The Good Terrorist, by Doris Lessing (1985)

Reinventing Discovery, by Michael Nielsen (2011)

The Wordly Philosophers, by Robert Heilbroner (1953)

Collapse, Jared Diamond (2005)

Whole Earth Discipline, Steward Brand (2010)

The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2, by Jane Pynter (2006)

One of my favorite reads of the year!

History of the project is fascinating. Sounds like the habitat itself was amazingly ambitious and well constructed, but the social organization fell apart after that and there wasn’t discipline in running the experiments.

Disapointed to learn how exogenous the habitat was regarding air conditioning and electricity, really only focused on mass transfer. I don’t really consider the first run a “failure” due to air exchange; seems like a lot was learned, especially regarding social cohesion, which I would consider part of the experiment.

The first large chunk of the book is very autobiographical, and it’s an interesting life story. Sort of orthogonal to the experiment itself, though it does give context for how the whole thing got off the ground as a hippie collective, which I found pretty inspiring.

Crazy historical detail: Steve Bannon (Breitbart editor and Trump presidential advisor) was involved in a repossesion of the Biosphere facility!

Death’s End (Three Body Problem), Liu Cixin (刘慈欣).

Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie (Rilke translation, 2002)

On the Shortness of Life, by Seneca


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