James-philip Harries

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Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
But still good, This is an excellent introduction to risk but I'd advise giving the older and better "Reckoning with Risk" by the same author a go first.
If the thought of statistics makes your brain go numb but you really have to get a handle on what the doctor told you, this is the book for you.
The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Eco&hellip by Paul Seabright
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How to trust strangers, 22 Jun 2014
Professor Seabright's great work, first published in 2004, is beginning to show its age. Ten years is an age in evolutionary biology and the "update" doesn't update much.

Nevertheless this is a fascinating, if not particularly original, account of how human beings overcame the big problem: when you're not actually related to the person you're dealing with, how can you do the deal? Humans are by far the most violent creatures to their own species that have ever roamed the earth, so it's a puzzle how we learnt to cooperate.

The author is by training an economist, and though he sportingly spares us the differential equations (and any real maths at all) he can't… Read more
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absorbing Tract, 18 May 2014
I wish I could say I devoured this book at one sitting, but it's quite long and the footnotes are set in microscopic type. It's an eye opening, sometimes eye watering, journey through the alimentary canal from discussion of the causes of bad breath, the history of diet fads, all the way to the other end. Our gondolier (singing a buttock clenching version of Ah sole mio, perhaps?) is Mary Roach, a writer who leaves no double entendre unused and very little to the imagination. Hilarious consequences ensue, as it says on some blurbs.

The first half concerns itself with taste, food choice, cultural shibboleths and so forth. The second discusses faeces, mostly. The longest part of the… Read more

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