May 2022


Last month I reviewed Prelude to Foundation, and now I’ve finally gotten to the original. The two books were written many decades apart, but even if I’d started with this book I still wouldn’t be in the order everything was written: the first section (“The Psychohistorians”) was only added in 1951 when the stories from the 40s were collected into the Foundation trilogy. Even aside from that, the last story in this book was actually published before the story which precedes it (and is referenced in it since it takes place earlier). Thus I shouldn’t be faulted too much for starting with the prequel.

(more…)

The subtitles of the books by Gananath Obeyesekere and Marshall Sahlins are, respectively, “European Mythmaking In The Pacific” and “About Captain Cook, for Example”, which isn’t quite as funny separated from the title. I didn’t title this “Gananath Obeyesekere vs Marshall Sahlins” because I haven’t actually read the earlier works by Sahlins that Obeyesekere initially criticized. I suppose ideally I should have first read those, then read the bulk of Obeyesekere’s book, then Sahlins’, and then gone back to read the sections of the republished edition of the former responding to Sahlins, but my delay in writing in this post is related to my flagging interest in the subject.

(more…)

I’ve linked to What’s Wrong with Social Science and How to Fix It before, but as with Sid Jha on Robert Moses, I keep forgetting who wrote it and where to find it. In this case I should give a hat-tip to “The Chaostician” in the comments at Astral Codex Ten for reminding me.