Update July 2015: I’m very bad at updating the reading list. Not to mention the fact that I started putting books in “categories” which is a pain the the ass for me to keep up with. Thus I’m changing things up.
For reading e-books the CLS recommends Calibre. https://calibre-ebook.com/
The CLS also recommends not reading e-books. I’ve talked about why enough times. I’m sure I’ll rant about it in the future.
There will be new sections on this page. What I’m Currently Reading. What I’ve Read. Science and Studies.
What I’m Currently Reading.
The books I’m currently reading. Some of them may be on this list for a long time as I can make a book last for months. Sometimes years.
- Freedom From Speech by Greg Lukianoff
- Children of The Vampire, The Diaries of the Family Dracul by Jeanne Kalogridis
- Erotica Vampirica edited by Cecilia Tan
- Gusher Of Lies – Robert Bryce
- I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano
- Last And First Men and Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
- The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang
- HTML5 20 Lessons to Successful Web Development by Robin Nixon
What I’ve Read.
Books I’ve finished reading.
- Marissa Mayer and The Fight To Save Yahoo! by Nicholas Carlson – discussion in Stating The Obvious episodes 241, 242, 243, and 244.
- The Battle of The Buldge, A Graphic History of Allied Victory in the Ardennes, 1944-1945 by Wayne Vansant
- Secrets of Simplicity, learn to live better with less by Mary Carlomagno
- Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub
- The Greenwash Effect by Guy Pearse
- How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor
- Old Venus edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
- Houston. Then and Now.
- San Antonio. Then and Now.
- This Is Not A Photo Opportunity – The Street Art of Banksy by Martin Bull
- Covenant With The Vampire, The Diaries of the Family Dracul by Jeanne Kalogridis
- Data And Goliath – The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier
- The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott – Unseen Images From The Legendary Antarctic Expedition by David M. Wilson
- Date-onomics, How Dating Became A Lopsided Numbers Game by Jon Birger
- The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott – Unseen Images From The Legendary Antarctic Expedition by David M. Wilson
- Ackermanthology! 65 Astonishing, Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts edited by Forrest J. Ackerman
- The Rational Male by Rollo Tomassi
- The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning by Daniel Bor
- Choose Yourself – Be Happy, Make Millions, Live The Dream by James Altucher
- SJWs Always Lie – Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day
- The Voyage of The Space Beagle by A. E. Van Vogt
- The Definitive Book Of Body Language by Allan and Barbara Pease
- City by Clifford D. Simak
- The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- Ready For Anything by David Allen
- The Power of Less – the fine art of limiting yourself to the essential . . . in business and life by Leo Babauta
Science and Studies.
Links to PDF files of science papers or studies that I may or may not have talked about on the show.
- Millennials – The Politically Unclaimed Generation – 2014 Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey
- A green paradox: Validating green choices has ironic effects on behavior, cognition, and perception – Chiara Longoni, Peter M. Gollwitzer, Gabriele Oettingen
- Does A Helping Hand Put Others At Risk? Affirmative Action, Police Departments, and Crime – John R. Lott Jr.
- A Field Study of Run-Time Location Access Disclosures on Android Smartphones – Huiqing Fu, Yulong Yang, Nileema Shingte, Janne Lindqvist, Marco Gruteser – Rutgers University
- An opportunistic pathogen isolated from the gut of an obese human causes obesity in germfree mice – Na Fei and Liping Zhao
- Who Believes that Astrology is Scientific? – James T. Lindgren – Northwestern University School of Law (hint, liberals and Democrats believe)
- Face to face: Blocking facial mimicry can selectively impair recognition of emotional expressions – Lindsay M. Oberman, Piotr Winkielman, and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran – University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA
- Statement of Patrick Moore, Ph.D. Before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight – February 25, 2014 – “Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting ecosystems and economies”
- Consuming Green, Living Green? The Moderating Effect of Identity Relevance on the Licensing Effect – Marijn H. C. Meijers, ASCoR,University of Amsterdam – Peeter W. J. Verlegh, ASCoR,University of Amsterdam – Marret K. Noordewier, Leiden University – Edith G. Smit, ASCoR,University of Amsterdam
- Do Green Products Make Us Better People? – Nina Mazar, Chen-Bo Zhong – University of Toronto
- Embodiment of Emotion Concepts – Paula M. Niedenthal, CNRS and University of Clermont-Ferrand, France – Piotr Winkielman, University of California, San Diego – Laurie Mondillon, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France – Nicolas Vermeulen, Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve
- Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: Evidence from the Micro-Context – Dinesen, Peter Thisted; Sønderskov, Kim Mannemar
- ‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration – Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon
- The Creativity Crisis: The Decrease in Creative Thinking Scores on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking – Kyung Hee Kim – School of Education, The College of William and Mary
