Category Archives: books

OMG: $6100!

Bidding on the autographed and Houle-illustrated copy of WEIT has gone up another thousand simoleons, and there’s still a bit more than a day left: I take no credit for that high price, which I attribute to all the nice autographs that festoon the book and the spiffy artwork, but I’m still pleased that it […]

My review of “Evolving Ourselves” in WaPo

A while back I wrote a review of a new book by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans: Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth. That review has just appeared in the Washington Post (free online at the link). For reasons that escape me, it’s in the “opinion” section, though perhaps the Post doesn’t have a […]

Jon Stewart interviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali (obtusely); Hirsi Ali has a new book

Well, if there’s anything that this interview of Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Monday’s Daily Show proves, it’s that Jon Stewart is no Bill Maher. As you’ll see from the 20-minute interview (click on the screenshot below to see the video), Stewart basically does everything he can to argue that Islam is no different in principle from any other […]

More dosh for the book!

The latest update shows that bidding for The Fancy Book has exceeded $5,000. I can hardly believe it. Yes, perhaps (as one commenter said) the book isn’t “worth it”—but who cares? This is a lot of dough for Doctors Without Borders, and that means a lot of people helped—I hope. Thanks again to Kelly Houle for […]

“God’s Bankers”: a new book exposing the corruption of the Vatican bank

I’ve criticized Damon Linker’s atheist-bashing before (see here), but in today’s New York Times he shows that he’s an equal-opportunity basher. In the Sunday Book Review, Linker evaluates, favorably, a new book by investigative reporter Gerald Posner, God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican. Posner’s book, which came out Feb. 3, is doing […]

WEIT book price escalates even moar (plus answers to “Name the apologist” contest)

I’m very pleased to see that the price of the autographed and Houle-illuminated copy of WEIT has gone even higher: it’s over $4K, and there’s still a week to go: Meanwhile, over at Sean Carroll’s site, Preposterous Universe, various sourpusses (sourpodes?) predicted it wouldn’t sell for much: as one of them said, “I’m going to […]

Professor Ceiling Cat is pleased

The auction for the illuminated, illustrated, and autographed copy of WEIT, which runs for 8 more days on eBay, has already succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. Artist Kelly Houle and I (she set up the eBay page and is managing the auction) decided to start the bidding at $995, hoping to get at least $1000.  (Two years ago, […]

Multiply-autographed and illustrated copy of WEIT finally up for auction, proceeds to charity

In October of 2012 I was invited to the “Moving Naturalism Forward” conference, a small group of people charged with discussing how we could promote naturalism in today’s world. It was organized by Official Website Physicist™ Sean Carroll, funded by the generosity of Nick Pritzker (we paid for our own lodgings and food), and held at […]

Stephen Law recommends five books on pseudoscience

Most of you have probably heard of Stephen Law, a philosopher at the University of London and provost of the Center for Inquiry UK (he’s also an atheist).  At the Five Books site, which I keep recommending as a great way to find what to read in an area you’re curious about, Nigel Warburton has just done an […]

Francis Crick was a fricking genius—and Matthew’s new book

I am reading a pre-publication copy of Matthew Cobb’s new book about the genetic code, for he asked me if I could provide a blurb. Now, I never tout a book unless I’ve read the whole thing, but in this case it’s a labor of love. His book is called Life’s Greatest Secret: The Story of the Race […]

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