2024 Book Review
The fourth installment of a project that does not feel like it began so many years ago. Besides keeping me dedicated to learning new things, this review has acted as an interesting anchoring point for memory; remembering months by the books I read and the feelings they elicited, rather than a hazy fog of January, February, and March that passed with little recollection of what I had done or accomplished. This is but one of the fringe benefits I’ve enjoyed since making reading an everyday part of my life.
I set no intention for 2024. No specific genres, no specific authors; just whatever happens to catch my eye. As December 2023 fades the pile next to my nightstand has been growing steadily taller, a consequence of a few trips to thrift stores with deals I couldn’t pass up. Seeing some of the stories that await me- supervolcanoes, panpsychism, hillbillies- I am eager for a new year.
The Will to Meaning
And so, feeling the line between "researcher" and "conspiracy theorist" blurring before me, I hunkered down in the library to read about the many ways our government has deceived us.
by Philip Goff
The argument from “physical science has been extremely successful” to “physical science will one day explain the sensory qualities of consciousness” is not supported by the history of science... I’m not saying that this proves that physical science cannot explain consciousness. But it does undermine arguments that try to show that it inevitably will.
How to Have Impossible Conversations
By P. Boghossian & J. Lindsay
If civility is your primary goal, or if productive conversation is impossible, make learning your go-to. If you just want to get through a family reunion, learning is your emergency exit that allows you to make almost any conversation civil.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
Perhaps it is in our nature to recognize subconsciously the link between mortality and procreation- between, that is to say, the finite and the infinite- and we are in fact driven by reminders of the one to seek out the other.
By Robin George Andrews
Grand Prismatic Spring may as well be the poster child for the entire park. Larger than a soccer field, it takes on the appearance of an interdimensional oasis. An ethereal, deep-blue hue paints its pupil, while adventurous bacteria thriving in the piquant waters fleck its iris in shades of yellow, orange, and green. In the winter, the snow sizzles into steam as it drifts onto the spring’s rocky eyelid.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt