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Right now, I am reading Michio Kaku- Parallel Worlds. Anybody out there reading other good nonfiction.

NO NOVELS OR FANTASY BOOKS PLEASE.

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"Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman". Oh, and a book about PHP programming, but I don't think that counts.

I've also been planning to acquire a good book about modern history recently, but so far I haven't.

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Not now, now, but these are a few I've read over the last few years that might appeal to some:

Fury on Earth by Myron Sharaf (biography of Wilhem Reich)

The Mapmakers by John Noble Wilford. A very cool book about, well, maps and carthographers throughout the ages. As a fan of maps, I liked it.

Codes Ciphers by Fred B. Wrixon. A very cool book about all kinds of codes and ciphers. Very informative.

The Chomsky Reader edited by James Peck. A very nice collection of essays. Might be a good introduction for those unfamiliar with Chomsky, and it's a nice anthology for those who know him.

Fermat's Enigma by Simon Singh. A very enjoyable account of one of those simple math formulas (X(n) + y(n) = Z (n) (n is a power representing integer numbers ad nauseam))

Theories of Everything by John D. Barrow. An old book (1991), a little too dense at points and a little vague, but a nice "tour" nevertheless.

Prisoner's Dilemma by William Poundstone. A very cool book about Game Theory without math, so laymen like me can understand it.

Road to Middle Earth/J.R.R. Tolkien Author of the Century by Tom Shippey. Excellent. Truly excellent. Traces the origin of Tolkien's Middle Earth through poems and epics as well as language. Very good stuff. Glad to see they made new editions and are available to a wider audience than the older version of Road.

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I just finished reading "Fair Not Flat," by Ed McCaffery. It's about his proposal to move the U.S. entirely to a progressive consumption-based tax as opposed to the current income tax. I found his arguments to be very compelling, and recommend the book to anyone with an interest in the U.S. tax system.

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umm I could give you my reading list for school if you count that. Sorry I can't give any nonscool books, but between this board and school it's all I do. Well here are a couple I like, there are many more...

The Ciba Collection #4 Endocrine Stystem - Frank Netter

Emotional Anatomy - Stanley Kelman

Collor Atlas of Anatomy - Johannes W. Rohen
(Warning: these are acutal photos it may be graphic for some people.)

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There's a general theme to my books...

The Origin of Life By A. Oparin (1938). Mainly for historic purposes. Still, aided research to some extent.

Rare Earth By Ward and Brownlee (2003). Good analysis of why life may be common but animal life might not. Some errors.

Denying Evolution By M. Pigliucci (2002). Discusses the philosophy of science, history of creationism, and how to address the problem.

From Genesis to Genetics By J. A. Moore (2001). Similar to the above, only with more science and less philosophy.

Rocks of Ages By S. J. Gould (2002). Good Gould text, with a good and open-minded discussion on the place of religion and science in life.

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Well, since you asked.

The Purpose Driven Life - by Rick Warren. Answers the question 'What on Earth am I here for?'

Shepherding a Child's Heart - by Tedd Tripp. Steps to take to build your child's character instead of just improve their behavior.

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China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston. Gives an idea of things that have happened to the Chinese through a long period of time, told through stories about her family members.

I'm not reading it right now, but I'd like to say that Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine is my favorite non-fiction book ever. Told in the inimitable Douglas Adams style, it tells the stories of his journeys to try to see many different endangered species in a program sponsored by the BBC. It's funny (the BBC has a very... unique way of waterproofing microphones) and deep at the same time! It made me want to save those poor Kakapo Parrots in a way no dry essay or inflammatory rant could. I would recommend it to all Douglas Adams fans, and anyone really.

*ahem*

Right. Sorry about that. ;)

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has anyone ever read or at least bought jeff's book?

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No. It's not out yet.

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Well nothing for fun. I get enough painful boring reading already. Any Way;

1. Psycology Frontiers and Applications, Passer, Smith, Atkinson, Muir.

2. Another World is Possible, David McNally, (Socialist Unite :) )

3. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, Ball & Dagger

4. Chemistry The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change, Silbeberg (don't regularly read this one)

5. The Basic Practice of Statistics, David S. Moore

6. What Uncle Sam Really Wants, Noam Chomsky.

7. Why We Cant Wait, M. L. King

8. Something actually enjoyable: Da Gospel According to Ali G, Ali G. :cool:

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'The Little Prisoner' one of the most horrifying books i have ever read, i wanted it so much to be fiction, only problem is its not.

