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Blindness by José Saramago My rating: 5 of 5 stars Besides its unique plot and enthralling story, Blindness is an inspired dystopian metaphor about civilisation, full of philosophical considerations and damn well written! Mind blowing. Definitely on my “Must be …

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Denialism by Michael Specter My rating: 4 of 5 stars Very good book, glad I read it, but not all parts of its content are equal. To begin with, the book is divided into several chapters, each of which could …

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks My rating: 4 of 5 stars A cocktail of neuroscience, surprise and humanism. My first Sacks. Certainly not the last one. Despite the many …

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Beautifully written. The narrative somehow allows the reader to connect with the character, though it is quite obvious that beneath the genius lied a psychopath. Could he have done …

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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens My rating: 5 of 5 stars Not having been brought up in an English-speaking environment, I’m catching up with the Classics. This is a masterpiece of storytelling! The more I know Dickens the more I …

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The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths by Michael Shermer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Excellent introduction to human believing mechanisms. Michael Shermer covers pretty much …

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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned by Alan Alda My rating: 3 of 5 stars Pleasant. Definitely not the book I would take on a desert island, but I can’t say I didn’t like it. Alan …

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Hey blog, I did say I would try and post something at least once in a week… Well that’s not it, is it? I’ve just finished listening to the Daniel N Robinson’s brilliant lectures on “The Great Ideas of Philosophy” …

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I’m currently reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s Black Swan. I know I will have to read it at least 3 times before I get the whole idea and even then, I’m not quite sure I will get it straight. It’s the …

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I’ve just finished reading the “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” by Naomi Klein… Wow! It has been a continuous effort keeping the book open. Descriptions of torture procedures and other psychological shocks are simply unbearable, but it …

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