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Richard Dawkins, FRS FRSL is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.
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Freedom from Speech
Greg Lukianoff - Sep 09, 2014
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This is a surreal time for freedom of speech. While the legal protections of the First Amendment remain strong, the culture is obsessed with punishing individuals for allegedly offensive utterances. And academia – already an institution in which free speech is in decline – has grown still more intolerant, with high-profile “disinvitation” efforts a...
Richard Dawkins
Mar 23, 2021
Just read ‘Freedom from Speech’ by Greg Lukianoff (@glukianoff, co-author of ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’, which is also very good, by the way). Strong title, and the book lives up to it. It’s short, in a series the publishers call Broadsides. Strongly recommended.      source
Free Speech
Why It Matters
Andrew Doyle - Nov 02, 2021
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Towards the end of the twentieth century, those who advocated what became known as 'Political Correctness' rightly identified the ways in which marginalised groups were often disparaged in everyday speech. Casual expressions of homophobia, racism and sexism went from being commonplace to being rejected by the vast majority of the public over the co...
Richard Dawkins
Mar 21, 2021
Just read @andrewdoyle_com’s powerful book, Free Speech & Why it Matters. Feeling very persuaded, so morally should read opposing view. Any sensible defence of prosecuting “hate speech”? Especially the astonishing Scottish proposal to prosecute hate speech in privacy of home?      source
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Little Book of Humanism
Jan 01, 2020
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We all want to lead a happy life. Traditionally, when in need of guidance, comfort or inspiration, many people turn to religion. But there has been another way to learn how to live well - the humanist way - and in today's more secular world, it is more relevant than ever.In The Little Book of Humanism, Alice Roberts and Andrew Copson share over two...
Richard Dawkins
Aug 27, 2020
The Little Book of Humanism by Andrew Copson & Alice Roberts is a delight. Give it like a bunch of flowers to someone you love. A compendium of uplifting quotations woven together by the two leading figures in today’s Humanists UK (new name for British Humanist Association).      source
The Coddling of the American Mind
How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Greg Lukianoff - Aug 20, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction A New York Times Notable BookBloomberg Best Book of 2018The New York Times bestseller!Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak hon...
Richard Dawkins
Jul 13, 2020
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, audiobook read by @JonHaidt. Utterly superb book, recommended unreservedly. Brilliant book, exposes one of the major things wrong with society today. Please please read it.      source
Enlightenment Now
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Steven Pinker - Jan 15, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlig...
Richard Dawkins
Mar 25, 2020
Enlightenment Now is such a truly brilliant book, elegantly written, sparkling with wit, driving nails hard home on every page, I can only conclude that the few carping, mean-spirited negative reviewers are jealous.      source
Humanimal
How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature―A New Evolutionary History
Adam Rutherford - Mar 19, 2019
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Publisher’s note: Humanimal was published in the UK under the title The Book of Humans. Evolutionary theory has long established that humans are animals: Modern Homo sapiens are primates who share an ancestor with monkeys and other great apes. Our genome is 98 percent identical to a chimpanzee’s. And yet we think of ourselves as exceptional. Are we...
Richard Dawkins
Mar 01, 2019
Finished The Book of Humans by Adam Rutherford. It’s really very good. Highly stimulating, lots to think about, lots to learn. Very well-written, though the occasional bouts of over-egged political correctness burst onto the page a little jarringly. Thoroughly recommended.      source
Collusion
Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win
Luke Harding - Nov 16, 2017
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn explosive expos' that lays out the story behind the Steele Dossier, including Russia's decades-in-the-making political game to upend American democracy and the Trump administration's ties to Moscow."Harding...presents a powerful case for Russian interference, and Trump campaign collusion, by collecting years of report...
Richard Dawkins
Jan 29, 2018
Well, if you thought Michael Wolff’s book was dynamite, just wait till you read Luke Harding’s Collusion. Meticulously, scrupulously researched, leaves no room for doubt. Utterly damning. Devastating. Putin comes across as a deeply nasty piece of work, Trump a blundering idiot.      source
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasseTyson - May 02, 2017
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What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth su...
Richard Dawkins
Sep 12, 2017
Finished @NeilTyson’s mellifluous reading of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Lovely book. Last chapter worthy of Carl Sagan himself.      source
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Conundrum
Jan Morris - May 16, 2006 (first published in 1974)
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The great travel writer Jan Morris was born James Morris. James Morris distinguished himself in the British military, became a successful and physically daring reporter, climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and established a reputation as a historian of the British empire. He was happily married, with several children. To all appearances, he was not...
Richard Dawkins
Oct 26, 2015
Jan Morris's book, Conundrum, is a beautifully written account of what it's like to feel you're a woman trapped in a man's body.      source
What a Wonderful World
Marcus Chown - Sep 04, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing?In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestsell...
Richard Dawkins
May 15, 2014
On train reading @MarcusChown's book What a Wonderful World. It's a pretty wonderful book, too. The big questions in science.      source
The Good News Club
The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children
Katherine Stewart - Jan 24, 2012
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In 2009, the Good News Club came to the public elementary school where journalist Katherine Stewart sent her children. The Club, which is sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, bills itself as an after-school program of "Bible study." But Stewart soon discovered that the Club's real mission is to convert children to fundamentalist Christiani...
Richard Dawkins
Feb 26, 2013
Read Katherine Stewart's eye-opening book on The Good News Club and be horrified by what Supreme Court allowed.      source