More Books

This is a partial list of popular yet substantive books that have I have either read, or heard good things about. I started this list around 2000, and forgot about it for a few years. I will now begin to update it. New books published since 2013 designated by (NB) For more see my many book reviews in the “book reviews” under categories.)

Artificial Intelligence/Robotics

(NB) Stuart Armstrong ~ Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence
(NB) James Barrat ~ Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the …
(NB) Blackford & Broderick ~ Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded …
(NB) Marshall Brain ~ The Second Intelligent Species: How Humans Will Become as …
(NB) Nick Bostrom ~ Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
• Rodney Brooks ~ Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us
(NB) Ted Chu ~ Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision of Our … 
• Katherine Hayles ~ How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics …
• Ray Kurzweil ~ The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human …
• Menzel & D’Aluisio ~ Robo Sapiens: Evolution of a New Species
• Marvin Minsky ~ The Society of Mind
• Hans Morovec ~ Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind
• Paul & Cox ~ Beyond Humanity: CyberEvolution and Future Minds
(NB) Martine Rothblatt ~ Virtually Human: The Promise—and the Peril-of Digital …
(NB) Charles Rubin ~ Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress,
(NB) Ilia Stambler ~ A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
(NB) Keith Wiley ~ A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
• Sam Williams ~ Arguing A.I.: The Battle for Twenty-first-Century Science

Astronomy/Physics

•  David Deutsch ~ The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes … 
• Freeman Dyson ~ Infinite in All Directions
• Richard Feynman ~ The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of …
• Brian Greene ~ The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest …
• John Gribben ~ Hyperspace: The Universe and Its Mysteries
• Stephen Hawking ~ The Universe in a Nutshell
• Stephen Hawking ~ A Brief History of Time
• Michio Kaku ~ Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time …
• Lawrence Krauss ~ The Physics of Star Trek
(NB) Alan Lightman ~ The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
• Ilya Prigogine ~ The End of Certainty
• Carl Sagan ~ Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
• Michael Talbot ~ The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality
• Steven Weinberg ~ The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe

Atheism/Agnosticism

(NB) Alain De Botton ~ Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion
(NB) Marshall Brain ~ How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
(NB) Simon Critchley ~ The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments In Political Theology
• Richard Dawkins ~ The God Delusion
• Daniel Dennett ~ Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
(NB) Ronald Dworkin ~ Religion without God
• Greg Graffin ~ Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without …
•  A. C. Grayling ~ The Good Book: A Humanist Bible
• Sam Harris ~ The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
• Sam Harris ~ Letter to a Christian Nation
• S. C. Hitchcock ~ Disbelief 101: A Young Person’s Guide to Atheism
• Christopher Hitchens ~ God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
• Julian Huxley ~ Religion Without Revelation
(NB) Philip Kitcher ~ Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism
(NB) Stephen Mitchell ~ Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the …
• Michel Onfray ~ Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism &
• Bertrand Russell ~ Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion …
• Victor Stenger ~God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion
• Phil Torres ~ A Crisis of Faith – Atheism, Emerging Technologies and the Future of 
(NB) Peter Watson ~ The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death…

Contemporary Politics

• Jason Stanley ~ How Propaganda Works.
• Thomas Mann & Norman Orstein ~ It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American …
• Thomas Mann & Norman Orstein ~ The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America

Ethics

• Robert Axelrod ~ The Evolution of Cooperation: Revised Edition
• Sam Harris ~ The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
(NB) John Messerly ~ Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
• James Rachels ~ Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism
• Michael Shermer ~ The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care …
• Robert Wright ~ The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science …

Evolution

• Philip Appleman ~ Darwin (Norton Critical Editions)
• Barlow, Connie ~ Evolution Extended: Biological Debates on the Meaning of Life
• Pascal Boyer ~ Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought
• Richard Dawkins ~ The Selfish Gene
• Richard Dawkins ~ The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals …
• Daniel Dennett ~ Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life
• Julian Huxley ~ Evolutionary Humanism (Great Minds Series)
• George Levine ~ Darwin Loves You: Natural Selection and the Re-enchantment of the
• Richard Morris ~ The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin’s Soul
• Michael Ruse ~ Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?
• Michael Ruse ~ Taking Darwin Seriously: A Naturalistic Approach to Philosophy
• Steve Stewart-Williams ~ Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life: How Evolutionary …
• E.O. Wilson ~ On Human Nature: With a new Preface, Revised Edition
• Robert Wright ~ Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
• John Ziman, ~ Technological Innovation as an Evolutionary Process

Futurism

(NB) Michael Bess ~ Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life in the Bioengineered Society …
(NB) Russell Blackford ~ Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for …
• John Brockman ~ The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the …
• Damien Broderick ~ The Spike: How Our Lives Are Being Transformed By Rapidly …
• Chris Gray ~ Cyborg Citizen: Politics in the Posthuman Age
• Michio Kaku ~ Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
• Jaron Lanier ~ You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
(NB) Jaron Lanier ~ Who Owns the Future?
• John Maddox ~ What Remains to Be Discovered: Mapping the Secrets of the Universe …
• Martin Rees ~ Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s Warning
•  More & Vita-More ~  The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary…
• Gregory Stock ~ Redesigning Humans: Choosing our genes, changing our future
(NB) Phil Torres ~ The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse
(NB) David Wood ~ Anticipating Tomorrow’s Politics 

