Category Archives: books

Coming soon: some new apologetics

I’ve decided, thanks to a reader’s suggestion, that the strategy of suggesting that one book after another gives the “best argument” for God (if you find one deficient, another one pops up), should be called The Argument from Whack-A-Mole. The last mole was David Bentley Hart’s book, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss, which […]

New book on Darwinian medicine

I’d like to call attention to a new book on “Darwinian medicine” by my Chicago colleague Bob Perlman, an MD/Ph.D. in the Department of Pediatrics and Pharmacological Sciences. As you probably know, “Dawinian medicine” uses the principles of evolutionary theory to understand and treat disease.  The book, Evolution and Medicine, is published by Oxford University […]

My book in a strange tongue

Last Friday I received a copy of WEIT that had been translated into a foreign tongue. I didn’t recognize it at all, and couldn’t remember all the languages into which it’s been translated (there are fifteen now). Pretty weird cover, eh? Opening up the book, I found pages that looked like the one below.  Well, […]

Whaddya gonna do?

There are some types of creationist ignorance that can’t be overcome because of sheer laziness of the benighted. Reader Barry sent me one example from his Twi**er feed: I make the same suggestion all the time to creationists who pretend to want information but really want to save my soul. And not one of them […]

Shaping Humanity- a new book by John Gurche on science and art

by Greg Mayer John Gurche, the well known scientific illustrator and “Paleo-Artist” has recently published a new book, Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins (Yale University Press, 345 pages, $49.95) Gurche is best known for his exacting reconstructions of fossil hominids in paintings, bronzes, and life reconstructions, although he […]

More atheist-bashing in Slate

One of my resolutions for 2014, which I’ll undoubtedly violate repeatedly, is to spend less time dissecting atheist-bashing articles, for the arguments against atheists are simply recycled endlessly. But even if I can’t keep my resolution, I’ll try to be briefer, as in the case of poet Michael Robbins‘s review in Slate of Molly Worthens’s new […]

Teller reviews Martin Gardner’s autobiography

As a stripling I was an avid reader of Martin Gardner‘s “Mathematical Games” column in Scientific American, though I was often too young (or too dumb) to follow them. Gardner died in 2010 at age 95, but near the end he wrote his autobiography, Undiluted Hocus-Pocus, which is reviewed by the magician Teller in today’s […]

Kim Jong-Il writes about opera

The Superior Person, Dear Leader, Shining Star of Paektu Mountain, Highest Incarnation of the Revolutionary Comradely Love, Great Man, Who Descended From Heaven, Great Man, Who Is a Man of Deeds, Eternal General Secretary of the Party, etc. etc. etc.—in other words, the man God Incarnate Kim Jong-Il has written a book that you can buy on Amazon, On the Art of […]

Is morality innate? A debate in the NYT book review

UPDATE/CORRECTION: I’ve heard via email from Paul Bloom, who sent me a correction that I requested permission to post.  Having gotten permission, I’m putting Bloom’s email below, and apologize if I misrepresented his argument (I was more or less riffing on a review of a book I hadn’t read—but will). I enjoyed your discussion of […]

Books I: NYT list of 2013′s best books neglects science; my list does too.

Here, from last Sunday’s New York Times, is the list of their selection of “The 10 bet books of 2013″: 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction. Clicking the title link will take you to the NYT review of that book. FICTION AMERICANAH By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95. By turns tender and trenchant, Adichie’s […]

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