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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.
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Edward Snowden - Sep 17, 2019
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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
Feb 03, 2020
I have just finished reading Edward Snowden’s book Permanent Record. Everybody should read it. Seriously. His whistleblowing is not over.     source
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The Ghosts of Gombe
A True Story of Love and Death in an African Wilderness
Dale Peterson - Apr 05, 2018
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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
Mar 17, 2018
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
A Child's First Book of Evolution
Jonathan Tweet - Sep 06, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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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
Sep 06, 2016
Grandmother Fish, a charming book on evolution for very young children, is the perfect gift for any youngster.     source
The Labyrinth
God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life
Philip Appleman - Sep 22, 2014
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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
Oct 29, 2014
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
The Evolution of Ideas (and Ourselves)
Jonnie Hughes - Aug 09, 2011
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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
Feb 19, 2014
ON THE ORIGIN OF TEPEES, by Jonnie Hughes, is the best book about memes in years. Fun, too     source
The Anatomy of Violence
The Biological Roots of Crime
Adrian Raine - Feb 11, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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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
Oct 29, 2013
Another good book about evil is Adrian Raine's ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE, which I reviewed in PROSPECT.     source