Book List, 2013

586132906_1372174129I am not much of an altruist, but I have listed the books I found interesting in 2013, here. Some of these books are, of course, tangentially relevant, but still great. Some works I have listed are not great, but still very informative. But, the large majority of these works are pretty damn good.

Evolutionary Psychology


Charles Darwin-The Descent Of Man

Jerome H. Barkow, Leda Cosmides, John Tooby-The Adapted Mind

Robert Wright-The Moral Animal

David C. Geary-The Origin Of Mind

Carl N Degler- In Search of Human Nature

Eric M. Gander-On Our Minds

David M. Buss-Evolutionary Psychology-The New Science Of Mind

David M. Buss-The Handbook Of Evolutionary Psychology

Hatermi And Mcdermott- Man Is by Nature a Political Animal

Matt Ridley-Genome

Matt Ridley-Nature Via Nurture

Matt Ridley-The Agile Gene

Matt Ridley-The Origins Of Virtue

Matt Ridley-The Rational Optimist

Matt Ridley-The Red Queen

Michael Shermer-How We Believe

Michael Shermer-In Darwin’s Shadow

Michael Shermer-The Believing Brain

Michael Shermer-The Borderlands Of Science

Michael Shermer-The Science Of Good And Evil

Michael Shermer-The Skeptic Encyclopaedia Of Pseudoscience

Michael Shermer-Why People Believe Weird Things

Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa- Order By Accident

Bruce J. Ellis, David F. Bjorklund-Origins Of The Social Mind

Robert Trivers-The Folly Of Fools: The Logic Of Deceit And Self-Deception in Human Life

Robin Dunbar-Early Human Kinship

Robin Dunbar-Evolutionary Psychology

Robin Dunbar-Grooming, Gossip And The Evolution Of Human Language

Robin Dunbar-How many friends does one person need

Robin Dunbar-The Evolution Of Culture

Roy F. Baumeister-Advanced Social Psychology

Roy F. Baumeister-Evil-Inside Human Cruelty

Roy F. Baumeister-Social Psychology And Human Nature

Steven Pinker-How The Mind Works

Steven Pinker-Language Learnability And Language Development

Steven Pinker-Learnability and Cognition

Steven Pinker-The Better Angels of Our Nature – Why Violence Has Declined

Steven Pinker-The Blank Slate

Steven Pinker-The Language Instinct

Steven Pinker-The Stuff Of Thought

Steven Pinker-Words And Rules

Sharon Moalem-Survival Of The Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Sickness

Jonathan Burns- The Descent of Madness

Robert Axelrod- The Evolution of Co-Operation

Emrys Westacott- The Virtues of Our Vices



David Landes- The Wealth and Poverty of Nations; Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor

Thaler And Sunstein-Nudge

Abhijit Banerjee And Esther Duflo-Poor Economics

Truman F. Bewley- Why Wages Don’t Fall In A Recession

Daryl Collins et al.- Portfolios of the poor : how the world’s poor live on two dollars a day

Julian Simon-The Ultimate Resource

Asperger’s Syndrome


Tyler Cowen-Create Your Own Economy

Naoki Higashida-The Reason I Jump

Will Hadcroft- The Feeling’s Unmutual

Marco Iacoboni- Mirroring People

Michael Fitzgerald-Autism And Creativity

Julie Brown- Writers On The Spectrum

Temple Grandin- The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships

Gary B. Mesibov, Victoria Shea, and Lynn W. Adams- Understanding Asperger Syndrome And High Functioning Autism

Sally J. Rogers, Justin H. G. Williams- Imitation And The Social Mind

Mark Osteen-Autism And Representation

Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders 

Fernando Pessoa-The Book Of Disquiet 

Maria Rhode and Trudy Klauber- The Many Faces Of Asperger Syndrome 

Uta Frith-Autism and Asperger Syndrome 

Simon Baron Cohen-The Essential Difference

Simon Baron Cohen-Mindblindedness

Simon Baron Cohen-An Exact Mind

Simon Baron Cohen-The Science Of Evil

Temple Grandin- Our Journey Through Asperger Syndrome

Temple Grandin-Thinking In Pictures

James Davies-Cracked: Why Psychiatry Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Tony Attwood- Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

Thomas Armstrong- Neurodiversity

Timur Kuran-Private Truths, Public Lies

Liane HollidayWilley-Pretending To Be Normal

Szasz-A Lexicon Of Lunacy

Szasz-Cruel Compassion

Szasz-Faith In Freedom


Szasz-Ideology And Insanity

Szasz-Law, Liberty And Psychiatry

Szasz-Liberation by Oppression


Szasz-Psychiatric Slavery

Szasz-The Manufacture Of Madness

Szasz-The Medicalization of Everyday Life

Szasz-The Myth Of Mental Illness

Szasz-The Politics of Mental Illness

Szasz-The Second Sin

Szasz-The Theology Of Medicine

Szasz-The Therapeautic State

Mark Haddon- The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime

Manu Joseph- The Illicit Happiness Of Other People

V. S. Ramachandran-Phantoms In The Brain

V. S. Ramachandran-The Paradoxical Brain

V. S. Ramchandran-The Tell-Tale Brain

Richard Bentall-Madness Explained

Jodi Picoult-House Rules

Clifford A Pickover- Strange Brains And Genius

Al Bernstein- Am I the Only Sane One Working Here?



