Sunday, June 05, 2005
CC re-answers the book meme
You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
I've changed my mind on this one, having reaquianted myself with Natalie Angier's "Woman: An Intimate Geography."
In Fahrenheit 451, we will need all the health information we can get, and women's health information is usually low-priority.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
In my original answer I forgot my enthusiasm for detectives.
The last books you bought are…?
The Good, the Bad & the Difference : How to Tell the Right From Wrong in Everyday Situations (by the guy who writes The Ethicist column in the NYT)
The last book you read is…?
Freakonomics. I really enjoyed it and have had several good discussions with theCSO resulting. I'm not quite sure what the deal was with fawning over Stephen Leavitt being such a central part of the book. I'm trying to list people who could write a book with a collaborator and spend half the book having the collaborator fawn write about them and have it not suck.
So far my list is:
1. Richard Feynman
What are you currently reading?
The Science of Good and Evil : Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule
By Micheal Shermer, on whom I have mixed feelings. ( Why People Believe weird things bitched about slippery slope arguments, then used them consistently. Ex-fundamentalists who write about religion are in general suspect. )
I have trouble believing his arguments that large mammals are moral beings. But hey, he likes skeptics…
whose answers to the desert island question didn't change.