Category Archives: books

Anthony Grayling reviews Barbara Ehrenreich’s book on the numinous

I’ve posted several times about Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book, Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything (e.g.,here, here [on Isaac Chotiner's interview with Ehrenreich], and here [on the New York Times review of the book]). The reason the book deserves scrutiny is because Ehrenreich is a great author who’s written many absorbing […]

It is finished.

Pinker discusses his new book on Edge

If you’re an audio person, you can find a 37-minute video of Steve Pinker discussing his new book, and how to write well, on John Brockman’s Edge site. The talk is called “Writing in the 21st Century.“ You can also click on the screenshot below to go to the video, but scroll down a bit […]

Steve Pinker’s new book

As you may know, Steve Pinker has a new book coming out, hard on the heels of his 800-page behemoth, The Better Angels of Our Nature.  Had I written that, it would take me several years to recover, but the man is a machine. His new book is a popular tract on how to write […]

Allen Orr slams Nicholas Wade’s new book

Allen Orr, my first Ph.D. student, has developed a thriving career as a popular book reviewer, and in this week’s New York Review of Books, he critique’s Nicholas Wade’s new book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History. I made a few comments on this book a few days ago, saying that it was in the […]

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From Giles Fraser’s Twi**er:   ~

New book on race by Nicholas Wade: Professor Ceiling Cat says paws down

Nicholas Wade, who contributes science pieces for The New York Times, has a new book out called A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History. Its thesis is not only that human “races” are biological realities, but that differences in the structure of human societies, as well as behavioral differences between ethnic groups, are based largely on […]

E. O. Wilson goes on Colbert to tout his book

I got nothing today: bupkes. You people expect me to post all these items every day when I’m doing a book and teaching at the same time, as well as preparing a talk for the Imagine No Religion conference in Canada next week. Oy gewalt! I need either a vacation or the chance to rub the belly […]

Heaven is not for real

A double joke: not nonfiction and neither “real” nor “proof”. From this week’s New York Times bestseller list.  . Note, too, that both books have been on the list for over a year, and Burpo’s for over three years.  What a stupid, credulous species we are!

Political correctness gone wild in Toronto: “Hop on Pop” alleged to promote violence

When someone sent me this tw**t, I thought it had to be a joke. It wasn’t. (Well, the tw**t may have been meant to be humorous, but the complaint was dead serious). As Canada’s National Post reports, someone who obviously hadn’t read the Dr. Seuss classic must have been “triggered” by its name: Despite a demand […]

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