Entries Tagged as 'Isaac Asimov'

Only One Can Rule the Galaxy

December 15th, 2011 at 12:00 am 41 Comments

While reading Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column about Newt Gingrich, rx we learn that the former Speaker of the House is a big fan of the science fiction novels of Isaac Asimov, prostate and not in a good way:

Speaker Gingrich told me that he became a historian because he read Isaac Asimov’s seven-volume Foundation series about a mathematician and psychohistorian from Planet Trantor “who looked at long sweeps of history and tried to understand probable patterns of behavior.”

“I found it a very believable and understandable way of thinking about data,” he said. (Feel free to supply your own joke about Psycho Historians.)

Who else across the entire span of the space-time continuum also shares Gingrich’s fascination for technocratic experts who can save civilization? None other than Nobel Prize winning economist and conservative punching bag, Paul Krugman:

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