Friday, April 01, 2011

Further adventures in book gluttony

Picked these up today at the library book sale (hc - 1.00; pb - .50):

The Ascent of Man (hc) by Jacob Bronowski

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (hc) by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith

What Are Journalists For? (hc) by Jay Rosen

Two Treatises of Government (pb) by John Locke

The only ones I've read previously are Mistakes Were Made and The Political Mind; the former I consider to be an essential item on any skeptic's bookshelf and the latter an accessible (though flawed) 21st century explication of a principle long ago recognized by David Hume: "Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions."

Update: Went back and picked up two more items:

The Mismeasure of Man (pb) by Stephen Jay Gould

Unfortunately, this is the original edition of Mismeasure and not the revised/updated version that features a critique of The Bell Curve.

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