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Ask HN: Which books have made you introspect? | Hacker News
Someone does mention Jordan Peterson the woo-meister, but the rest sound interesting.
books  introspection  philosophy 
may 2018 by pw201
The Three Waves of Discworld - An approximation of alertness
"So I’ve been thinking for a while about the Discworld books, and how they can be divided up into three rough thematic phases; not based around the focal characters, but rather what the story is about."
discworld  terry-pratchett  books  fantasy 
august 2017 by pw201
Who Was David Hume? by Anthony Gottlieb | The New York Review of Books
"David Hume, who died in his native Edinburgh in 1776, has become something of a hero to academic philosophers. In 2009, he won first place in a large international poll of professors and graduate students who were asked to name the dead thinker with whom they most identified. The runners-up in this peculiar race were Aristotle and Kant. Hume beat them by a comfortable margin. Socrates only just made the top twenty."
philosophy  hume  david-hume  books  review 
may 2016 by pw201
Henry Marsh’s “Do No Harm” - The New Yorker
The New Yorker looks at Henry Marsh, author of "Do No Harm".
books  surgery  medicine  brain  neurosurgery 
may 2015 by pw201
What I've Learned About Female Desire From Reading
Mallory Ortberg is fun. "100% of women want to have sex with a man who embodies the fox version of Robin Hood from the cartoon Robin Hood, but most do not actually want to have sex with a fox or a man dressed as one."
mallory-ortberg  funny  reading  sex  desire  books 
april 2015 by pw201
Waterstones's social stories · Storify
Turns out Twitter is useful for something after all. Waterstones (the bookshop) in Oxford Street have been writing short stories with theirs. I liked "Quantum Leap".
twitter  waterstones  oxford-street  books  bookshop  funny  fiction  storify 
november 2013 by pw201
Twilight: The Use of Sparkle
If Iain M. Banks had written Twilight. Funny, even though I've never read/seen any Twilight.
parody  twilight  iain-m-banks  sf  science-fiction  sci-fi  culture  books 
january 2012 by pw201
fic: the joinery (game of thrones) (1/2)
A nice alternate history of A Game of Thrones from Cersei's perspective: what would have happened if Ned had taken the throne instead of Robert? Spoilers for the first book/TV series.
fandom  fanfic  game-of-thrones  books  cersei/ned 
august 2011 by pw201
AC Grayling: 'How can you be a militant atheist? It's like sleeping furiously' | Books | The Guardian
Graying mocks the people who call atheists militant and fundamentalist, and talks about his new book:

"But the third point is about our ethics – how we live, how we treat one another, what the good life is. And that's the question that really concerns me the most."
philosophy  religion  atheism  grayling  books 
april 2011 by pw201
Strange Horizons Fiction Department: Stories We've Seen Too Often
Strange Horizons lists SF plots they don't want to see because they see them so often.
writing  scifi  sci-fi  sf  science-fiction  plots  funny  literature  books 
january 2010 by pw201
36 ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD — By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
The Edge introduces and gives us an excerpt from Goldstein's novel. The 36 arguments (and their rebuttals) are included in the excerpt, handily: the moral argument and the cosmological argument are in there.
religion  philosophy  god  atheism  books  morality 
november 2009 by pw201
Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, 2009 winners
"Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin' off Nantucket Sound from the nor' east and the dogs are howlin' for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the "Ellie May," a sturdy whaler Captained by John McTavish; for it was on just such a night when the rum was flowin' and, Davey Jones be damned, big John brought his men on deck for the first of several screaming contests."
writing  funny  fiction  parody  books  humour  literature  contest  bulwer-lytton 
august 2009 by pw201
Review: The Case for God by Karen Armstrong | Books | The Guardian
"The ordinary man or woman in the pew or on the prayer mat probably thinks of God as a kind of large version of themselves with mysterious powers and a rather nasty temper. That is the vice of theory again, and as long as they think like that, ordinary folk are not truly religious, whatever they profess."
religion  atheism  books  god  karen-armstrong 
july 2009 by pw201
Neal Stephenson, Anathem (2008)
A review of Anathem, with its own glossary. Fun.
funny  scifi  sci-fi  books  review  anathem  neal-stephenson 
february 2009 by pw201
We need to stop being such cowards about Islam - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent
"It is condescending to treat Muslims like excitable children who cannot cope with the probing, mocking treatment we hand out to Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism."
philosophy  islam  fundamentalism  religion  aisha  mohammed  books  atheism  johann-hari 
august 2008 by pw201
The Well-Tempered Plot Device: Nick Lowe
or "Clench Racing: How to derive pleasure from Stephen Donaldson books". Actually, I quite liked "The Mirror of Her Dreams".
analysis  books  funny  sci-fi  science  scifi  fantasy  writing  SF  stephen-donaldson  clench  cliche  plot  humour 
april 2008 by pw201
The Logic of Life by Tim Harford
Great Google Talk by Tim Harford, author of "The Logic of Life" and "The Undercover Economist". We're apparently more rational than we might think we are.
books  economics  video  sex  dating  crime  rationality 
february 2008 by pw201
The Curse of Modernity
Philip Rieff’s problem with freedom in the absence of moral authority. Echoes of Neal Stephenson's stuff about the neo-Victorians.
atheism  books  culture  modernity  morality  philosophy  politics  religion  ethics  rieff  freud  freedom 
september 2007 by pw201
God Bless Me, It's a Best-Seller!: Politics & Power: vanityfair.com
Christopher Hitchens tells some anecdotes from his tour promoting "God is not Great". More Americans are sympathetic to him than he'd initially expected, especially in the South.
hitchens  books  atheism  religion 
august 2007 by pw201
The interview: Robert Pirsig | Review | The Observer
Interview with the author of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance".
books  philosophy  zen  pirsig  culture  quality  motorcycle 
july 2007 by pw201
New York Press - MATT TAIBBI - Flathead
FLATHEAD
The peculiar genius of Thomas L. Friedman.

By Matt Taibbi
friedman  review  funny  humour  politics  usa  globalization  books 
april 2007 by pw201
A deadly certitude - TLS Highlights - Times Online
Stephen Weinberg reviews The God Delusion. He sees Islam as less tolerant than Christianity.
atheism  books  Dawkins  creationism  evolution  science  Islam  Christianity  weinberg 
january 2007 by pw201
Blindsight
A free science fiction novel, and a rather good one at that.
science  books  scifi  consciousness  evolution  sentience 
december 2006 by pw201

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