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[Jul. 1st, 2003|03:14 pm]
Jason
Finished "Why People Believe Weird Things". Kind of interesting, but a little unsatisfying, and sloppily argued. Saw bookguy. Picked up "The Catalog of Lost Books", which looks extremely amusing (it quotes Pierre Menard as saying "La verdad, cuya madre es la historia," etc. etc., hah!) "The Mathematical Experience", and a zweisprachiges Wörterbuch.

Ran into damion in the UC, manning his "answers for 10c" swindlescheme. Alerted him to bookguy's presence. The bastid ran out and found Russell's "A History of Western Philosophy" for $2 and a beautiful old 1930s copy of Hillaire Belloc's "Cautionary Verses". Can't believe I missed them!

Maybe I need to find some food now, or at least soonish. Hmm.
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[User Picture]From: combinator
2003-07-01 01:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Michael Shermer is not that cool.

Wendy Kaminer's book is even worse though; she actually defends irrational behavior in the form of homeopathathic "remedies" at one point (totally defying her very premise!) for its placebo effects.
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From: lincoln3
2003-07-01 02:27 pm (UTC)
The placebo effect is a valid medical treatment for some ailments.
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[User Picture]From: ssaiscps
2003-07-01 02:30 pm (UTC)
You should take "Cognitive Support Structures for Irrational Belief Systems" at CMU.
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From: lincoln3
2003-07-01 03:10 pm (UTC)
Wow! I should take that class!
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