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"Noght o word spak he moore than was neede
And that was seyd in forme and reverence
And short and quyk and ful of hy sentence
Sownynge [sounding] in moral vertu was his speche
And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche." - Geoffrey Chaucer"
A New Kind of Science
1.  A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
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  "The most important book for decades.  At least go to the library and read the last chapter.

"Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine." - Goethe"
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A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down
2.  A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down by Robert B. Laughlin
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  "Why emergence is important in physics, explained with dark humor.

"Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose." - J. B. S. Haldane"
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Phase Change: The Computer Revolution in Science and Mathematics  (Computer Sciences)
3.  Phase Change: The Computer Revolution in Science and Mathematics (Computer Sciences) by Douglas S. Robertson
The list author says:
  "How computation is changing the process of science.

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” — Howard Aiken"
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The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
4.  The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
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  "Mostly correct - things are changing fast.  However, like smart people, smart computers will be out of the social mainstream for a long time."
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The Unfolding of Language : An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
5.  The Unfolding of Language : An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher
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  "How language is evolving."
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The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
6.  The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language by John H. McWhorter
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  "How languages combine."
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The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology
7.  The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology by James Hillman
The list author says:
  "Poetic language."
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Understanding Comics
8.  Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
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  "Visual language.
Please click through to get to the paperback edition."
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Stumbling on Happiness
9.  Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Todd Gilbert
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  "We don't know what will make us happy.  But if we watch other people, what works for them usually works for us."
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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
10.  The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt
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  "Our happiness is mostly driven by our unconscious, animal self.  Train it."
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Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living
11.  Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living by Thich Nhat Hanh
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  "Ways to be happy."
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Genes, Peoples, and Languages
12.  Genes, Peoples, and Languages by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza
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  "How we got to here and now."
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The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa
13.  The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa by Stephen Oppenheimer
The list author says:
  "How we got to here and now."
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THE EMPTY CRADLE: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What to Do About It
14.  THE EMPTY CRADLE: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What to Do About It by Phillip Longman
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  "Our culture is declining.
"Evil always carries the seeds of its own destruction, as it makes people, at the least, uncomfortable.  Against folly we have no defense.  Neither protests nor force can touch it; reasoning is no use; facts that contradict personal prejudices can simply be disbelieved [...]" - D. Bonhoeffer"
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Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student
15.  Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student by Miriam Grossman
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  "How political correctness undercuts the healthy growth of young people."
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Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought
16.  Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought by Pascal Boyer
The list author says:
  "Why we used to believe.

"Belief means not wanting to know what is true." - Friedrich Nietzsche"
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Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society
17.  Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society by David Sloan Wilson
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  "How a religion helps a society to succeed.

"The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion." -
John Wesley"
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Man's Search for Meaning
18.  Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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  "What is your purpose?"
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The Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (The Schocken Bible, Volume 1)
19.  The Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (The Schocken Bible, Volume 1) by Everett Fox
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  "What we used to believe."
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Gandhi An Autobiography:  The Story of My Experiments With Truth
20.  Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
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  "A rare mix of committed moral philosopher and successful political leader."
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Mahabharata
21.  Mahabharata by C.V. Narasimhan
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  "An ancient Greek philosopher called this the Indian Illiad.
Please click through to get to the paperback edition."
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The Upanishads (Classic of Indian Spirituality)
22.  The Upanishads (Classic of Indian Spirituality) by Eknath Easwaran
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  "Indian culture is the world's second largest, and the most prolific source of religious thought."
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Tao Te Ching: A New Translation with Commentary
23.  Tao Te Ching: A New Translation with Commentary by Lao-Tzu
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  "Religion from the largest culture on earth, and one of the most different from America."
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Meta Maths : The Quest for Omega
24.  Meta Maths : The Quest for Omega by Gregory J. Chaitin
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  "A readable overview of the philosophy of information."
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Asymmetry: The Foundation of Information (The Frontiers Collection)
25.  Asymmetry: The Foundation of Information (The Frontiers Collection) by Scott J. Muller
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  "A good overview of information.  Too expensive, so get it from your library."
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Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and unknowns in the dazzling world of derivatives
26.  Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and unknowns in the dazzling world of derivatives by Satyajit Das
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  "How did the finance-government complex implode?  This book gives a rare look at the thoughts of the men in finance who did the destruction."
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Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict With a New Introduction by the Author
27.  Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict With a New Introduction by the Author by Michael T. Klare
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  "Why are countries going to war?"
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Governments, Citizens, and Genocide: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach
28.  Governments, Citizens, and Genocide: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach by Alex Alvarez
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  "Why do people slaughter their neighbors by the thousand?  Because it's government policy.
"[...] any violent display of power, whether political or religious, produces an outburst of folly [groupthink] in a large portion of mankind [...]"  - D. Bonhoeffer"
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Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
29.  Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition by Steve Krug
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  "How to talk to your web users."
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Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
30.  Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine by Randolph M. Nesse MD
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  "Stay healthy."
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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
31.  Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux
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  "A look at the other side of the demographic divide."
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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
32.  The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley
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  "Why there is sex."
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Life Itself: Exploring the Realm of the Living Cell
33.  Life Itself: Exploring the Realm of the Living Cell by Boyce Rensberger
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  "Just a toe into the water of the vast ocean of how our bodies work.  Somebody else's list will have to take you on from there."
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War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires
34.  War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires by Peter Turchin
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  "Cycles of history."
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The Architectonics of Meaning: Foundations of the New Pluralism
35.  The Architectonics of Meaning: Foundations of the New Pluralism by Walter Watson
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  "Evolution of philosophy."
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