Category Archive: Books

Jul 10 2014

Dobbs vs. Wade

David Dobbs reviews ‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ in the NY Times. Once again, Nicholas Wade falls flat. If Wade could point to genes that give races distinctive social behaviors, we might overlook such shortcomings. But he cannot. He tries. He tells, for instance, of specific gene variants that reputedly create less trust and more violence in …

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Jul 08 2014

This book would have been a blessed relief


I had three children. I read Goodnight Moon to all three of them, many times each. If only I’d had a copy of Goodnight Dune!

Jun 13 2014

Too easy

Play the game: Can you identify the book from its map?. I got 9 right out of 10 (I didn’t have the slightest clue on #5, and just guessed).

Jun 09 2014

The best kind of letter


These are the kinds of reviews of The Happy Atheist I like best.

Jun 09 2014

Get ‘em young


I got to meet someone in Seattle who is working on an evolution book for four year olds — this is a great idea, because I remember shopping for kids’ books and their usual idea for introducing zoology was something about Noah’s Ark. But the real story is so much more interesting! Rough sketches of …

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May 30 2014

I wonder if there’s a gene for thinking there’s a gene for everything

It’s so predictable. Every time a book on “scientific racism” appears, you can trace its roots right back to the same small number of familiar racists. The SPLC reviews Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance. Wade bases his belief in genetically-enhanced Jewish intelligence on a single paper, which he describes as “[t]he only serious recent attempt by …

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May 26 2014

What are we going to do about Amazon?

I was reading a summary of Amazon’s bullying of Hachette — basically, Amazon used it’s near-monopoly power to shut out an independent publisher — and that, on top of it’s labor practices, tells me I need to find a way out of the Amazon trap before they become a full monopoly. But here’s the catch: …

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May 21 2014

He’s not a racist!

It’s another review of Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance. Nicholas Wade is not a racist. In his new book, A Troublesome Inheritance, the former science writer for the New York Times states this explicitly. “It is not automatically racist to consider racial categories as a possible explanatory factor.” He then explains why white people are …

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May 12 2014

A little bit of good news

I opened my mail, and there was my very first royalty check from The Happy Atheist. Whoa, I said. Whoa. I guess a lot of you bought copies. Thanks! Buy some more! You know the paperback edition is out now, right? Part of this is getting sunk into buying some gear for the lab — …

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Apr 19 2014

Free book!

If you’ve got a kindle, you can now download Generation Atheist by Dan Riley for free. For a little while. Steal it while you can!

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