Re: A book list for today's renaissance human

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Thu Dec 27 2001 - 17:59:07 MST

> Many months ago, I pulled together a list of books that I thought
> might be a good start to help a person to think/be more like a
> renaissance human, but in today's world: so some 'basics' plus more
> ideas to expand one's vision of the universe.

Many, many thanks. Your recommendation carries a lot of weight
with me, and I'm only 15-for-27 on your list. Looks like its
time for a trip to the bookstore.

> This list is totally subjective of course, and yes, this list is
> lacking a number of areas (I would next add more philosophy,
> probably starting with Aristotle)

Yes, the classic stuff like Aristotle and Plato's dialogues, but allow
me to add some more modern ones: Mortimer Adler's "The Great Ideas: A
Lexicon of Western Thought"; Karl Popper's "The Open Society and its
Enemies"; Daniel Dennett's "Darwin's Dangerous Idea"; Steven Pinker's
"The Language Instinct"; Marvin Minsky's "Society of Mind"; Oliver
Sacks' "The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat"; Richard Dawkins'
"The Selfish Gene"; Matt Ridley's "Genome"; Natalie Angier's "Woman:
An Intimate Geography".

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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