced. I particularly liked Roberts’ frank acknowledgement that Iraq is an oil war. Why this is not universally recognised is beyond me.

  2. gordon
    September 26th, 2005 at 10:54 | #2

    I also liked the description of J. Howard sabotaging the Australian NWShelf consortium’s negotiations with the Chinese on natural gas – thereby lowering the price the consortium eventually got (p.186 of the Bloomsbury paperback edition).

  3. wilful
    September 26th, 2005 at 11:03 | #3

    I’m very very skeptical of singularity talk – I reckon the nano and bio tech sorts aren’t delivering, and while computer storage and networking keeps impressing me, human nature and the ecological crisis enveloping the world make it a trivial toy for rich folks.

    Now here is a book I’m interested in, The Weatehr Makers by Tim Flannery, out today!

  4. wilful
    September 26th, 2005 at 11:05 | #4

    Apologies to Dr Flannery and all readers for that typo in the title. Interestingly Amazon says it’s not out till March 06 – which is a strange delay for US/international customers.

  5. Ian Gould
    September 27th, 2005 at 10:58 | #5

    Anyone interested in Kurzweil’s views can find an essay by him on the singularity theory in the latest New Scientist.

  6. gordon
    September 30th, 2005 at 12:11 | #6

    And you might like to look at George Monbiot’s relevant and pithy remarks at
    http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2005/09/27/crying-sheep/
    As usual, Monbiot sums up the situation by mounting a few more shrunken heads on the wall.

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