Some book ideas

That time of the year is upon us. The time when we start considering what books to buy – whether as presents for friend and family, or for our own amusement or education during the holiday break.

So I thought I have put together in one place all the books I reviewed over the last 16 months. With a very brief recommendation – but go to the linked review for more.

The Evolution of the Human Mind: From Supernaturalism to Naturalism – An Anthropological Perspective by Robert L Carneiro  

See review: The human mind – a history

The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, editors John W. Loftus and Dan Barker 

See review: Some pesky delusions

Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change by Clive Hamilton  

See review: Why we deny climate change

Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit by Krista Tippett  

See review: Not about Einstein

The Lives of the Brain: Human Evolution and the Organ of Mind by John S. Allen 

See review: Human Evolution and the Organ of Mind

Against All Gods: What’s Right and Wrong About the New Atheism by Phillip Johnson and John Mark Reynolds 

See review: So you want a co nversation?

In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence by John Teehan.  

See review: Evolution of gods, morals and violence

Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science by Michael Ruse  

See review: Making room for faith in science?

Why Don’t We Go to Church? by Gail Miller (Author), Rosalind Eagle (Author), Angela Seear (Illustrator). See review: Kids – it’s OK to be different!
AIR CON: The Seriously Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming by Ian Wishart 

See review: Alarmist con

Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci 

See review: Pseudoscience and anti-science nonsense

Realising Secularism: Australia and New Zealand, Editor Max Wallace 

See review: Secularism in Australia and New Zealand

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen 

See review: Thinking of our grandchildren

The climate denial industry and climate science – a brief history of attacks on climate science, climate scientists and the IPCC by Cindy Baxter 

See review: The climate change denial industry

Am I Making Myself Clear?: A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public by Cornelia Dean 

See review: Clear science communication

Climate Change 101: An Educational Resource by Andy Reisinger 

See review: Climate science for you and me

Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be by Daniel Loxton 

See review: One for the kids

The Altenberg 16: An Exposé of the Evolution Industry by Suzan Mazur. 

See review: Self-exposure – a journalist out of depth

The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture by Darrel W. Ray 

See review: Ideological infections

Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe by Greg M. Epstein 

See review: No gods required

In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin 

See review: Understanding the “multiverse”

Why I became an Atheist: Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments by John W. Loftus 

See review: Becoming an atheist

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand 

See review: Environmental movement needs pragmatism

The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution by Carl Zimmer 

See review: An Introduction to Evolution


The Infernova by S. A. Alenthony

See review: This Hell would be useful!

The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason by Victor Stenger 

See review: Defending science and reason

The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal 

See review: Empathy’s origins

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists by Russell Blackford and Udo Schuklenk 

See review: Why We Are Atheists

The Crucible of Consciousness: An Integrated Theory of Mind and Brain by Zoltan Torey  

See review: It’s all in the brain

Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York 

See review: The philosophy wars

Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman  

See review: Biocentrism or eccentrism?

The Scientist’s Atom and the Philosopher’s Stone: How Science Succeeded and Philosophy Failed to Gain Knowledge of Atoms by Alan Chalmers 

See review: From stones to atoms

The Atheist Camel Chronicles: Debate Themes & Arguments for the Non-Believer (and those who think they might be) by Dromedary Hump 

See review: The Atheist Camel Chronicles

The End of Darwinism by Eugene G. Windchy 

See review: Killing off Darwin?

The Six Ways of Atheism: New Logical Disproofs of the Existence of God by Geoffrey Berg. 

See review: Logical atheism

Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness, by Victor Stenger 

See review: Quantum Gods

Poles Apart by Gareth Morgan and John McCrystal 

See review: Beyond the shouting

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2 responses to “Some book ideas

  1. You should add Atheism Explained, by David Ramsay Steele.


  2. Haven’t reviewed that one, Mike. But it looks interesting.


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