EGGHEAD CHOICE – Crack open for a hard boiled think

Crack open for a hard boiled think

Living at the End of the World by Marina Benjamin

Turbulent times stimulate vivid imaginations. With two egotistical buffoons (Trump and Johnson) proving every minute that they are catastrophically unfit for high office, tensions in the Middle East rising, Russia rattling its sabre, the Chinese building up massive armed forces, Islamic terrorists at large, Jerusalem re-established as the Capital of Israel, the environment trashed by

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Underland by Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane ( ) and ( has won more literary prizes than he can shake a stick at. His central theme is the relationship, and mutual shaping forces, between humans and the natural world. Notable works are Mountains of the Mind (2003), The Wild Places (2007), The Old Ways (2012), Landmarks (2015) and The Lost Words (2017). Underland is

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Vices of the Mind by Quassim Cassam

Of all the species known to have existed on planet Earth, 99% are now extinct. and ( There is no adequate reason to believe our species will defy the odds. Humans will suffer extinction either by environmental catastrophe, global pandemic, asteroid (or similar) impact, substitution by artificial intelligence or self destruction. Two recent books make

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God in the Age of Science?

Today, 31 March 2018, is the day of Stephen Hawking’s funeral. ( It says something about our culture and its deep religious heritage that the funeral should take place in Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge. It is conducted by churchmen of the Anglican fold. This in full acknowledgement of Hawking’s atheism ( Hawking’s ashes are

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The Economy of Cities

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. ( ( There is a complex web of factors accounting for this staggering fact. If you want to understand the human future, then have a long hard think about cities. In this book, Jane Jacobs (, building on the work of her debut, The Death

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