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Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by Menno Schilthuizen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250127822
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Published: Picador - April 3rd, 2018

Admittedly, I was first drawn to Schilthuizen's book by its beautiful cover. However, after just a few pages I found myself as much fascinated by the book's subject matter as I was with the cover. Schilthuizen hopes his readers will come away with an understanding that the rapidly expanding and multiplying urban centers around the world are as important to environmental studies as are forests, jungles, and deserts. After learning about all the ways in which various animals adapt to and, in fact, evolve in response to urban environments, I've become an ardent supporter of Schilthuizen's viewpoint. At times funny, gross, and shocking, this book will change how you look at nature. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


The Top Three Dinosaur Books for Adults

Most adults probably haven’t thought about dinosaurs since they were kids. If the last time you paid any attention to paleontology was the 1980s you’re in for a surprise. Many paradigms have changed and the general picture of what life was like in the Mesozoic has shifted substantially. This list is by no means comprehensive, but if you’re curious about dinosaurs or, if you have children and want to be able to answer their dino-related questions, it’s a fine start.

My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek

The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day by James Kakalios - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780770437756
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Published: Broadway Books - May 15th, 2018

Physics is sometimes summed up as "the study of real things." No artificial categories, no assumptions. Kakalios takes us through what is for many a fairly ordinary day, describing the physics of items we routinely encounter: toasters, smart phones, motion sensors, etc. There's a lot that goes on in these mundane devices. So much so that the mechanics of a routine day are more remarkable than we think. ~ Reviewed by Nate George


How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

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ISBN: 9781594204227
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Published: Penguin Press - May 15th, 2018

Michael Pollan does it again! This book is a fascinating view into the world of psychedelics from the vantage point of a skeptical journalist. Part science, part history, part personal journey, Pollan weaves a narrative that is both highly entertaining and deeply interesting. The therapeutic potential of psychedelics is revealed in depth. Anyone who is interested in the science of the mind or the experience of psychedelics will enjoy this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by Fritjof Capra - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781590308356
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Published: Shambhala - September 14th, 2010

Do you agree with the conventional wisdom that religion (or spiritual practice) and science are fundamentally opposed perspectives, never to be reconciled? Frijof Capra challenges this modern notion in this wonderfully readable and fascinating book, and in so doing offers a new and urgently needed perspective capable of building bridges of understanding in an increasingly polarized culture.

Recommended Book Pairing:
The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by the Dalai Lama ~ Reviewed by Sam Baker


The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures by Antonio Damasio - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307908759
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Published: Pantheon - February 6th, 2018

In this important book that synthesizes a lifetime project aimed at challenging conventional wisdom in consciousness studies, Damasio helps us reconcile two of the great conundrums in Western thought: 1. how we can understand human culture and mind as simultaneously unique yet ordinary in the grand scheme of evolution. and 2. how we can understand body and mind as fundamentally complimentary rather than dualistic.

Recommended book pairing:
The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber
~ Reviewed by Sam Baker


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