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My winter reading list


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Here is what is on my bookshelf for the winter; expect these to be reviewed in due course:

Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases
, Kahneman, Slovic and Tversky. My buddy S-Dub notes that this is the classic decision theory text. Kahneman won the Nobel in Economics for some of this stuff.

The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins. This one got a lot of press when it came out. A militant atheist, Dawkins might be tilting at windmills, but he is a serious scholar so deserves to be read.

The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy
, Buchanan and Tullock. I loved Buchanan's papers when I was in college and I'm amazed I haven't yet read this book. This is the definitive book on public choice theory.

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life, Daniel C. Dennet. Dennet is an analytical philosopher who specializes mainly in cognitive science. In this volume he explicates natural selection from his perspective as a philosopher of science. Unfortunately my copy of his other interesting book, Freedom Evolves, is in storage.

Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language, Steven Pinker. In his latest book, Pinker examines irregular verbs to tease out elements of our cognitive architecture.

I am posting this list mainly to give you an idea of my current interests. These include cognitive science, evolutionary biology, the philosophy of science, behavioral economics and public choice theory. If you know of something I should be reading, please leave a comment or email me.


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