Scott's Book Review

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A Cooperative Species

Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis

Experimental Evidence - Science


There are many animal species that co-operate. One thinks of the social insects, of an ants’ nest and a termite mound. One thinks of the meerkat...

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The Machinery of Life

David S. Goodsell

Experimental Evidence - Science


You do not have a body. You are a functioning body. And that body is made up of billions of cells. These living cells are made up of an extraordinary...

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The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition

Michael Tomasello

Experimental Evidence - Science


Michael Tomasello (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Tomasello) argues that the roots of the human capacity for symbol-based culture, and the kind of...

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The Glass Palace

Amitav Ghosh

Fantastic Fiction - Escapes to other places and other times


This novel by Amitav Ghosh (https://amitavghosh.com/bio.html) charts the lives of Rajkumar Raha and his family, starting in Mandalay, where he finds himself...

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A People’s History of the United States

Howard Zinn

Past Present - History


A People’s History of the United States chronicles American history from the bottom up, acting as a corrective to the official version of history taught...

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European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages

Ernst Robert Curtius

Past Present - Literary History


Some works of scholarship are so monumental and have been so influential that they are worth reading 70 years after publication.     Published just...

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Meteorites

Robert Hutchison

Experimental Evidence - Science


Should you wish to refresh your understanding of meteorites, this guide is to be recommended. Meteorite research shows us about the origin and early history...

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Mortality

Christopher Hitchens

Egghead Choice


Christopher Hitchens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens) died at the age of 62 on 15th December 2011. The cause of death was pneumonia...

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The Man Who Found the Missing Link

Pat Shipman


Dutch scientist Eugene Dubois (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Dubois) is not nearly as well known as his most important scientific contribution....

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Science and Islam

Ehsan Masood

Past Present - History


It is a terrible shame that a creative civilisation like Islam can come to be so backward and identified now in the international media with extremist...

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