SSS Christmas Books

Fellow bookworms,

Skepticism, Optimism and Passion.  A critical questioning of scientific information, leading to a rational understanding of our world, producing a passion for life. This is what Skeptical Swedish Scientists tries to do. Maybe some christmas reading can shine that way too.  🙂

First, The Passion, the grand sweep of our world.

The Universe: A BiographyThe Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence

Gribbin still produces a superb narrative. Kudos to Davies, religious and a SETI pioneer, but he balances the evidence with beautiful logic.

The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on NurtureMale, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences

Ridley’s home ground provides a book that flows with easily understandable analogies explaining a complex subject which should be widely known. Geary’s fully updated 2010 tome (borrow it) is now THE book on how stongly our lives are driven by our sexual past. Irresistable copious references dash societal/cultural claims to shreds. Simplified summaries throughout.   

Next, The Optimism, filling the human viewpoint with light. 

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity EvolvesFerraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress

Matt Ridley’s new book, discussed and debated the world over, is a must. Ben-Ami’s is likewise a god-send for 3rd world counties

And the vital base, The Understanding. Books that don’t just complain (and blame) that we humans have a problem, but see deeper to a reasonable solution.

Science and Public Policy: The Virtuous Corruption of Virtual Environmental ScienceThe Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn't--and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger

Aynsley Kellow’s work (now discounted) casts a steady light on how the Green movement flew from our world of  scientifically observable facts to it’s own virtuous virtual “reality”. Dan Gardner’s overview provides an evolutionary psychological explanation for the Media Scares currently ravaging the world. 

Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic CrisisAsking the Right Questions

Norberg’s analysis is an essential antidote to the current Euro crisis, with European governments now blaming anybody but themselves. And of course, the bedrock of a rational mind, the principles of critical thinking, with Browne and Keeley admirably producing the 9th edition of their rightly popular work.

Happy Christmas,

Booked-Out Brady 🙂

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One Response to SSS Christmas Books

  1. Thank you for the SSS list of Christmas Books

    John Gribbin’s book is indeed intriguing. The cover of the book on Amazon.com depicts a fragmenting universe. My question is this: Has the author has kept current on the energy source that causes dissociation rather than fusion in the cosmos?

    Astronomers see repeated fragmentation of galactic centers, compact stellar objects (CSO), and ordinary stars . . . while astrophysicists claimed that nuclear fusion is the energy source that powers the cosmos: H => He => C => . . . Fe => CSO

    Neutron repulsion was first recognized in 2001 as the primary energy source of the Sun and the cosmos: http://tinyurl.com/2cecxjo

    If Gribbin’s book includes these recent developments, I will purchase a copy. I tried to find his e-mail address so I could ask him myself, but was unable to set up a new account so I could contact him from his web page.

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

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