Category Archives: books

Book talk: Politics and Prose

Jason Rosenhouse said he’d publish a report on his Evolution Blog about my talk last night at Politics and Prose in Washington, D. C. His report will surely be more objective than mine, but I thought I’d put up a few photographs of the event taken by reader Brian D. Engler, and a few thoughts. Politics and Prose […]

My Five Books interview: recommendations for books dealing with the incompatibility of science and religion

When WEIT came out, I was interviewed by Sophie Roell of the “Five Books” section of The Browser.  Then was asked to choose five “popular” books about evolution that people could read if they wanted to learn about my branch of science. That interview (a transcription of a phone conversation, so the language is informal) is […]

One-day special from the TLS: access to a long (and favorable) review of Steve Weinberg’s new book

In February I announced the publication of physicist Steven Weinberg’s new book on the history of science, To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science, and included two excerpts he sent us to give an idea of the contents. Now, for one day only, the Times Literary Supplement is offering a free look at its long (and […]

Hiroko’s book on “Neko Shirt”

Hiroko Kubota, a crack embroidery artist who made my beautiful Hili shirt, has now come out with a book of her creations called “Neko Shirt” (“neko” is Japanese for “cat”).  It’s available only from Amazon Japan, so unless you have a yen for it (LOL) you won’t be able to order it. (I, however, am […]

Simon Conway Morris’s new book once again claims that the evolution of human-like creatures was inevitable. He’s wrong.

Paleontologist Simon Conway Morris has a new book on science coming out, coincidentally, on the same day as mine, and I’m sure that his has religious overtones. The book is called Runes of Evolution: How the Universe Became Self Aware, and, predictably, is published by Templeton Press. Templeton simply laps up books like this. Here’s part of the publisher’s […]

Book events in Washington D.C. and Chicago

This is just an advance notice: if you live in the Washington, D.C. area, on May 27 I’m doing a book event at Politics and Prose, a famous independent bookstore on Connecticut Avenue. The information is here, but I’ve put the screenshot below. I’ll give a 20-minute talk on the book, answer questions, and then sign books. […]

Oliver Sacks: Still working but saying goodbye

Oliver Sacks is going to die, and that makes us (and him, of course) the unlucky ones. In February I wrote with sadness about Sacks’ announcment that he had terminal cancer, an announcment that was poignant and as full of humanity as we’ve come to expect from the man. The guy was sui generis—plagued by […]

More nonsense at NPR about God

I am frankly amazed that National Public Radio (NPR) would publish this mushy reconception of religion, for it’s worse than that purveyed by apophatists like Karen Armstrong. In fact, Nancy Ellen Abrams, who is flogging her new book A God that Could Be Real: Sprirituality, Science, and the Future of our Planet, was given two mini-essays in […]

Book by murdered editor of Charlie Hebdo just out, defiant in right to criticize Islam

Stéphane Charbonnier (“Charb”), the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was murdered by Muslim thugs, has a new book out, sadly still only in French, that was completed just two days before his death, and published April 9.  The New York Times has a brief description of the book, which gives the lie to two myths […]

The Albatross is here (in my office)!

I have two real hardbound copies right here! It’s always a thrill to see the final product in the flesh (actually, in the paper). It goes on sale a little less than a month from today—May 19. And for the last time I’ll ask those readers who want to buy the hardback to do it […]


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