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Reading right now: A Question of Will

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post of what I’m reading or recently read.  I recently downloaded from Amazon a few free novels.

Take a man named Will Stark. Hmm… I wonder if Stark is important here?

He’s really rich. That’s because he belongs to a secret society and has lived for hundreds of years.  It’s more complicated than that.

Aliomenti versus Illuminati – not too far a stretch

Reading Right Now: Foundation

An Asimov classic, Foundation.

This was the original, written by Isaac Asimov in the 1940s as short stories.  They were published in a trilogy in 1951, 1952, and 1953.

The first book talks about how the Foundation starts, and it’s first crisis with it’s neighboring kingdoms as the Empire fades away from power.

Reading this story in 2013, it’s easy to grasp some of the concepts.  The thoughts of mass media (television) across multiple planets is easy to grasp.  Seeing the political plotting as the leaders of the Foundation fight amongst themselves is accepted (take the American Congress).  The one thing that bugs me however, is the thought that no matter how much people change, their future is predestined.

That is where Asimov separates the mass future versus one person’s future.  A single person can change events that affect them, but regardless, that will not affect the future from what Sheldon has predicted.  And of course, this is all done mathematically.  I can see why this would interest my Dad (I remember lots of Asimov magazines as I was growing up in the 1980’s-1990’s).  I think these novels should be require reading for many different degrees in the social sciences.  There is a few parts that talk about “mob mentality” that is the same now as it was hypothesized then.