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Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
by Michael Shermer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.87
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Skeptic, Good Debunker, July 14 2004
The overall grade for this book is good, I recommend it, but it could definitely be much better. Shermer is one super skeptic fellow, and one that respects most of the people whose claims he tries to debunk. Through the book he can't deny his psychology background, since he continually makes reference to different psychological concepts (and their application to scientists like Tippler, or to holocaust deniers), this is not bad, but the truth is I wasn't expecting a pseudo-psychoanalisis on his opponents. The book is really entertaining, and has a lot of interesting anecdotes and experiences as well as good bibliographic investigation to support every case. Once again, the book is entertaining and enlightening at times, I surely recommend it.

Man's Place in Nature
Man's Place in Nature
by Thomas H. Huxley
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our place indeed, no matter what our ego says, July 13 2004
This review is from: Man's Place in Nature (Paperback)
Huxley surely was the best evolution defender of his time, even superior to Darwin and Wallace at this feat. This book is a classic to man's evolution literature and should be read by anyone interested in the early foundations of evolution. This were the kind of lectures and essays that destroy competing arguments from other theories. Something that strikes me is how updated this still is (well considering the time that has passed), and how strong are Huxley's arguments and so well founded. Huxley uses various techniques to make his point, he uses a lot of the new branch of science "comparative anatomy", and does so like an expert. Simply a delightful reading, a time travel to the origins of the evolution theory.

Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests
Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests
by Jacques Wallach MD
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little book that stands by itself, July 12 2004
This is a little book I've been using since day one at work, and let me say it is simply the most practical reference I had ever bought. It has a very concise overview of the principles underlying any diagnosis, an overview of some critical values, a pathologist incline clasification in the book (more disease oriented), and a super complete list of causes that may provoque the anomalies detected and outlined in this book. All in a minute consultation, really fast and easy to use. Simply very, very good.

The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life
The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life
by Paul Davies
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best little book I have read in years., July 7 2004
The fifth miracle is an outstanding little book that discloses a miriad of possibilities about the origin of life on earth. The controversy arises when Davis exposes some unorthodox theories like Panspermia, the truth is that when he does that he is really persuasive. Paul Davies is an intelligent scientist and one that has kept updated and with experience on field, so his arguments are no less than powerful and convincing, once again, even the controversial ones. Though he doesn't take part in most of the different theories explained, his book might look a little biased, but great, besides he may even be right.

The Age Of Science
The Age Of Science
by Gerard Piel
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Synthesis, July 6 2004
This review is from: The Age Of Science (Hardcover)
Gerard Piel makes a huge effort trying to synthesize 100 years of science (and by that I mean a really extensive part of it) in one book. The book is written in a very understandable language and is addressed to the lay person, so don't expect deep explanations, but an overall overview. Too much has been said in other reviews about errors in the book. To tell the truth that is the only reason I gave this book four stars, but still is a pretty darn good synthesis and shouldn't be neglected. For anyone interested in a concise review of science in the twentieth century this is a great place to start.

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
by Dava Sobel
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A original perspective., July 3 2004
Dava Sobel made an excellent job in this book. Family is an aspect of Galileo's life never exploded before (at least not that I know) and totally gives you a different perspective of this controversial and heavily influential individual. Galileo's life, as exposed in Sobel's book, is a very human and touching one. Seeing Galileo from the eyes of his tenderly loving bastard daughter (a nun), evokes such intense conflicting emotions as one might expect only to surge by empathy, a characteristic only obtained when the author makes you compenetrate inside the personage life. A great book, highly recommended for curious people.

Explanation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
Explanation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
by Gerald Bakker
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confronting different views., July 3 2004
I really like this book. The language is clear cristal, not to intricated as it sometimes is in philosophy books. I love this book includes fragments from the original texts of some of the most renown philosophers of all times. These are extremely well selected and each truly represents a particular view (often designated with a philosophical current). The only thing I gave four stars to this book is that I think, and this is my very personal taste, it would had been even better to include a pair of additional philosophers (but I now that in economy terms this was not optimal). I love that the book tries to cover aspects that normally this kind of books don't treat, like the role explanation has in religion and how it can be contrasted with different opinions developed previously. Really enjoyable read.

Leonardo: The First Scientist
Leonardo: The First Scientist
by Michael White
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Original but a bit misleading., July 3 2004
It's good to try to explore different aspects of such transcendent people as Leonardo Da Vinci, but I think Michael White stressed it up a little too much. Personally I think Leonardo was not a scientist, he was an incredibly talented heuristic, but that doesn't make him a scientist, a genius maybe (which I certainly believe he was). The book has a good pace and writing style, besides it has some interesting original figures that complement well with the text. As a whole, the book is an interesting one, but I wouldn't recommend it if this is going to be the only one you're reading about Leonardo Da Vinci.

Searching For Memory: The Brain, The Mind, And The Past
Searching For Memory: The Brain, The Mind, And The Past
by Daniel L. Schacter
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.72
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection of cases to make a point., July 3 2004
I found this book a very interesting reading, and surely learned some new facts. This book stimulated my eager to reflect upon what a delicate and intricated concept memory is. I particularly dislike all the "art" references the author makes in every chapter of the book. I really think this was an unnecessary complement that in my opinion not always makes a good pedagogic analogy. The book format was a little bit square, but I suppose that helps to order ideas in one's brain. Anyway, the book is really interesting and the cases are very well selected, though I personally don't like to rely that much on induction, but also I know that sometimes this is inevitable.

El Genio de La Locura
El Genio de La Locura
by Philippe Brenot
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Una lectura original., July 3 2004
This review is from: El Genio de La Locura (Paperback)
Como una persona curiosa he encontrado este libro altamente satisfactorio. El autor expone la tesis que muchos de los genios históricamente relevantes (la mayoría incluso) han sido individuos aquejados por un mal maniaco-depresivo, en el cual han sido increíblemente prolíficos en sus momentos de manía y sus momentos de depresión (en mucho de ellos) explican el comportamiento aberrante históricamente registrado. Es un libro que se lee en poco tiempo, un excelente acompañante para una lectura de fin de semana.

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