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The Perils of Perception: Bobby Duffy **** 28 August 2019 - Based on wide-ranging international surveys, Duffy explores how perception of everything from immigration to climate change is very different from reality.
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Graham Farmelo **** 26 August 2019 - An excellent summary of how theoretical physics has moved from being driven by experiment to being driven by maths: enjoyable even if you totally disagree with Farmelo that this is a good thing.
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The Case Against Reality: Donald Hoffman *** 21 August 2019 - Takes a huge and unconvincing leap from 'our perception of the world is inaccurate' to 'spacetime and objects don't exist other than when we perceive them.' A good simile and examples of mislead perception, but otherwise a castle in the air.
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Chasing Solace: Karl Drinkwater **** 29 July 2019 - The second in this series does not disappoint - strong on action, and the interaction between main character and AIs makes up for a lack of other humans.
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Intangibles Inc. and Other Stories: Brian Aldiss **** 18 July 2019 - Another blast from the past with this 50-year-old collection of five novellas. Some fantasy, some SF, ranging from straightforward to mind bending, but always interesting.
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Jacob's Ladder: Charlie Pike **** 14 June 2019 - I'm no fan of dystopias, but this one, set on a dying Earth in 2203, was enough of a page turning thriller to keep me glued to it.
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