Review: The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

[Bryan_Caplan]_The_Myth_of_the_Rational_Voter_Why(Bookos.org)   This is very interesting book. Most interesting I’ve read in a while.   –   If neither way of verifying the existence of preferences over beliefs appeals to you, a final one remains. Reverse the direction of reason­ ing. Smoke usually means fire. The more bizarre a mistake is, the harder it is…

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Review: The Nurture Assumption (Judith Harris)

This book turned out to be not what i had expected, but still interesting. Not sure why it got all the bad press. It’s behavior realistic but focuses on the environment which is what the author finds interesting. I think genetics is more interesting, but this is interesting too. The Nurture Assumption Why Children Turn…

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Review: Helmuth Nyborg ed., The scientific study of general intelligence

[Helmuth_Nyborg]_The_Scientific_Study_of_General_I(Bookos.org) From Introduction It has been said: If you have no enemies, you have no point of view. Art has many enemies, and I will describe some of the more prominent in Chapter 20 in this volume. Fortunately, he also has friends. What do they say about him? Sandra Scarr (1998), herself certainly no stranger…

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Review: Future Human Evolution: Eugenics in the Twenty-First Century (John Glad)

Found here: whatwemaybe.org/ whatwemaybe.org/txt/txt0000/glad.john.2006.future_human_evolution.book.full.003k.en.pdf The homepage is really weird, but the book turned out to be… pretty good. At first I was not impressed, especially because he went into insufficient details with the g factor and stuff related to that. But really g factor or not, is somewhat unrelated to eugenics. It contains some interesting…

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Review: Missing the Revolution: Darwinism for Social Scientists (Barkow ed.)

[Jerome_H._Barkow]_Missing_the_Revolution_Darwini(Bookos.org) In general, this was a short and interesting read. Made me want to read other material by Anne Campbell. The last chapter is skipable, just as Kanazawa said when he reviewed the book.   –   Women’s “natural” empathy is seen not as an obstacle to impartial observa- tion but rather as an asset…

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Review: Dick Taverne – The March of Unreason

317 pages. Can be found here. ETA: Apparently, that link got DMCA’d. Here is the book: The.March.of.Unreason.Science.Democracy.and.the.New.Fundamentalism I thought it was an interesting read. It is one long rant against unreasonable people at various places in life. It has a chapter on: Alternative medicine, organic farming, GM crops, fundamentalist environmentalism, globalization, and reason and democracy….

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