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The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
really liked it
This was one of the most upsetting books I have ever read. Fifteen years of age, I approached Morris with a vague, general interest in animals, i.e. z ...more
Jan 1967
May 05, 2008
Relativity: The Special and General Theory
really liked it
As a kid my serious interests were scientific. I collected feathers, insects, rocks and fossils; maintained an aerospace scrapbook; kept a journal abo ...more
May 1996
Jan 12, 2010
The Mismeasure of Man
it was amazing
The public school system I attended in Park Ridge, Illinois had us taking standardized texts several times a year, year after year: Iowa Tests, Califo ...more
Oct 2000
Apr 12, 2010
The Grand Design
did not like it
I was given this book as a reward for helping a friend pick up and deliver newly purchased furniture. As is the case with most such gifts, I began to ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
really liked it
The Diggers were an egalitarian, communistic movement in seventeenth century England, the bane of Roundheads and Royalists alike. Grinnell College had ...more
Feb 1971
Oct 31, 2008
The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
really liked it
Carl Sagan, like Stephen Jay Gould, is one of those scientists gifted as a teacher to non-specialists. This book is about intelligence, a topic both m ...more
Jul 2005
Sep 21, 2010
Silent Spring
it was amazing
In keeping with Dad's injunction to spend the summer's constructively and not wanting to work at Dairy Queen or the like, I took Public Speaking betwe ...more
Jul 1967
Feb 15, 2009
Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
really liked it
Lanza' Biocentrism constitues the take of two scientists, one a cell biologist, the other an astronomer, on the old mind/body "problem", attacking it ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
They Knew Too Much about Flying Saucers
really liked it
As ever, my old friend Mike Miley visited during the summer of 2002, the two of us heading off for the cabin near Lake Michigan with a suitcase full o ...more
Aug 2002
May 29, 2010
The Voyage of the Beagle
it was amazing
Upon matriculating into Loyola University's MA/PhD program in philosophy during the late summer of 1980, I was assigned to Bill Ellos as his teaching ...more
Jun 1981
Apr 16, 2009
TIME-LIFE Mysteries of the Unknown: Inside the World of the Strange and Unexplained
did not like it
This appears to be a sensationalistic book-by-committee designed not to make a point, but simply to make money off readers who cannot handle more than ...more
Mar 15, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomena
it was ok
This book is reminiscent of Charles Fort, but with a more scientific bent--i.e. no appeals to alien intelligences or supernatural causation. Like Fort ...more
Jan 27, 2017
Jan 27, 2017
Flying Saucers Farewell
did not like it
I grew up with 'the space race', that period between Sputnik and the first moon walk. I remember the first satellite, the first dog in space, the firs ...more
Dec 06, 2016
Dec 06, 2016
The Hidden History of the Human Race: Major Scientific Coverup Exposed
it was ok
This, the condensed editon of Forbidden Archaeology, was a book brought along by Mike Miley during one of his visits from San Francisco to Chicago. It ...more
Aug 1997
Jan 29, 2010
Witnessed: The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions
it was amazing
Having previously read several books about the so-called alien abduction phenomenon, including Hopkin's own Intruders, I didn't expect much from this ...more
Nov 15, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
The Sirius Mystery: New Scientific Evidence of Alien Contact 5,000 Years Ago
it was ok
I've long kept my eye out for Hamlet's Mill and The Sirius Mystery, both books being often referred to in the UFO literature. I found the latter recen ...more
Nov 07, 2016
Nov 08, 2016
The Person: His Development Throughout the Life Cycle
really liked it
Theodore Lidz' The Person, the subtitle of which was changed to avoid sexist implication in later editions, is a developmental psychology book written ...more
Jan 1976
May 03, 2008
On the Nature of Things
liked it
Whatever happened to didactive poetry?

The instance of De Rerum Natura shows one of many ways the Romans were different from us. Lucretius was known to
Apr 1996
Jan 11, 2010
The Mapmakers
really liked it
Although I'd read many books about explorers and exploration of the earth, I'd never read anything before specifically about cartography, i.e. the ma ...more
May 28, 2015
May 27, 2015
The Roswell Incident
liked it
This is not the best book about the Roswell event, but it is the earliest. The best is probably that produced by Stanton Friedman who, incidentally, c ...more
May 2007
Nov 15, 2010
Lifecloud: The Origin of Life in the Universe
liked it
Thursdays are drinking days, a number of us gathering at Cunneen's Tavern regularly. The Thursday before last a science-inclined friend came by and I ...more
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
it was amazing
Diamond's prior Guns, Germs & Steel addresses the reasons why some peoples in some areas of the world produced civilizations and others didn't. T ...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
Mind in the Waters: A Book to Celebrate the Consciousness of Whales & Dolphins
it was amazing
This book was a good mix of fact and fiction about the natures and consciousnesses of whales and dolphins as well as about the study of these beings. ...more
Oct 1997
Feb 07, 2010
Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used & Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy
it was amazing
This book, as I recall, originated as an information guide for university students. Credibility being an issue, it was written and edited by a combina ...more
Oct 2004
Aug 15, 2010
Encounters with Star People: Untold Stories of American Indians
really liked it
I've read scores of books and articles about the UFO phenomena but none that I'd call charming. This book is charming enough to get around many of the ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
Conspiracy of Silence
liked it
I've been putting all the UFO books in the science category for want of a better rubric. This may have to change as there appear to have been so many ...more
Jul 2002
May 29, 2010
Watch the Skies! A Chronicle of the Flying Saucer Myth
really liked it
I've read so many books about the UFO phenomena that I've considered putting them under a separate rubric rather than placing them, rather questionabl ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway
it was ok
This is an inconclusive account of some of the adventures of Chuck Zukowski, one-time policeman, amateur UFO and cattle mutilation investigator. With ...more
Apr 27, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Out of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication
really liked it
The author, a wine critic, has written a delightful appreciation of intoxication and the means by which humans have sought it from prehistory to the p ...more
Mar 03, 2017
Mar 03, 2017
Surviving Death: Evidence of the Afterlife
liked it
The issue of personal survival after physical death is a sensitive one involving everyone. Such religious traditions as address the issue disagree as ...more
May 03, 2017
May 05, 2017
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