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bluegray (September 10, 2006, 22:17:18 PM):
Please post any interesting books or links that influenced you.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
EM (September 11, 2006, 11:01:21 AM):
Almost done with "How the mind works" by Steven Pinker.
A very nice read with some interesting ideas.

Then of course almost anything by Richard Dawkins, but especially "The blind watchmaker" and "The selfish gene"

"A short history of nearly everything" by Bill Bryson was good, although I did skip almost an entire chapter where he got heavily into Taxonomy.

And the last one I want to mention is "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out" a Collection of short works by Richard Feynman. It gives a good insight into the life and views of an extraordinary person.
Mefiante (September 11, 2006, 14:52:36 PM):
Apart from those sceptical books already mentioned, a short list of those I consider either important or very readable, or both:

Martin Gardner - Fads and Fallacies (Actually, anything by Gardner is worth reading)
Theodore Schick and Lewis Vaughn - How To Think About Weird Things
Nicholas Humphrey - Leaps of Faith
David Mills - Atheist Universe
James Randi - Flim Flam

'Luthon64
qrios (September 19, 2006, 11:23:14 AM):
Interesting link on what the Pope actually said...

http://www.lewrockwell.com/featherstone/featherstone62.html
SecretCode (October 10, 2006, 21:56:22 PM):
Almost done with "How the mind works" by Steven Pinker.
A very nice read with some interesting ideas.
If you enjoyed that, you'd probably like "Consciousness Explained" by Daniel Dennett.
And "Words and Rules" also by Steven Pinker.

"A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking is definitely worth a recommendation. But for a book that really influenced me: "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter.

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