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Supernormal Stimuli
Supernormal Stimuli
How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose

This wonderful book starts with a discussion of the cuckoo bird who will place one of its eggs in the nest of another bird with similar, yet smaller, eggs. The other bird will then devote its attention to the cuckoo egg since it is bigger. supernormal stimuli, such as this example can be... Read more
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19th July 2012 07:40 PM by happyskeptic Go to last post
 
Attack of the Theocrats
Attack of the Theocrats

Sean Faircloth is the past president of the Secular Coalition for America and is currently working with Richard Dawkins. His message is about activism.
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18th July 2012 11:00 AM by happyskeptic Go to last post
 
Moonwalking with Einstein
Moonwalking with Einstein
The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

The title makes it seem like a how to, but it is rather the story of the author on his one year quest to become the U.S. memory champ.
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9th May 2012 05:00 AM by Careyp74 Go to last post
 
The End of Poverty
The End of Poverty
How we can make it happen in our lifetime

Sachs’ book is ostensibly the most liberal and left-leaning of its decade’s crop of mainstream discussions of development economics. Before this reviewer read it she was more aware of the criticisms of calls to "double aid" than she was of the arguments, and to some extent it stands alone... Read more
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23rd March 2012 07:19 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
The White Man's Burden
The White Man's Burden
Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

"Don’t do it" seems to be the message directed at aid agencies, western governments, transnational (Bretton Woods) organisations and NGOs—in respect of the majority of all their respective efforts to help the poor. While the first tragedy of the world’s poor is poverty itself, Easterly’s... Read more
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23rd March 2012 07:15 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
The Bottom Billion
The Bottom Billion
Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

This reviewer had to read Bottom Billion through a couple of times because she found it unusually packed with knowledge. Not to mention cool-headed, analytical in high measure, and usefully lacking in political polemic which made it all the more readable. Amid the evidence of... Read more
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23rd March 2012 07:09 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Dead Aid
Dead Aid
Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa

The sensational part about this book is that its author hails from Africa (Zambia) and is calling for the curtailment of foreign aid to the continent. So if she's doing that, then it must be right, right? And Messrs Sachs, Collier, Geldof and have all got things wrong and/or they are... Read more
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23rd March 2012 07:08 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
The Market for Virtue
The Market for Virtue
The Potential And Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility

Mostly, this book explains why the market of its title—that of doing good for society or corporate social responsibility (CSR)—is small, and should be small, at least relative to some contemporary hype. And mostly it does this by placing corporate virtue in what this reviewer regards as... Read more
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20th March 2012 07:28 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Foucault's Pendulum
Foucault's Pendulum
Inside the mind of a conspiracy theorist

(from the back cover)
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19th March 2012 02:14 PM by Piero Go to last post
 
Reinventing Discovery
Reinventing Discovery
The new era of networked science

An exploration in the cinderalla science of networks.
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16th January 2012 05:04 PM by Baylor Go to last post
 
The Myth of the Rational Voter
The Myth of the Rational Voter
Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

The author calls a spade a spade in ways that no politician ever would (if they knew the mic was on, that is)--voters are not just rationally ignorant, they are irrationally daft. And that includes you. In precis: rational ignorance is not the cause of democratic folly, because via... Read more
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4th January 2012 09:36 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Supercapitalism
Supercapitalism
The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life

This book's title would ordinarily have led this reviewer to believe she was about to read an anti-business tirade about the subjugation of government and democracy to the superior power of big business, replete with lists of how many corporations had market capitalisation as big as medium... Read more
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4th January 2012 09:33 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Sway
Sway
The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behaviour

This reviewer picked up "Sway" at a shop in order to complete a three-for-two deal ("It's free, yippee, and that should make me more happy about paying cover price for the other two shouldn't it, huh?") and wondered whether its contents would illuminate the irrational bias that... Read more
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4th January 2012 09:26 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Paranormal America
Paranormal America
Spektator

Three sociologists ask "What kind of Americans believe in the paranormal?" The answer may surprise you.
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28th December 2011 03:11 PM by Spektator Go to last post
 
Why Does E = mc2
Why Does E = mc2
And Why Should We Care?

An explanation of the most important equation of our time.
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10th November 2011 11:56 PM by marplots Go to last post
 
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