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As you will see, my interests span anthropology,
-- not to mention Patrick O'Brian novels and the Science Masters series.
You can click on the topics to see a collection of favorite books on the subject.
And six more.
There are three recent books which are exactly what you
might want to give policymakers to help them sort through the more general
issues of climate change. Anyone
who wishes to speak intelligently about ozone, greenhouse, and El Niño
needs to read them.
the Temperature Rising? The Uncertain Science of Global Warming
by S. George Philander (Paperback ).
Written with grace and understatement for general readers, by
someone deeply involved with modeling the climate, it covers much of a
Princeton introductory course in the earth sciences.
IPCC analysis of where gradual climate change is going, “Climate
Change 2001: The Scientific Basis,” can be found at http://www.ipcc.ch
Famines, and Emperors : El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations
by Brian Fagan. Paperback (March 2000.)
have this wonderful perspective on what’s gone wrong in the past, both
with climate and human institutions.
Two-Mile Time Machine
by Richard B. Alley (Princeton
University Press, 2000). It
is written for nonspecialists (Alley has gotten a lot of practice as a
frequent commentator for Science news articles).
The book contains far more detail on abrupt climate change than
So if you find yourself asking, “But how could they possibly
know that?” you’ll find most of the answers in Alley’s excellent
Its final chapter about the future, alas, is informed by
conventional economic extrapolation rather than by the more relevant
perspective of high-risk management seen in medicine, re-insurance,
and disaster planning.
Antonio R. Damasio, The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the
Making of Consciousness
. This is clearly a must-read book for anyone wanting a neurologist's perspective on one of the greatest of the unsolved mysteries, human consciousness and the ways in which it exceeds that of the other apes. By the author of Descartes' Error.
Tangled Wing : Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit
by Melvin J. Konner
(Hardcover - April 2001)
elegant—a beautifully written book by any standard—and it's about
language, love, lust, learning and all the rest of our apes-and-beyond
nature…. Every behavioral biology topic reflects the enlightenment of
the past two decades since this classic book first appeared." —
William H. Calvin.
"Melvin Konner is. . . the nearest we have to a poet laureate of
behavioral biology. This is an indispensable book." — Robert
V. S. Ramachandran, Sandra Blakeslee, Phantoms in the Brain : Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind (William Morrow & Company, 1998). More....
George Lakoff, Moral Politics: What Conservatives Know That Liberals Don't
(U of Chicago Press, 1996). More.... amazon.com
Daniel C. Dennett, Brainchildren : Essays on Designing Minds, 1984-1996 (Representation and Mind Series; MIT Press, 1998). More.... amazon.com
Mark Turner, The Literary Mind (Oxford University Press 1996). More....
E. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart Shanker, Talbot J. Taylor, Apes, Language, and the Human Mind (Oxford University Press, May 1998).
David Brin, The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between
Privacy and Freedom? (Addison-Wesley 1998). More.... amazon.com
Richard Byrne, The Thinking Ape: Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence (Oxford Univ Press
1995). More.... amazon.com
Charles Darwin (edited by Paul Ekman), The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals
3rd Edition (Oxford Univ Press, 1998 reprint). More.... amazon.com
Terrence Deacon, The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain (W. W. Norton, August 1997). More.... amazon.com
Adrian Desmond, Huxley: From Devil's Disciple to Evolution's High Priest (Addison-Wesley, 1997). More.... amazon.com
Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel: Fates of Human Societies (W. W. Norton, 1997). More.... amazon.com
Jared Diamond, Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality (BasicBooks -- Science Masters Series, 1997). More.... amazon.com
George Dyson, Darwin Among the Machines (Addison-Wesley, 1997). More....
Ernst Mayr, This is Biology: The Science of the Living World (Harvard
University Press, March 1997). More.... amazon.com
David F. Noble, The Religion of Technology : The Divinity of Man and the Spirit of Invention (Knopf 1997).
Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works (W. W. Norton, 1997). More....
Frans de Waal, Chimpanzee Politics: Sex and Power Among the Apes (revised edition, Johns Hopkins University Press 1998).
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Frans de Waal, Frans Lanting, Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (University of California Press 1997). More.... amazon.com
E. O. Wilson, Consilience: Unity of Knowledge (Knopf 1998). More....
Richard Wrangham, Dale Peterson, Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence (Houghton Mifflin, 1996). More.... amazon.com