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Book Review: “Innumeracy” by John Allen Paulos

A Good Introduction and a Light Read “Innumeracy” is at heart a book on the use, misuse, and abuse of statistics and probability that are made by a (unfortunately) large number of people (this reader included). Paulos has managed to make a quick read that is packed with facts and examples of numerical illiteracy. It […]

Book Review: “The Evolution of Cooperation” by Robert Axelrod

Practical, insightful, and delightful. (5 out of 5 stars.) Axelrod’s “The Evolution of Cooperation” delivers ideas that are at the same time obvious but surprisingly insightful to human nature. It is a small and readable book which every chapter left me thinking, “Of course, why didn’t I think of it like that?” The core of […]

Book Review: “Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness” by Alva Noe

Interesting, but ultimately disappointing and unconvincing. (2 out of 5 stars) Noe avoids mystical explanations and the supernatural. He doesn’t put forth souls or the vague appeals to quantum mechanics that are the hallmarks of new age quackery. And while he skates close, he doesn’t present consciousness as just merely a postmodern social construction. “Out […]

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