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Posted: 21 February 2010 06:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 61 ]
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It is interesting to note that bible presses permanently attach bookmarks to their bibles for use in church or prayer groups. Proof of attention to subtle detail in spreading the word.

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Posted: 21 February 2010 08:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 62 ]
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harry canyon - 12 February 2010 01:46 PM

I left my ‘main’ book at home today, so at lunch I continued with Letters from the Earth, by Mark Twain. (I’m only just beginning to really appreciate his sense of humor.)

FYI… There are several of his (e-)books on Amazon for Kindle on the iPhone for free. smile

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Derek

Have you ever read his essay The War Prayer? It ranks with Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal as brilliant social commentary.

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Posted: 18 March 2010 08:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 63 ]
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Has anybody read What Darwin Got Wrong? I am still deciding if I should get it. If you’ve read it, what did you think?

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Posted: 18 March 2010 08:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 64 ]
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George - 18 March 2010 08:25 AM

Has anybody read What Darwin Got Wrong? I am still deciding if I should get it. If you’ve read it, what did you think?

Fodor’s new book? It’s gotten horrible reviews by virtually everyone who knows anything about evolution. Fodor has had it in for an evolutionary approach to the mind throughout his entire career, FWIW.

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Posted: 18 March 2010 08:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 65 ]
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Yes, I have read some of the reviews (still waiting for Coyne’s) but I wanted to have my own opinion. Hmm, maybe I will wait for Coyne…

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Posted: 18 March 2010 08:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 66 ]
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George - 18 March 2010 08:47 AM

Yes, I have read some of the reviews (still waiting for Coyne’s) but I wanted to have my own opinion. Hmm, maybe I will wait for Coyne…

Well, THIS and THIS should give you some feeling as to Coyne’s opinions of the book ...

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Posted: 18 March 2010 08:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 67 ]
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Yes, I have read those. Thanks.

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Posted: 18 March 2010 08:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 68 ]
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I was in B&N last week and saw that it was mis-filed in the Science section. hmmm

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Posted: 19 March 2010 02:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 69 ]
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Here is a very extended review.

We regret that two such distinguished authors have decided to publish a book so cavalier in its treatment of a serious science, so full of apparently scholarly discussions that rest on mistakes and confusions—and so predictably ripe for making mischief.

And this one is nice.

The clue is given at the end, when the authors start to quote - as examples of dreadful Darwinism - claims that human nature might have been fashioned by natural selection. At the beginning of their book, they proudly claim to be atheists. Perhaps so. But my suspicion is that, like those scorned Christians, Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini just cannot stomach the idea that humans might just be organisms, no better than the rest of the living world. We have to be special, superior to other denizens of Planet Earth.

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Posted: 19 March 2010 03:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 70 ]
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asanta - 21 February 2010 08:33 PM

Have you ever read his essay The War Prayer? It ranks with Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal as brilliant social commentary.

No, I’ll have to check that out. Thanks!

Take care,

Derek

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Posted: 24 March 2010 11:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 71 ]
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The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry is life-changing.

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Posted: 25 March 2010 08:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 72 ]
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harry canyon - 19 March 2010 03:27 PM
asanta - 21 February 2010 08:33 PM

Have you ever read his essay The War Prayer? It ranks with Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal as brilliant social commentary.

No, I’ll have to check that out. Thanks!

Take care,

Derek

Did you get a chance to look it up? It’s online. You can find it via google!

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Posted: 25 March 2010 11:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 73 ]
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asanta - 25 March 2010 08:45 AM
harry canyon - 19 March 2010 03:27 PM
asanta - 21 February 2010 08:33 PM

Have you ever read his essay The War Prayer? It ranks with Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal as brilliant social commentary.

No, I’ll have to check that out. Thanks!

Take care,

Derek

Did you get a chance to look it up? It’s online. You can find it via google!

I have now. wink Interesting piece… The ending was sadly not surprising.

Take care,

Derek

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Posted: 25 March 2010 12:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 74 ]
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The Quants:How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson. 

This is a very interesting read.  The over reliance on algorithms and the belief in their own infallibility, the hubris, of these
seriously intelligent people knows no bounds. 

Having just finished Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable I can’t help but think
if the quants could have read this tome we could have avoided Aug/Sept 2007 or at least the worst of it.

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Posted: 18 April 2010 10:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 75 ]
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currently laying around the house are:

Ever Since Darwin by Stephen Jay Gould - kind of dated, but interesting nonetheless. 
Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
finishing Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond - just need to finish the last chapter.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - worth another read.
a barrage of baby books - seeing as I’m a new father - including some Piaget…

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