Suggested Reading

2015-11-01 Materials that survived my move to Albuquerque, in no particular order. [I lost nearly all my thousands of books in the move !!] 

I know, I need to work on this quick and dirty  list. - elaborate and organize. It’s on my “to do” list - somewhere.

Dan Dennett, author of "Mind’s I”, Ted and Youtube talks, etc. pointed out to me that I have none of his books here. So it needs work. 

BTW Dan has a new book, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, coming out in Feb 2017 that agrees with my material basis for the mind.

    2017-08-04 At least I added a link to Dan’s new book, I’ll add more links and comments later.


I promise a section for non technical writings later, Meanwhile two of my favorite books are:

Thomas Kellys’ A Testament of Devotion
    a quaker worldview of the Light Within and one of my favorites for that worldview

or Henri Nouwen’s Way of the Heart,
    observations of a seeker in the modern world. Lessons from the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Both highly recommended, but available only in paperback

A MUST READ:        Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
          available in paperback, hardback and electronic form from Amazon and iBooks

... more later ...


meanwhile: Technical and Scientific Books and Articles:


The Recursive Universe: Cosmic Complexity and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge by William Poundstone - uses cellular automata to explain some concepts of physics

The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazier - the 1890-1922 classic on comparative religion

Brains And Computers by Tuck Newport - short quantitative comparison

Higher Intelligence: How to Create a Functional Artificial Brain by Peter A J van der Made - AI techniques

The Omega Upgrade - A Short Story by Raima Larter - fiction about society changes

Sapiens: A Real History of Humankind by Yuval Nora Harari - human evolution

An Anatomy of Thought: The Origin and Machinery of the Mind by Ian Glynn - multidisciplinary tour of workings of the brain

Think Complexity: Complexity Science and Computational Modeling by Allen B. Downey - tour of complexity algorithms using python

The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes by Nicholas P. Money - folksy microbiology how microbes are what’s important

Myths to Live By (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell Book 1)
The Power of Myth
The Hero With A Thousand Faces
  —  all by Joseph Campbell - all must reads by Campbell

Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself by Adam Rutherford - from evolution to synthetic biology

The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future by Martin Ford - social effects of accelerating computer technology

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert - the next coming mass extinction

The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates by Howard Bloom - how does an inanimate universe generate stunning new forms and unbelievable new powers without a Creator?

Cybernetics: Second Edition: Or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine by Norbert Weiner - the classic from 1948 with 2013 addendum

The Mathematical Theory of Communication by Claude Shannon - the classic information theory paper

The Meaning of Human Existence by E O Wilson - origin and destiny of humans by famous biologist also see:
Life on Earth - a survey of biology

Pale Blue Dot
Dragons of Eden
Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
  —  etc by Carl Sagan

A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram - large scale exploration of cellular automata

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R Hofstadter - the classic exploration of cognitive science

Engines of Creation by Eric Drexler - the now classic tome about nanotechnology and society

Rare Earth by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee - many expect thousands of civilizations to be discovered - this book reaches the opposite conclusion

River Out Of Eden by Richard Dawkins - explanation of genetic evolution

The Information: A History, a Theory, s Flood by James Gleick - into to information for the public,but good reading


ALSO see these classics:

Bruner: A Study of Thinking, 1956, perhaps dated now, but a good starting point.

Pinker:        The Language Instinct

                    the blank slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

                    How the Mind Works

Chomsky:    New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind

                    The Architecture of Language

Piaget: Developmental Psychology 


The following come from the - a great site.

The Art of Critical Decision Making by Michael A. Roberto

Myth in Human History by Grant L. Voth

Sciience Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It by Steven Goldman

The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History by John R. Hale

How Music and Mathematics Relate by David Kung

Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines by Patrick Grimm

Fundamentals of Photography by Joel Sartore

The Art of Storytelling by Hannah B. Harvey



The Evolution of the Eukaryotes  -

The Evolution of the Earliest Cells 



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