The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins The Reason of Things by A.C. Grayling The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb The Devil’s Picnic by Tarras Grescoe After The Party by Andrew Feinstein The Portable Atheist by Christopher Hitchens Infidel, my life by Ayaan Hirsi Ali The Meaning of Things by A.C. Grayling Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln The Atheist’s Bible by Joan Konner Keeper of Genesis by Robert Bauval & Graham Hancock Mythology by Phillip Wilkinson & Neil Philip Supernatural by Graham Hancock Slave Species of God by Michael Tellinger A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson The Goldilocks Enigma by Paul Davies Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation by Michael Moore The Messianic Legacy by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins Dude Where’s my Country by Michael Moore Don’t Stop Me Now by Jeremy Clarkson Talisman by Graham Hancock & Robert Bauval Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand Broca’s Brain, Reflections on the Romance of Science by Carl Sagan Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins The World According to Clarkson Vol 2 by Jeremy Clarkson The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard P. Feynman The Return of the Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock Politics by Aristotle Alaska by James A. Michener The Complete Bartender by Robyn M. Feller The Budda and His Teachings by Narada The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins The Complete Guide to Outdoor Photography by Paul Harcourt Davies Chesapeake by James A. Michener Photography by Peter Cattrell The Digital Photography Handbook by Doug Harman HTML, XHTML & CSS for Dummies by Ed Tittel & Jeff Noble
The following are some of the books which I have read, or am currently reading. Some would say this is a heretics reading list. I however, prefer to call it food for the brain. I may not necessarily agree with some of the authors, but they all contribute to shaping my way of thinking, honing my ability to rationalize and improve my understanding of the world. I may have posted reviews for these books; please check for the link Brain Food under Categories on my Home Page or use the clickable links below:
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I’m a commercial cookery teacher, and I believe food was perfect since time began, but for us humans it wasn’t good enough, and over the years we tried to improve but yet not knowing that we were making it worse. If people really realized how important it is to eat food that comes from it’s most natural state we would all be growing our own.
Hi again Darren,
Ah, yes, I do love food. And you’re right about it being better when as natural as possible; perhaps why I like healthy Thai cooking so much. Must be that over time, a genetic mutation in our evolutionary history, has made our taste for the mundane become more pronounced.
A book that would be excellent on your list:
‘The Dispossessed’ by Ursula Le Guin
It is quite the enlightening read. Very interesting exploration into the possibility of an anarchic society. To make it better it is a sci-fi novel! Give it a read if you haven’t.
Thanks, although I prefer real science, I’ll see if I can get my hands on a copy.
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Might want to look at some books by Richard Wiseman, his latest book “Paranormality” deals with a lot of the psychology behind religion, magic, seances, telepathy, fortune-telling.
Hey Ruan, thanks for the encouragement. I’ll add your suggestion to my growing wishlist…
I agree with Ruan. Richard has some interesting ideas on magic and psychology. As a magician/mentalist myself I have read some of his work including video footage on magic DVD’s of some of his work, albeit I haven’t read his Paranormality yet. Sounds interesting!.
Alas haven’t got around to it yet. Too many books on my plate right now.
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What a brilliant reading list! I’ve read most, if not all, of the books on your list. Excellent brain food!
Great stuff, Grumpy…
Nice list. Just not sure Hancock and Rand belong with the likes of Dawkins. Perhaps some more Gould, Hitchins and Diamond?
Thanks, I haven’t updated the list in a while.
Hancock is out of place, but I think one needs to read the psuedoscience as well to get an idea of the BS that’s being put out there. As for Ayn Rand… well the same logic applies.