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Geoffrey F. Miller is an American evolutionary psychologist, serving as an associate professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico who has researched sexual selection in human evolution.
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Manufacturing Consent
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Edward S. Herman - Jan 15, 2002 (first published in 1988)
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In this pathbreaking work, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, t...
Geoffrey Miller
Jul 05, 2020
@GadSaad @KimKardashian @elonmusk Chomsky was wrong about much, but 'Manufacturing Consent' was a brilliant & insightful book that's more relevant than ever to our propaganda-dominated 'democracy'. IMHO.     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 ...
Geoffrey Miller
Jul 04, 2020
@AdanChristian @sapinker Awesome book.     source
The Algebraist
Iain M. Banks - Jun 01, 2006 (first published in 2004)
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It is 4034. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilization. In the meantime, they are dismis...
Geoffrey Miller
Jul 02, 2020
I'm reading this book for the second time & love it so much it hurts. If you want an escape from the mass insanity of 2020, & a vision of a long-term future worth fighting for, read it.     source
The Three-Body Problem
Cixin Liu - Jan 12, 2016 (first published in 2006)
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The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization o...
Geoffrey Miller
Jun 26, 2020
@TuckerMax @ATabarrok We were literally inspired to write this paper by that book.     source
Venus in Exile
The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art
Wendy Steiner - Nov 14, 2002 (first published in 1901)
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In Venus in Exile renowned cultural critic Wendy Steiner explores the twentieth century's troubled relationship with beauty. Disdained by avant-garde artists, feminists, and activists, beauty and its major symbols of art—the female subject and ornament—became modernist taboos. To this day it is hard to champion beauty in art without sounding aesthe...
Geoffrey Miller
Jun 24, 2020
My hot take: Picasso was the worst thing that ever happened in the history of art. He killed 'beauty' as an aesthetic goal, and replaced it with elitist signaling. Wendy Steiner (U Penn) has a good book about this:     source
How Innovation Works
And Why It Flourishes in Freedom
Matt Ridley - May 19, 2020
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Innovation is the main event of the modern age, the reason we experience both dramatic improvements in our living standards and unsettling changes in our society. Forget short-term symptoms like Donald Trump and Brexit, it is innovation itself that explains them and that will itself shape the 21st century for good and ill. Yet innovation remains a ...
Geoffrey Miller
Jun 22, 2020
@michaelmalice Yep. On this exact point, I'd recommend the new book 'How innovation works' by @mattwridley     source
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Sriram Krishnan
World War Z
An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks - Oct 16, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here.The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once...
Geoffrey Miller
Mar 03, 2020
World War Z (the book, not the movie) by @maxbrooksauthor is an incredibly well-researched, thoughtful, horrifying page-turner that explores the many ways that people, media, & gov'ts are likely to mismanage global pandemics. Highly prescient must-read.     source
The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life
Rory Sutherland - May 07, 2019
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HOW DOES MAGIC HAPPEN? The Ogilvy advertising legend—“one of the leading minds in the world of branding” (NPR) and "the don of modern advertising" ( Sunday Times )—explores the art and science of conjuring irresistible products and ideas . "Sutherland, the legendary Vice Chairman of Ogilvy, uses his decades of expe...
Geoffrey Miller
Nov 23, 2019
Agree. This is a great book by @rorysutherland that will shake up how you think about lots of things. Try it, and you'll realize you're nowhere near as epistemically humble as you should be.     source
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Paul Bloom
The Aesthetic Animal
Henrik Hogh-Olesen - Sep 14, 2018
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The Aesthetic Animal answers the ultimate questions of why we adorn ourselves, embellish our things and surroundings, and produce art, music, song dance, and fiction. Humans are aesthetic animals that spend vast amounts of time and resources on seemingly useless aesthetic activities. However, nature would not allow a species to waste precious time ...
Geoffrey Miller
Nov 08, 2019
'The Aesthetic Animal' (2018) by Henrik Høgh-Olesen (Aarhus U., Denmark) is the best book I've ever read on the evolutionary origins of art. Incredibly concise (144 pp). Required reading for anybody interested in beauty.     source
Bronze Age Mindset
Bronze Age Pervert - Jun 06, 2018
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The Atlantic named this author as possibly Steve Bannon's contact in the White House (Rosie Gray, The Atlantic Feb 10 2017: " 'Think you should speak directly to my WH cutout / cell leader,' Yarvin said in an email. 'I've never met him and don't know his identity, we just DM on Twitter. He's said to be very close to Bannon...Goal is to intimidate C...
Geoffrey Miller
Oct 26, 2019
'Bronze Age Mindset' by @bronzeagemantisis is a fascinating & entertaining book on many levels. Required reading if want to understand Gen Z's politics. Here's a good review by Michael Anton: And a good reply by the author:     source
Out of Control
The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World
Kevin Kelly - Apr 14, 1995 (first published in 1992)
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Out of Control chronicles the dawn of a new era in which the machines and systems that drive our economy are so complex and autonomous as to be indistinguishable from living things....
Geoffrey Miller
Sep 13, 2019
@kevin2kelly Love that book. Read it in grad school. Inspired my evolutionary robotics and artificial life research.     source
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Steve Jurvetson
The Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids by Bryan Caplan
Male, Female by David C. Geary
Science Ink by Carl Zimmer
The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg
The All-or-Nothing Marriage by Eli J Finkel