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