Must-read non-fiction?

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  1. Roman Banned Banned

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    I really enjoyed The Stranger, but that was fiction.
    Hells Angels by Thompson was really good, but terribly trendy. I leave it sitting out in my room to let people know how cool I am.
     
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  3. Cottontop3000 Death Beckoned Registered Senior Member

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    The Counselor is in! Congrats!
     
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  5. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Searching for the Sound by Phil Lesh. The story and history of the Grateful Dead, written by their bassist from his own diaries. If you want a glimpse into the whole 1960s thing, or to understand why so many people were enraptured by the Dead's music, or how much the craft and technology of putting on a big concert was advanced, or just to read a very passionate and meticulous writer's insightful observations of a historical era, here's a book that you would probably never have discovered.
     
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    The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge by Jeremy Narby
     
  8. Anomalous Banned Banned

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    COSMOS

    by Carl Sagan
     
  9. CounslerCoffee Registered Senior Member

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    If you're going to read Sagan, read his best book: The Demon-haunted World.

    And anything to do with space/science/time: go with Brian Greene.

    Also: Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris.
     
  10. Roman Banned Banned

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    Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis.
    For a better understanding of how science works and a book that should be on the Sciforums reading list, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn.
     
  11. Xerxes asdfghjkl Valued Senior Member

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  12. RoyLennigan Registered Senior Member

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    or stephen hawking
     
  13. gendanken Ruler of All the Lands Valued Senior Member

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    Frey's a genius. Never, ever read anything recommended by the Oprahs.

    Anomolous:
    Yes, let's read Hawking so that we can all appreciate the quantum physics of exploiting one's degenerate Lou Gerrigh’s disease in order to guilt the healthier, smarter members of the scientific communities into publishing one's quadriplegic dribble.

    He can't even wipe himself

    His popularity is undeserved, unfathomable- then again so is Bobbit's.

    Sagan's waaaay too pornographic with his 'love affair' with Science.
     
  14. Anomalous Banned Banned

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    I read Stephen Hawking, its as lame as he is. Its wonderful to write a book or give a lecture but its takes lot of Guts to come in a SciForum and face the warth of truth from all over the world.
     
  15. draqon Banned Banned

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    there is non-fiction in science fiction, read that. Stanislaw Lem definitely mentiones some non-fiction in science fiction.
     
  16. CounslerCoffee Registered Senior Member

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    You know what's as lame as Stephen Hawking? All these non-fiction books that spawned from the mud when The da Vinci Code got popular. If I see one more book on Mary Magdalen and Jesus; I'll set a church a-blaze. Hell, I'm prone to do that anyways.
     
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    "Worked to the bone", Race, Class, Power and Privilege in Kentucky by Pem Davidson Buck. Very nicely written, insightful book on evolution of the American society (with Emphasis on the South) and its driving forces.
     
  18. Lerxst I love Natalie Portman Registered Senior Member

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    Stephen Jay Gould wrote nonfiction as well as anyone. Pick up any of his books, they are wonderful. What a brilliant man, what a great loss when he passed away.
     
  19. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    The Chalice and the Blade, by Riane Eisler
    Archaic Revival, by Terence McKenna
    Food of the Gods, by Terence McKenna
    The Transformation of War, by Martin Van Creveld
    The Mystique of Enlightenment, by U.G. Krishnamurti

    Bushcraft, by Richard H Graves
    (A serious guide to survival and camping, you can survive in the wild with only a knife and this book!)

    The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life, by Richard Dawkins
     
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  20. Laika Space Bitch Registered Senior Member

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    Anomalous,
    I assume this was just an ironic reply to Gendanken, because I'm sure you don't genuinely believe that posting anonymously on an internet forum rivals Stephen Hawking's achievements in any way.
     
  21. RoyLennigan Registered Senior Member

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    Ha! good one.
     
  22. Anomalous Banned Banned

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    I hope U have read it before commenting. That psyco talks about parallel universes and alternates, he is an idiot.
     
  23. Laika Space Bitch Registered Senior Member

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    So then I guess you were not being deliberately ironic. Yes, I have read it, and I find it almost surreal to read that you hold Stephen Hawking's achievements in disdain.
     

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