Current and recent reading

The following books are ones I’m presently reading or plan to read, or have recently read. Occasionally I publish reviews or commentaries on this website.

Books I’m currently reading:

  • Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schultz (Granta Books, 2011)
  • Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe by Hugo Mercier (Princeton University Press, 2020)
  • Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer (Souvenir Press, 2008)
  • Right and Wrong: How to Decide for Yourself by Hugh Mackay (Hodder Headline, 2004)
  • The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks (Penguin Books, 2019)

Books recently purchased (but not yet read)

  • The Social Animal (12th Edition) by Elliot Aronson and Joshua Aronson (W. H. Freeman and Company, 2017)
  • Readings About The Social Animal (12th Edition) edited by Joshua Aronson and Elliot Aronson (W. H. Freeman and Company, 2017)

Books I’ve recently read:

  • Seeds of Science: Why We Got It So Wrong On GMOs by Mark Lynas (Bloomsbury, 2018)
  • A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future by David Attenborough (Witness Books, 2020)
  • Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All by Michael Shellenberger (HarperCollins, 2020). (See my review here)
  • Are We All Scientific Experts Now? by Harry Collins (Polity Press, 2014)
  • Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling by James E. Alcock (Prometheus, 2018)
  • Forms of Life: The Method and Meaning of Sociology by Harry Collins (The MIT Press, 2019)
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts (Second Edition) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson (Mariner Books, 2015). (See my brief review here)
  • Sociology: The Basics (Second Edition) by Ken Plummer (Routledge, 2016). (Related commentary on the question ‘What is sociology?’ available here)