So, What Are You Reading?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Ted Heiks, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I'm still not finished with The Righteous Mind. I took a detour and started Esperanza Rising. I'm not far enough into it to say anything worthwhile about it, but I remember it being all the rage in the young adult demographic a few years ago. I'm looking forward to what I expect to be a rewarding read.

    On the audiobook end, I just finished You Can Do Anything by George Anders. He basically argues that my little rinky dink Liberal Arts degree is worth more than I could have ever imagined. I hope he's right. I'm currently listening to Livewired by David Eagleman, which is about the wondrous plasticity of the human mind and its resilience in the face of dramatic new challenges.
  2. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    Can you elaborate briefly? :eek:
  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Wow! How much did he say you could sell it for? :) (I jest, of course.) My take: He's right - but it doesn't have to be (all -or even at all) in a career /monetary sense. My take: a lot of what you learned will stick. You acquired learning skills, thinking habits, knowing how things, processes, people work - regardless of anything strictly occupational. Those skills, habits etc. (and the knowledge you acquired) help make you - You. And help that You to be a continually evolving process. The degree has altered You for the better and if you let it, that will continue.. And how much increased value is there to You? Hell, that's incalculable, Maniac. I don't have a clue how to measure the incredible value of an individual life -- and me, with three whole semesters of College math! :)

    For now, just toss your resume on the pile there, and I'll get back to you. :)
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  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

  5. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Oh, a B.A. in Philosophy is excellent preparation for law school, or at least it is according to my son-in-law who is a former professor of that liberal art. I found it so, myself, so there's that. Personally, I suspect that the Victorians got it right; a liberal education is the foundation to all intellectual enquiry even in the hard sciences.
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  6. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Funny. My Professor (Theoretical Physics) told it exactly the other way around! Tee hee... :)
  7. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State, an indepth look at Edward Snowden's disclosures and the amazing and unchecked powers of the NSA. Really shocking. I thought I knew what the NSA could do, but it goes way beyond monitoring telephone calls and internet traffic: they have access to your emails, your chat conversations, they even install backdoors into commercially purchased routers en route to their destinations. Wow.
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  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Hence the saying that the NSA is the only part of government that actually listens.
  9. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    The Man Who Saved The Union: Ulysses Grant In War And Peace, .. H.W. Brands
  10. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    The book argues, with some statistics and a copious amount of anecdote, that beyond learning any particular subject, liberal arts majors learn an invaluable collection of skills that they carry over with them for their entire lives. Further, the book intends to demonstrate that in the long run, liberal arts majors fare rather comparably in job opportunities and lifetime earnings as those who major in more specialized fields. It just takes them a bit longer after graduation to see the big paydays.

    I finished the audiobook. It was a fascinating listen, but I still feel like my social science major is just a bunch of bleh and meh. (Though I'm still very happy that I finished it!)
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  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

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