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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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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...
Richard Dawkins
“Speech” by Simon Prentis. Enigmatic book. Glad to have read it. About importance of language more than its origin. Musings of an intelligent, decent, well-read ,well-travelled polyglot, well-versed in cultures as well as languages, a literate, stylish writer @memesovergenes      source
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Freedom from Speech
Greg Lukianoff - 2014-09-09
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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
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
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Free Speech
Why It Matters
Andrew Doyle - 2021-11-02
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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
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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Piers Morgan
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Little Book of Humanism
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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
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
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The Coddling of the American Mind
How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Greg Lukianoff - 2019-08-20 (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
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
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Enlightenment Now
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Steven Pinker - 2019-01-15 (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 Enligh...
Richard Dawkins
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
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How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature―A New Evolutionary History
Adam Rutherford - 2019-03-19
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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
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
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Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win
Luke Harding - 2017-11-16
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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
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
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasseTyson - 2017-05-02
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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
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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Jan Morris - 2006-05-16 (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
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
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