Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reading list

As I am working on updating the Biofundamentals course (and turning the web notes into a book), I find myself reading and rereading a number of great books.    Mostly so that I do not forget, I will list them here.   On the off chance anyone cares, I have linked them to reviews.

THE UNDERGROWTH OF SCIENCE: Delusion, Self-Deception and Human Frailty’ By Walter Gratzer, Oxford University Press  [a review here] Quite amazing how often weird ideas become accepted or accepted (at least for a time), until reason prevails.

Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray Allen Lane  The main idea is that apocalyptic (religious) thinking is pervasive among people, even those who claim to be complete secularists - and it least to some truly stupid and tragic consequences (as if tragedy can be avoided in this life).

Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture by Alan Sokal  An oldy but goody on how people can stop thinking and get lost in the ozone.

The fanaticism of the apocalypse by Pascal Bruckner

Religion explained by Pascal Boyer

The theory of evolution by John Maynard Smith

The age of wonder: How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science by Richard Holmes

Principles of social evolution by Andrew F.G. Bourke

The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins

The evolution of physics (yet again) by Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld

Farewell to reality: How modern physics has betrayed the search for scientific truth by Jim Baggott

To save everything, click here: the folly of technological solutionism by Evgeny Morozov

Religion in human evolutionL from the paleolithic to the axial age by Robert Bellah

Darwin's Lost world: The hidden history of animal life by Martin Brasier:

The Rocks don't lie: A geologists investigates Noah's Flood by David Montgomery:

Microbes and evolution: the world that Darwin never sawL Stanley Maloy

The first crusade by Steven Runciman

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