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MannyRayner

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
The Secret of Castle Cant - K.P. Bath Hydra

I am bemused to discover that some - not even most! - reviews of this book have been deleted under the new Goodreads censorship policy, as far as I can make out because they state that the author is a convicted pedophile. I completely fail to understand the logic of this decision. First, the information that K.P. Bath is a convicted pedophile is so far from being secret that I only have to type "k p bath" into Google to get the following displayed in the second hit:
Jul 9, 2010 - PORTLAND, Ore. - A federal judge has sentenced children's author K.P. Bath to six years in prison for possessing child pornography.
Second, I had literally never even heard of Bath until Goodreads started deleting reviews. He has now become a widely discussed figure on this site. The only effect of the censorship policy thus appears to have been to publicize further the fact that Bath has been jailed for possessing child pornography.

Well, in accordance with the Hydra principle, I am adding my own little contribution to underline these obvious points. Feel free to join in.