Popular science book recs

'Cause I've been postin' and laughin' so long
That even my momma thinks that my mind is gone

Postby Bad Craziness » Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:11 am

TechGnosis

Image

shows how the development of modern technology was accompanied by matching developments in popular magical thinking
User avatar

Bad Craziness
 
Posts: 9598
Joined: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:21 pm
Location: la la land

Postby sobieski » Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:16 am

Image

this book was pretty good at talking about the “green” revolution and the history of ecology during the 20th century
Last edited by sobieski on Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:43 am, edited 1 time in total.
sm//o/ke le/ss weed
and sleep more
always/ tip %20
User avatar

sobieski
Comptroller
 
Posts: 25780
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:13 am
Location: rare turtle

Postby sobieski » Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:19 am

Image
‘from mathematics to the technologies of life and death’
sm//o/ke le/ss weed
and sleep more
always/ tip %20
User avatar

sobieski
Comptroller
 
Posts: 25780
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:13 am
Location: rare turtle

Postby scramble » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:04 pm

Image

an insightful history/philosophy/sociology of science (which is what most books itt seem to be). sample:

Mediating between the world of mathematics and the reality of the physical world, measuring necessarily involves a leap between objects and numbers, whose equivalence is made possible only by an oversight. The many oaths that the [medieval trading officials] and sellers swore in front of buyers served to trigger customers’ fleeting assurance that the translation from the world of ideas to the world of matter took place accurately.

So it is less measuring or measurement standards than their presiding authorities that constructed sameness. After all, in the Middle Ages the word auctoritas referred to someone who knew and reiterated preexistent solutions. An authority was the person who erased the distance between an original and any of its subsequent reiterations […] Medieval standards carried auctoritas because they themselves were constantly remade, thus becoming instrumental in and homogeneous to the authoritative process they triggered.
here to watch wrote:No need to be virtuous one way or another about what's happening, it's just a quick way to make some cash.
User avatar

scramble
 
Posts: 8198
Joined: Tue May 25, 2010 2:25 pm

Postby scramble » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:04 pm

Bad Craziness wrote:TechGnosis

Image

shows how the development of modern technology was accompanied by matching developments in popular magical thinking


looks great, thanks
here to watch wrote:No need to be virtuous one way or another about what's happening, it's just a quick way to make some cash.
User avatar

scramble
 
Posts: 8198
Joined: Tue May 25, 2010 2:25 pm

Postby mynamerocks » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:18 pm

Image

Image

Image
User avatar

mynamerocks
 
Posts: 2063
Joined: Wed May 26, 2010 4:09 am

Postby Pokemon Blue » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:24 pm

Marza wrote:i wish I could quote post all the times I've recommended behave on this board but the search is gaslighting me

anyway it's behave. it's the material from Sapolsky's 25 lectures at stanford on human behaviour and neuroscience and biochemistry and game theory etc etc. he deliberately tries to avoid categorical thinking and writes in very readabale colloquial way. Highly recommended if you're interested in politics or criminal reform.


Ooh, I’ll check this out. I’ve read Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers and MonkeyLuv by Sapolsky and really liked them both.
User avatar

Pokemon Blue
 
Posts: 4123
Joined: Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:02 pm

Postby concerning » Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:14 pm

sobieski wrote:Image

this book was pretty good at talking about the “green” revolution and the history of ecology during the 20th century


not a science book but 1491 by the same author is amazing.
User avatar

concerning
 
Posts: 289
Joined: Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:37 pm

Postby woozy ducks » Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:39 am

Image
User avatar

woozy ducks
 
Posts: 11557
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:50 pm

Postby viachicago » Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:03 am

Image

this book has some of my favorite passages of all time

“The Himalayas are the crowning achievement of the Indo-Australian plate. India in the Oligocene crashed head on into Tibet, hit so hard that it not only folded and buckled the plate boundaries but also plowed into the newly created Tibetan plateau and drove the Himalayas five and a half miles into the sky. The mountains are in some trouble. India has not stopped pushing them, and they are still going up. Their height and volume are already so great they are beginning to melt in their own self-generated radioactive heat. When the climbers in 1953 planted their flags on the highest mountain, they set them in snow over the skeletons of creatures that had lived in a warm clear ocean that India, moving north, blanked out. Possibly as much as 20,000 feet below the sea floor, the skeletal remains had turned into rock. This one fact is a treatise in itself on the movements of the surface of the earth.

If by some fiat, I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence; this is the one I would choose: the summit of Mount Everest is marine limestone.”


“A quarter-horse jockey learns to think of a twenty-second race as if it were occurring across twenty minutes--in distinct parts, spaced in his consciousness. Each nuance of the ride comes to him as he builds his race. If you can do the opposite with deep time, living in it and thinking in it until the large numbers settle into place, you can sense how swiftly the initial earth packed itself together, how swiftly continents have assembled and come apart, how far and rapidly continents travel, how quickly mountains rise and how quickly they disintegrate and disappear.

If you free yourself from the conventional reaction to a quantity like a million years, you free yourself a bit from the boundaries of human time. And then in a way you do not live at all, but in another way you live forever.


“It has been Anita’s style as a geologist to begin with an outcrop and address herself to history from there—to begin with what she can touch, and then to reason her way back through time as far as she can go. A river conglomerate, as tangible rock, unarguably presents the river. The river speaks of higher ground. The volume of sediment that the river has carried can imply a range of mountains. To find Precambrian jaspers in the beds of younger rivers means that the Precambrian, the so-called basement rock, was lifted to form the mountains. These are sensible inferences drawn cleanly through an absence of alternatives. To go back in this way, retrospectively, from scene to shifting scene, is to go down the rock column, groping toward the beginning of the world. There is firm ground some of the way. Eventually, there comes a point where inference will shade into conjecture. In recesses even more remote, conjecture may usurp the original franchise of God.”
Last edited by viachicago on Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:08 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar

viachicago
 
Posts: 14136
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:19 pm

Postby sordid affair » Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:06 am

wonderful thread
andrei wrote: i heard james joyce is tough, this is probably like the james joyce of rap, ostensibly, if you wanna think of it in those terms. haha, and it bumps, too!
User avatar

sordid affair
chair in applied liberty
 
Posts: 20523
Joined: Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:15 pm
Location: the other side of mt. heart attack (in tiny pants, baking)

Postby blurst of times » Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:25 am

thanks for the recs all. i've been meaning to read that octopus book for a long time. octopuses are so cool

i'll co-sign on 1491 being good
User avatar

blurst of times
ride.
 
Posts: 13380
Joined: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:06 pm

Postby CelticFC#1 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:35 pm

Post.
User avatar

CelticFC#1
 
Posts: 1826
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:24 am

Previous

Return to Poster's Paradise

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: A-Ok, ahalfhourago, apostrophe, Autarch, black drum, bobble, brent, Buddy Glass, butanebob, Catullus, chewy, danno, deebster, Double McDouble, Executive Producer, extendedphenotype, Ezekiel Cletus, Fr. Blanc, Future, gallits, gobot, Google [Bot], gug, guidance, hamilton, hansibansix, hasel, hbb, hiddenicon, hoopdog, HotFingersClub, Kevin McCallister, Longarm, Macgregor, Mechanical bird, Mister Modular, murderhorn, mynameisdan, naturemorte, Night porter, No Good Advice, npc, Phil, pinkerton, pixel, pzadvance, rankoutsider, rex, rich uncle skeleton, Robert, shizaam, Shotfrog, snow wave, speakers, tea preacher, tgk, v h g, virile, warmjets, wolfie, wuk, yungboi and 157 guests