So, here are some of the books I’ve cited on this blog, which have increased both my understanding and awareness of my lack of understanding. Click on the title to skip to Amazon, where if you’re lucky there’ll be a review by Sphex. (I’m in the process of building Amazon affiliate links for titles I recommend. If you click on these links and then make a purchase, I’ll earn a small commission.)
Amis, M. 2008 The Second Plane: September 11, 2001–2007. Jonathan Cape.
Armstrong, L. 2004 Every Second Counts. Yellow Jersey.
Baggini, J. 2008 The Duck that Won the Lottery. Granta.
Baggini, J. (ed.) 2010 Hume on Religion. The Philosophy Press.
Baggini, J. 2011 The Ego Trick: What Does It Mean To Be You? Granta.
Barker, D. 2008 Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists. Ulysses Press.
Barker, D. 2011 The Good Atheist. Ulysses Press.
Barkow, J. H., Cosmides, L., and Tooby, J. 1992 The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture. Oxford University Press.
Baron-Cohen, S. 2011 Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty. Allen Lane.
Baxter, C. 2008 Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction. Graywolf Press.
Benson, O. 2004 The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense: A Guide for Edgy People. Souvenir Press.
Bering, J. 2010 The God Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life. Nicholas Brealey.
Blackburn, S. 2005 Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed. Allen Lane.
Blackburn, S. 2008 Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, 2nd edn. Oxford University Press.
Bloom, P. 2004 Descartes' Baby: How Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human. William Heinemann.
Boyer, P. 2001 Religion Explained: The Human Instincts That Fashion Gods, Spirits and Ancestors. William Heinemann.
Brown, S. 2007 Destiny, Purpose and Faith. The Open University.
Browne, J. 2006 Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography. Atlantic Books.
Burr, W. H. 1998 Self-Contradictions of the Bible. Prometheus Books.
Chabris, C., and Simons, D. 2010 The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us. HarperCollins.
Chagnon, N. A. 1983 Yanomamo: The Fierce People, 3rd revised edn. Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
Chapman, M. 2007 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania. Collins.
Clifford, W. K. 1999 The Ethics of Belief and Other Essays. Prometheus Books.
Coyne, J. A. 2009 Why Evolution Is True. Oxford University Press.
Cromer, A. 1993 Uncommon Sense: The Heretical Nature of Science. Oxford University Press.
Crystal, D. 2008 Think On My Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language. Cambridge University Press.
Cunningham, G. C. 2010 Decoding Language of God: Can A Scientist Really Be a Believer? Prometheus Books.
Dacey, A. 2008 Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life. Prometheus.
Damasio, A. 2006 Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain. Vintage.
Damasio, A. 2010 Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain. William Heinemann.
Darwin, C. 2009 On the Origin of Species. Penguin Classics.
Dawkins, R. 2006 The God Delusion. Bantam Press.
Dawkins, R. 2009 The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. Bantam Press.
Deacon, T. 1997 The Symbolic Species. Allen Lane.
Dennett, D. C. 1989 The Intentional Stance. MIT Press.
Dennett, D. C. 1995 Darwin's Dangerous Idea. Allen Lane.
Dennett, D. C. 1996 Kinds of Minds. BasicBooks.
Dennett, D. C. 2006 Breaking the Spell. Penguin Allen Lane.
Dunbar, R. 1996 The Trouble with Science. Faber.
Dunbar, R. 2004 The Human Story. Faber.
Dunbar, R., Barrett, L., and Lycett, J. 2005 Evolutionary Psychology: A Beginner's Guide. Oneworld Publications.
Edwards, P. 2008 God and the Philosophers. Prometheus.
Ehrman, B. D. 2000 Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium. Oxford University Press.
Ehrman, B. D. 2005 Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. HarperSanFrancisco.
Ehrman, B. D. 2008 God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer. HarperOne.
Ehrman, B. D. 2009 Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know about Them). HarperOne.
Ehrman, B. D. 2011 Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. HarperOne.
Festinger, L., Riecken, H. W., and Schachter, S. 2008 When Prophecy Fails. Pinter & Martin.
Frank, R. H. 1988 Passions within Reason: The Strategic Role of the Emotions. W. W. Norton & Company.
Frank, R. H. 2011 The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good. Princeton University Press.
Frankfurt, H. G. 2005 On Bullshit. Princeton University Press.
Frankfurt, H. G. 2007 On Truth. Pimlico.
