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    Skepchick Book Club: Ready Player One

    Note: details about next month’s book are at the bottom of this post.¬† Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month we read¬†Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Honestly, I love reading fiction more than nonfiction, so even though this is a generally science/skepticism-focused book club, I do like to slip a fiction book in the lineup from time…

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    Skepchick Book Club: Bonk

    Esteemed reader, we need to have a talk. About the birds and the bees and all that crazy sex they’ve been having. You see, um, when two (or more, if that’s your thing) researchers really love a subject, they will spend a lot of time in the lab together and if everything goes just right, they’ll end up creating a…

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    Skepchick Book Club: Subliminal

    Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! Join in the thread to discuss this month’s book, Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow. We all like to think that we’re in control of our memories and thoughts, but as the author of this book showed, there is a lot going on that you don’t know about.…

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    Skepchick Book Club: I, Robot

    Short stories and sci-fi are two of my favorite kinds of literature, so I was excited this month to read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. Reading this book is like opening up a time capsule and it’s interesting to note not only how our views on robots have changed but also our views on the role of men and women…

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    Skepchick Book Club: The Violinist’s Thumb

    Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This week we’re discussing The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean. If you’ve read the book or you happen to know a lot about the history of genetics, please join us in the comments to discuss. A few interesting…

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    Skepchick Book Club: The Last Greatest Magician in the World

    Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club. We’re discussing The Last Greatest Magician in the World, a biography about Howard Thurston, a magician who surpassed Houdini in popularity back in the early 20th century but has since been largely forgotten by the general public. He was a quick-witted con artist with a soft spot for children (but not for his…

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    Reminder: Skepchick Book Club Next Sunday [UPDATED]

    Have you finished reading The Last Greatest Magician in the World yet? No problem, you still have at least three 10 days to finish. Or to read through the Wikipedia page on Howard Thurston. Join the open thread this next Sunday, July 29, for a discussion about old time magic and why Houdini was not the greatest magician. See you…

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    Skepchick Book Club: The Man Who Knew Too Much

    Welcome back, fellow readers! This month we read The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer by David Leavitt. Join me in the thread to discuss this book and talk about Alan Turing. Also, below the jump is this month’s book-themed recipe (savory scones) and a cocktail recipe provided by Anne Sauer at Mad…

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