Within three months of reading my first book, I went on to read 10 more. My life changed drastically. Reading books completely opened up my mind to all the possibilities that were around me.
I heard a saying a while back, and it has stuck with me to this day. Three months after I started reading, I was introduced to an incredible woman. What brought us together was that I actually read her book. After reading, I got this spontaneous feeling to send her a message and tell her how much I enjoyed the book.
To my surprise, she replied, and three years later we are living together in Australia. Reading books allows you to bring in more positive connections.
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You start following people who have the same mindset as you. You start connecting with more positive people. This eventually leads to having more positive relationships with people you encounter. Most people dream of starting a business. Two years after that, my girlfriend and I started our own business together. I simply started writing while I was working a part-time job. Next thing you know, I started getting my writing published all over the internet. With that came immense opportunities. It showed me there were other ways to think. Not just the one way that I had in my mind.
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Surprisingly, given this narrative arc, the novel is sparklingly funny with several laugh-out-loud moments. She was a prominent feminist in 19th- and early 20th-century Spain and a professor of literature at Madrid University. Matthew Phipps Shiel was born on Montserrat of mixed parentage. He sailed for England in , claiming to be King Felipe of Redonda, a small, uninhabited rocky islet in the Caribbean. Shiel studied medicine in London and wrote detective stories. In The Purple Cloud , Adam Jeffson is the first man to reach the north pole, but on his return journey he discovers he is also the last person left alive on Earth: an insidious, sweet-smelling cloud of poisonous gas has enveloped the world and destroyed all animal life.
He wanders the empty streets of London and the rest of the deserted globe, slowly descending into madness, dressed in Turkish costume and burning cities to the ground, until he discovers that he may not be the sole survivor of the calamity. Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
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The book goes through awful accidents in complex systems and explores why they happened — the human failings that go into them, the systemic consequences, the fact you could have a very small error that propagates and propagates. I originally read the book because I wanted to write about a particular accident. My sister is a qualified safety engineer, and she gave me a bunch of safety engineering books. That was really shocking to me — this realisation that these banks and their interconnections were, in many ways, the same kind of system as a nuclear reactor, or at least had very important similarities.
And is there any way of avoiding this kind of disaster in future? Does the book shed any light on that? Perrow is, in many ways, a pessimist. He says that if the system is too complicated, you will have accidents. But one thing that comes out of the book is the idea that we tend to make systems more complex by adding safety systems on top of them, and that the safety systems themselves create new ways for things to go wrong.
That was a key problem in the financial crisis. A lot of banks were taking bets and then insuring themselves with credit default swaps CDS. Credit default swaps were, basically, insurance contracts that banks wrote, often with [the big insurance company] AIG. Or banks were repackaging sub-prime mortgages into vehicles that were supposed to make risky loans safe.
These two innovations — the packages of sub-prime loans and the credit default swaps — were both safety systems.
But they were both absolutely crucial in explaining why the system blew up. That is one of the things they do. In the case of credit default swaps, they were specifically designed to allow banks to take more risks, with the approval of regulators. The entire point was to allow more risks to be taken. So yes, absolutely, that is part of the problem.
But also, just by virtue of making the system more complex, they introduce new ways for things to go wrong. That was very much the case with Three Mile Island. Three Mile Island was a nuclear accident triggered by a safety system. In the case of the financial crisis, credit default swaps introduced unexpected links in the financial system. You have small banks with what appear to be perfectly safe packages of loans, insured with credit default swaps.
But those insurance contracts turned out to be links to risks elsewhere in the system.
Then, suddenly, a couple of people fall off. The author, Cory Doctorow, is a really interesting guy. He is one of the founders of [the blog and former magazine] Boing Boing. I read this book because I was writing a column about the economies inside computer games — because these games are now so complex they do have their own economies. I read the novel for background, but I really grew to admire it. Really key economic ideas.
Of course there are a lot of economic ideas that are not in the book. I would also say that Cory is well to the left of where I am. But I was very impressed by the way he could take this novel and convey all these economic ideas without slowing the action down. There have been people who have tried to create works of fiction with an economic message — notably Ayn Rand, who has just had a film made about her work — but Cory has really done it very well. The protagonists take things into their own hands?
These are toyear-old kids across the world who are expert computer game players and able to make money playing computer games. They have to deal with thugs and crimelords and the Chinese state trying to shut them down in various ways.
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In the end, it becomes something bigger than just trying to make money by playing games. Next on your list is a book that certainly is an economics lesson, but takes the form of a cartoon. This is by Yoram Bauman, who is perhaps better known as the stand-up economist.
Then he decided that the next thing he wanted to do was write this cartoon introduction to economics. And, just to be clear, this is a textbook. So far the only edition to be out is the microeconomics version, but the macroeconomics is coming soon. For anybody who is genuinely interested in economics, who really wants to learn the jargon, or anyone who is starting out studying an economics course, this is just a brilliant source. But I suppose you could say the same thing for the winners of the Nobel Prize for literature.
I think this textbook might be useful to a lot of people. You read so much about economics in the media these days — how it needs to change in the wake of the financial crisis, that it should take on board the insights of behavioural economics et cetera. But when you say the word economics, people start talking about completely different things — to some it means dealing with inequality, others equate it with lack of regulation on Wall Street.
Economics studies the human economic system, which is a tremendously broad and deep field of study. In any modern economy, like London or New York, there are probably about 10 billion different types of products in service — not numbers of products, but separate types of thing that a stock-keeping system would give a different code number to. These products are often incredibly complicated, like the telephone I am talking to you on. These are terribly, terribly complex systems and they can be understood at the really macro level — booms and busts — and they can be understood in terms of human behaviour inside these systems, how we respond to prices, and the decisions that we make.
Economists got too used to reasoning in fairly abstract ways, without looking at the details of what was actually going on. You just need to have been paying attention. This is probably the most popular book on my list, and many people will already have read it.