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Bricoleur's TBR challenge - list of books

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message 1: by Bricoleur (David) (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:04PM) (new)

Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 10 comments October 11, 2007:
The goal is to each month read one book from my shelves that for some reason I've never read before. To provide some structure, I've started with a list of six such books from my library of about 4000 books and I will, as I complete a book from the list I will add another to the bottom so I always have 6 books "active" on this TBR list.

In the Goodreads Book Challenge Group, I've taken on the task of reading 104 books in the one year period Oct 2007 - Sept 2008 of which a minimum of 12 will be taken from this challenge.

1. Darwinian Fairytales: Selfish Genes Errors of Heredity and Other Fables of Evolution
{reading as of 12/14/07} {finished 12/18/07}

2. The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit
{reading as of 10/15/07} {finished 10/31/07}

3. The Lore of Averages: Facts Figures and Stories That Make Everyday Life Extraordinary
{reading as of 10/11/07} {finished 10/14/07}

4. On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy

5. Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth Healing the Mind
{reading as of 11/26/07} {finished 11/30/07}

6. The Ethical Imagination Massey Lectures
{reading as of 10/15/07} {finished 12/25/07}

October 15, 2007:
7. The Improbable Machine:What the Upheavals in Artificial Intelligence Research Reveal About How the Mind Really Works

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Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 10 comments October 31, 2007:
8. Design Methods by Jones, John Chris

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Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 10 comments November 30, 2007:
9. How Brains Think:Evolving Intelligence, Then and Now by Calvin, William H.
{reading as of 12/03/07} {finished 12/05/07}

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Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 10 comments December 5, 2007:
10. Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky by Noam Chomsky

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Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 10 comments December 21, 2007:
12. The Solid Form of Language by Robert Bringhurst
{reading as of 12/21/07} {finished 12/21/07}

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Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 10 comments December 21, 2007:
13. Towards a Canada of Light by B.W. Powe
{reading as of 12/21/07} {finished 12/22/07}

message 8: by Bricoleur (David) (last edited Dec 24, 2007 08:43PM) (new)

Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 10 comments December 21, 2007:
14. Charlie Wilson's War by George Crile

I picked this one up quite some time ago... and promptly lost it in my pile of "one-day reads" but with all the hype going on with the release of the movie, I thought I should bring it up near the top of the pile at least...

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Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 10 comments December 28, 2007:
14. Creation: Life and How to Make It by Steve Grand
{reading as of 12/28/07} {finished 12/30/07}

I've hastily added this to this challenge (from my physical still stuffed-too-full to be read shelf) as I've hit book "42" in my Book Challenge Group (where I aim to read 104 books in the year ending Sept. 30, 2008) and couldn't help feeling that the "honour" should go to a book that at least had something, even if only peripherally, to do with the 'answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything'

December 30, 2007
What a great choice this turned out to be!

Witty and provocative this is a great guide - a kind of Zen Guide to artificial life that is based not on the debunking or debasing of life but rather in its elevation to its proper place.

I simply have to find out the directions and findings of the author's research since he wrote this book so I've put Grand's more recent book, Growing Up With Lucy: How to Build an Android in Twenty Easy Steps , on my wish list and will likely end up special ordering it rather than just hoping it shows up in my favorite haunts....

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