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"Just started this one. It's good so far. I enjoyed listening to Dan Ariely's talk on it he gave at the James Randi Education Foundation, and I really liked his book Predictably Irrational. I think in the next 50 years Behavioral Economics will become one of the most important fields in science." Nov 11, 2013 08:30PM

 
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A Beginner's Guide to Mathematical Logic by Raymond M. Smullyan
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Storm Kings by Lee Sandlin
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I have been fascinated by the weather my entire life. In particular, tornadoes have captured my attention since I was 5. This was only further fueled when I experienced a tornado when I was 10. So, this book naturally had great appeal to me. I also e ...more
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The book feels a little dated reading it in 2014, but it is full of a lot of interesting details about Reed Timmer's life. He's pretty nuts, so it's interesting to hear a first person take on his stormy adventures and get an idea of how his brain wor ...more
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Letters of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”
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Connectionism and the Mind by William Bechtel
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The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin
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The Social Neuroscience of Empathy by Jean Decety
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Carl Sagan
“It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.”
Carl Sagan

P.G. Wodehouse
“Oh, Jeeves,' I said; 'about that check suit.'
Yes, sir?'
Is it really a frost?'
A trifle too bizarre, sir, in my opinion.'
But lots of fellows have asked me who my tailor is.'
Doubtless in order to avoid him, sir.'
He's supposed to be one of the best men in London.'
I am saying nothing against his moral character, sir.”
P.G. Wodehouse

Charles Darwin
“Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

Carl Sagan
“My view is that if there is no evidence for it, then forget about it. An agnostic is somebody who doesn’t believe in something until there is evidence for it, so I’m agnostic.”
Carl Sagan

Daniel C. Dennett
“But recently I have learned from discussions with a variety of scientists and other non-philosophers (e.g., the scientists participating with me in the Sean Carroll workshop on the future of naturalism) that they lean the other way: free will, in their view, is obviously incompatible with naturalism, with determinism, and very likely incoherent against any background, so they cheerfully insist that of course they don't have free will, couldn’t have free will, but so what? It has nothing to do with morality or the meaning of life. Their advice to me at the symposium was simple: recast my pressing question as whether naturalism (materialism, determinism, science...) has any implications for what we may call moral competence. For instance, does neuroscience show that we cannot be responsible for our choices, cannot justifiably be praised or blamed, rewarded or punished? Abandon the term 'free will' to the libertarians and other incompatibilists, who can pursue their fantasies untroubled. Note that this is not a dismissal of the important issues; it’s a proposal about which camp gets to use, and define, the term. I am beginning to appreciate the benefits of discarding the term 'free will' altogether, but that course too involves a lot of heavy lifting, if one is to avoid being misunderstood.”
Daniel C. Dennett, Consciousness Explained

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