Books

David Chalmers just blogged that his collection of papers, The Character of Consciousness, has finally been published. It first showed up on Amazon back in 2007, and my email inbox includes a slightly testy exchange with David about the ever-changing publication date. Never mind. My copy should be here on Wednesday, and I’m looking forward…

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I just posted my review of Christopher Hitchens’ new book “Hitch 22” over at Amazon.com. This is what I wrote: Must read. No excuses. Let’s get the most important bit out of the way first. You ought to read this book. If you love good, insightful, literate, compelling writing then you must read it. You…

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Before my last overseas trip, I loaded Simon Schama’s book “The American Future” onto my Kindle. I enjoyed it immensely: a witty ramble across the history and geography of the United States, neatly linked to the momentous political events of late 2008. Highly recommended. Soon afterwards, Kate got it out of the library, and she…

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Here’s my latest Amazon review, for “Bozo Sapiens” by Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan: Explaining ourselves Why are humans the way they are? Why do we make such stupid (and obvious) mistakes all the time? Why are we so bad at estimating probability? Why do we fall for scams? As the Kaplans ask, “Is it…

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I’ve just finished reading the latest collection of Edge essays: What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Here’s my Amazon review: Of course it’s mixed… isn’t that the point? Most non-fiction books are written to advance a thesis; to present a conclusion, a theory which explains the facts. When you realize that you’ve got something…

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