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The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths
Michael Shermer is one of my favorite professional skeptics. He writes phenomenal books that link science and philosophy in the modern age without losing his sense of humor. The Believing Brain is a great place to start if you want to learn about hallucinations, delusions, the science of hauntings and religious experiences, or anything about how our minds play tricks on us.
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Mary Roach is a prolific journalist/science writer who has several books available now that are all worthy of being read. I chose Bonk to be featured because well, it’s about sex and that grabs people’s attention. She penetrates the subject hard and answers your deep burning questions about everything from wet dreams to sex addiction.
Buy it here: Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
What in the Word? Wordplay, Word Lore, and Answers to Your Peskiest Questions about Language
Anyone who has a deep love for books probably also has a secret love of language. Charles Harrington Elster is a hidden jewel that every bibliophile should become familiar with. This book covers a broad range of topics about the English language and fills your brain with those weird factoids that are great to drop into conversation.
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
Mark Miodownik is a material scientist and a damn fine writer. This book is entertaining and the first one in a good while where I felt like I was actually learning something completely new. He breaks down the chapters by material. Glass, paper, even chocolate are explored as he explains how they are made and all of the science that makes these everyday materials that we completely ignore so useful and usable. I cannot wait to read more from Miodownik and have even more “did you know”s to add into conversations.