General Science

• Diane Ackerman ~ The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us
• John Brockman ~ The New Humanists: Science at the Edge
• Alan Cromer ~ Uncommon Sense: The Heretical Nature of Science
• Antonio Damasio ~ Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain
• David Deutsch ~ The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World
• Susan Fischer ~Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray
• John Horgan ~The End Of Science: Facing The Limits Of Knowledge In The Twilight …
• Steven Johnson ~ How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
• Michio Kaku ~ The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance …
• Douglas Mulhall ~ Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics …
• Carl Sagan ~The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
• Carl Sagan ~ Cosmos
• Michael Shermer ~ Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition …
• E. O. Wilson ~ Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
(NB) E. O. Wilson ~ Letters to a Young Scientist
• E. O. Wilson ~The Social Conquest of Earth

History

• Will & Ariel Durant ~ The Lessons of History
• Will & Ariel Durant ~ The Story of Civilization (11 Volume Set)
• Will & Ariel Durant ~ The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

Meaning of Life

• Julian Baggani ~ What’s It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
• Julian Barnes ~ Nothing to Be Frightened Of
• Raymond Belliotti, What Is The Meaning Of Human Life?
• Christopher Belshaw, 10 Good Questions About Life And Death
• David Benatar, ed. ~ Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big …
• Simon Critchley ~ Very Little … Almost Nothing: Death, Philosophy and Literature
• Simon Critchley ~ The Book of Dead Philosophers
• The Dalai Lama ~ The Meaning of Life
• Will Durant ~ Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War, and God
• Will Durant ~ On the Meaning of Life
• Terrence Eagleton ~ The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction
• Joseph Ellin ~ 
Morality and the Meaning of Life: An Introduction to Ethical Theory
• Owen Flanagan ~ Self Expressions: Mind, Morals, and the Meaning of Life
• Victor Frankl ~ Man’s Search for Meaning
• E. D. Klemke ~ The Meaning of Life: A Reader
• Anthony Kronman ~ Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given …
(NB) John Messerly ~ The Meaning of Life: Religious, Philosophical, Transhumanist … 
(NB) Thaddeus Metz ~ Meaning in Life
• Thomas Morris ~ Making Sense of It All: Pascal and the Meaning of Life
• Joshua Seachris, ed. ~ Exploring the Meaning of Life: An Anthology and Guide
• Paul Thagard ~ The Brain and the Meaning of Life
(NB) Clement Vidal ~ The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological … 
• Julian Young ~ The Death of God and the Meaning of Life

Philosophy – Academic

• Hannah Arendt ~ The Life of the Mind (Vols 1&2)
• William Barrett ~ Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy
• Susan Blackmore ~ The Meme Machine
(NB) Stephen Cave ~ Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization
• Francis Crick ~ Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul
• James Christian ~ Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering
• Owen Flanagan ~ The Problem Of The Soul: Two Visions Of Mind And How To Reconcile
(NB) James Holt ~ Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
• Aldous Huxley ~ The Perennial Philosophy: An Interpretation of the Great Mystics
(NB) Roman Krznaric ~ How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life
• Thomas Nagel ~ The View From Nowhere
• Thomas Nagel ~ Mortal Questions (Canto Classics)

Philosophy – Popular

• Mortimer Adler ~ Six Great Ideas
• Mortimer Adler ~ Aristotle for Everybody
• Kim Blessing & Paul Tudico ~ Movies and the Meaning of Life
• Dennis Bradford ~ A Thinker’s Guide to Living Well
• Will Durant ~ The Pleasures of Philosophy
• Will Durant ~ The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s …
• Erich Fromm ~ The Art of Loving
(NB) John Messerly ~ Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific …
• Thomas Nagel ~ What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy
• Richard Precht ~ Who Am I?: And If So, How Many?
• Carl Sagan ~ Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
 • Seneca ~ On the Shortness of Life (Penguin Great Ideas)

Philosophy/Psychology

• Gillian Butler & Tony Hope ~ Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide
• Sonja Lyubomirsky ~ The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You
• Steven Pinker ~ The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
• Steve Taylor ~ Back to Sanity: Healing the Madness of Our Minds
• Alan Watts ~ The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
• Alan Watts ~ The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

Reading & Writing

• Mortimer Adler ~ How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading …
(NB) Steven Pinker ~ The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing …
• Strunk & White ~The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
• William Zinsser ~ On Writing Well, The Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction
• William Zinsser ~ Writing To Learn

Science & Religion

• Scott Atran ~ In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion
• John H. Brooke ~ Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Canto Classics)
• John  Brooke & Geoffrey Cantor ~ Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science…
• Paul Davies ~ The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World
• Willem Drees ~ Beyond the Big Bang: Quantum Cosmologies and God
• Stephen J. Gould ~ Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life
(NB) Sam Harris ~ Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
• Kenneth Miller ~ Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground
• Corey Powell ~ God in the Equation : How Einstein Transformed Religion
• Michael Shermer ~ How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God
• Michael Ruse ~ The Evolution-Creation Struggle
• Michael Ruse ~ Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science
(NB) Phil Torres ~ The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse

Miscellaneous

(NB) Philip Appleman ~  Darwin’s Ark
• Roger Ebert ~ Life Itself: A Memoir
• Richard Dawkins ~ A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love
• Frank Donoghue ~ The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the
• Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ Essays and Lectures
(NB) Christopher Hitchesn ~ Mortality
• Steven Pinker ~ How the Mind Works
• Eleanor Roosevelt ~ You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
• Huston Smith ~ The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions
• Henry David Thoreau ~ Walking, The Unabridged Original
• George Vaillant ~ Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study
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4 thoughts on “More Books

  1. I hope that you might consider a review of David Deutsch’s work (“Fabric of Reality” and “The Beginning of Infinity”) as well as that of his intellectual forbear, Karl Popper.

  2. thanks, I read the former book some years ago and forgot about it. my list is incomplete. I’ll add it soon.

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