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Booknotes: new Fukuyama book

April 15th, 2011 · No Comments

The Beginning of History As the communist era vanished, he declared history’s end. With the Middle East in revolt and China rising, Francis Fukuyama is back. What is he thinking? Fukuyama has a new book out, and a bad model, despite its huge success, Jared Diamond’s idiotic analysis of history in terms of wishwashy categories […]

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Booknotes: The Nature of Nature

April 10th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/evolution/the-nature-of-nature-hot-off-the-press/

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What Darwin Got Wrong

March 13th, 2011 · No Comments

What Darwin Got Wrong, By Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini Survival of the fittest…or just lucky?

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Here On Earth, By Tim Flannery

March 12th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/here-on-earth-by-tim-flannery-2238060.html

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Hobsbawm on Marx

February 24th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.redfortyeight.com/2011/02/24/booknotes-how-to-change-the-world/ This review is worth reading (as is the book, no doubt). But I think we should be glad that the hold of Marxism has loosened, since the failure of Marx’s approach (more the failure of the Leninists) needs to open up the way to a new version of the basic theme, that goes back […]

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Davies pdf now missing

February 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Repost of my Wallace piece from yesterday (My Amazon review was cited at the Uncommon Descent blog). I think that the ID gang has once more confused the issue by suppressing the evidence Darwin plagiarized Wallace. Why this stubborness? The previous link to an article by Klinghoffer may suggest the reason: they want to trumpet […]

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Master of the universe

February 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Master of the universe Christopher Potter’s history of the cosmos has been hailed as a popular science masterpiece. But as he tells Stuart Jeffries, it took a complete breakdown to spur him to write it http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/mar/13/christopher-potter-you-are-here

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Horgan on Greene book

February 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Scientific Curmudgeon – Is theorizing about parallel universes immoral? John Horgan Just as I suspected: Good for John Horgan to critique Greene’s puzzling new book, whose emphasis on ‘parallel universe’ theory left me suspicious. Brian Greene, a physicist at Columbia University, is an immensely talented science explicator. He has brought physics to the masses […]

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Booknotes: The 4% Solution

January 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Dan Falk reviews Richard Panek’s The 4% Universe: Dark matter, dark energy, and the race to discover the rest of reality

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Arnhart’s garbled version of Mazur and The Extended Synthesis

January 24th, 2011 · No Comments

http://darwinianconservatism.blogspot.com/2011/01/woodstock-of-evolution-extended.html Larry Arnhart’s Darwinian stupidities win first prize all around and outdo the ‘liberal Darwinist’ brand peddled by much mainstream biology. His take on Mazur is still another totally unfair account. We have commented many times here on this set of incidents. Mazur is an intelligent leftist (as far as I know) whose book was […]

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Booknotes: Darwin on Trial reprint

January 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/evolution/20th-anniversary-edition-of-phillip-johnsons-darwin-on-trial/ This book, despite my wariness of the ID group, is a classic, and I hope Behe’s introduction doesn’t spoil it: whatever Johnson’s later stance on ID, and whatever closet tactics lurk behind the book, the fact remains that it is an effective critique of Darwinism. It has no ID references whatsoever, and simply exposes […]

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The Boskop hominids

January 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Just read: http://discovermagazine.com/2008/mar/21-the-extinct-human-species-that-was-smarter-than-us Charming book, whatever the status of their theory. This is important because I suspect that the conventional narrative here is totally off, and that the evolutionary dynamics producing early men with big brains was totally different from the Darwin claims. Here we see to have very intelligent hominids who didn’t make it […]

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Booknotes: The New Road to Serfdom

January 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I just reviewed this absurd book at Amazon: The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America by Daniel Hannan Edition: Hardcover Americans have suffered the worst consequences of capitalism because they are systematically deprived of alternatives and informaation about them. Thus this book is typical of the propaganda rushed into service when […]

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Booknotes: Foner on Lincoln

January 1st, 2011 · No Comments

http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Reviews-Essays/The-Fiery-Trial/ba-p/3931 December 30, 2010 The Fiery Trial By ERIC FONER Reviewed by Scott McLemee Just after publishing The Black Jacobins (1938), his great history of the Haitian slave revolt, the Trinidadian man of letters C. L. R James settled in the United States, where, in due course, he began to think of writing about Abraham […]

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Booknotes: Holy Ignorance

December 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Faith and Modernity By ALAN WOLFE Published: December 24, 2010 Every winter Fox News, seeking to stir up anger through the land, uncovers evidence of a war on Christmas. Secular humanists ignorant of religion and hostile to its traditions, someone in the studio will declare, want us to say “Happy Holiday” or give Kwanzaa equal […]

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Science and Religion VSI

December 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction and: Commentary

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Booknotes: Monsoon

December 17th, 2010 · No Comments

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/recall-americas-imperial-past-understand-its-present Recall America’s imperial past, understand its present Manan Ahmed Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power Robert D Kaplan

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Booknotes: Sean Carroll on time

December 4th, 2010 · No Comments

From Eternity to Here The Quest for the Ultimate ?Theory of Time By Sean Carroll http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/bookshelf/012043/from-eternity-to-here-the-quest-for-the-ultimate-theory-of-time Why can we move in any direction in space, whereas time only shuttles us from the past into the future? Although I would rather stick to the physics line of research which is slower but surer, the formulation of […]

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Booknotes: In the Light of Evolution

November 28th, 2010 · No Comments

In the Light of Evolution: Essays from the Laboratory and Field Losos, Jonathan

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fivebooks.com

November 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Every day an eminent writer, thinker, commentator, politician, academic chooses five books on their specialist subject. From Einstein to Keynes, Iraq to the Andes, Communism to Empire. Share in the knowledge and buy the books.

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Review of Midgley

November 19th, 2010 · No Comments

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/8126222/The-Solitary-Self-Darwin-and-the-Selfish-Gene-by-Mary-Midgley-review.html

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More on Tarpley bio

November 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment

http://darwiniana.com/2010/11/16/confused-by-obama/ Yesterday’s post Confused by Obama suggested reading Barack H. Obama: The Unauthorized Biography [Paperback] Webster G. Tarpley Perhaps I was misunderstood, since this is a controversial book with a lot of conspiracy theory stuff. All that is almost a distraction: it is the chapter headings that will help, by focussing attention on the stages […]

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American Veda

November 16th, 2010 · No Comments

I just reviewed American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation How Indian Spirituality Changed the West

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Booknotes: Erichsen’s The Kaiser’s Holocaust

November 14th, 2010 · No Comments

When Social Darwinism found Africa …

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