Christian Rudder, one of the founders of the OKCupid dating site, uses big data to explore the “hidden forces” that help shape us as people, and the individual experiences that make understanding humans so difficult.
An asteroid is set to collide with Earth in less than a year, and the world is slowly descending into chaos as the apocalypse nears. As the world falls apart, Det. Henry Palace seeks justice even as the end of the human race looms.
David Eagleman’s book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain is both a mind-bending walk through the science around the the ideas of “self” and “free will” and a maddening narrative that veers off course.
At its best, the book is a well-argue long-form essay about how Generation X views the phrase “changing the world.” Sometimes that means running neighborhood gardening groups, and sometimes that means founding MeetUp.org.
The real payoff, though, comes at the end, which bends the genre in just the right way. After a lifetime of reading science fiction and horror stories, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I “didn’t see it coming.”
Nightlight is a quick story that – at times – taps into the zeitgeist created in shows such as the new Outer Limits or Tales from the Crypt, which built storylines around single revealed deep in the plot.
In Republic, Lost, Lessig lays the groundwork for understanding how our elections have been altered by private money and why that influx of “dark money” has changed the way we understand politics and the ways in which politicians can interact with each other.
At its best, the book is a riveting read about the science behind Henrietta Lacks’ cells and cancer research. I’m a sucker for a good piece of science writing, and this was that. There’s some heady science-based discussion, which touches on the ethical implications of research.
I’ve used quite a bit of what I learned from The Paradox of Choice in all aspects of my life: writing, teaching, and running a Web collective. It’s important to remember that choice is useful as a mechanism, but it’s also intimidating.