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Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Books | 19 comments

What book should I get?

I have a reading list as long as my arm. But I also have a small amount of amazon gift vouchers. What suggestion do you merry lot have for a book or a DVD that I should buy?

  • http://de-avanzada.blogspot.com/ Ðavid A. Osorio S
    • http://www.skepticink.com/tippling/ Jonathan MS Pearce

      Rebel Sell looks interesting. Could be a goer. Rat Pig etc – that is written by an IDer from the Discovery Institute and looks pretty problematic. Are you reading the other side, or looking for confirmation (bias) to keep eating meat and treating animals badly…?

      ;)

      • http://de-avanzada.blogspot.com/ Ðavid A. Osorio S

        Hahaha, I didn’t know that bit about Mr. Smith.

        I’m interested in the book not because of it’s author, but because I have seen animal advocates, environment advocates, so-called feminists and other advocacy groups and people opposing civil liberties and basic human rights in the name of their self-righteously supposedly higher ground and better morals.

        Anyway, it’s good to learn that’s where Mr. Smith is coming from. If I ever read the book, I’ll make sure to take his claims with a grain of salt, and I will hope he meets his burden of proof (as I do with any author I read).

        If you end up reading them before I do, please let me know what you think!

        Cheers and Happy New Year, mate.

  • SmilodonsRetreat

    What do you like?

    (and I have a list of my favorites on my blog)

    • http://www.skepticink.com/tippling/ Jonathan MS Pearce

      You tell me what you think has blown your mind. I am open to stuff.

      • SmilodonsRetreat

        I bet you would like House of Suns by Alistair Reynolds. It’s really interesting. The main characters are all clones and have lived for millions of years. They routinely travel near C and use various techs to live longer. Then one of the Houses is nearly wiped out and things get really interesting.

  • AdamHazzard

    Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter, by Terrence W. Deacon. It’s the single book that most impressed me this year. “Profound” is an overused word, but I think this book qualifies.

    • http://www.skepticink.com/tippling/ Jonathan MS Pearce

      I think you may have sold it. Terry Deacon had a lot to say on the Moving Naturalism Forward videos and emergence is something which really interests me just now. thanks!

    • labreuer

      Would you be willing to share a bit of what you found surprising in that book?

      • AdamHazzard

        It’s not a book that lends itself to easy summary, unfortunately. It constructs an explanatory framework for both abiogenesis and, ultimately, human consciousness, grounded in elementary thermodynamics. If you’re curious, read it!

  • Honest_John_Law

    ‘Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies’ by Jared Diamond.

    This is a MUST read for any skeptic (imho).

    • http://www.skepticink.com/tippling/ Jonathan MS Pearce

      Ahh. Meant to talk to you about that the other day. Really want to read it. Have seen an episode of the series made from it so might save time and rip the series off tinternet.

      • Honest_John_Law

        That book caused quite a stir. It is very insightful (imo).

        Well, I have certainly enjoyed following your blog and your posts on other blogs this year. You have put forth a considerable effort to educate others. Be sure to take some time for yourself now and then.

        Cheers, and here’s to a prosperous 2014!

        • http://www.skepticink.com/tippling/ Jonathan MS Pearce

          Thanks mate, and I truly appreciate all of your comments, and those of all the regulars here. It makes it all worth while. I could certainly do with a few days off!
          Happy new year to you!

  • Jim
    • http://www.skepticink.com/tippling/ Jonathan MS Pearce

      Funnily enough, @jimv2000:disqus , I received that for my Secret Santa gift from work! It’s on the reading list!

  • fsda

    I just read an amazing, yet relatively unknown book by T.H. Huxley that explains the evolution of theology in a completely naturalistic way. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read – http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Theology-Thomas-Henry-Huxley-ebook/dp/B0082XK2Y6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388589687&sr=8-1&keywords=evolution+of+theology%3A+an+anthropological+study

    • http://www.skepticink.com/tippling/ Jonathan MS Pearce

      I take it that that’s your review on there?

      • fsda

        The five star review is mine. The book is free if you have a Kindle and it’s only about 46 pages. I’m trying to spread awareness of it because it is that good