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Post Suggestions for our Jan. & Feb. 2003 Book Selection need
I am nominating Darwin's "Origin of Species!" And we wouldn't even have to go buy it, although I know many of you already own it. Here is a link to the entire text online...

www.literature.org/authors/darwin-charles/

I think we could attract a ton of people to the site if they knew we were reading and discussing this book over a two-month period.

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Post Re: Suggestions for our Jan. & Feb. 2003 Book Selection
Chris,

Origin of the Species has been on my "to read" list for quite a while. I bought the book some time ago but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I have so little understanding of evolution and thought that this would be a good place to start.

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Post Re: Suggestions for our Jan. & Feb. 2003 Book Selection
Perhaps we can all discuss this topic Thursday night in the chat room.

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Post Re: Suggestions for our Jan. & Feb. 2003 Book Selection
I'd like to suggest Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe. Published in 1999, it was a New York Times bestseller. In it Greene describes the string theory with remarkable facility and wit. It's engaging reading, intentionally written for the layman, though I've yet to find a group of non-scientists who are enthusiastic about discussing it. I'd love to do so here!

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My only complaint against reading Origin of Species would be that so much of Darwin's original evolutionary theory has been modified, expanded and many of his original ideas about specifics have been shown false (ie -- Darwin originally proposed that modern day whales descended from bear-like ancestory; actually the link is closer to cows). I do understand that it is a classic and could be read for it's historical value alone. What do I know, though, I'm just a newbie! :)

Personally, one of the books I would recommend is Elaine Pagels' Origin of Satan. It's a fascinating book and her writing style is superb. In it she shows how the idea of Satan has evolved over time and how the early Christians used the idea to "demonize" their opposition, primarily the religious Jews.

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People visiting are going to get the wrong idea about us! LOL

The Demon Haunted World
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Chris,

How about Let's Worship the Devil by B. Elzebub.

(That's a joke BTW)

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OMG LOL

I have read the "Satanic Bible" several times and actually recommend it as part of a well wounded education in comparative religion.

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Post Re: Another suggestion
Well wounded education... LOL. I need to remember that one.

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Post Re: Another suggestion
I'm with Johnny in saying No to Origin. While the idea behind it is the spirit of evolution, many of Darwin's conclusions are now held to be incorrect, and his general idea about the theory is modified heavily. We would probably do better off reading something by Dawkins or Gould, if Evolution is the topic desired. Alternatively, Sagan has two good books on biology, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and The Dragons of Eden




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Post Re: Another suggestion
Dawkins, The Extended Phenotype. Here is what Dr. Dawkins himself has to say about it:

I suppose that most scientists



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Post Re: Something controversial?
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At Home in the Universe by Stuart Kauffman
Holy glockenspiel, I had no idea this book existed. I received Kauffman, Origins of Order by mistake from the Science Book Club, and they told me to go ahead and keep it. I read, well, I read the words in the book, anyway; I understood about maybe 20%. That small part was so enlightening that I wrote to Dr. Kauffman to suggest that he write a popular explanation of his ideas.

I don't know if At Home is that book, but I am going to get it and find out!




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Sorry for such a tardy response here, but I just noticed it :b

Anyhow, there has been tons of advances in complexity theory since Origins of Order came out, and lots since At Home in the Universe came out for that matter. Would love to discuss that on a sidebar if you get At Home and it's not voted up after Global Brain... or recommend some other faves on the subject.

*Ani chants 'NK network' like a mantra to summon up a complexity discussion* :b




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Post Re: At Home in the Universe
My copy arrived today, and so far I'm loving it. I suppose we could just start a "Book Talk" level thread with "At Home" as the topic, and anyone else interested could pop on in. Thanks for the thought. Deep books are so much more fun with company!




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Post Global Brain?
I musta missed it - when did anyone nominate and where did we agree on "Global Brain" as book 'o the month? In a chat session? 8o




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