- Disruption of the right temporoparietal junction with transcranial magnetic stimulation reduces the role of beliefs in moral judgments – Liane Younga, Joan Albert Camprodonb, Marc Hauserc, Alvaro Pascual-Leoneb, and Rebecca Saxea
- MILLENNIAL POLL TOPLINE RESULTS – RELEASED: SUMMER 2014
- Reason-Rupe 2014 Millennial Survey Methodology and Questionnaire (for the above 2014 Millennial Poll)
- REASON-RUPE MILLENNIAL 2014 SURVEY – data in spreadsheet format
- When Corrections Fail: The persistence of political misperceptions – Brendan Nyhan, RWJ Scholar in Health Policy Research and Jason Reifler, Assistant Professor Department of Political Science
- Self-Censorship on Facebook – Sauvik Das and Adam Kramer
- Political Diversity Will Improve Social Psychological Science – José L. Duarte, Arizona State University, Jarret T. Crawford, The College of New Jersey, Charlotta Stern, Stockholm University, Jonathan Haidt, New York University—Stern School of Business, Lee Jussim, Rutgers University, Philip E. Tetlock, University of Pennsylvania
- SENTENCING DISPARITY AND DISCRIMINATION: A Focus on Gender
- Studies of Independence and Conformity: A Minority of One Against a Unanimous Majority – Solomon E. Asch – Swarthmore College
- The Economic Value of College Majors – Anthony P. Carnevale, Jeff Strohl and Michelle Melton
- The Status of Male Teachers in Public Education Today – Shaun P. Johnson
- The Suffocation of Marriage: Climbing Mount Maslow Without Enough Oxygen – Eli J. Finkel, Department of Psychology and Department of Management and Organizations Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois – Chin Ming Hui, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois and Kathleen L. Carswell and Grace M. Larson, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
- Trust at Zero Acquaintance: More a Matter of Respect Than Expectation of Reward – David Dunning and Joanna E. Anderson, Cornell University and Thomas Schlösser, Daniel Ehlebracht, and Detlef Fetchenhauer, University of Cologne
- Obedience to Authority With An Authentic Victim – Charles L. Sheridan and Richard G. King Jr. – This the is the “women torture puppies” study I often cite for why women are not capable of morality.
- Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Thinking that one is attractive increases the tendency to support inequality – Peter Belmi and Margaret Neale
- Who Abuses Children? – National Child Protection Clearinghouse
- Child Sexual Assault: Facts and Statistics – Updated December 2012
- THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF EARLY SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND MULTIPLE SEXUAL PARTNERS AMONG WOMEN: A BOOK OF CHARTS – ROBERT E. RECTOR, KIRK A. JOHNSON, PH.D., LAUREN R. NOYES, and SHANNAN MARTIN
- Male Microchimerism in the Human Female Brain – William F. N. Chan, Cecile Gurnot, Thomas J. Montine, Joshua A. Sonnen, Katherine A. Guthrie, J. Lee Nelson
- Microaggression and Moral Cultures – Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning
- Before “I Do”: What Do Premarital Experiences Have to Do with Marital Quality Among Today’s Young Adults? – Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley
- An exploratory analysis of the relationship between women’s rape fantasies, rape myth acceptance, rape victim empathy and rape blame attribution. – Amy Grubb & Terri-Anne Tarn
- Making the Connection: Social Bonding in Courtship Situations – Daniel A. McFarland and Dan Jurafsky and Craig Rawlings
- The Nature of Women’s Rape Fantasies: An Analysis of Prevalence, Frequency, and Contents – Jenny Bivona and Joseph Critelli
- The Relationship Between Multiple Sex Partners and Anxiety, Depression, and Substance Dependence Disorders: A Cohort Study – Sandhya Ramrakha, Charlotte Paul, Melanie L. Bell, Nigel Dickson, Terrie E. Moffitt, and Avshalom Caspi
- Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send
- Women Don’t Mean Business? Gender Penalty in Board Appointments – Isabelle Solal and Kaisa Snellman
- WOMEN’S EROTIC RAPE FANTASIES – Jenny M. Bivona, B.A., M.S.
Read it here, the famous “Blueprint For Change – Hussein Obama’s Plan for America “. Are you better off than you were eight years ago? Has The Messiah delivered on the promises? Did you get the change you had hope for? Have you moved forward? Do you have more freedom? Do the corporations pay more taxes?
Reading Suggestions Broken Down By Topic
- When in the Course of Human Events — Arguing the Case for Southern Secession by Charles Adams
- The South Was Right by James Ronald Kennedy & Walter Donald Kennedy
- The Real Lincoln — A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
- I’ll Take My Stand — The South and the Agrarian Tradition by Twelve Southerners
Privacy, Security, Internet, Technology and Freedom
- Desktop Witness — The do’s and don’ts of personal computer security by Michael A. Caloyannides
- The Freedom Outlaw’s Handbook: 179 Things to Do ’till the Revolution by Claire Wolfe
- I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did by Lori Andrews
- #digitalvertigo – how today’s online social revolution is dividing, diminishing, and disorienting us by Andrew Keen
- The Cult of The Amateur – Andrew Keen
- The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains – Nicholas Carr
- Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
- You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
- To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
Philosophy & Ethics
- The Ethics of Climate Change by James Garvey. This book is pure bullshit, but it will illustrate just how fucked up in the head the global warming wackos are.
