by Sam Harris
On rational level I have no reason to disagree with Sam Harris, that "free will" is just an illusion, although it seems counter-intuitive (but so does quantum mechanics). Nonetheless, I find this disturbing. If "our" decisions are made b...
Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
This book is astounding and eye opening on more than one level. To begin with, the world of quantum mechanics is truly bizarre and counterintuitive. Also, impossible to observe and experience directly, so one stands in awe of the kind of...
Radical Inclusivity: Expanding Our Minds Beyond Dualistic Thinking
This very short book (booklet?) handles incredibly difficult subjects (the nature of reality, non-human consciousness) with such clarity that one almost feels capable of "getting them". Wherein lies the danger, of course, because "gettin...
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
by Johann Hari
I have always thought the War on Drugs was a fool's errand. If the Prohibition failed, resulting only in gangsterism, corruption, and a big pile of dead bodies, why would this attempt at preventing people from getting what they want be a...
A Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness, and the Path to Enlightenment
by Scott Carney
I would not have picked up this book, if it weren't for an interview with the author on NPR, a fragment of which I caught while driving. The title suggests another sensationalist re-telling of a murder, of which there are a dime a dozen....
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
by Sam Harris
The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top
by Matt Ridley