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Journal of No. 118

September 21st, 2013

Intuition Pumps and Cold Spies @ 05:41 pm


Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, by Dan Dennett.

Sadly, I was not very impressed. The book sets out to be a set of tools for thinking about thinking, and does start out with a pretty basic set, well described. But the later parts of the book seem less like teaching a non-expert about these things, and more like Dennett taking swings at his philosophical adversaries.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John le Carré. (Spoiler-tastic Wikipedia page.)

"In 2005, the fiftieth anniversary of the Dagger Awards, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold was awarded the "Dagger of Daggers," a one-time award given to the Golden Dagger winner regarded as the stand-out among all fifty winners over the history of [the British Crime Writers Association]."

I can't say much more than that, other than that it very likely deserved it. Bleak, psychological, amoral Cold War subterfuge. What's not to love?
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Journal of No. 118