Search for books, people and lists
Read This Twice
HomePeopleBooksLibrariesSign In

Daniel Dennett

Recommended Books

Daniel Clement Dennett III is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science.
7 books on the list
Sort by
Latest Recommendations First
Trans book cover
When Ideology Meets Reality
Helen Joyce - 2021-09-07
‘There are few subjects which need treatment that is at once delicate, thoughtful and brave. Helen Joyce manages all of these things in Trans. Anyone looking to understand this most fraught of issues should start here.’ Douglas Murray, author of The Madness of Crowds Gender identity ideology is about more than twitter storms and using the right pro...
Daniel Dennett
Helen Joyce shows how the best intentions can morph into bullying in this sane, humane book. The role we all play in letting people be who they want to be is a delicate balancing act, no place for self-righteous partisans.      source
Permanent Record book cover
Permanent Record
Edward Snowden - 2019-09-17
Goodreads Rating
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intellig...
Daniel Dennett
I have just finished reading Edward Snowden’s book Permanent Record. Everybody should read it. Seriously. His whistleblowing is not over.      source
Also recommended by
Kara SwisherAlexis Ohanian
The Ghosts of Gombe book cover
The Ghosts of Gombe
A True Story of Love and Death in an African Wilderness
Dale Peterson - 2018-04-05
Goodreads Rating
On July 12, 1969, Ruth Davis, a young American volunteer at Dr. Jane Goodalls famous chimpanzee research camp in the Gombe Stream National Park of Tanzania, East Africa, walked out of camp to follow a chimpanzee into the forest. Six days later, her body was found floating in a pool at the base of a high waterfall. With careful detail, The Ghosts of...
Daniel Dennett
Check out The Ghosts of Gombe by Dale Peterson. Amazing book about chimps and chimp researchers and love and death (true story).      source
Grandmother Fish book cover
Grandmother Fish
A Child's First Book of Evolution
Jonathan Tweet - 2016-09-06 (first published in 2015)
Goodreads Rating
Where did we come from?It's a simple question, but not so simple an answer to explainespecially to young children. Charles Darwin's theory of common descent no longer needs to be a scientific mystery to inquisitive young readers. Meet Grandmother Fish.Told in an engaging call and response text where a child can wiggle like a fish or hoot like an ap...
Daniel Dennett
Grandmother Fish, a charming book on evolution for very young children, is the perfect gift for any youngster.      source
The Labyrinth book cover
The Labyrinth
God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life
Philip Appleman - 2014-09-22
Goodreads Rating
Have you wondered where we came from or whether there is a god? And if so, why there is so much evil and turmoil in the world? Have you pondered the notion of an afterlife? And what role it has in determining our behavior while alive?Philip Appleman sagely and eloquently addresses these questions, putting them in the illuminating context of our evo...
Daniel Dennett
Philip Appleman's little book, The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life, is brilliant, humane, unsparing. Send it to friends!      source
On the Origin of Tepees book cover
On the Origin of Tepees
The Evolution of Ideas (and Ourselves)
Jonnie Hughes - 2011-08-09
Goodreads Rating
Why do some ideas spread, while others die off? Does human culture have its very own survival of the fittest? And if so, does that explain why our species is so different from the rest of life on Earth? Throughout history, we humans have prided ourselves on our capacity to have ideas, but perhaps this pride is misplaced. Perhaps ideas have us. Afte...
Daniel Dennett
ON THE ORIGIN OF TEPEES, by Jonnie Hughes, is the best book about memes in years. Fun, too      source
The Anatomy of Violence book cover
The Anatomy of Violence
The Biological Roots of Crime
Adrian Raine - 2014-02-11 (first published in 2013)
Goodreads Rating
A New Scientist Best Book of 2013Winner of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia's Annual Literary AwardWhy do some kids from good environments become mass murderers? Is there actually such a thing as a natural born killer? And, if so, what can we do to identify and treat those born with a predisposition to criminal behavior? For more than three decades Ad...
Daniel Dennett
Another good book about evil is Adrian Raine's ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE, which I reviewed in PROSPECT.      source