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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - by Jared Diamond

Posted on February 6th, 2015


This anthropology book goes back in time before mankind was a dominant species and explores how we evolved the way we did.
The book starts off with a question which guides the book's line of thought: Why did Eurasians came to be the dominant human group and not native Americans, New Guineans, Australian Aborigines or SubSaharian groups?

The rest follows as a very summarized...

Reality is Broken - Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World - by Jane McGonigal

Posted on January 30th, 2015

Book summary:
The book starts by describing some principles that describe what a good game has/does. Jane summarizes it in 4 important points:
  1. A goal: Important to give the player a sense of purpose
  2. Rules: Limitations into how to achieve the goal. The limitations force the player to be creative while looking for...

Brazil's dance with the devil - by Dave Zirin

Posted on January 10th, 2015

Dave Zirin’s book brings his journalistic view around the impacts of hosting the World Cup and the Olympics in Brazil. Dave starts by describing a bit of the reality he found in Brazil during his investigative trip. He moves on to describe some of Brazil's history from the Portuguese colonization to the US imposed dictatorship. With this basis, he goes on to explain Lula’s administration and...