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General*
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Mon 16th Jul '07 6:05PM
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I have recently got into reading essays and interesting non fiction on line in my breaks rather than rotting my brain with flash games and such.


This transcript of a 1998 Douglas Adams lecture is made all the more astonishing by the fact that he stood up and lectured a room full of Cambridge Uni's brightest and best without having really done preparation and then came out with something pretty inspired.

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/07/12/douglas_adams_lectur.html

Also I have discovered that Marvin Minsky's most recent book the Emotion Machine is available for free download on his home page.

http://web.media.mit.edu/~minsky/

If you have no idea who Minsky is then you are missing out. He writes incredibly deep and insightful books and essays on how the mind works that are also very entertaining and easy to read. If that doesn't sell you check these two quotes from his Wikipedia page.


* Isaac Asimov has described Minsky as one of two people he has ever met who were flat out smarter than himself, the other being Carl Sagan. Patrick Winston has also described Minsky as the smartest person he has ever met.

* Ray Kurzweil, the polymath who has written extensively on the future technological singularity has referred to Minsky as his mentor.
    

Diziet
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Mon 16th Jul '07 6:51PM
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why only non-fiction?

theres some good free fiction on the internet, like this for example...

http://www.brokentype.com/monster/

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Mon 16th Jul '07 8:15PM
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fiction is also good!
i chose non cos there was a post fiction links post aeons back but its about time we had annother!
    

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