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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ian Morris searches for the upside in his latest book

 War is a strange, sad affair, but as Ian Morris argues in War! What is it Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), it may turn out to be a very helpful one and actually bring about greater times of peace and prosperity
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The brave new world of biotech beasts

 Most people have an irrevocable bond with their pets as well as the animal world in general, and it’s that connection that makes Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts (Scientific American/Farrar,
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Moses Gates explores the world’s hidden cities

 Moses Gates has been around the world. To be more exact: around, above and below. But that doesn't make him a high-flying airline pilot or a down-and-dirty West Virginia coal miner. The title bestowed upon him and his ilk
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

‘The Wisdom of Psychopaths’ explores their strange determination

The steely-eyed gaze. The sudden glint of a hidden blade. The hulking contours of an ominous figure. Immediately you think: psychopath, serial killer. And rightfully so. But think again, for there exists a spectrum of psychopaths out there beyond that classic incarnation
Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

Letters and journals of the controversial psychiatrist

Where's the Truth? Letters and Journals, 1948-1957 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), edited by Mary Boyd Higgins, is the fourth and final installment culled from the writings of highly...
Monday, April 2, 2012

Gottschall explains how narrative shapes our world

Jonathan Gottschall has written a smart, concise book on the history and implications of storytelling, providing a refreshing and insightful overview...

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