What I’ve been reading

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.

6 thoughts on “What I’ve been reading

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

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