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Descent of Man Revisited now out at Amazon

April 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Descent of Man Revisited World History: The Hidden Clue to Human Evolution [Paperback] John C. Landon Descent of Man Revisited is now out at Amazon! The book turned out nicely, and I feel very satisfied. It has a nice cover, I am told by several people, lots of interior images, and a massive amount of […]

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Pagels on Book of Revelation

March 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

(A&L): Who but Elaine Pagels can drain the melodrama from the Book of Revelation, turning the climactic confrontation between good and evil into an anti-Christian polemic?… more»

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Debt by David Graeber

December 15th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.bookforum.com/review/8762 Dec 15 2011 Debt by David Graeber by Justin E. H. Smith David Graeber has been much praised of late as a prophet of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and even if one doesn’t want to go that far, his book is remarkably timely. I received my review copy the day of the October […]

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The Opium War by Julia Lovell – review

September 27th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/sep/02/opium-war-julia-lovell-review The Opium War by Julia Lovell – review Julia Lovell gives a mythbusting account of a shameful episode in British-Chinese relations The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China by Julia Lovell reviewed by Rana Mitter The newly refurbished National Museum of China opened in March 2011 in Tiananmen Square, adorned with […]

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New Pinker book

September 18th, 2011 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/steve-pinkers-new-book/

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Confidence Men

September 17th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/suskind-book-female-advisers-in-obama-white-house-sidelined-and-ignored/2011/09/16/gIQAAOSSXK_story.html Book: Women in Obama White House felt excluded and ignored By Nia-Malika Henderson and Peter Wallsten, Friday, September 16, 11:13 AM A new book claims that the Obama White House is a boys’ club marred by rampant infighting that has hindered the administration’s economic policy and left top female advisers feeling excluded from key […]

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Repost: Bellah review at Amazon

August 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I just wrote an initial take on Bellah’s new book Religion in Human Evolution. I promised to return to the review (if Amazon posts it) for upgrades over time. But I wanted to make an initial appraisal given the clear suspicion Bellah is being ‘bashful’ about Darwinism. I cannot figure out his views of Darwinism, […]

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Booknotes: Amazon review of Bellah’s Religion in Human Evolution

August 29th, 2011 · No Comments

I just wrote an initial take on Bellah’s new book Religion in Human Evolution. I promised to return to the review (if Amazon posts it) for upgrades over time. But I wanted to make an initial appraisal given the clear suspicion Bellah is being ‘bashful’ about Darwinism. I cannot figure out his views of Darwinism, […]

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Booknotes: The Epigenetic Revolution

August 21st, 2011 · No Comments

The previous post cited Coyne’s blog, which gives this link: The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey – review A book that would have had Darwin swooning Time was when scientific revolutions – the discoveries of Newton, Faraday, Darwin, Einstein, Watson and Crick – reverberated around the globe. But although we are living through the greatest […]

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String theory for idiots…

August 5th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Idiots-Guide-String-Theory/dp/1592577024/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312568496&sr=1-2 I promised as a ‘hail mary’ to recommence work on my string theory bibliography. Here it is. Actually I bought an expensive book on the subject, full math, a few years back, but haven’t had the time to get anywhere with it. I am actually adept in math, or once was, but string theory […]

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Booknotes: Evolution Exposed and Intelligent-Design Explained

July 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Evolution Exposed and Intelligent-Design Explained in Walter Starkey’s New Book An engineering professor gives expert-witness testimony on the origin of animals, including many novel analyses Author Walter Starkey, a Doctor in biology and engineering, has been interested in the theory of evolution most of his life. After years of in-depth study about this topic however, […]

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Booknotes: Am I a Monkey?

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Am I a Monkey? Six Big Questions about Evolution Francisco J. Ayala Despite the ongoing cultural controversy in America, evolution remains a cornerstone of science. In this book, Francisco J. Ayala—an evolutionary biologist, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and winner of the National Medal of Science and the Templeton Prize—cuts to the chase […]

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Sci-fi classics, from Tech Review

June 19th, 2011 · No Comments

The Best Hard Science Fiction Books of all Time

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Hitler’s Ethic by Richard Weikart

June 13th, 2011 · No Comments

New in Paperback: Hitler’s Ethic by Richard Weikart

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Booknotes: Almost LIke a Whale

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Almost Like a Whale by Steve Jones – book review With a cool assurance that should persuade the open-minded and thrill the converted, Steve Jones tackles the arguments Creationists routinely level against Darwin Auithors eulogizing Darwin who cannot reference the clear evidence of Darwin’s plagiarism of Wallace (cf. Roy Davies’ The Darwin Conspiracy) are not […]

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Booknotes: The Very Violent Road….Before the Revolution…

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

NY Review The Very Violent Road to America June 9, 2011 J.H. Elliott Before the Revolution: America’s Ancient Pasts by Daniel K. Richter Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 502 pp., $35.00 Over the last fifty years the writing of North American colonial history has undergone a great transformation. During the nineteenth century and a substantial part […]

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Booknotes: review of Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

May 25th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Review of Batchelor’s book I was going to review Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, but discovered I already had, last year. I was sorry for my original review, which was too kind to the book, and updated my revview. Buddhist atheism was low key, and emerged in an age before monotheism. The residual polytheism of […]

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Review of “Why Evolution is True”

May 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Evolution, Myths and Reconciliation: A Review of “Why Evolution is True”

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Tarpley on Obama

May 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Obama: The Postmodern Coup – Making of a Manchurian Candidate Webster Griffin Tarpley Tarpley wrote a good book on 9/11 but this book is a head-scratcher, which I am also rereading. In broad strokes I would reject out of hand this kind of wild-pitch analysis but somehow the author manages to come up with some […]

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Booknotes: Dawkins bungles title to new book

May 11th, 2011 · No Comments

The Magic of Reality – new book by Richard Dawkins this Fall By – – RD.NET Added: Tuesday, 10 May 2011 at 6:52 PM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/625578-the-magic-of-reality-new-book-by-richard-dawkins-this-fall The subtitle: How We Know What’s Really True The tile iis wrong here: the term ‘magic’ is vacuous for reductionists. Magic should refer to ‘acts of will’ that perform actions […]

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Booknotes: the iron cage/max weber

May 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Currently studying two books on the ‘iron cage’, the problem we see a lot of when examining Darwinian specimens. The Iron Cage: An Historical Interpretation of Max Weber [Paperback] Arthur Mitzman Fleeing the Iron Cage: Culture, Politics, and Modernity in the Thought of Max Weber – Paperback (June 19, 1991) by Lawrence A. Scaff

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Is the Human Genome Garbage?

May 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Is the Human Genome Garbage? Biologist says no in new book The Myth of Junk DNA http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/is-the-human-genome-garbage-121174034.html SEATTLE, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Forty years ago scientists discovered that more than 95% of our DNA does not encode proteins. Since then the non-protein-coding portion was labeled “junk” and attributed to molecular accidents that have accumulated […]

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Booknotes: Shattering the Myths of Darwinism

May 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/darwinism/seems-like-just-yesterday-atheist-british-journalist-checked-out-of-darwinism/ 1997: …natural selection can be made to explain opposed and even mutually contradictory individual adaptations. For example, Darwinists claim that camouflage coloring and mimicry (as in leaf insects) is adaptive and will be selected for, yet they also claim that warning coloration (the wasp’s stripes) is adaptive and will be selected for. Yet if […]

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Booknotes: The Language of Science and Faith

April 28th, 2011 · No Comments

BioLogos and Theistic Evolution: Selling the Product There’s nothing wrong with selling one’s ideas. But it needs to be done honestly, and that’s just what I don’t find in this book.

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