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review 2019-01-09 23:45
Outdated Part 2 (DNF)
The Future Factor: The Five Forces Transforming Our Lives and Shaping Human Destiny - Michael G. Zey

The Future Factor: The Five Forces Transforming our Lives and Shaping Human Destiny by Michael G. Zey talks about the advent of social, economic, and technological innovations which have shaped us as a species and how these and others will continue to help us evolve.The problem was that it is so outdated that there was little point in me reading beyond page 20. This book was written in 2000 but from the first page made reference to events and situations which considering how fast technology changes made this book (and its many references) obsolete. That's the problem with books about the future...once you reach a certain point they hold no relevance or accuracy beyond a certain window of time.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-12-08 02:15
Nudge
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Audio) - Richard H. Thaler,Cass R. Sunstein,Sean Pratt

 

 

3.5 stars on Booklikes (this rounds down to 3 stars on Goodreads).

 

Continuing my obsession with behavioral economics.  Having read The Undoing Project and Thinking, Fast and Slow, I was familiar with many of the concepts and examples discussed in Nudge, but still, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein had a somewhat different emphasis (plus I enjoyed their humor).  I really appreciated their concept of "choice architecture," and I think they have given me much to consider when it comes to applying their "nudge" ideas to life and work (I am in continuing medical education).

 

The edition I listened to (audio) is not their updated edition, and I am interested to discover what they have added (or changed).  One thing that struck me is how dated their section on same-sex marriage is, now that marriage equality is the law of the land.  I feel as though what actually happened is much more satisfying than any of their recommendations in that part of the book.

 

Some of their policy-oriented chapters struck me as a little dry, but mostly, I found their insights and ideas salient and applicable.  I believe we can all benefit from becoming choice architects.

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quote 2018-11-04 18:10
"D'un côté, la corruption est semblable à un ankylostome qui, en s'attaquant aux parois de l'intestin grêle, freine le développement (physique et mental) de sa victime. De l'autre, quand les gens sont payés une misère et vivent dans des conditions déshumanisantes, la corruptibilité devient un moyen de survivre. On peut la comparer aux bifidobactéries contenues dans l'estomac et qui ont de nombreux effets positifs pour la santé, comme la régulation de l'homéostasie microbienne intestinale, la modulation des réponses immunitaires locales et systémiques et la production de vitamines."
L'enfer c'est lui - Jo M. Sekimonyo,Tara Casimir

― Jo M. Sekimonyo, l'enfer c'est lui

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quote 2018-11-04 18:05
"Le socialisme et le communisme nous ont étranglé, mais maintenant le capitalisme et l’économie islamique nous asphyxient."
L'enfer c'est lui - Jo M. Sekimonyo,Tara Casimir

― Jo M. Sekimonyo, l'enfer c'est lui

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quote 2018-11-04 17:59
"Souvenez-vous toujours que dans la vie, la passion sans vision est une perte d’énergie, et que la vision sans passion est une impasse."
L'enfer c'est lui - Jo M. Sekimonyo,Tara Casimir

― Jo M. Sekimonyo, l'enfer c'est lui

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