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:

  • Superpower: Australia’s Low-Carbon Opportunity by Ross Garnaut (Latrobe University Press, 2019)
  • The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer and More Resilient by William B. Irvine (W.W. Norton & Company, 2019)
  • Generally Speaking: An Invitation to Concept-Driven Sociology by Eviatar Zerubavel (Oxford University Press, 2021)
  • Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schultz (Granta Books, 2011)

Books recently purchased (but not yet read)

  • What is This Thing Called Knowledge? (Fourth Edition) by Duncan Pritchard (Routledge, 2018)
  • 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:

Environmental policy and activism-related books:

  • 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)
  • Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters by Steven E. Koonin (BenBella Books Inc, 2021)

Cognitive and psychological science books:

  • Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe by Hugo Mercier (Princeton University Press, 2020)
  • 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)
  • Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling by James E. Alcock (Prometheus, 2018)

Sociology books:

  • Sociology: The Basics (Second Edition) by Ken Plummer (Routledge, 2016). (Related commentary on the question ‘What is sociology?’ available here)
  • Forms of Life: The Method and Meaning of Sociology by Harry Collins (The MIT Press, 2019)
  • Social Things: An Introduction to the Sociological Life (Fifth Edition) by Charles Lemert (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2012)

Science studies and policy; controversies about technoscience:

  • Are We All Scientific Experts Now? by Harry Collins (Polity Press, 2014)
  • Seeds of Science: Why We Got It So Wrong On GMOs by Mark Lynas (Bloomsbury, 2018). (See this post discussing this book)

Other topics

  • The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World by Andrew J. Hoffman (Stanford University Press, 2021)
  • The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t by Julia Galef (Piatkus, 2021)
  • Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer (Souvenir Press, 2008)