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Saying Yes by Jacob Sullum
Saying Yes
by Jacob Sullum
read in April, 2014
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"Humans have brains that are built to work on anecdote rather than real data." [Jeffrey P. Utz, MD]

Man's relationship with drugs has been one long and turbulent ride. Since first contact they've been consumed, smoked, inhaled and injected for everyth
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The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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"Love is the world's infinite mutability; lies, hatred, murder, even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood." - Tony Kushner, The Illusion

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The Hot Zone by Richard   Preston
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The subtitle for Richard Preston's 1994 bestseller reads: "The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus." How much you enjoy The Hot Zone might just hinge on what you know about Ebola going in and, by extension, how seriously you take ...more
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The Man From St. Petersburg by Ken Follett
The Man From St. Petersburg
by Ken Follett (Goodreads Author)
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Ken Follett spares not an ounce of genius in bringing his characters to life and weaving them together in electrifying narrative. His artistry is one that burdens the reader with sorting the protagonists from the antagonists, enriching each character ...more
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
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Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life's quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right mome ...more
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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
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Evicted by Matthew Desmond
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Dark Universe by Daniel F. Galouye
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Galileo Galilei
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
Galileo Galilei, Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina

Socrates
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
Socrates

Epicurus
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
Epicurus

Thomas Jefferson
“I cannot live without books.”
Thomas Jefferson

Alan Moore
“Stood in firelight, sweltering. Bloodstain on chest like map of violent new continent. Felt cleansed. Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what cats know that makes them scream like babies in night.

Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else.

Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world.

Was Rorschach.

Does that answer your Questions, Doctor?”
Alan Moore, Watchmen

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