Archive | July, 2006

Igor, Bring Me A Brain

A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives Author: Cordelia Fine Genre: Popular Science Interesting, well-written and entertaining book about the peculiarities of the brain we walk around with, and how it influences our judgments and our actions.

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The Book of Illusions

The Book of Illusions Author: Paul Auster Genre: Fiction I actually don’t like Paul Auster’s books too much. Acclaimed literary wunderkind or not, I generally find his writing overly artificial (this impression based on having read the New York Trilogy and The Music of Chance, which may be too small a sample to judge him). […]

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Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Genre: Fiction A melancholically tinged coming-of-age story with a dark twist, Never Let Me Go tells the story of Kathy, a girl growing up on a bording school where not all is what it seems. Ishiguro has also written The Remains of the Day, later made into a […]

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Why People Are Polite Towards Their Computer

Did you ever talk to your television? Have you ever given your computer a good angry whack because it didn’t behave? Fear not. You are not alone. In general, people treat media like computers and televisions as if they were dealing with other people, not dumb electronic devices. This is because media are complex enough […]

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Talking to Your Television

The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places Authors: Byron Reeves & Clifford Nass Genre: Academic Readability: Good Two researchers, Reeves & Nass, did an interesting thing: they took a number of established theories from the social sciences and tested them on computers. Or rather, they tested […]

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