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Book Review: The Origins Of Creativity

The Origins Of Creativity, by Edward O. Wilson This book is a short one but a surprisingly complex one in terms of its subject.  For one, the book’s contents on the origins of creativity are mostly not-very-creative evolutionary just-so stories … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Unexpected Evolution Of Language

The Unexpected Evolution Of Language:  Discover The Surprising Etymology Of Everyday Words, by Justin Cord Hayes Why would the evolution of language be unexpected to anyone who has a remote idea of the history of words.  When we reflect upon … Continue reading

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Book Review: No Mercy

No Mercy:  A Journey To The Heart Of The Congo, by Redmond O’Hanlan This book was one that was somewhat disappointing to me.  A great deal of that springs from the worldview of the author himself, who went on a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Why?

Why?:  What Makes Us Curious, by Mario Livio This is a book that could have been better than it was.  When it comes to books on creativity, sooner or later most authors make some sort of wild evolutionary speculations.  And … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Runaway Species

The Runaway Species:  How Human Creativity Remakes The World, by Anthony Brandt and David Eaglemann This is one of the many books that seeks to combine a concern for the aesthetics of creativity with a purportedly scientific approach in evolution … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Creative Spark

The Creative Spark:  How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional, by Augustín Fuentes It is often the case that writers know far less than they presume to know about the subject of creativity.  There are a wide variety of reasons for this.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Why Dinosaurs Matter

Why Dinosaurs Matter, by Kenneth Lacovara This is the sort of book that delivers more or less what I expected from it, which is to say that while the book certainly did not meet my own standards for excellence or … Continue reading

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Book Review: My Beloved Brontosaurus

My Beloved Brontosaurus:  On The Road With Old Bones, New Science, And Our Favorite Dinosaurs, by Brian Switek I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did.  Like many children, I grew up watching The Land Before … Continue reading

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On Evolutionary Logic, Or How You Can Prove That The Internal Combustion Engine Was Not Intelligently Designed

Yesterday night, while I was eating dinner and dealing with an unfortunate snafu involving my waitress’ incompetence in cashing me out, I was reading a book on dinosaurs that featured the following immensely illogical howler that is typical of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From:  The Natural History Of Innovation, by Steven Johnson The most important clue to discovering the approach and perspective in this book is the phrase “natural history.”  The fact that the author discusses innovation while conflating … Continue reading

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