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Being Wrong

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz As Kathryn Schulz writes, this book is not a defense against errors; it is a defense of errors because errors are essential to who we are. Errors are inseparably linked to things like our intelligence and our science. You cannot remove error without damagingContinue reading “Being Wrong”


Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera and Ebola to Beyond by Sonia Shaw  “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” (paraphrase of George Santayana).[i] Sonia Shaw’s Pandemic was published in 2016, but reads like it was written in the summer of 2020—it seems prescient. That’s because Shaw knows her history, unlike tooContinue reading “Pandemic”

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

by Steve Brusatte This book about the “Age of Dinosaurs”, which lasted nearly 200 million years (see blue highlighted Mesozoic era), was an entertaining read. The general public underestimates the length of time dinosaurs lived. There is more time between Stegosaurus and T. rex (80-95 million years) than there is between T. rex and usContinue reading “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World”

The Death of Expertise Part I: The Good

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols Tom Nichols’ The Death of Expertise shows how this rejection of experts has occurred: the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24-hour entertainment machine,Continue reading “The Death of Expertise Part I: The Good”

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