Tuesday, February 13, 2007

D'Souza & the West, Darwin & Wallace, Stalin & Science

There are so many interesting books in the world that I can't begin to read all of the ones on my constantly growing "books-to-read" list. Perhaps readers will be interested in some of these:

Dinesh D'Souza has created quite a stir with his contention that decadent Western societies are largly responsible for the terrorism that is aimed against them. A review of his latest book - The Enemy at Home - and a link to reader comments can be found here. Another review, with a link to comments, is available here. Yet another one here. A final one here.

Charles Darwin was not the only person to posit natural selection as a mechanism of evolution. One of Darwin's contemporaries, Alfred Russel Wallace, developed the same basic idea. When Darwin finally published his theory, part of his motivation was to get it out before Wallace did. Volumes have been written about Darwin, but not much attention has been paid to Wallace. As one reviewer points out here, that situation is changing. This reviewer cites several biographies of Wallace that have been published since 2000.

Finally, a new book - Stalin and the Soviet Science Wars discusses Stalin's attempts to force science to conform to his brand of Marxism. The review is available here.

If anyone has read any of these books, please drop a comment and share your thoughts.

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