The Origins – Big Questions conference

After having attending several of James Randi’s The Amaz!ing Meetings (TAM’s) over the past few years and having listened to some fascinating people (Murray Gell-Mann, Nadine Strossen, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Nick Gillespie, Phil Plait, Richard Wiseman and Neil DeGrasse Tyson off the top of my head), I wanted to see what a Cal Tech-based, […]

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Your Inner Fish

Well, that was a fast read.  While we were at TAM6 earlier this summer, someone recommended Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body.  Shubin is one of the discoverers of Tiktaalik, thus the title and motivation for the book.  Plus, everyone seems to be talking about Sonic […]

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Reluctant Fundamentalist, On Chesil Beach, Evolution for Everyone, Watchmen and The Way of the World.

On the way to and from Allentown, PA in early March, Ramona and I listened to the unabridged recording of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. I was glad we listened to it, because I enjoyed hearing the frustration in the narrator’s voice. The title is a play on words, or at least a play on expectations. This […]

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Mean Genes

I wish I could remember how I came across this book, but the genes which controlled the development of my memory have not been enticed by natural selection to provide a perfect memory. Oh well, I guess all my ancestors didn’t really need one either. Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food: Taming Our […]

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The Happiness Myth

I first learned of Jennifer Michael Hecht’s newest title, The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong , via D.J. Grothe and his interview with her on the Point of Inquiry podcast. I highly recommend listening to the interview before reading the book. It gives a very good feel for Hecht’s personality […]

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