David's Top 10
Cognitive Science
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Life
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A Reading List for Virians

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David's Top 10 Books:

  1. Darwin's Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennett
  2. The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore
  3. Out Of Control by Kevin Kelly
  4. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  5. How We Believe by Michael Shermer
  6. The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
  7. Virus of the Mind by Richard Brodie
  8. The Extended Phenotype by Richard Dawkins
  9. The Retreat To Commitment by William Bartley
  10. Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter



  • Smullyan, Raymond, 5000 B.C. and Other Philosophical Fantasies. St. Martin's Press, New York, 1983.
  • Osborne, Richard, Philosophy for Beginners. Writers and Readers, Inc., 1992.
  • Martin, Robert M., There Are Two Errors.... Broadview Press, 1992.


  • Russel, Bertrand, Sceptical Essays. Routledge, 1993.
  • Lacey, A. R., A Dictionary of Philosophy. Routledge, 1976.


  • Bartley, W. W., The Retreat to Commitment. Open Court, London, 1984.
  • Munz, Peter, Philosophical Darwinism. Routledge, London and New York, 1993.

Philosophy of Mind

  • Bechtel, W., Philosophy of Mind: An Overview of Cognitive Science. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1988.
  • Churchland, P. M., A Neurocomputational Perspective: The Nature of Mind and the Structure of Science. MIT Press, 1989.
  • Churchland, P. M., Matter and Consciousness. MIT Press, 1984.
  • Dennett, D. C., Consciousness Explained. Little, Brown and Co., 1991.
  • Dennett, D. C., Elbow Room . MIT Press, 1984.
  • Dennett, D. C., The Intentional Stance. MIT Press, Cambridge, 1987.

Philosophy of Biology

Philosophy of Religion

  • Leedom, Tim C., The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You to Read. publisher?
  • Martin, M., Atheism: a philosophical justification. Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1990.

Game Theory

  • Poundstone, W., The Prisoners Dilemma. Doubleday, 1992.

Philosophy thinly disguised as fiction

  • Pirsig, Robert. Lila.,
  • Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.,
  • Rand, A. Atlas Shrugged.,


Also see Artificial Life, Philosophy of Biology

Evolutionary Psychology

Cognitive Science

Also see Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Mind

  • Calvin, William H., The Cerebral Symphony. Bantam Books, 1989.
  • Hofstadter, Douglas R., Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. Basic Books, 1979.
  • McCrone, J., The Myth of Irrationality. MacMillan, London, 1993.
  • Minsky, M., Society of Mind. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1986.
  • Piattelli-Palmarini, M., Inevitable Illusions: how mistakes of reason rule our minds. John Wiley & Sons, 1994.


  • Aunger, Robert, ed., Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001.
  • Blackmore, Susan., The Meme Machine. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999.
  • Boyd, R and Richarson, P. J. Culture and the Evolutionary Process. publisher?, 1995.
  • Brodie, Richard., Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme . Integral Press, 1996.
  • Dawkins, R., The Extended Phenotype: The Gene as a Unit of Selection. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1983.
  • Dawkins, R., The Selfish Gene. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1976.
  • Lynch, Aaron., Thought Contagion: How Beliefs Spread Through Society. Basic Books, 1999.
  • Grauerholz, James and Silverberg, Ira (eds.), Word Virus : The William S. Burroughs Reader. Grove Press, 2000.

Artificial Intelligence

  • Beer, R. D., Intelligence as Adaptive Behavior, volume 6 of Perspectives in Artificial Intelligence. Academic Press, 1990.
  • Graubard, Stephen R., ed. The Artificial Intelligence Debate. MIT Press, 1988.
  • Moravec, H., Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1988.

Artificial Life

  • Langton, Christopher G., ed., Artificial Life, The Proceedings of an Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. Addison Wesley, 1989.
  • Levy, Steven, Artificial Life. Pantheon Books, New York, 1992.
  • Sigmund, K., Games of Life. Oxford University Press. New York, 1993.


  • Gleick, James, Chaos: Making a New Science. Penguin, 1987.
  • Kauffman, Stuart. Origins of Order. Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Kauffman, Stuart. At Home in the Universe. Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Kelly, Kevin. Out of Control. Addison-Wesley, 1994.
  • Lewin, Roger., Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos. MacMillan, 1992.
  • Pagels, Heinz. R., The Dreams of Reason: The Computer and the Rise of the Sciences of Complexity. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1988.


Space & Cosmology

Magazines & Journals


  • Nagata, Linda. Tech Heaven.,
  • Sagan, Carl. Contact.,
  • Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash.,
  • Stiegler, Mark. David's Sling.,
  • Zindell, David. The Broken God.,


  • Brad Boneill
  • Richard Brunson
  • Tracy Harms
  • Duane Hewitt
  • Ken Kittlitz
  • Reed Konsler
  • Patrick Lee
  • Sean Morgan
  • Jude Nagurney
  • Hakeeb A. Nandalal
  • Anders Sandberg
  • Deron Stewart
  • Damien R. Sullivan

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