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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:07 am 
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Haven't seen or done one of these for awhile.

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1) "Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hurting our Kids and how to Break the Trance"

2) "The Rediscovered Country" -A hunting safari in northern Tanzania circa 1900

Real Book

1) "AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order"

2) "Operation Solo: The FBi's Man in the Kremlin"

Next up

"The Black Book of Communism and something on the Crusades and/or something by Wendell Berry


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:12 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:36 am 
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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World, Steven Johnson

The first thing is the printing press, which made people realize they needed glasses, which got people thinking about lenses, which got us to the telescope and microscope, which helped us realize things are very big and very small.

His premise is the hummingbird effect, how a thing leads to another thing that you probably didn't expect.

He tries to avoid value judgments - a question in the intro: air-conditioning made it possible for us to live in deserts, but at what cost to the water sources? - but I'm glad he at least raises some of them.

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I won a preview copy of this in Goodreads giveaway and have just gotten to it.

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Altered Carbon By Richard Morgan. interesting sci-fi book lots of thing to think about. Having a harder time getting into the Netflix series

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I read the first chunk of the Doris Kearns Goodwin, but then had the trip to London, and couldn't renew it at the library because it was on the wish list for other people. I heard her on a podcast interview, and thought she was petty smart.

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