Freeman, C. 2002 The Closing of the Western Mind. William Heinemann.
Gaskill, M. 2005 Witchfinders. John Murray.
Gilbert, D. 2007 Stumbling on Happiness. Harper Perennial.
Goldacre, B. 2008 Bad Science. Fourth Estate.
Goldberg, E. 2001 The Executive Brain: The Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind. Oxford University Press.
Gordon, K. E. 1985 Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. Severn House.
Grayling, A. C. 2003 What Is Good? The Search for the Best Way to Live. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Haack, S. 2009 Evidence and Inquiry: A Pragmatic Reconstruction of Epistemology. Prometheus Books.
Hardy, G. H. 1992 A Mathematician's Apology. Cambridge University Press.
Harris, S. 2005 The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. Free Press.
Harris, S. 2010 The Moral Landscape. Bantam Press.
Hawking, S., and Mlodinow, L. 2010 The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life. Bantam Press.
Helms, R. 1990 Gospel Fictions. Prometheus Books.
Henry, J. 2003 Knowledge is Power: How Magic, the Government and an Apocalyptic Vision Helped Francis Bacon to Create Modern Science. Icon Books.
Hider, J. 2009 The Spiders of Allah. Doubleday.
Hood, B. 2009 Supersense: From Superstition to Religion—The Brain Science of Belief. Constable.
Huff, D. 1991 How to Lie with Statistics. Penguin.
Hume, D. 1998 Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (ed. R. H. Popkin). Hackett.
Humphrey, N. 1995 Soul Searching: Human Nature and Supernatural Belief. Chatto & Windus.
Humphrey, N. 2011 Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness. Quercus.
Huxley, T. H. 1992 Agnosticism and Christianity: And Other Essays. Prometheus Books.
Jacoby, S. 2004 Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism. Metropolitan Books.
Jennings, P. 1963 The Jenguin Pennings. Penguin.
Joyce, R. 2006 The Evolution of Morality. MIT Press.
Kahneman, D. 2011 Thinking, Fast and Slow. Allen Lane.
Kitcher, P. 2007 Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith. Oxford University Press.
Krueger, D. E. 1998 What is Atheism? A Short Introduction. Prometheus Books.
Lanchester, J. 2010 Whoops: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay. Allen Lane.
Law, S. 2011a Humanism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Law, S. 2011b Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole. Prometheus Books.
Lehrer, J. 2009 The Decisive Moment: How The Brain Makes Up Its Mind. Canongate.
Levitt, N. 1999 Prometheus Bedeviled: Science and the Contradictions of Contemporary Culture. Rutgers University Press.
Lewis, M. 2010 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Allen Lane.
Lewis-Williams, D. 2010 Conceiving God: The Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion. Thames & Hudson.
Lynch, M. P. 2004 True to Life: Why Truth Matters. MIT Press.
Mackie, J. L. 1982 The Miracle of Theism. Oxford University Press.
Madigan, T. J. 2008 W. K. Clifford and the Ethics of Belief. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
McCarthy, G. D. (ed.) 1986 The Ethics of Belief Debate. Scholars Press.
Mithen, S. 1996 The Prehistory of the Mind: A Search for the Origins of Art, Religion and Science. Phoenix.
Mlodinow, L. 2008 The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives. Allen Lane.
Norman, R. 2004 On Humanism. Routledge.
Orrell, D. 2010 Economyths: Ten Ways That Economics Gets It Wrong. Icon Books.
Packard, V. 1991 The Hidden Persuaders. Penguin.
Park, R. L. 2000 Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud. Oxford University Press.
Park, R. L. 2008 Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science. Princeton University Press.
Paulos, J. A. 2008 Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up. Hill & Wang.
Pinker, S. 1999 Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language. Basic Books.
Pinker, S. 2002 The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. Allen Lane.
Pinker, S. 2011 The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes. Allen Lane.
Price, R. M. 2006 The Reason Driven Life. Prometheus Books.
Putnam, H. 2002 The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy and Other Essays. Harvard University Press.
Pyle, A. 1995 Agnosticism: Contemporary Responses to Spencer and Huxley. Thoemmes Press.
Rachels, J. 1990 Created from Animals: Moral Implications of Darwinism. Oxford University Press.
Radcliffe Richards, J. 1994 The Sceptical Feminist: A Philosophical Enquiry. Penguin.
