I can’t help myself. I can’t stop. I am gorging on books. I just picked up Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer and Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop CultureÂ by Daniel Radosh this morning. I’m irritated because I have to teach a knitting class tonight, so I can’t spend all day reading both books. One will probably have to wait for the weekend.
I’m planning the reading selections for the summer and fall right now. Next week we’ll start Ghost by Alan Lightman. Then Rebecca will pick up with a reading selection in July while I am in Lithuania. Then we’ll likely be reading two books written by Skepchick readers and two books recommended by Skepchick readers. We’ll also be reading Proust Was a Neuroscientist because I can already tell I am going to love this book: I read the introduction and the conclusion in the bookstore this morning. (Yes, I often read the last chapter of the book after the first chapter, and then I go back and read the middle. I do this more with nonfiction than with fiction.)
I’ll be posting the interview with Mick O’Hare, author of How to Fossilize Your Hamster soon. I did want to interview some readers of this book, but no-one contacted me. So here are a few questions for you to answer in the comments as a group interview:
This is not a quiz! It’s just some questions that I think are interesting, and I hope you do, too.
Do you think How to Fossilize Your Hamster does a good job of making science interesting to the general public? Why or why not?
Do you think this kind of science book can help people improve their critical thinking skills?
What was your favorite experiment? Did you do it, or just read about it?
Did anyone do all of the booze experiments? Did you make it through them all without drinking enough to make you puke?
Do you think skeptics can become cool the way geeks have become cool? What would it take to make this happen? Do you have any idea how geeks became cool, because I sure don’t! Bizarro.
That’s it. I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I did. It was light, loaded with science, and had a twist of lemon.