CHOMSKY, NOAM. Just about everything he wrote is good. Examines official
lies. Useful though harps too much on U.S. lies and not enough on those of
HAYAKAWA, S.I. Professor who made semantics easy to study. It seems like a
useful guide to seeing through the verbal fog, but it failed its creator during
campus unrest in the '60s.
KORZYBSKI, COUNT ALFRED. SELECTIONS FROM SCIENCE AND SANITY. From the man who
started it all. Lots of math.
- LANGUAGE IN THOUGHT AND ACTION. Basic textbook; has
been through many editions.
- SYMBOL, STATUS, PERSONALITY
WATZLAWICK, PAUL. HOW REAL IS REAL? Described elsewhere.
- THE BLIND WATCHMAKER. Takes a strict constructionist view of
Darwinian theory, but is a great counter to the "Second Law of Thermodynamics"
argument against evolution.
- THE SELFISH GENE. First crack at explaining the propagation of ideas ("memes"),
derived from genetic theory. It's useful, but don't get swallowed by it.
FEYNMAN, RICHARD P.
- SURELY YOU'RE JOKING, MR. FEYNMAN
- WHAT DO YOU CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK? Autobiography of physicist and
granddaddy of hackers. While working on the Manhattan Project, he amused himself by
cracking safes. The second book picks up with his misadventures on the Rogers
Commission, which investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
HOFFMANN, DR. ALBERT LSD: MY PROBLEM CHILD. Personal account by the guy who
HOFSTADTER, DOUGLAS R. GODEL, ESCHER, BACH: AN ETERNAL GOLDEN BRAID. 500-page
essay on mathematics, logic loops, recursion, etc. I've never been able to finish
it, but what I've read is pretty good.
MCPHEE, JOHN. THE CURVE OF BINDING ENERGY. 1974. A-bomb
hi-jinx. (1998: What? Terrorists bomb the World Trade Center? Never in a million
THE REALITY CLUB.
- SPECULATIONS. Discussions among heavy thinkers. In one chapter
they tackle meme theory.
- DOING SCIENCE
- WAYS OF KNOWING
THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM
COLBY, C.B. STRANGELY ENOUGH. Really cool, but poorly documented events that
happened in the last couple of hundred years. And all they found was his hat and
belt... from SCHOLASTIC BOOK SERVICES.
FORT, CHARLES. Compendium of more weird events. Good reading while you wait for
the rain of frogs to let up.
THE FORTEAN TIMES
- THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED
- NEW LANDS