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Money, Blood and Revolution: How Darwin and the doctor of King Charles I could turn economics into a science
Money, Blood and Revolution: How Darwin and the doctor of King Charles I could turn economics into a science
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely thin - original material is poor, 17 Dec. 2014
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I feel sorry writing a bad review of this work. I am a huge promoter of many of the component ideas. However compelling they are individually they do not hang together well here and the original material is poor.

The account of Kuhn's theories is very good. Cooper thinks that economics is in the throws of paradigm shift. There is definitely a crisis in economics but Coopers claim that this is recent and likely to be resolved soon is wrong. First Kuhn has been challenged and revised since the 1950s by others. There is no universal template for scientific revolutions. Standard economics *should* have been in crisis since the late 19th century when Poincare debunked the maths it is based on. It should have resolved the crisis in the 1990s with the birth of Econophysics and the Santa Fe institution and John Holland's work on Complex Adaptive Systems. It just hasn't happened. Scientific disputes do not automatically resolve on a schedule set by Kuhn.

The fact is economists are entranced by the sunk cost fallacy and the compulsion to use their old mathematical tools whether they are discredited or not. Like drunks they look for their keys not where they left them but where the street light is. They keep training up new generations of believers is their false religion.

Cooper's debunking of neo-classical economics is absurdly thin. He barely argues the case at all. I happen to agree with the conclusion but that is not relevant. A far far better work here is the Origin of Wealth by Beinhocker which argues the case over several hundred pages very readably.

The material about 'competition' is addressed far more convincingly by Adair Turner in Economics After the Crisis.


Clearblue Advanced Fertility Monitor Kit
Clearblue Advanced Fertility Monitor Kit
Price: £71.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked almost too well. We tried the previous version ..., 3 Dec. 2014
Worked almost too well. We tried the previous version of this having read that on average it takes 1.5 years for people of our age to conceive. Worked first time. Astonishing!


Top of the Lake
Top of the Lake
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: £0.00

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable propaganda, 25 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Top of the Lake (Blu-ray)
I could only bring my self to watch three episodes. Women are sensitive, damaged and, it seems usualy raped. Every man is either a violent psychopath, a rapist, a gangster or a sexist bore.


Large Heavy Duty Wooden Baby Playpen 8 panels with Free Educational gift
Large Heavy Duty Wooden Baby Playpen 8 panels with Free Educational gift
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Price: £66.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great option, 23 Sept. 2014
This is huge and good value compared to the alternatives. There are no splinters or rough edges. Its robust enough to be strong but its not too heavy. Only two downsides the gate is quite annoying to operate and the feet slide a little too easily when a standing baby pulls on them.


Elysium
Elysium
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull remix of 4 films you've seen already, 25 Mar. 2014
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District 9
Robo-cop
Total Recall
Wall-E

plus a few others. This is utterly derivative and predictable. I wish I'd turned off after 10 minutes there were no surprises.


Acts of Union and Disunion
Acts of Union and Disunion
by Linda Colley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Liberal academic pipe dreams, 30 Jan. 2014
Its remarkable how little impact academia has on modern Britain. If all political theorists, philosophers, sociologists went on strike tomorrow it would be a decade before the rest of society took notice. In theory I regret this, but when I see work like Linda Colley's it changes my mind.

The central idea, is that Britain is a conceptual construct [snore] with much less substance than most people think. Examining history can help us to give it up and move on. The problem with this line of thought is that modern British identity is not predicated on fact. Its about belonging, myth, narrative. There is no chance that the UK population will mutate its identity as a result of dry stories of past constitutional arrangements. There is category error here. Its like a grammarian writing a book about novel writing. It has no bearing at all on the issue under discussion. Well punctuated sentences do not always make good stories. Revised facts dont make revised identities.

Linda Colley's promotion of an English parliament - an idea with no public support whatsoever - at a time when the public has very little interest in the established UK one, shows she is inhabiting a parallel universe.
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BT Wi-Fi Home Hotspot 500 Kit
BT Wi-Fi Home Hotspot 500 Kit
Price: £84.78

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply doesnt work in a one bed house with new wiring, 12 Dec. 2013
I bought this product to replace an old Homeplug AV 200 system which did work. Even though I was using this in a small house built 10 years ago, the new units kept losing their connection completely or going into a "limited" connectivity state read "not connected". I spent hours fiddling this item now returned.


If On A Winter's Night A Traveller (Vintage Classics)
If On A Winter's Night A Traveller (Vintage Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing, 8 Dec. 2012
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I had some doubts about this during the first 50 pages. I thought it might be one of those books which attempts to play out a dry (probably French) philosophy in dull experiments with disrupted narrative.

Each one the stories Calvino begins terminates prematurely without any the satisfactions of a completed narrative. Initially this is rather frustrating but eventually it gets into its stride and the reader begins to enjoy the surface texture of the writing for its own exceptional qualities.


Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful prose - where was the editor?, 5 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Cloud Atlas (Paperback)
There are a number of basic rules editors tout for new authors. One is, never use an unusual synonym when the common form of a word is available. Another rule is, avoid using verbs other than "say" or "ask" to attribute dialogue. There is a prohibition on writing in pigeon dialect. Writers are reminded to ensure their imagery is meaningful and their characters are not stereotypes.

David Mitchell breaks every one of these rules, repeatedly, frequently and always to disastrous effect.

It's always "Yule" and never Christmas. Someone is described as a sanctimonious "moo". The reader is forced scrape back the layers of superfluous folderol to translate each line back into English word by word.

People "gruff" "Fanks mistah" to each other.

The sickening "'twas" makes multiple appearances.

Stock phrases like "happy as a pig in clover" litter its pages.

This is incompetent enough, but its the entirely word-blind imagery. Take the phrase "sturdy stripling". That's sturdy meaning "strong, thick, solid" and stripling as in "young, thin and slender". These words should not be placed together unless its to achieve some special effect.

Someone "steadies their cardiac arrest". A heart rate can be steadied, a heart attack can not. The imagery here is muddled and stupid.

An old man uses the phrase "lordy lordy" - a Rik Mayall catchphrase. "I pitched my voice for Dirty Harry but it was more Lisping Baggins" - what, who ?

Much of this book reads like something Bertie Wooster might have dreamed up using Blackadder scripts as source material.

The frustating thing it might have turned out OK with some severe editing and another 5 drafts.
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Economics After the Crisis: Objectives and Means (Lionel Robbins Lectures)
Economics After the Crisis: Objectives and Means (Lionel Robbins Lectures)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book from an unexpected source, 19 Nov. 2012
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I've read a lot of post-GFC literature. Much of it is timid and limited in its scope.

This one is not. I enjoyed the ex-head of the CBI and a potential head of the BoE, explaining half-way through why he is not a green anarchist. It seems at that point as if his line of argument leads him to within an inch of growing dreads and setting out onto the festival scene with a dog on a string.

In summary, the discussion of post-growth economics makes good sense, and is hard-headed, not motivated by eco-mysticism.


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