Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tim Tyler: Book reviews

I've reviewed some books over the last few years - many of them relevant to cultural evolution in some way. I used to make videos of my book reviews relating to cultural evolution and memetics - and post them on this blog. These videos have become less frequent - but I still read and review many books. To summarize this activity, my reviews are listed below:

  1. The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal by Daniel Cloud
  2. Machine Super Intelligence by Shane Legg
  3. Evolution As Entropy: Toward a Unified Theory of Biology by Daniel R. Brooks and E. O. Wiley
  4. The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation by John E. Mayfield
  5. Why Humans Cooperate: A Cultural and Evolutionary Explanation - by Joe Henrich and Nathalie Henrich
  6. Evolution, the Extended Synthesis edited by Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller
  7. Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution - by F. John Odling-Smee, Kevin Laland, Marcus Feldman
  8. Evolution's Eye: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide (Science and Cultural Theory) by Susan Oyama
  9. Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution: Solutions to Dilemmas in Cultural and Social Theory by Marion Blute
  10. Ethical Artificial Intelligence by Bill Hibbard
  11. Disinfect your mind by Ely Asher
  12. Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat
  13. The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter by Joseph Henrich
  14. The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos
  15. Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man by Mark Changizi
  16. The Anthropic Principle: Man as the Focal Point of Nature by Reinhard Breuer
  17. The Evolution of Everything: How Selection Shapes Culture, Commerce, and Nature by Mark Sumner
  18. The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge by Matt Ridley
  19. The Expanding Circle: Ethics, Evolution, and Moral Progress by Peter Singer
  20. Darwin's Conjecture: The Search for General Principles of Social and Economic Evolution by Geoffrey M. Hodgson
  21. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  22. Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are by Marlene Zuk
  23. Darwinian Dynamics by Richard Michod
  24. Darwin Does Physics by John Campbell
  25. Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World by Leslie Valiant
  26. Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life by Paul Davies
  27. The Biology of Moral Systems by Richard Alexander
  28. Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion by Richerson and Whitehouse
  29. Science and Selection: Essays on Biological Evolution and the Philosophy of Science by David L. Hull
  30. War and Peace and War by Peter Turchin
  31. Proving Darwin: Making Biology Mathematical by Gregory Chaitin
  32. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley
  33. Machines Who Think: A Personal Inquiry into the History and Prospects of Artificial Intelligence by Pamela McCorduck
  34. The Intelligent Universe: AI, ET, and the Emerging Mind of the Cosmos by James N. Gardner
  35. Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy by Nick Bostrom
  36. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  37. Genetic Takeover: And the Mineral Origins of Life by A. G. Cairns-Smith
  38. A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution Paperback by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
  39. In the Beat of a Heart: Life, Energy, and the Unity of Nature by John Whitfield
  40. Mathematical Models of Social Evolution: A Guide for the Perplexed by Richard McElreath and Rob Boyd
  41. Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
  42. The Ghosts Of Evolution Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, And Other Ecological Anachronisms by Connie C. Barlow
  43. Guerrilla Creativity: Make Your Message Irresistible with the Power of Memes by Jay Conrad Levinson
  44. The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future by Martin Ford
  45. Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science by Robert Aunger
  46. Zarrella's Hierarchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design, and Engineering of Contagious Ideas by Dan Zarella
  47. The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves by W. Brian Arthur
  48. Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization by Adrian Bejan
  49. Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life Is the Architect of the Universe by James N. Gardner
  50. Did Darwin Get It Right?: Essays on Games, Sex and Evolution by John Maynard Smith
  51. The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest by Yochai Benkler
  52. Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection by Peter Godfrey-Smith
  53. Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame by Christopher Boehm
  54. Evolutionary Worlds without End by H. C. Plotkin
  55. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
  56. The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch
  57. The Evolutionary World: How Adaptation Explains Everything from Seashells to Civilization by Geerat J. Vermeij
  58. Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life by Eric D. Schneider and Dorion Sagan
  59. The Origin and Evolution of Cultures by Robert Boyd
  60. Natural Selection: Domains, Levels, and Challenges by George C. Williams
  61. The Dawn of Symbolic Life: The Future of Human Evolution by Jon Beach
  62. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  63. I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior by Alex Bentley
  64. The Imagined World Made Real by H. C. Plotkin
  65. Darwin Machines and the Nature of Knowledge by H. C. Plotkin
  66. What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly
  67. The Complete Universe of Memes: Branches of Reality on The Reality Tree by Lloyd Whitling
  68. Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne
  69. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  70. An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics by Scott M. James
  71. Cosmos and Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context by NASA History Division
  72. The Things We Do: Using the Lessons of Bernard and Darwin to Understand the What, How, and Why of Our Behavior by Gary Cziko
  73. The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H. Frank
  74. Coevolution: Genes, Culture, and Human Diversity by William H. Durham
  75. Culture and the Evolutionary Process by Robert Boyd
  76. People Will Talk: The Surprising Science of Reputation by John Whitfield
  77. The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson
  78. Darwinism and Human Affairs by Richard D. Alexander
  79. The Mocking Memes: A Basis for Automated Intelligence by Mark Martin
  80. The Cerebral Code: Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind by William H. Calvin
  81. Plan and Purpose in Nature: The Limits of Darwinian Evolution by George C. Williams
  82. Evolution and the Levels of Selection by Samir Okasha
  83. Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society by David Sloan Wilson
  84. CHECheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees : The nature of cooperation in animals and humans by Lee Alan Dugatkin
  85. Information and Meaning in Evolutionary Processes by William F. Harms
  86. Contagious Ideas: On Evolution, Culture, Archaeology and Cultural Virus Theory by Ben Sandford Cullen
  87. On the Origin of Tepees: The Evolution of Ideas (and Ourselves) by Jonnie Hughes
  88. The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin by Keith E. Stanovich
  89. The Origin of Everything via Universal Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Systems in Contention for Existence by D. B. Kelley
  90. Summary of The Origin of Cultures by John Lin
  91. Universal Darwinism: The path of knowledge by John Campbell
  92. The Altruism Equation: Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness by Lee Alan Dugatkin
  93. Genes, Memes, Culture, and Mental Illness: Toward an Integrative Model by Hoyle Leigh
  94. Genes, Memes and Human History: Darwinian Archaeology and Cultural Evolution by Stephen Shennan
  95. Darwin's Blind Spot: Evolution Beyond Natural Selection by Frank Ryan
  96. SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed by M. A. Nowak
  97. The Imitation Factor: Evolution Beyond The Gene by Lee Alan Dugatkin
  98. Ever-Expanding Horizons: The Dual Informational Sources of Human Evolution by Carl P. Swanson
  99. The Theory of Cultural and Social Selection by W. G. Runciman
  100. Genes, Mind, And Culture: The Coevolutionary Process by Charles J. Lumsden
  101. Cultural Evolution: How Darwinian Theory Can Explain Human Culture and Synthesize the Social Sciences by Alex Mesoudi
  102. Promethean Fire: Reflections on the Origin of Mind by Charles J. Lumsden
  103. Sense and Nonsense: Evolutionary perspectives on human behaviour by Kevin N. Laland
  104. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Memes by Damon Brown
  105. The Selfish Meme by Kate Distin
Amazon indexes many of my book reviews here.

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