Category Archives: Non-fiction

Peter Frankopan – The New Silk Roads (2018) Review

Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads: A New History of the World became a very popular history book and deservedly so. It might be the best book about general history of the world that I have ever read. Not only gives … Continue reading

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Peter Godfrey-Smith – Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life (2017) Review

The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. The fact that the octopus shows any kind of intelligence has implications on a cosmic level. First, you have to realize that the octopus is incredibly far … Continue reading

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Yuval Noah Harari – 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018) Review

Historian Yuval Noah Harari made a name for himself with his successful non-fiction book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. A very readable and easy to understand view of the rise of humanity, yet also brimming with fresh perspectives. Then … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry – Mythos (2017) Review

Seeing as I went to Greece on a holiday for the first time, wanting to see the old Greek temples and landscapes, I thought that that was a good excuse to pick up Stephen Fry’s latest book, Mythos. Fry, surely … Continue reading

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Max Tegmark – Life 3.0 (2017) Review

The decades after WW2, the 1950s and 1960s, was a time when many people found themselves rather stunned by the leaps of technological achievement and the rapid changes in society that had taken place. First there was radio, television, automobiles, … Continue reading

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Daniel C. Dennett – From Bacteria To Bach and Back; The Evolution of Minds (2017) Review

Alright, this is going to be long. Daniel Dennett talks in this work about the things that he has always talked about, namely, about the nature of consciousness. And for him the word nature has a strong meaning. It means … Continue reading

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Kate Fox – Watching the English (2004). English versus Dutch culture.

I’m not English; I’m Dutch. But I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with many English people throughout the years. These were always enjoyable experiences, but there were always things that I couldn’t quite place. I often ended up … Continue reading

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