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The five most important books – Post a Day #

This Post a Day, is very similar to a prompt from earlier in the year.

As that list is only three long, I’ll add another two here to make it five.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The cartoon strip I posted the other day shows that when we look at modern society, he was closer to the truth than Orwell. We allow advertisers to make us think that this or that will make us more successful, sexually attractive or that to spend lots of money on stuff that we can attain happiness. Only we have no Soma to numb the pain when we realise that none of it is true.

The other I started reading last week. Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. It is a discussion of what happens when industry interferes in the scientific method in an attempt to undermine it for their own selfish interests. It describes their tactics to muddy the waters on issues from the effects of smoking to CFCs and acid rain. Well researched, I’m only a couple of chapters in but it is eye-opening already to see that we see the same people using the same tactics time and time again. The people who need to read it most unfortunately will be the first to dismiss it without consideration. I will of course post a review when I finish it.


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