Thursday, December 20, 2012
This Week at the Library (20 December)
Well, the week is winding down, and with it, the year. I've recently finished both The Great Railroad Revolution and The Humans Who Went Extinct, so comments for those are in progress. And what will I be reading this week, this last week of 2012? At the moment I have Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane, which is a memoir of his years as a space shuttle astronaut. I also checked out Union Pacific, by Zane Grey, which is a western that I checked out mostly because it's about trains, and I'll be exploring The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek. I say 'exploring' because I want toget a feel for his writing style. I've heard a few quotations from him which have piqued my interest, like the phrase "the pretence of knowledge", and the below tidbit...
"We are ready to accept almost any explanation of the present crisis of our civilization except one: that the present state of the world may be the result of genuine error on our own part and that the pursuit of some of our most cherished ideals has apparently produced results utterly different from those which we expected."
I should confess that what interested me in him was...a rap-battle between himself and another economist, John Maynard Keynes. Oh, but the internet has such strange and wonderful things in it. There's another video of the two actor-economists rapping in front of a conference hosted by...The Economist.