How I made this list
I listed some books here a few years because they seemed important
but now I've revised my selection on a rather different basis. To
explain what I've done I'll describe how I made the new list.
There are almost 600 book reviews on this site. To make my selection
I looked through the lists in the various subject categories and
picked out those that seemed to have a personal resonance for me.
Why these books and not others? Difficult to say. I suppose that
most of them have changed the way I think in way or another (a few
are there simply because I enjoy them). So it's a very personal
list, and no doubt says more about me than it does about the books.
It's quite a short list (though I may add to it later) but that's
how it came out and I didn't want to inflate it artificially. I was
going to include short notes about each entry but then I decided
there was no point in adding to what's already in the reviews.
The books are listed in no particular order but are vaguely grouped
At Swim-Two-Birds, by Flann
The Dead, by James Joyce.
Replay, by Ken Grimwood.
The End of Time, by Julian Barbour.
Abducted: How People Come to Believe They
Were Abducted by Aliens, by Susan A. Clancy.
Religion and the Decline of
Magic, by Keith Thomas.
Ecstasy: A Study of Some Secular and Religous
Experiences, by Marghanita Laski..
The Illusion of Conscious Will, by
Daniel M. Wegner.
Freedom and Belief, by Galen
The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a
Material World, by Colin McGinn.
Reasons and Persons, by Derek
Nothing to Be Frightened of, by Julian
Confessions of a Philosopher: A Journey
Through Western Philosophy, by Brian Magee.
Cancer: The Evolutionary Legacy, by Mel
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the
Meaning of Life, by Nick Lane†.
The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of
Language and the Human Brain, by Terrence Deacon.
The Mind Is Flat: The Illusion of Mental
Depth, by Nick Chater.
Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New
Millennium, by Bart D. Ehrman.
The Ghost in the Universe, by Taner
Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus, by Anthony
†Several other good books on the same theme by this author.