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A couple interesting links and a question...

I've been doing some research in the library, and found a couple things that are probably of interest to Jim and Timlynn, but may be of general interest as well.

  • A list of Professor Gordon Bigelow's (author of "Let There Be Markets: The Evangelical Roots of Economics," published in Harper's magazine) scholarship is located at:

    http://www.rhodes.edu/english/facultybigelow.htm

    I've been scouring the College library looking for any publications, but so far I've been unsuccessful...I'll let you know if anything turns up.

  • The Institute for Social Network Analysis of the Economy (www.isnae.org) is very interesting and relevant. I've skimmed over a few of the articles in their resource section; through the links on the site I found an article called "Re-thinking the Network Economy," by Stan Liebowitz, which I will read today.

Also, of the list of agent-based modeling tools listed on the website maintained by Leigh Tesfatsion (http://www.econ.iastate.edu/tesfatsi/acecode.htm), the program RePast seems to be one of the more prominent, as I've come across links to it on several different web sites. I'll try to look into it somewhat before coming to Fairfield, to see if it might fit our needs.

And a question for Jim...what was the title of that book that's entitled "The Story Of B," and is the third book of a trilogy? ...I've been trying to check it out but can't remember the name.

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"The Story of B" is the book you are asking about, by Daniel Quinn.

His work is well worth looking into. "Ishmael" is the title of the first of his books - mind stretcher! New Tribal Ventures is the community focused around Quinn's ideas. Take a look here: http://www.ishmael.com/NTV/

A number of his books are subtitled "An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit," and as you might expect, for some he has become almost a cult hero.

If you have access to good used book stores, you may more readily find copies of Quinn's work there including "The Story of B." More likely to find this book used than in the campus library. Same may be true for "The World is Flat" - especially the earlier edition. It is definitely a "must read" -- and may be worth investing in the latest edition rather than waiting for a library copy. The same is true of "The Story of B" -- which you will want to read more than once over time.

Also check out Amazon.com's used books listings (many are not really used, they are overruns from publishers, etc. ) I found a terrific bargain on "The World Is Flat," Expanded Edition for only $14.91.

enJOY!

I found "The World is Flat" for a cheap price on Amazon, so I went ahead and bought that. I also found "The Story of B" in the college library. I'll post some of my thoughts on these books as I get into them...