Think monogamy is natural? This will make you think again.
Carl Jung's thoughts on nature, man, and spirituality. Jung provides Palatable, insightful thinking that's both critical and open-minded. Great for mystics and spekptics alike.
Piketty convincingly lays out the evidence that because the return on capital exceeds the rate of return on income, wealth inequality will continue to increase, save changes in government policy. Please listen to my audio review if you're interested in hearing more.
A must-have reference in any nature versus nurture debate, Pinker thoroughly debunks the notion that humans are born as blank slates.
In this excellent analysis of how geography lead to the creation of guns, germs, and steel in various places, Jared Diamond asserts that avialability of domesticable plants and animals, not race, explains why certain groups of people gained power over others. You can find out more via this audio review.
In a "sequel" to "Guns, Germs, and Steel" Diamond explores how societies' choices can lead to collapse. Malcolm Gladwell did an excellent review of the book here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/01/03/the-vanishing-2
The best book I've read on climate change. Jamieson gives an honest, thoughtful account of the history of (failed) action on climate change as well as incicisve commentary on our future chances of progress.
A wonderful antidote to a world that does everything to keep us from enjoying the present. Similar to Carl Jung, Alan Watts presents a form of spirituality than many skeptics will find intriguing.
How do we come to understand ourselves? A convincing case that examining what we do and listening to what others think of us will provide us with a truer sense of ourselves than any amount of introspection.
Most people want to give to charity to make the world a better place, but which charities are most effective? MacAskill provides a thorough analysis that will leave you a lot more confident in how you decide to donate.