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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Ten highly recommended books

My first reread of Bertrand Russell’s history of philosophy in nearly 30 years. The refreshing thing about Russell, whatever his faults, is that he is so damn clear. A publisher once remarked that Russell still sells big even now, and it’s actually not hard to see why. Posted by doctorzamalek

a great, new work; serious social theory for scientists too 17 Dec. 1997
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For this reader, Bruno Latour's book is one of the most ambitious, original, and important reformulations of social theory since 1989.

Thomas Pfau's Minding the Modern offers its readers one of the most substantial historical discussions now available on the relationship between human will, ...

In my opinion, The Atman Project is Ken Wilber's best work, even though it is one of his earliest works. Ken did his homework with volumes of cross-cultural research, and came up with some astounding results in terms of how the individual human develops.
Joseph Vrinte - 2002 - ‎Preview

regarding the nature of human consciousness. Ken Wilber's spectrum psychology does not try to describe the complete spectrum of human experience within one psychological system. He creates an interpretation of human consciousness  ...

"This surely is a most important book and one to turn to againand again as David Harvey′s work never fails to bechallenging." Linda McDowell, University  ...

Originally published in 1978, this important work, by one of the leading European social theorists, is arguably the best introduction to the hermeneutic tradition as a whole.
Terry Eagleton - 1991 - ‎No preview - ‎More editions

Wide in span, as well as morally and politically committed, this is Terry Eagleton's major work to date. It forms both an original enquiry and an exemplary introduction.
Leela Gandhi - 2014 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

Europeans and Americans tend to hold the opinion that democracy is a uniquely Western inheritance, but in The Common Cause, Leela Gandhi recovers stories of an alternate version, describing a transnational history of democracy in the first ...

By Don Salmon on March 11, 2015
“Beyond Physicalism” – the result of an expansion of the CTR group that produced “Irreducible Mind” – is, I believe, one of the most important signs in recent years of the impending global shift in consciousness predicted by such 20th century luminaries as Jean Gebser, Teillhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo. Previously, I had thought that perhaps Dean Radin’s 1997, “The Conscious Universe” was one of the more pivotal books in terms of pointing toward this imminent shift. However, “Beyond Physicalism” is such a broad, highly intelligent (and highly readable) volume that I think it will come to be seen as the sign of a major turning point for modern science.

For several decades, Michael Murphy has sponsored a variety of seminars at Esalen (the institute he founded) aimed at advancing human potential. “Beyond Physicalism” (like Kelly’s previous edited volume, “Irreducible Mind”) is the product of the longest running seminar in Esalen history, 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Exchange and specialization
A Rough Ride to the Future is also an intellectual autobiography, in which Lovelock reflects on his life as a lone scientist, and asks—eloquently—whether his career trajec­tory is possible in an age of increased bureaucratization.
Matt Ridley - 2011 - ‎No preview - ‎More editions
In his bold and bracing exploration into how human culture evolves positively through exchange and specialization, bestselling author Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why.
A contrarian assessment of the near future explains how rapidly growing technologies and other powerful forces will be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of all people, profiling the revolutionary work of leading innovators in such ...
John Gray - 2015 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
This is a stimulating and enraging meditation on everything from cybernetics to the fairground marionettes of the title.
Bryan Caplan - 2008 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
Bryan Caplan suggests some provocative, and highly original, answers. This book may make you smile or it may make you scowl, but it will definitely not make you bored.
The book also expresses the idea that our growing global interdependence -- cultural, economic, and ecological -- can help us to 'sense the reality of each person within the unity of shared life' and thus be motivated to act in the ...
Matt Ridley - 1997 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
What are the reasons for altrusim? Matt Ridley explains how the human mind has evolved a special instinct for social exchange, offering a lucid and persuasive argument about the paradox of human benevolence.
Robert W. Sussman, ‎C. Robert Cloninger - 2011 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
Is it rational to argue for inherent goodness? Renowned biologist and writer Matt Ridley convincingly shows that there are reasons to be a rational optimist despite global negativity. In his book The Rational Optimist (2010) Ridley argues that  ...
From one of the world’s best-known development economists—an excoriating attack on the tragic hubris of the West’s efforts to improve the lot of the so-called developing world In his previous book, The Elusive Quest for Growth, ...
This edition also includes updated data throughout, as well as Shiller’s 2013 Nobel Prize lecture, which puts the book in broader context.
Thomas Nagel - 2012 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
In Mind and Cosmos, he does suggest that if the materialist account is wrong, then principles of a different kind may also be at work in the history of nature, principles of the growth of order that are in their logical form teleological ...
Frank S. Robinson - 2006 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
Celebrating our human character and achievement as well as American ideals of liberty and opportunity, this compelling work is packed with thought-provoking ideas that engage the mind.