Books

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This page was last updated in June 2015.

The list of the books that I've (started to) read since the beginning of this blog.

Fiction (or fact) read:
  • Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
  • Vernor Vinge's "Tines" trilogy and "Rainbows End"
  • John Ajvide Lindqvist, "Let the Right One In"
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky, "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality"
  • Greg Egan, "Diaspora", "Zendegi", "Schild's Ladder", "Incandescence"
  • Orson Scott Card "Ender's Game", "Speaker for the Dead", "Xenocide", "Children of the Mind"
  • Daniel Keyes, "Flowers for Algernon"
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed" (reread; I recommend "Four Ways to Forgiveness" more)
  • David Brin, "Existence", "Sundiver", "Startide Rising", "The Uplift War", "The Postman"
  • Andy Weir, "The Martian"
  • Christopher Hitchens, "Hitch-22: A Memoir", "Mortality"
  • Greg Egan, "The Clockwork Rocket", "The Eternal Flame", "The Arrows of Time"
  • Ted Chiang, "Understand", "Hell is the Absence of God", "The Lifecycle of Software Objects"
  • David Brin, "Foundation's Triumph"
  • Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg "How Google Works"
  • Greg Egan, "Quarantine", "Teranesia"
  • Peter Watts, "Blindsight"
Read (or spent enough time trying to finish):
  • Some chunks of Ming Li, Paul Vitanyi, "An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and Its Applications"
  • Richard Hudson, "Language Networks: The New Word Grammar"
  • Adam Przepiórkowski et. al. "Formalny opis języka polskiego"
  • Gary L. Drescher, "Good and Real. Demystifying Paradoxes from Physics to Ethics"
  • John L. Pollock, "Cognitive Carpentry: A Blueprint for How to Build a Person"
  • Nicolo Cesa-Bianchi and Gabor Lugosi, "Prediction, Learning, and Games"
  • Martin J. Osborne, Ariel Rubinstein, "A Course in Game Theory" (I haven't read it, perhaps I'll get back to it if need arises)
  • John R. Anderson, "How Can the Human Mind Occur in the Physical Universe?"
  • Joshua Bloch "Effective Java"
  • Jan Westerhoff, "Nāgārjuna’s Madhyamaka. A Philosophical Introduction"
  • Pei Wang, "Non-Axiomatic Logic -- A Model of Intelligent Reasoning"
  • Peter Gibson, "PhilosophyIdeas Database"
  • Richard Rorty, "Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature"
  • Daniel Dennett, "Sweet Dreams. Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness"
  • Bertrand Russell, "The Problems of Philosophy", "My Philosophical Development"
  • Paul Hudak, "The Haskell School of Expression. Learning functional programming through multimedia"
  • Steven Pinker, "How the mind works" (yes I know, it's high time to read something more demanding...)
  • Alan Watts, various (audio) lectures
  • In Conversation with Willard Van Orman Quine, video interviews
  • Thomas Metzinger, "The Ego Tunnel", "Being No One. The self-model theory of subjectivity" (I haven't read chapter 7)
  • Hilary Putnam, "The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy and Other Essays", "Ethics without Ontology", small fragments of "Pragmatism and Realism"
  • David Deutsch, "The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World"
  • Gary Drescher, "Made-up Minds: A Constructivist Approach to Artificial Intelligence"
  • James Ladyman and Don Ross, "Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized"
  • Immanuel Kant, "Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals"
  • "The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Mind"
  • Ray Kurzweil, "How To Create a Mind The secret of human thought revealed"
  • Jesse Prinz, "Furnishing the Mind Concepts and Their Perceptual Basis"
  • Daniel Dennett, "Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life"
  • Stanislas Dehaene, "Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts"
  • Daniel Dennett, "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon", "Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking"
  • Jesse Prinz, "The Conscious Brain: How Attention Engenders Experience"
  • Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander, "Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking"
  • Gregory Hickok, "The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition"
  • Bart D. Ehrman, "Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth"
  • Richard Carrier, "On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt"
  • Michael Graziano, "Consciousness and the Social Brain"
  • Peter Adamson, "History of Philosophy without any gaps" (ongoing podcast)
  • Steven Pinker, "The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century"
  • Peter Boghossian, "A Manual for Creating Atheists"
  • Benjamin K. Bergen, "Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning"
  • Benedict Carey, "How We Learn"
  • Nick Bostrom, "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies"
  • Alison Gopnik, "The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life"
  • Sean Webb, "How Emotions Work: In Humans and Computers"
  • Ha-Joon Chang, "Economics: The User's Guide"
  • Jean-Yves Girard, Yves Lafont and Paul Taylor "Proofs and Types"
Textbooks I'll be coming back to:
  • Richard S. Sutton, Andrew G. Barto, "Introduction to Reinforcement Learning"
  • Marcus Hutter, "Universal AI"
  • Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig, "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach"
  • Daphne Koller, Nir Friedman, "Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Techniques (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning)"
    Reading:
    • Jason Hickey, Anil Madhavappedy, Yaron Minsky, "Real World OCaml"
    • Erik J. Wielenberg, "Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism"
    Have been reading and might be continuing:
    • Judea Pearl, "Causality: Models, Reasoning, and Inference"
    • Douglas Hofstadter, "Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies"
    • Michael W. Eysenck, Mark Keane, "Cognitive Psychology A Student’s Handbook"
    • Edouard Machery, "Doing without Concepts"
    • David MacKay, "Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms"
    • Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon, Bill Venners, "Programming in Scala"
    • Ben Goertzel, early draft of "Building Better Minds"
    • Steve Awodey, "Category Theory"
    • Hamid Reza Maei, "Gradient Temporal-Difference Learning Algorithms"
    • Joscha Bach, "Principles of Synthetic Intelligence: An Architecture of Motivated Cognition"
    • Kevin P. Murphy, "Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective"
    • Anna Wierzbicka, "Semantics: Primes and Universals"
    • Richard Hudson, "An Introduction to Word Grammar"
    • Andreas Wagner, "Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle" (was on sale)
    Candidates (not up to date):
    • J. Roger Hindley, Jonathan P. Seldin, "Lambda-Calculus and Combinators, an Introduction"
    • Amit Konar and Lakhmi Jain, "Cognitive Engineering A Distributed Approach to Machine Intelligence" (using fuzzy Petri nets)
    • Maciej Piasecki, Stanisław Szpakowicz, Bartosz Broda, "A Wordnet from the Ground Up"
    • Vladimir N. Vapnik, "Statistical Learning Theory"
    • "Introduction to Statistical Relational Learning", edited by Lise Getoor and Ben Taskar
    • Martijn van Otterlo, "The Logic of Adaptive Behavior. Knowledge Representation and Algorithms for Adaptive Sequential Decision Making under Uncertainty in First-Order and Relational Domains"
    • Robert Goldblatt "Topoi, the Categorial Analysis of Logic", or Andrea Asperti and Giuseppe Longo "Categories, Types, and Structures", or Michael Barr and Charles Wells "Category Theory Lecture Notes for ESSLLI"