Radcliffe Richards, J. 2008 Human Nature After Darwin: A Philosophical Introduction. Routledge.
Ryle, G. 2000 The Concept of Mind. Penguin.
Seabright, P. 2010 Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life (revised edn). Princeton University Press.
Smith, G. H. 1989 Atheism: The Case Against God. Prometheus Books.
Stenger, V. J. 2003 Has Science Found God? The Latest Results in the Search for Purpose in the Universe. Prometheus Books.
Stenger, V. J. 2007 God the Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist. Prometheus Books.
Stenger, V. J. 2009 Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness. Prometheus Books.
Stenger, V. J. 2010 The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason. Prometheus Books.
Stenger, V. J. 2011 The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us. Prometheus Books.
Tallis, R. 2010 Michelangelo's Finger: An Exploration of Everyday Transcendence. Atlantic Books.
Tallis, R. 2011 Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity. Acumen Publishing.
Tavris, C., and Aronson, E. 2008 Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts. Pinter & Martin.
Thouless, R. H., & Thouless, C. R. 2011 Straight & Crooked Thinking (5th edn). Hodder Education.
Trivers, R. 2011 Deceit and Self-Deception: Fooling Yourself the Better to Fool Others. Allen Lane.
Wainwright, J. 2010 The not so new atheists? Philosophy Now, April/May, pp. 16–17.
Wainwright, J. 2011 What is truth? Philosophy Now, September/October (Issue 86), p. 34.
Warburton, N. 2007 Arguments for Freedom. The Open University.
Warburton, N. 2008 Thinking from A to Z. Routledge.
Weston, A. 2000 A Rulebook for Arguments, 3rd edn. Hackett.
White, A. D. 1993 A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom. Prometheus Books.
White, M. 2007 Galileo Antichrist: A Biography. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Wielenberg, E. J. 2005 Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe. Cambridge University Press.
Wilkinson, R. 2002 Minds and Bodies. The Open University.
Wilson, R. 2008 Don't Get Fooled Again: The Sceptic's Guide to Life. Icon Books.
Wootton, D. 2010 Galileo: Watcher of the Skies. Yale University Press.
Wright, R. 1995 The Moral Animal. Little, Brown & Company.
Ziman, J. M. 1968 Public Knowledge: An Essay Concerning the Social Dimension of Science. Cambridge University Press.
Syson, L. 2011 Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan. The National Gallery.
Bennett, A. 1989 The Card. Methuen.
Brookmyre, C. 2007 Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks. Little, Brown & Company.
De Vries, P. 1984 The Mackerel Plaza. Oxford University Press.
Macaulay, R. 1985 Crewe Train. Methuen.
Maugham, W. S. 2009 Cakes and Ale. Vintage.
McEwan, I. 2010 Solar. Jonathan Cape.
Mendelson, C. 2007 When We Were Bad. Picador.
Nothomb, A. 2004 Fear and Trembling. Faber.
Orwell, G. 1969 A Clergyman's Daughter. Penguin.
Tyler, A. 2004 The Amateur Marriage. Vintage.
Updike, J. 1996 In the Beauty of the Lilies. Hamish Hamilton.
Wharton, E. 1996 The Age of Innocence. Penguin.
Bate, J., and Rasmussen, E. 2007 The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. Palgrave Macmillan.
Bean, R. 2011 One Man, Two Guvnors. Oberon Books.
Edgar, D. 2011 Written on the Heart. Nick Hern Books.
Foakes, R. A. (ed.) 2004 The Comedy of Errors. Arden Shakespeare.
Ibsen, H. and Power, B. 2011 Emperor and Galilean. Nick Hern Books.
Kiernan, P. 2006 Filthy Shakespeare. Quercus.
MacDonald, S. 1987 Not about Heroes. Samuel French.
Moi, T. 2006 Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
Shaw, G. B. 1987 Plays Pleasant: Arms and the Man; Candida; the Man of Destiny; You Never Can Tell. Penguin.
Upton, A. 2011 Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in a version by Andrew Upton. Faber and Faber.
There are plenty of unread books on my shelf, and if I’m feeling guilty at least I’ve got this list to remind me that I have actually read a few books. Trouble is, it also reminds me of what I haven’t read, since most of the non-fiction books themselves have lists of references, the majority of which I haven’t read, and so on, and so forth. The more you know, the more you know you don’t know is a truism, which happens to be true.
test The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True.