In the wake of the Jonah Lehrer scandal, Sam Harris has set up free downloads of his e-book, Lying. Good for one week only, get it while you can.
Category Archive: Books
Aug 01 2012
Jul 31 2012
Alain de Botton has written a book about sex! I’m almost tempted to buy it for the hilarity — de Botton is the kind of upper-class twit lampooned by Monty Python, and I’m sure it would be full of insights about how such a person could accidentally reproduce themselves. You must read the whole review …
Jul 30 2012
Heina Dadabhoy has kickstarter project to write A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam. It sounds like someone is making a smart decision to write to their strengths: There are plenty of positive books about Islam by Muslims. There are many positive books on Islam by non-Muslims. There are more negative books on Islam by non-Muslims than …
Jul 04 2012
It’s called The Scope Of Skepticism, which might make me cranky — I’ve been unimpressed with a lot of the timid boundary-setting of the skeptical movement — but it’s taken from Kylie’s podcast, and she’s a good interviewer. I expect there’s some argument with the ideas, which is always good.
Jul 02 2012
I do so dearly love Stross’s books, and now he’s writing about writing on Reddit. I rather like his writing protocol. I write exclusively using computers. Pens and typewriters can fsck right off — I wrote my first half million words in my teens on a manual typewriter (had to trade it for a new …
Jun 22 2012
Jerry Coyne is reading the Bible — the whole Bible, from beginning to end — and is discovering that it is boring and insipid. We could have told him so, but he’s such a scientist and had to confirm the observation himself, and now he’s in for some suffering. Most Christians don’t read this book …
Jun 12 2012
The Best Science Writing Online 2012 can be read online right now — but don’t you want to order your very own precious hard copy, too?
Jun 06 2012
Something offends me about the fact that Ray Bradbury has died in June — October would have been more appropriate, with the ground covered with dead leaves that swished as you walked through them, and the sound of a train in the distance as twilight settles and lovely dark things stir in the greyness.
May 22 2012
There’s a scheme at work to put a Bible in every school in England, and Richard Dawkins approves. I do too, sharing one opinion: I have an ulterior motive for wishing to contribute to Gove’s scheme. People who do not know the Bible well have been gulled into thinking it is a good guide to …
May 08 2012
Maurice Sendak is dead. The books live on. I read every one of his books to my kids. Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Pierre — they were all just a little subversive, all just a bit off-kilter, all just off enough to be appropriate to spark a little freethought. I think …