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Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
4.07
This book is purely about Darwin's theory of natural selection. IT'S NOT A BIOLOGY TEXT. It's not really about biology at all, but the larger, widely-...more
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Mar 06, 2007
 
Consciousness Explained
3.87
More of a philosophical approach to handling the question of consciousness. Dennett uses this book to suggest an alternative way to see the mind, a wa...more
Feb 2007
Mar 06, 2007
 
Freedom Evolves
3.76
A book combining many ideas from Consciousness Explained and Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and pushing them into their logical follow-up questions: If mate...more
Mar 2007
Mar 06, 2007
 
The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization
3.52
Anything from this guy, especially this book, needs to be reframed in terms of the realities of free-market capitalism before reading becomes a valuab...more
Mar 2007
Mar 06, 2007
 
On Language
3.94
Language and Responsibility: A fantastic interview with Noam Chomsky, where he discusses issues in politics, connections between linguistics and psych...more
Apr 2006
Mar 06, 2007
 
Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History
4.01
Milton Freidman is a great read. "Money is much too important a matter to be left to central bankers" neatly sums up his perspective on the necessary...more
Jul 2007
Jul 20, 2007
 
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
4.02
Sacks is a famous neurologist who works primarily in treatment of patients with neurological disorders. This book is basically his reflections on a la...more
Jun 2006
Mar 06, 2007
 
The Subprime Solution: How Today's Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It
3.46
Decent pop economics book on the subprime crisis, before it was as big as it was. Kind of pales in comparison to reality.
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Apr 15, 2009
 
A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving
3.41
Preachy, but a seriously interesting system for policy analysis. Lots of reference wisdom here for practice.
Mar 30, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
 
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
4.05
This book is about human language in the brain. It also covers some of the political sides of language use in modern society, and reexamines the impli...more
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Mar 06, 2007
 
Benefit-Cost Analysis in Theory and Practice
5.00
Seriously useful text on BCA. Straightforward, clear, relevant.
not set
Apr 15, 2009
 
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science
3.97
An easy overview of main economic principles and a discussion of their relevance to everyday life. I expected to disagree with a majority of this book...more
Dec 2007
Aug 27, 2007
 
The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless
3.88
A fun little exercise in the history and applications of infinity. Unfortunately, this book suffers from what I expect is the same in all layman guide...more
Oct 2007
Aug 19, 2007
 
The Wild, White Goose: The Diary of a Female Zen Priest
4.22
This is a diary of a white English woman who moved to Japan in the 1950s to study Zen at one of the most prestigious temples at the time. It's absolut...more
Nov 2005
Mar 06, 2007
 
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
3.98
Good book on the history of human cultures, and why some cultures became much better than others. It's not a completely foolproof argument, but good e...more
Sep 2006
Mar 06, 2007
 
Sons of the Profits: There's No Business Like Grow Business. The Seattle Story, 1851-1901
3.48
I really enjoyed the history in this book, but the writing was hard to deal with. Bad jokes, repetitive sentence structure that puts you to sleep, and...more
Oct 2007
Oct 09, 2007
 
The Night Watch (Watch #1)
3.96
Awesome modern-day fantasy story about the pawns in the balance of light and dark. It's nice when the traditional push and shove of good and evil is r...more
Sep 2006
Mar 06, 2007
 
The New Kings of Nonfiction
4.02
What a fantastic book. So many interesting stories, with something for everyone. The format of many short pieces makes it really easy to pick up and p...more
Jan 28, 2008
Nov 07, 2007
 
The Worldly Philosophers
4.08
An awesome overview of the history of major economic thinkers. Highly readable and balanced. Also includes a further reading section to help you in ad...more
Jan 2008
Jan 28, 2008
 
Life of Pi
3.86
An impossible to put down yet brutal book. Worth it for anyone. I loved and hated this book at times, so I don't know how to rate it.

edit: after a rer...more
Jul 2007
Jul 20, 2007
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
A really great overview of where our food comes from. Don't write this off as just another anti-factory farm book (which only a small part). This one...more
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Oct 09, 2007
 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
3.72
Fun little exercise in what happens when you approach pure rationality as far as you can. Also has some great perspectives on daily life, hobbies and...more
May 2006
Mar 06, 2007
 
Snow Crash
3.96
Certainly some fun ideas in this book, and rather funny references. A bit dated, however, and doesn't really go anywhere but straight.
Jun 2007
Aug 19, 2007
 
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
4.20
Awesome book. Really motivating and an important look on a small part of American society that should be much, much bigger.
Jul 2007
Jul 20, 2007
 
Consciousness: An Introduction
4.12
Great introduction into the major problems of thinking about consciousness.
May 2005
Mar 06, 2007
 
Crime and Punishment
4.14
The usual fantastic from Dostoyevsky. Enjoy at your own risk.
Sep 2006
Mar 06, 2007
 
A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present
4.14
Probably the most important American history book ever.
Dec 2006
Mar 06, 2007
 
Safeguarding Financial Stability: Theory and Practice
4.00
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Apr 15, 2009
 
The Book Of Nothing
3.88
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Aug 19, 2007
 
Essays on Philosophy and Economic Methodology
0.00
None
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Apr 15, 2009
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