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Nonfiction Recomendations

Post by jontron97 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:35 pm

Anybody got any nonfiction recommendations? I like popular science, Malcolm Gladwell, and anything that has a great, lively style!

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Post by scarletknight » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:35 pm

While I don’t necessarily agree with some of his other writing, Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan is pretty good, and well written.

Mark Kurlansky’s books are also kind of in your science vein. I’ve only read Salt, and that was a while back, but I’ve heard good things about his other books, particularly Cod and The Basque History of the World

Devil in the White City is an interesting look at a mass murderer and the Colombian Exposition in Chicago at the end of the 19th century. Extra bonus for the Chicago connection, if you’re from the area.

For lively writing, Bill Bryson is always good. For in-depth looks at various topics, mostly tending toward natural history and geology, take a look at John McPhee’s work.

Straight history - Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCollough,

Aside from a couple of biographies, I haven’t read much non-fiction recently, so apologies for not having anything more current in here.
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Re: Nonfiction Recomendations

Post by jontron97 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:28 pm

scarletknight wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:35 pm
While I don’t necessarily agree with some of his other writing, Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan is pretty good, and well written.

Mark Kurlansky’s books are also kind of in your science vein. I’ve only read Salt, and that was a while back, but I’ve heard good things about his other books, particularly Cod and The Basque History of the World

Devil in the White City is an interesting look at a mass murderer and the Colombian Exposition in Chicago at the end of the 19th century. Extra bonus for the Chicago connection, if you’re from the area.

For lively writing, Bill Bryson is always good. For in-depth looks at various topics, mostly tending toward natural history and geology, take a look at John McPhee’s work.

Straight history - Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCollough,

Aside from a couple of biographies, I haven’t read much non-fiction recently, so apologies for not having anything more current in here.
It's all cool. Thanks for the recommendations. Sorry that I am just now seeing this.

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Post by Wallaby » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:10 pm

I'd suggest reading 1984.
Sure, its fiction now, but it will get refilled under nonfiction soon.
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Post by beautifulbridgette » Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:47 pm

Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts
by Jay Phelan and Terence C. Burnham
I had to read this for an intro to genetics class but it's truly fascinating and highly recommend it. It links human behavior to evaluation and our genes explaining infidelity, addiction, even compulsive lieing. The best part though is the author explaining an experiment where they do vasectomies on birds, I laughed for weeks picturing what that would look like.
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Re: Nonfiction Recomendations

Post by YAG » Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:11 pm

beautifulbridgette wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:47 pm
Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts
by Jay Phelan and Terence C. Burnham
I had to read this for an intro to genetics class but it's truly fascinating and highly recommend it. It links human behavior to evaluation and our genes explaining infidelity, addiction, even compulsive lieing. The best part though is the author explaining an experiment where they do vasectomies on birds, I laughed for weeks picturing what that would look like.
God, try vasectomies on RATS some time. I got pretty damned good doing surgery on rats my first go through grad school.

GEB is non-fiction, but I'd hardly call it lively. It's like having a 9 course meal being stuffed down your throat involving the interplay between philosopy, music, and high order mathematics. I've managed to get through half of it in a year.
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Post by YetAnotherHobbist » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:08 pm

beautifulbridgette wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:47 pm
Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts
by Jay Phelan and Terence C. Burnham
I had to read this for an intro to genetics class but it's truly fascinating and highly recommend it. It links human behavior to evaluation and our genes explaining infidelity, addiction, even compulsive lieing.
I have a sort of philosophical objection to using genetics to explain human behavior... Although I grant that it might be a factor, I argue that human behavior is "willfull" (?) - we choose to act as we do, and so we're responsible for our actions...
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GEB is non-fiction, but I'd hardly call it lively. It's like having a 9 course meal being stuffed down your throat involving the interplay between philosopy, music, and high order mathematics. I've managed to get through half of it in a year.
GEB = "Godel, Escher, Bach" ? - blast from the past ... :-p. I remember really liking both it and "The Mind's I" - but I never read anything he wrote after that (was not even aware of some of them :-( ). Math, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science were my interests at the time I read these, back in college - so maybe that helped out :-p.

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Post by Petersteel » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:54 am

King Leopolds Ghost was pretty well written. Very dark topic and a bit crazy to think about.

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Post by MollyMaeDaniels » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:12 am

Oh genetics books? My fave. You can actually see if you have any of the genes in the book simply by doing a 23&me test (23&me won't tell you, but any scientist can, or show you how to - thanks PROMETHASE - if you have your raw DNA file).

Another good non-fiction book dealing with human behavior, instincts, etc is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harris.

I actually found it browsing the NYT best-sellers list, got it for kindle, and the next week, an ATF brought me a hard-back copy without even knowing I had already got it! But definitely get the hardback book - lots of nice color pics.
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Post by beautifulbridgette » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:13 pm

MollyMaeDaniels wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:12 am
Oh genetics books? My fave. You can actually see if you have any of the genes in the book simply by doing a 23&me test (23&me won't tell you, but any scientist can, or show you how to - thanks PROMETHASE - if you have your raw DNA file).

Another good non-fiction book dealing with human behavior, instincts, etc is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harris.

I actually found it browsing the NYT best-sellers list, got it for kindle, and the next week, an ATF brought me a hard-back copy without even knowing I had already got it! But definitely get the hardback book - lots of nice color pics.
Thanks for the recommendation started it yesterday and couldn't put it down, taken a ton of notes in margins for future research inquiries. Any recommendations in the area of epigenetics?
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Re: Nonfiction Recomendations

Post by YAG » Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:19 am

God, I love smart women.
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