Massively Networked

As you may have surmised, I’ve been hanging out in the bestseller science section of the Kindle store. Today I read Massively Networked: How the convergence of social media and technology is changing your life (Pamela Lund). It’s not bad, but isn’t great either, and it’s trying to convince the reader of things that aren’t altogether convincing. Well, technologically, who knows? If some scientist somewhere … Continue reading Massively Networked


I’ve been reading an e-book on The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg); in part because it’s interesting, in much larger part because my own habits are something of a mess, and in part from habit: when you’re not sure what to do, read a book! It’s interesting and well written in most of the same ways as Outliers and The Brain That Changes Itself, with … Continue reading Habits

The Brain that Changes Itself

I read a book of pop neurology this week, The Brain that Changes Itself (Norman Doldge, 2007), and was quite impressed. Dr Doldge’s writing is similar to Malcom Gladwell, (Blink and Outliers), as well as Oliver Sacks (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia; his endorsement is on the book) in his talent for capturing individual narratives, weaving them together, and … Continue reading The Brain that Changes Itself

The Introvert Advantage

Note: I’m about to be rather more severe than is properly called for. The only excuse I can offer is that of comparison: Laney’s understanding of introversion is so very much less interesting than Jung’s, and explains so very much less of anything worth bothering to explain (and who really needs to explain why some people like doing things that nearly everyone professes to be … Continue reading The Introvert Advantage