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Awe: Dacher Keltner ** 21 February 2024 - Disappointing to see a new psychology book that doesn't even mention the replication crisis. Lots of studies mentioned in passing, but it's all surface and no depth on the fascinating topic of awe.
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How Life Works: Philip Ball ***** 25 January 2024 - Phenomenally fascinating exploration of the layered complexity of the development and workings of living organisms. The best biology book I've ever read.
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A Chorus of Big Bangs: Adam Susskind *** 6 February 2024 - An oddity, pointing out the genuinely big holes in current cosmology theory, using quotes from well-known scientists. The author clearly has a religious standpoint, but pulling these issues together is still interesting.
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The Robots of Dawn: Isaac Asimov *** 26 February 2024 - Revisiting his robot novels 30 years on, Asimov's style has changed from energetic to lugubrious. Nice ideas, but tries too hard to dovetail with the Foundation series.
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The Naked Sun: Isaac Asimov **** 19 February 2024 - Asimov's second novel featuring detective Elijah Baley takes him to a strange society where robots are everywhere: better than The Caves of Steel all round.
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The Rest of the Robots: Isaac Asimov *** 12 February 2024 - A little better than I, Robot, but still a little clunky compared with Asimov's robot novels. One story, Galley Slave, has fascinating parallels with modern worries about ChatGPT.
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