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carterj98 has commented on (2) products.

The Blood Royal (Joe Sandilands Mysteries) by Barbara Cleverly
The Blood Royal (Joe Sandilands Mysteries)

carterj98, September 20, 2011

I'm reading Cleverly's "The Last Kashmiri Rose" right now, and will get this one soon. Fine author, fine book!
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The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction by Rebecca Costa
The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

carterj98, January 1, 2011

Best book in a very long time! Costa explains the "super-memes" that make it impossible for us to solve the immense problems we face--failing education, dwindling energy supplies, climate change, terrorism, all the others, by citing solid research in evolutionary biology, psychology, engineering, meteorology, and numerous other sciences. Can we surmount the vast problems we face?

We live with beliefs and knowledge, which are by no means the same, and humans need both of them. But we believe all sorts of nonsense that we have the knowledge to disprove, if we could use it. But can we? She suggests some practical, if politically almost impossible, ways to do it. If every intelligent person in the world read this, or simply began to substitute knowledge for beliefs that are false, we might have a chance. Otherwise, why should we survive when the Mayan and the Roman Empires failed?
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