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Matt Ridley

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Matthew White Ridley, 5th Viscount Ridley DL FRSL FMedSci is a British journalist and businessman. Ridley is best known for his writings on science, the environment, and economics.
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Speech! How Language Made Us Human book cover
Speech! How Language Made Us Human
Simon Prentis - 2021-06-01
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What makes us human? Why are we the only animals who wear clothes, drive cars, trawl the internet, and fly helicopters on Mars? It’s all because we’ve learnt to talk: yet remarkably, we still don’t know how we did it. SPEECH! suggests an answer that’s been hiding in plain sight – the simple yet radical shift that turned our analog grunts and shriek...
Matt Ridley
If you want a book to read this summer that is a genuine intellectual feast of ideas, I strongly recommend @memesovergenes's book Speech! - how language made us human, written with great eloquence.      source
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Kiss Myself Goodbye
The Many Lives of Aunt Munca
Ferdinand Mount - 2020-10-29
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Aunt Munca never told the truth about anything. Calling herself after the mouse in a Beatrix Potter story, she was already a figure of mystery during the childhood of her nephew Ferdinand Mount. Half a century later, a series of startling revelations sets him off on a tortuous quest to find out who this extraordinary millionairess really was. What ...
Matt Ridley
I have just finished reading a very, very good book. Gasp-inducingly surprising again and again. Funny. Lyrical. Grand. Ingenious. Mysterious. Sad. Gripping. It's about an aunt. It's the end. It's called Kiss Myself Goodbye, by Ferdinand Mount.      source
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Economics in One Virus
An Introduction to Economic Reasoning through COVID-19
Ryan A. Bourne - 2021-04-27
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Have you ever stopped to wonder why hand sanitizer was missing from your pharmacy for months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit? Why some employers and employees were arguing over workers being re-hired during the first COVID-19 lockdown? Why passenger airlines were able to get their own ring-fenced bailout from Congress? Economics in One Virus answer...
Matt Ridley
A fascinating book      source
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A Crack in Creation
Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution
Jennifer A. Doudna - 2018-08-21 (first published in 2017)
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Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize    The future is in our hands as never before, and this book explains the stakes like no other. George LucasRequired reading for every concerned citizen. New York Review of Books   Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. That is, unti...
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@arupthenomad Jennifer doudna’s book.      source
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The WEIRDest People in the World
How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
Joseph Henrich - 2020-09-08
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Harvard University's Joseph Henrich, Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, delivers a bold, epic investigation into the development of the Western mind, global psychological diversity, and its impact on the worldPerhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. If so, you're...
Matt Ridley
It's a terrific book.      source
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False Alarm
How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet
Bjorn Lomborg - 2020-07-14
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The New York Times-bestselling "skeptical environmentalist" argues that panic over climate change is causing more harm than goodHurricanes batter our coasts. Wildfires rage across the American West. Glaciers collapse in the Artic. Politicians, activists, and the media espouse a common message: climate change is destroying the planet, and we must ta...
Matt Ridley
This is a very important and superbly argued book.      source
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Life through Time and Space
Wallace Arthur - 2017-08-07
All humans share three origins: the beginning of our individual lives, the appearance of life on Earth, and the formation of our planetary home. Life through Time and Space brings together the latest discoveries in both biology and astronomy to examine our deepest questions about where we came from, where we are going, and whether we are alone in t...
Matt Ridley
A fine, clear, clever book on life, genes, evolution and the stars, including the probability of extraterrestrial life:      source
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The Selfish Gene
40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science)
Richard Dawkins - 2016-07-31 (first published in 1976)
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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of i...
Matt Ridley
Turned evolutionary biology on its head and was written like a great detective story.      source
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The Double Helix
A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
James D. Watson - 2001-06-12 (first published in 1968)
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The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind.By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only...
Matt Ridley
An astonishing literary achievement, and it was about the greatest scientific discovery of the 20th century.      source