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Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

Jim Rossi

Does religion emerge from an innate psychological drive, as an outgrowth of human culture or as a random meme? Here Jim Rossi, offers his comments on the interpretation that Pascal Boyer offers in "Religion Explained." Available from Amazon.com


Life's Matrix: A Biography of Water

Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource

Tom Fyles

Books by Nature magazine editor, Philip Ball, and Canadian Governor General's Award winning writer, Marq de Villiers, on the science and sociology of water that, together, provide a comprehensive portrait of a chemical that has played, and that will play, a dominant role in life in general, and contemporary human life in particular

JOURNAL REVIEW: A Special Issue of Perspectives in Human Biology: Is human evolution a closed chapter?

C. Loring Brace

Contributions to this collection of review articles and research reports were originally presented at the joint conference of the Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB) and the Commission of Human Ecology of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), held in Adelaide, Australia in December 1997

JOURNAL REVIEW: A Special Issue of Perspectives in Human Biology: Dento-facial variation in perspective

Stephen Molnar

This journal issue offers a collection of peer-reviewed research reports covering a broad range of topics relating to human dento-facial structures and cranial variation that were among those presented at the 1997 Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Human Biology, held in conjunction with the Fifth World Academic Conference on Human Ecology

DARK LIFE: Martian Nanobacteria, Rock-Eating Cave Bugs, and Other Extreme Organisms of Inner Earth and Outer Space: By Michael Ray Taylor

Edward E. Ishiguro

In the latter part of the 20th century, exotic microorganisms were discovered that inhabit some of the most hostile environments on Earth, including undersea lava vents and hotsprings. The author, a journalist, chronicles his 10-year search for these so-called "extremophiles." Canadian microbiologist Edward Ishiguro provides an informed review. The book is available from Amazon.com

Powering the Future

Tom Koppel

Excerpted from Powering the Future: The Ballard Fuel Cell and the Race to Change the World. Copyright (c) 1999 by Tom Koppel Excerpted with permission of the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. This book is available at all bookstores, online booksellers, including Amazon.com, and from the Wiley Web site (or call 1-800-225-5945)

A RUM AFFAIR How Botany's "Piltdown Man" was Unmasked: By Karl Sabbagh


Edward Teague

Was Professor John Heslop-Harrison, FRS, a fraudster who deserved posthumous unmasking, or was he a distinguished scientist vilified in this offering from Penguin books on the basis of, at worst, scientifically unimportant peccadillos in order to serve the interest of an attention-seeking author and a profit-seeking publisher. Our reviewer, who has direct personal knowledge of many of the personalities who were privy to matters related in this book, weighs the evidence

wolfWOLF COUNTRY: Eleven Years Tracking the Algonquin Wolves: By John B. Theberge and Mary T. Theberge


Lu Carbyn

A readable and informative reply to loggers, farmers, hunters and politicians who question the value of the endangered Algonquin wolf in maintaining the balance of its native ecosystem Available from Amazon.com

LAMENT FOR AN OCEAN The Collapse of the Atlantic Cod Fishery: A True Crime Story

Lawrence Hamilton

A review of Michael Harris's outspoken account of the mistakes leading to the collapse of Newfoundland's cod fishery, a forerunner of similar crises around the world Available from Amazon.com


FISHERIES MISMANAGEMENT: The Case of the North Atlantic Cod: By Rognvaldur Hannesson

Ussif Rashid Sumaila

On the management policies preceding the recent catastrophic declines in North Atlantic cod stocks Available from Amazon.com


Impostures Intellectuelles: By Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Kevin Mulligan

On the misuse of scientific concepts and terminology by post-modernist writers Available from Amazon.com


Progress, Poverty and Population: Re-Reading Condorcet, Godwin and Malthus: By John Avery

Gertrude Himmelfarb

Why Malthus' prognostication of doom may yet again be premature Available from Amazon.com


The Fabric of Reality: By David Deutsch

Bryce DeWitt

A distinguished relativist shares David Deutsch's confidence in the existence of parallel universes, but not his faith in the possibility of explaining everything Available from Amazon.com


Entheogens and the Future of Religion: Edited by Robert Forte

William Lunny

Canadian theologian William Lunny suggests that faith through pharmacology will not provide a universal means of salvation Available from Amazon.com


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