Like our fellow literary blogger Luanne Castle, we love blog titles with the word “May” in them. (Check out Ms Castle beautiful blog here.) So, here is Part 2 of our reading list for the rest of the month of May (and for June):
- The book “Inadequate Equilibria” by Eliezer Yudkowsky, one of our favorite contemporary intellectuals. (Indeed, one of our previous papers, Visualizing Probabilistic Proof, was inspired in large part by Yudkowsky’s Bayesian approach to evidence.)
- “Emotional Sentiments” by Emma Rothschild. This book reinterprets the ideas of Adam Smith and the Marquis de Condorcet (two of our favorite figures from the Enlightenment era), so it is a must-read for us.
- John Earman’s powerful defense and critique of Bayesian methods in “Bayes or Bust?“. In the introduction to his classic book, he writes: “I confess that I am a Bayesian–at least on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. *** On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, however, I have my doubts not only about the imperialistic ambitions of Bayesianism but also about its viability as a basis for … scientific inference. (On Sundays I try not to think about the matter.)” How could we not read this tome?