Category Archives: Books

Siedentrop, Larry. Inventing The Individual: “The Origins Of Western Liberalism”.

Siedentrop weighs in on the familiar history of how the individual became paramount in Western society. He considers the knowledge of this history vital “because we are in danger of taking this primacy of the individual as something “obvious” or … Continue reading

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Singer, Peter: “Animal Liberation”

What made me transition to not eating meat, some years ago, was when I really thought about whether or not it could it be condoned. At the back of my mind for some time was the obvious truth that there … Continue reading

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Graham, Benjamin: “The Intelligent Investor”.

I read the classic 1949 edition of this book, which legendary investor Warren Buffett cites as his primary influence. It is an excellent text and one that breaks down the art of investing in a simple and revealing way. Graham … Continue reading

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Hitchens, Peter: “The Abolition Of Liberty”

During a recent exchange with a good friend, I criticised Sam Harris for the logic that he employed to form his position on the longstanding conflict in Israel. You can read my thoughts on that here: https://orbitalmick.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sam-harriss-inexplicable-defence-of-israel/ As we conversed … Continue reading

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Morrison, Toni: “Beloved”.

Morrison’s Beloved, set after the American Civil war in the mid-nineteenth century, chronicles the evil effects of slavery on African Americans in the United States. It is a world so brutal that our protagonist, Sethe, kills her own daughter to … Continue reading

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Pinker, Steven: “The Language Instinct. How The Mind Creates Language”.

I started to read this a couple of times and struggled, finally getting to grips with it during some downtime on holidays on a couch in Copenhagen. Pinker adapts and updates Chomsky’s theory that language is innate, thinking of it … Continue reading

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Pen, Paul: “The Light Of The Fireflies”

“Any place where you are is much better than anywhere else” whispers a mother to her son, in a vain attempt to reassure him that his life imprisonment in a rat-infested basement is somehow justified and reasonable. Chillingly, we never … Continue reading

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