Paul Robinson

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Who Owns The Future? by Jaron Lanier
Who Owns The Future? by Jaron Lanier
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The incoherence of a book that suggests capitalism is both the only economic model that can work but also insists that the largest capitalist enterprises on Earth are broken for not giving us all micro-payments when we "improve them" via interaction is just jarring. I found myself reading parts of this book and wondering if they were written by the same person who wrote other parts, because I don't understand how you can logically hold some of these same thoughts in the same head and truly believe them.

Not for me. Time might tell that this is a classic I've misread, but I just can't see how the ideas in here make economic, political or logical sense.
Philosophy and Probability by Timothy Childers
Philosophy and Probability by Timothy Childers
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting take, 11 Aug 2013
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I am well acquainted with probability calculus and have a passing interest in philosophy, so was looking forward to this as a different take that combined my interests.

This is a book written by an academic, published by an academic publisher, trying to be as unacademic as possible, and failing. Yes, a lot of the book is designed to be "pop" and the academic rigour is played down, but parts of this book are clearly going to be more useful to an undergraduate or postgraduate trying to deal with probability from a non-mathematical perspective. However, if you're a complete beginner, you're going to struggle - nothing that a quick browse of Wikipedia won't help clarify for you - and… Read more
Decoded: The Science Behind Why We Buy by Phil Barden
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4.0 out of 5 stars How Marketers Market, 11 Aug 2013
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A well-written guide to a complex topic: why do people pay more than they know something is really worth? "Decision-science", that branch of psychology that has to take into account many factors is currently at a stage where we are starting to really understand how the brain - evolved for a World very different to our own - reacts to the World we have fashioned for ourselves. It's a fascinating introduction to a fascinating topic.

Some might feel the content is a little light and lacking on science in some areas, but it's not a peer-reviewed journal paper, but rather something much more approachable.