Charles Murray And Richard J. Herrnstein-The Bell Curve

Charles Murray-Income Inequality And IQ

Robert E Haskell-Transfer Of Learning

Murray Rothbard-Education Free and Compulsory

Christian Dustmann, Bernd Fitzenberger, Stephen Machin (Eds.)-The Economics Of Education And Training 

Claudia Goldin, Lawrence F. Katz- The Race between Education and Technology 

Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons-The Invisible Gorilla And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us



Roy F. Baumeister-Is There Anything Good About Men: How Cultures Flourish by Exploiting Men

Donald Symons-The Evolution Of Human Sexuality

The Second Sexism-David Benatar

Roy F. Baumeister-The Cultural Animal

Warren Farrell-The Myth Of Male Power

David M. Buss-The Evolution of Desire

Matt Ridley-The Red Queen

Warren Farrell – Why Men Earn More

Warren Farrell-Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say

Warren Farrell-Why Men Are the Way They Are

Warren Farrell-The Liberated Man

John Townsend- What Do Women Want, What Do Men Want

Norah Vincent-Self-Made Man

Marjorie Harness Goodwin-The Hidden Life of Girls: Games of Stance, Status, and Exclusion

David M. Buss-The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex

David M. Buss-Why Women Have Sex

David M. Buss-Sex, Power And Conflict

David Plotz-The Genius Factory: The Curious History Of The Nobel Prize Sperm Bank

William B. Irvine: On Desire: Why We Want What We Want 

George A. Akerlof and Rachel E. Kranton.-Identity Economics

Sex Differences: Summarizing More Than A Century Of Scientific Research

Diane Coyle- Sex, Drugs And Economics

Anne E. Beall, Alice H. Eagly, and Robert J. Sternberg-The Psychology Of Gender

Anne E. Beall, Linda L. Carli-Through The Labyrinth-The Truth About How Women Become Leaders

Betty Freidan-The Feminine Mystique

H. L. Mencken-In Defense Of Women

Charles Murray-Coming Apart, The State Of White America, 1960-2010

Wendy McElroy- A Woman’s Right To Pornography

Randy Thornhill And Craig T Palmer- A Natural History or Rape

Anne Campbell-A mind of her own: The evolutionary psychology of women

Arts And Culture


Tyler Cowen-In Praise Of Commercial Culture

Pierre Bouraieu-Distinction

Tyler Cowen-Creative Destruction: How Globalization Is Changing The World’s Culture

Tyler Cowen-An Economist Gets Lunch

Tyler Cowen-Average Is Over

Tyler Cowen-Markets and Cultural Voices

Tyler Cowen-Good And Plenty

Tyler Cowen-Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist 

Eric A. Finkelstein, Laurie Zuckerman- The Fattening of America 

William J Bernstein-The Birth Of Plenty 

Fritz Allhoff and Dave Monroe-Food And Philosophy 

Hans Abbing-Why Are Artists Poor 

Brink Lindsey-The Age of Abundance: How The Culture Wars Made Us More Libertarian

Lawrence W. Levine-Highbrow/Lowbrow, The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America

Joseph Epstein-Snobbery: The American Version

Pamela N. Danziger-Let Them Eat Cake

Alexandra Robbins- The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth

Tyler Cowen-The Great Stagnation

Ludwig Von Mises – The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality

Mencken-H L Mencken On Music

Mencken-The American Credo

John Haiman- Talk Is Cheap-Sarcasm Alienation And The Evolution Of Language

Jerome Neu- Sticks and Stones-The Philosophy of Insults

Behavioral Genetics


Judith Harris- The Nurture Assumption

Bryan Caplan-Selfish Reasons To Have More Kids

Lenore Skenazy-Free Range Kids

Robert Plomin et al.-Behavioral Genetics In The Post-Genomic Era

David Cohen-How The Child’s Mind Develops

Cohen-The Fathers Book – Being a Good Dad in the 21st Century

Michael Gurian-Nature The Nurture

William R. Clark, Michael Grunstein-Are We Hardwired?

Lyla M. Hernandez and Dan G. Blazer- Genes, Behavior, and the Social Environment

Michael Rutter-Genes and Behavior~ Nature-Nurture Interplay Explained

Borkowski, Ramey, and Bristol-Powers-Parenting The Child’s World

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