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The Protoctist Kingdom by Marc Zabludoff
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The Shame of the Nation by Jonathan Kozol
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There is certainly an undeniable injustice afflicting children in this country. Minorities were the focus of this book and there is no doubt the inequities discussed exist. I am on board. I get it. My only real concern is the book offers little in th ...more
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The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by Bobby Henderson
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god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
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3.5 to 4 stars.

Overall an easy read... and more fun if you've listened to Hitchens as you can read the book in his voice and meter. Many arguments are presented that make clear sense and Hitchens is able to help paint both the modern and historical
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Sciencia by Burkard Polster
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Fun coffee table piece. One page per subtopic with old fashioned illustrations on the opposite page. Great to thumb through and looks very nice. My 7yr old has picked it up a few times to read a page here and there and it leads to wonderful conversat ...more
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We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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I don't know about other translations but this one by Ginsberg is outstanding for its near lyricism and technical terms.

You can clearly see the influence this book had on future writers of the dystopian genre. I enjoyed the evolving tone of our narr
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We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
"It's been a decade since I first read Zamyatin's masterpiece, and even though this book remains unchanged for almost a century now, the person who read it is not. A decade later, I'm a very different person, no longer the wide-eyed undergraduate w..." Read more of this review »
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Free Will by Sam Harris
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Free Will by Sam Harris
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Very interesting book with implications on not simply how we perceive morality but culpability; and therefore, how our criminal justice system is ill-focused. If we are at the mercy of neural processes than it would behoove us to add information into ...more
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A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
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An absolutely beautiful book. The perfect weaving of imagery and the point to be made. The book maintains its validity even today, if not more so. There were two small things that showed bias that I've seen others take some offense to:

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Ronald Wright
“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
Ronald Wright, A Short History of Progress

Sam Harris
“Moderates in every faith are obliged to loosely interpret (or simply ignore) much of their canons in the interests of living in the modern world. No doubt an obscure truth of economics is at work here: societies appear to become considerably less productive whenever large numbers of people stop making widgets and begin killing their customers and creditors for heresy. The first thing to observe about the moderate's retreat from scriptural literalism is that it draws its inspiration not from scripture but from cultural developments that have rendered many of God's utterances difficult to accept as written.”
Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Noam Chomsky
“Modern industrial civilisation has developed within a certain system of convenient myths. The driving force of modern industrial civilisation has been individual material gain, which is accepted as legitimate, even praiseworthy, on the grounds that private vices yield public benefits in the classic formulation.

Now, it's long been understood very well that a society that is based on this principle will destroy itself in time. It can only persist with whatever suffering and injustice it entails as long as it's possible to pretend that the destructive forces that humans create are limited: that the World is an infinite resource, and that the World is an infinite garbage-can. At this stage of History, either one of two things is possible: either the general population will take control of its own destiny and will concern itself with community-interests, guided by values of solidarity and sympathy and concern for others; or, alternatively, there will be no destiny for anyone to control.

As long as some specialised class is in a position of authority, it is going to set policy in the special interests that it serves. But the conditions of survival, let alone justice, require rational social planning in the interests of the community as a whole and, by now, that means the Global Community. The question is whether privileged élites should dominate mass-communication, and should use this power as they tell us they must, namely, to impose necessary illusions, manipulate and deceive the stupid majority, and remove them from the public arena. The question, in brief, is whether Democracy and Freedom are values to be preserved or threats to be avoided. In this possibly-terminal phase of human existence, Democracy and Freedom are more than values to be treasured, they may well be essential to survival.”
Noam Chomsky

Jane Goodall
“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”
Jane Goodall

Jerry A. Coyne
“Now, science cannot completely exclude the possibility of supernatural explanation. It is possible - though very unlikely - that our whole world is controlled by elves.”
Jerry A. Coyne, Why Evolution Is True

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