My interest tends to be pragmatic rather than academic: I want to know how to operate things, or how things operate me. The really intensive physics seems kind of...useless. That said, I just returned from the library with The Elegant Universe. I wonder if it will be interesting, a curiosity, or something to zone out to while electronic music and graphics repeat over and over.
I'm currently reading about Memory and how it works.
I wouldn't say enjoy. I've seen and heard plenty of the Holocaust before. Museums, movies, all that. My grandfather was there for the liberation of Buchenwald, actually. He was a medic. I'm sure he saw terrible things. I've heard about a lot of this before now.(re: Night and Fog) Did you enjoy it?
It elicited the same set of reactions that I usually experience. It's also a good reminder: here are things you should avoid. I'm Jewish, so I'm used to the whole 'being the victim' side of the mental experience - most people tend to identify that way if they would have been part of the oppressed group. So there is the caution: don't allow yourself to be herded like cattle.
But there is also (what I find) to be the more pressing caution: don't allow yourself to be caught up in that kind of ideaology. If you find yourself as an architect, do not design buildings like those. If you find yourself as a soldier, fight if you must, but do not herd people to their deaths. People tend to underestimate their own capacities to perform abhorrent acts - if you are cautioned against them can you avoid becoming someone "just following orders."
- The Elegant Universe (mentioned above)
- Time Management from the Inside Out (impulse grab, made by PBS, hope it's not self-help garbage)
- When the Moors Ruled in Europe. I have no particular interest in the Moors, but I recall finding them a bit interesting back when I took AP World in high school. Maybe it'll be an interesting case study of how cultures ebb and flow.