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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (2018) by Steve Brusatte

Before there was fantasy and science fiction, before there was literature, before there were learned gentlemen, before there was agriculture, before there were humans, before there were freaking capuchin monkeys, before there was grass, before there were, in some cases, … Continue reading

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Contingency and Convergence: Toward a Cosmic Biology of Body and Mind (2020), by Russell Powell

Behind the abstract title and the stuffy academic cover of this book lies a world of deep thought and wonder. Written by one person, Rachell Powell (formerly Russell as it still says on the cover), a book like this is … 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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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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Charles Foster – Being a Beast (2016) Review

It must be great having Charles Foster as a guest lecturer at University. He’ll surely be full of witty remarks and fascinating stories, of the kind that make you wonder whether he is serious or pulling your leg. His book, … Continue reading

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Tim Birkhead – Bird Sense; What It’s Like to Be a Bird (2012) Review

When I studied biology in the 2000s as an undergraduate at Leiden University, the first course I ever had was about Behavioral Biology. In it, our professor urged us to think about animals as black boxes, with input of the … Continue reading

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Jeff VanderMeer – Acceptance (2014)

8/10 Acceptance is the third and concluding chapter of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. Once again, we dive into the mysteries of Area X and we dive one level deeper than the previous books. If you haven’t read this one … Continue reading

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Kim Stanley Robinson – Aurora (2015)

8.5/10 – Is space travel only for machines? We start off with a generation ship that is spinning and decelerating after a long voyage through space. The chief engineer Devi does her best to keep the damn ship together, but … Continue reading

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Yuval Noah Harari – Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind (2014)

Do we really need another book about the general history of humankind? That was my first question. After all, authors like Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs and Steel; The Third Chimpanzee) and Ian Morris (Why the West Rules- For Now) already … Continue reading

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