"Mayda, Daughter of Arabia" a real eyeopener to what goes on in other lands

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I'm looking forward to getting my copy of the now published blog by Riverbend. I've read it before, but it didn't qualify as a book before it became, well, a book! :)

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I second "Last Chance to See" along with "The Meaning of Liff" by Douglas Adams.

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quote:
Originally written by andrew miller:

I just finished reading "Fair Not Flat," by Ed McCaffery. It's about his proposal to move the U.S. entirely to a progressive consumption-based tax as opposed to the current income tax. I found his arguments to be very compelling, and recommend the book to anyone with an interest in the U.S. tax system.
*mumble*

I don't read a lot of nonfiction. I can name three I have off the top of my head: the Life historical compendium from 1900-1994 called 'Our Times', the Lincoln book on the twilight of Czarist Russia 'In War's Dark Shadow', and Zinn's incomparable 'A People's History Of The United States'. I recommend all three heartily.

Oh, if you broaden nonfiction a little to include normative stuff, I've also got 'Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them' (which I recommend) and 'The O'Reilly Factor' (which I do not).

There's also 'What If? 2', a collection of ruminations on historical points of divergence. Interesting, but dull as all hell, so don't look into it unless that's your sort of thing.

I've been reading 'They Came Before Columbus', about West African trade, colonization, and conquest of the Americas in the pre-Columbian era, and 'Dawn to the West', a book on the evolution of Japanese literature and poetry from Meiji to Showa, in my school's library, and they're both pretty good so far.

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quote:
Originally written by Lord Baron Von Toast:

I second "Last Chance to See" along with "The Meaning of Liff" by Douglas Adams.
I don't think The Meaning of Liff really counts...

Even if dictionaries count, "The Meaning of Liff' is borderline-not-non-fiction. :P

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So deal with it."

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Making Radio, edited by Steve Ahern.

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Originally written by Schrodinger:

Denying Evolution By M. Pigliucci (2002). Discusses the philosophy of science, history of creationism, and how to address the problem.
Now, I know a creation/evolution debate is not going to get anyone anywhere, so I'm not trying to start one of those. That said, as part of the "problem", I'm genuinely curious about that last bit.

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quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

That said, as part of the "problem", I'm genuinely curious about that last bit.
They only mean it inasmuch as the Catholic Church was problematic to Gallileo.

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I like Stephen Gould, I haven't read Rock of Ages yet.

This is a book I read ages ago, but I still remember it fondly: The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginsburg. It's about a Miller in the 16th century with a very curious cosmological view. The inquisiton get their hands on him.

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I have to recommend Lives of the Twelve Caesars by Suetonius. The sections on Nero and Caligula are quite amusing.

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Originally written by Bad-Ass Mother Custer:

They only mean it inasmuch as the Catholic Church was problematic to Gallileo.
Oh, you misunderstand me. I'm not saying that we aren't a serious problem for science. We absolutely are. I myself take a few hours out of my busy schedule of stoning homosexuals every week to do my bit to return us to the glorious Dark Ages.

I was just curious about what he proposed to do about it. :)

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Well, I suppose I can't stay away forever.

I'm currently reading...

Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America by Merritt Lyndon Fernald and Alfred Charles Kinsey.

What it's about should be obvious and it's rather fascinating. I plan on giving some of the plants in it a try this year.

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Shiver me timbers, everyone is coming out of the woodwork aren't they?

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quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

I was just curious about what he proposed to do about it. :)
The author argues against both scientism (science as religion) and creationism (religion as science). His main suggestion is to teach students What Science Is and How It Works at an early stage- not to lead them to false ideas that scientific theories are merely guesses. I remember being taught at an early age the hierachy of science: hypothesis, theory, fact, law, when that's a pretty useless way to go about doing science. Also, the scientific method taught to fourth graders should be updated for high school students (rather than reiterated), so that students don't think everything in science neatly falls into narrow categories.

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Interesting.

Do you think that's what the problem is? That we just don't understand what science really is? Or do you take a different view to the author?

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