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The Evolutionary Mind: Conversations on Science, Imagination and Spirit
The Evolutionary Mind: Conversations on Science, Imagination and Spirit
by Rupert Sheldrake and Ralph Abraham and Terence McKenna
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Stimulating and often startling discussions between three friends, all highly original thinkers: Rupert Sheldrake, controversial biologist, Terence McKenna , psychedelic visionary, and Ralph Abraham , chaos mathematician. Their passion is to break out... (read more)

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Science and Poetry (Routledge Classics)
Science and Poetry (Routledge Classics)
by Mary Midgley
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In this typically crusading work, universally acclaimed as a classic on first publication, Midgley asserts her corrective view that without poetry (or literature, or music, or history, or even theology) we cannot hope to understand our humanity.... (read more)

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The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration of Science and Philosophy
The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration of Science and Philosophy
by Guy Murchie
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A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: Extraordinary People, Alien Brains, and Quantum Resurrection
A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: Extraordinary People, Alien Brains, and Quantum Resurrection
by Clifford A. Pickover
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A Beginner's Guide to Immortality is a celebration of unusual lives and creative thinkers who punched through ordinary cultural norms while becoming successful in their own niches. In his latest and greatest work, world-renowned science writer Cliff... (read more)

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Impossibility : the Limits of Science and the Science of Limits (98 Edition)
Impossibility : the Limits of Science and the Science of Limits (98 Edition)
by John Barrow
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In Impossibility, John D. Barrow--one of our most elegant and accomplished science writers--argues convincingly that there are limits to human discovery, that there are things that are ultimately unknowable, undoable, or unreachable. Barrow first... (read more)

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Information: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Information: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Luciano Floridi
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We live in a society that is awash with information, but few of us really understand what information is. In this Very Short Introduction, one of the world's leading authorities on the philosophy of information and on information ethics, Luciano Floridi,... (read more)

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Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism
Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism
by Susan Haack
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Sweeping in scope, penetrating in analysis, and generously illustrated with examples from the history of science, this new and original approach to familiar questions about scientific evidence and method tackles vital questions about science and its... (read more)

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Science, Policy, and Value-free Ideal (09 Edition)
Science, Policy, and Value-free Ideal (09 Edition)
by Heather E. Douglas
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Worries about scientific objectivity seem never-ending. Social critics and philosophers of science have argued that invocations of objectivity are often little more than attempts to boost the status of a claim, while calls for value neutrality may be... (read more)

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Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet
Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet
by Margaret Wertheim
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But as science commentator Margaret Wertheim argues in this "marvelously provocative" () book, cyberspace has in recent years become a repository for immense spiritual yearning. Wertheim explores the mapping of spiritual desire onto digitized space and... (read more)

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As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
by Juan Enriquez
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If you think the world has changed dramatically in the last five years, you havent seen anything yet. You will never look at the world in the same way after reading As the Future Catches You. Juan Enriquez puts you face to face with unprecedented... (read more)

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Billions & Billions
Billions & Billions
by Carl Sagan
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The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul
The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul
by Francis Crick
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Traditionally, the human soul is regarded as a nonphysical concept that can only be examined by psychiatrists and theologists. In his new book, andlt;Iandgt;The Astonishing Hypothesis,andlt;/Iandgt; Nobel Laureate Francis Crick boldly straddles the line... (read more)

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Bad Science (10 Edition)
Bad Science (10 Edition)
by Ben Goldacre
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Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got... (read more)

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The Genetic Gods: Evolution and Belief in Human Affairs
The Genetic Gods: Evolution and Belief in Human Affairs
by John C. Avise
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John C. Avise Received the 1998 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation from the Pew Charitable Trusts in Partnership with the New England... (read more)

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Darwin College Lectures #12: Structure: In Science and Art
Darwin College Lectures #12: Structure: In Science and Art
by Wendy (edt) Pullan
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Fascinating investigation of structure in our world by experts in the sciences, arts and humanities.... (read more)

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A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (Swerve Editions)
A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (Swerve Editions)
by Manuel De Landa
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Following in the wake of his... (read more)

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Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture
Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture
by Alan Sokal
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Famed for his 1996 hoax that parodied the extreme postmodernist criticism of science, Alan Sokal here exposes many other examples of charlatanism, deflating the postmodernists of the left, the fundamentalists of the right, and the muddle-headed of all... (read more)

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Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
by Michael Shermer
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Revised and Expanded Edition. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices,... (read more)

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Nonsense on Stilts (10 Edition)
Nonsense on Stilts (10 Edition)
by Massimo Pigliucci
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What sets the practice of rigorously tested, sound science apart from pseudoscience? In this volume, the contributors seek to answer this question, known to philosophers of science as andldquo;the demarcation problem.andrdquo; This issue has a long... (read more)

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The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life
The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life
by Philip Appleman
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Have you wondered where we came from or whether there is a god? And if so, why there is so much evil and turmoil in the world? Have you pondered the notion of an afterlife? And what role it has in determining our behavior while alive? Philip Appleman... (read more)

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