- Science and Ethics by Bernard E. Rollin. Bernie talks about himself a lot, but that’s just his thing. Don’t let it get to you.
- The Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso
- Nanny State by David Harsanyi
The World We Live In – Culture, Society and Horizontal Enforcement
- Amusing Ourselves to Death — Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
- Everything by P.J. O’Rourke
- How To Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff
- Addiction is a Choice by Jeffrey A. Schaler
- Virtual War — Kosovo and Beyond by Michael Ignatieff
- Michal Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man by David T. Hardy & Jason Clarke.
- War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra & Leonard Mlodinow
- NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
- Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say by Dr. Warren Farrell
- Why Men Earn More by Dr. Warren Farrell
- Men On Strike: Why men are boycotting marriage, fatherhood, and the American Dream – and why it matters. by Helen Smith, PhD
- Sperm Wars: Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and other Bedroom Battles by Robin Baker
- The King of Sports – Football’s Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook
- Drunk Tank Pink and other unexpected forces that shape how we think, feel, and behave by Adam Alter
History & Military
- Art of War by Sun Tzu
- Loyalty Is My Honor — Personal accounts from the Waffen-SS by Gordon Williamson
- 13 Days to Glory — The Siege of the Alamo by Lon Tinkle
- Women in the Military — Flirting with Disaster by Brian Mitchell
- The Ecological Indian: Myth and History by Shepard Krech
- The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson
- Why The West Rules – For Now, the patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future by Ian Morris
Science & Technology
- Adam’s Curse by Bryan Sykes
- Gusher of Lies by Robert Bryce
- Power Hungry – The myths of “green” energy and the ral fules of the future by Robert Bryce
- Free Radicals – The Secret Anarchy of Science by Michael Brooks
- Time Warped – Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond
Business and Life Skills/Questions
- The Monk and The Riddle by Randy Komisar
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
- In Search of Stupidity: Over Twenty Years of High Tech Marketing Disasters by Jay Chapman – be sure to get the second edition. Or third when it comes out.
Things You Didn’t Know
- An Underground Education by Richard Zacks
- Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers — A History of Torture and Its Instruments by Geoffrey Abbott
- The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D.
Fiction, Science-Fiction, Horror & Alternate History
- What If? and What If? 2 edited by Robert Cowley
- A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
- Heavy Water and Other Stories by Martin Amis: specifically read The Janitor on Mars.
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. A much more realistic and believable look at harvesting body parts from clones. If you think this could never happen then I am certain you are an idiot.
- Heinlein In Dimension by Alexei Panshin. An indepth look at the writing of Robert A. Heinlein and some excellent analysis of the art of writing.
- Dragonhenge by Bob Eggleton & John Grant. The mythology of dragons. Much better stories that I was expecting.
- Anything (actually everything) by Robert A. Heinlien.
- Genesis by Bernard Beckett
Other books that you will enjoy
- Shark Trouble by Peter Benchley. This is a wonderful book about sharks and other ocean life. I can not recommend this book enough. Try it, you will not be able to put it down.
- Three-Somes: Studies in Sex, Power and Intimacy by Arno Karlen. Yes, it’s about sex with three people. Very enlightening in a number of ways.
- The Giver, Gathering Blue and Messenger by Lois Lowry
Self Help (because no one else can help you)
- Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get A Life by Larry Winget
- It’s Called Work For A Reason by Larry Winget
- You’re Broke Because You Want To Be by Larry Winget
- People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It by Larry Winget
- First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- Grow A Pair by Larry Winget
- I See Rude People by Amy Alkon
- What’s Your Problem – Cut through red tape, challenge the system, and get your money back by Jon Yates.
- Some useful links from the above book:
- http://consumerist.com/ – The Consumerist, shoppers bite back.
- http://www.elliott.org/ – Christopher Elliott, consumer advocate.
- http://rulestoknow.com/ – Airline rules to know.
- http://airconsumer.dot.gov/ – Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement
- http://www.angieslist.com/ – Angie’s List, reviews you can trust.
- http://www.nasuca.org/ – National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates
- https://www.annualcreditreport.com/ – get your credit report.
- http://www.edmunds.com/ – for your car shopping research.
- http://www.kbb.com/ – Kelley Blue Book
- http://nada.com/ – National Automobile Dealers Association
- http://www.autotrader.com/ – Auto Trader
- http://scambusters.com/ – Scam Busters
- http://charitywatch.org/ – Charity Watch
- http://www.guidestar.org/ – Guide Star, information about non-profit organizations.
Movies, documentaries and YouTube channels:
Hot Coffee, Is justice being served?
World War II Behind Closed Doors, Stalin, the Nazis and the West
We Live In Public – the story of internet pioneer Josh Harris.