sorenn111: The Selfish Gene has been the most influential book on my life. Especially when Dawkins makes the point about pre-darwininan philosophy needing rethinking. His point being... read comments

ChicagoBoy11: He investigates the question of why is it the case that we see so much intra- and inter-species cooperation -- how does it arise if we start from the premise that we are genetically... read comments

ekr: After reading this, you will understand (and be able to predict) a lot of patterns of human behavior. read comments

jcroll: Looking at humans as just another animal through the lens of a zoologist is eye opening. read comments

ChuckMcM: It connected a lot of interesting dots and provided for me what I consider the first plausible process by which life could arise out of the soup. There is an interesting twist about... read comments

dedalus: If you ever wanted to know the importance of structure and constraint in everything. read comments

talkingtab: What is money? A message bus in a complex adaptive system. Lots of other stuff out there on complexity but this has a unique perspective. read comments

aethertap: Is just plain mind-blowing, or at least it was for me. It's about the inner mechanics of living cells, and does a really good job of conveying how insanely complex life is. read comments

anatoly: A thorough examination of the hundreds of horrible examples when "natural" societies studied by anthropologists have customs that are not only bad from our modern Western point of view, but... read comments

leephillips: Blackmore's book is a very clear introduction to the meme, and general replicator, concept. read comments

div0: This book influenced me tremendously. It explains how can random process (e.g. genetic mutation) builds highly non-random structures (e.g. the human eye). read comments