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Galileo's Middle Finger
Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar's Search for Justice
Alice Dreger - Apr 05, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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“Smart, delightful . . . a splendidly entertaining education in ethics, activism, and science.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)  An impassioned defense of intellectual freedom and a clarion call to intellectual responsibility, Galileo’s Middle Finger is one American’s eye-opening story of life in the trenches of scientific controv...
Colin Wright
Nov 21, 2020
Almost done reading Galileo's Middle Finger by @AliceDreger. Really great read! I don't know why it has taken me so long to pick up!     source
Cynical Theories
How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody
Helen Pluckrose - Aug 25, 2020
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Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn’t practice yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only white people can be racist? Are you confused by these ideas, and do you wonder how they have manage...
Colin Wright
Sep 02, 2020
IMO, these are the top 5 books to read for surviving 2020 and beyond: ▫️ The Blank Slate – @sapinker ▫️ Kindly Inquisitors – @jon_rauch ▫️ The Righteous Mind – @JonHaidt ▫️ Higher Superstition – Paul Gross & Norman Levitt ▫️ Cynical Theories – @HPluckrose & @ConceptualJames     source
Kindly Inquisitors
The New Attacks on Free Thought, Expanded Edition
Jonathan Rauch - Jan 23, 2014 (first published in 1993)
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“A liberal society stands on the proposition that we should all take seriously the idea that we might be wrong. This means we must place no one, including ourselves, beyond the reach of criticism; it means that we must allow people to err, even where the error offends and upsets, as it often will.” So writes Jonathan Rauch in Kindly Inquisitors, wh...
Colin Wright
Sep 02, 2020
IMO, these are the top 5 books to read for surviving 2020 and beyond: ▫️ The Blank Slate – @sapinker ▫️ Kindly Inquisitors – @jon_rauch ▫️ The Righteous Mind – @JonHaidt ▫️ Higher Superstition – Paul Gross & Norman Levitt ▫️ Cynical Theories – @HPluckrose & @ConceptualJames     source
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The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt - Feb 12, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossiblechallenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows ...
Colin Wright
Sep 02, 2020
IMO, these are the top 5 books to read for surviving 2020 and beyond: ▫️ The Blank Slate – @sapinker ▫️ Kindly Inquisitors – @jon_rauch ▫️ The Righteous Mind – @JonHaidt ▫️ Higher Superstition – Paul Gross & Norman Levitt ▫️ Cynical Theories – @HPluckrose & @ConceptualJames     source
The Blank Slate
The Modern Denial of Human Nature
Steven Pinker - Aug 26, 2003 (first published in 2002)
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“In a work of outstanding clarity and sheer brilliance Steven Pinker banishes forever fears that a biological understanding of human nature threatens humane values.”—Helena Cronin, author of The Ant and The Peacock“A mind blowing, mind openingexpos. Pinker's profoundly positive arguments for the compatibility of biology and humanism are unrivalled ...
Colin Wright
Sep 02, 2020
IMO, these are the top 5 books to read for surviving 2020 and beyond: ▫️ The Blank Slate – @sapinker ▫️ Kindly Inquisitors – @jon_rauch ▫️ The Righteous Mind – @JonHaidt ▫️ Higher Superstition – Paul Gross & Norman Levitt ▫️ Cynical Theories – @HPluckrose & @ConceptualJames     source
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Geoffrey Miller
Higher Superstition
The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science
Professor Paul R. Gross - Jan 01, 1994
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With the emergence of "cultural studies" and the blurring of once-clear academic boundaries, scholars are turning to subjects far outside their traditional disciplines and areas of expertise. In Higher Superstition scientists Paul Gross and Norman Levitt raise serious questions about the growing criticism of science by humanists and social scientis...
Colin Wright
Sep 02, 2020
IMO, these are the top 5 books to read for surviving 2020 and beyond: ▫️ The Blank Slate – @sapinker ▫️ Kindly Inquisitors – @jon_rauch ▫️ The Righteous Mind – @JonHaidt ▫️ Higher Superstition – Paul Gross & Norman Levitt ▫️ Cynical Theories – @HPluckrose & @ConceptualJames     source
Wonderful Life
The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
Stephen Jay Gould - Sep 16, 1990 (first published in 1989)
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High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale. It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived—a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail. In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nat...
Colin Wright
Jun 23, 2019
@coachblade Yes, I loved that book! He was an amazing writer.     source