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So I still get e-mails from my grad school research cluster, and right now there's a bunch of discussion about an Opinion piece that appeared in the Proceedings in the National Academy of Sciences entitled "Science in the Age of Selfies." At brief glance, it appears to be one of many such articles in the academic navel-gazing category, and I'm not inclined to dwell on it at great length.

Instead, it reminded me of The Dialectical Biologist, which I would still peg as a major work that challenged and effectively reshaped my thinking. It's by two prolific Biologists, Richard Levins and Lewontin, and is a compilation of essays they've written. Learning about Lyssenkoism in particular really changed my view on the relationship between science and society. The book makes The Structure of Scientific Revolutions look like a simplistic child's model of science.

That makes me curious: what book or books that you have read would you say have really challenged and reshaped your thinking? Why?

(I may or may not be shopping for what book to read next, heh)

Date: 2017-07-05 02:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] threemeninaboat
It is mostly pictures so it doesn't take that long to read. A month perhaps?

Date: 2017-06-17 06:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] randomdreams
Pinker's The Language Instinct was way up there.
Stryer's The Principles Of Biochemistry is just a textbook but I spent six years in school because of it.

Date: 2017-06-18 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] annikusrex
I probably got a master's degree in English because Ms. Kaz loaned me _The Madwoman in the Attic_ in high school. A public choice textbook, Stearns & Zywicki's _Public Choice Concepts and Applications in Law_, strongly influenced my thoughts about democracy and politics, though not really the course of my life. I should probably say that some book about mass incarceration led me to become a public defender, but I haven't read any of them! I do really want to read _Evicted_ and _Hillbilly Elegy_. Regarding books I've actually read recently, I really liked and recommend Susan Faludi's _In the Darkroom_, but I don't think it disturbed any of my previously held convictions.

Date: 2017-06-30 01:34 am (UTC)
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Have you read Braiding Sweetgrass? I'm reading it now and it's making my heart turn inside out in the best possible way.

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