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Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

Evolution from Space

Evolution from Space - Fred Hoyle, Chandra Wickramasinghe I have always been vehemently opposed to the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools. It seemed to me that the proposal was without value, since ID made no predictions and was the work of scientific illiterates who refused even to admit that their idea amounted to alien intelligences tampering with the DNA of living creatures on Earth over a period of billions of years. Since the mainstream ID movement has repeatedly been unmasked as a transparent cover for Creationism and the Religious Right, it was only too obvious why they were unwilling to concede on the question of the alien manipulators. I could see no reason to encourage them.

Well, I am not too proud to admit I was wrong.

The rest of this review is in my book If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures