Summer readings phase two

I still have two full weeks before I have to go back to teaching, so I am making the most of my time by catching up on my readings. Among the many things I have learned is that the great H.L.A. Hart did not have an advanced law or philosophy degree and did not begin teaching until he was almost 40! For his part, Nassim Nicholas Taleb is an insufferable bore, but his “Skin in the Game” book is very relevant to our current “cancel culture” troubles, while the coffee-table book on “Big Cats” not only contains many beautiful photographs of lions, leopards, tigers, etc.; it also describes their evolutionary history, mating practices, eating habits, and other forms of behavior. Lastly, the Moon “Florida Gulf Coast” travel book is for a family beach vacation I am planning for next week, and I will have more to say about the other books in my pile soon …

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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4 Responses to Summer readings phase two

  1. Abogada Guerra says:

    Can’t wait for the family beach vacation.

  2. Are all of Taleb’s books that bad or just Skin in the Game?

    • Although I enjoyed “Fooled by Randomness” and “The Black Swan” (both of which I read about 10 years ago), Taleb’s snobbery and level of pretentiousness appears to increase over time!

      • I have listened to enough podcasts where Taleb was a guest to get the sense he was extraordinarily pretentious. That coupled with the fact he has a number of on going feuds with people. However, I will take this as an endorsement of “Fooled by Randomness” and “Black Swan”. I will avoid “Skin in the Game”.

        I have been curious about Taleb’s writing, but wasn’t sure if it was worthwhile to read him.

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