A list of my current and recent readings and podcasts. 

Last update 2024.04.14

This is definitely an eclectic list covering several areas of interest to me. Trying to understand the World (including history, politics and political philosophy), trying to understand interactive mind/brain, trying to situate my research and understand philosophy of science, trying to learn about music listening processes, and trying to learn computer music and sound creation. I am at different stages of reading (or listening to) these materials.  

Note: including an item on my reading/listening list does *not* mean that I endorse its authors' views. 

Books: Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Psychology of Reading etc. 

Books in this section are in the areas of neuroscience, cognitive science and psychology. Most of them are written for general audience. 

Bennett, M. (2023). A Brief History of Intelligence: Evolution, AI, and the Five Breakthroughs That Made Our Brains. HarperCollins.

Buzsaki, G. (2019). The Brain from Inside Out. Oxford University Press.

Clark, A. (2016). Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind. Oxford University Press.

Craver, C. F. (2007). Explaining the brain: Mechanisms and the mosaic unity of neuroscience. Clarendon Press.

Dehaene, S. (2014). Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering how the Brain Codes Our Thoughts. Penguin.

Dehaene, S. (2020). How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now. Penguin.

Dehaene, S. (2010). Reading in the Brain: The New Science of how We Read. Penguin.

Hawkins, J., & Blakeslee, S. (2004). On Intelligence. Macmillan.

Metzinger, T. (2009). The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self. Basic Books.

Poldrack, R. A. (2020). The New Mind Readers: What Neuroimaging Can and Cannot Reveal about Our Thoughts. Princeton University Press.

Rayner, K., Pollatsek, A., Ashby, J., & Jr, C. C. (2012). Psychology of Reading. Psychology Press.

Seth, A. (2021). Being You: A New Science of Consciousness. 

Willingham, D. T. (2017). The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads. John Wiley & Sons.

Wilson, E. O. (2014). The Meaning of Human Existence. W. W. Norton & Company.

Wolf, M. (2018). Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World. HarperCollins.

Podcasts: Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Science, Psychology, etc.

Podcasts and video-casts in this section touch on neuroscience, the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence, on philosophy of science, and on Bayesian statistics and some other related topics.

The Learning Salon

Learning Bayesian Statistics

Santa Fe Complexity Institute:

Books and articles: Theory and Philosophy of Science with a bit of Information Science flavour. 

Books and articles in this section are on topics that help me think and shape my scientific thinking, my broader research area and, more specifically, my new research directions. 

Aragona, M. (2019). Phenomenology, Naturalism, and the Neurosciences. In The Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology.

Boghossian, P. (2006). Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism. Oxford University Press, Incorporated.

McEvoy, M. (2008). Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism By Paul Boghossian: Book Review. Metaphilosophy, 39(1), 144–150.
    Review of the Boghossian book
    Another review of the Boghossian book by Harvey Siegel, University of Miami

Gairdner, W. D. (2008). The Book of Absolutes: A Critique of Relativism and a Defence of Universals. McGill-Queen’s Press - MQUP.
    Offers a perspective similar to Boghossian. More general arguments and the writing is more accessible. 

Sokal, A. (2010). Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture. OUP Oxford.
Sokal, A., & Bricmont, J. (1999). Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science. Macmillan.

Hilgartner, S. (2010). Alan Sokal. Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy, and Culture. Isis, 101(4), 934–935.
    Review of the above book. 

Dorato, M., & Wittmann, M. (2019). The phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience of experienced temporality [Preprint].

Haig, B. D. (2018). An Abductive Theory of Scientific Method. Method Matters in Psychology, 35–64.

Thomas Hickey. (2013). History of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science.

Bates, M. J. (2006). Fundamental forms of information. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57(8), 1033–1045.

Capurro, R. (1986). Hermeneutik der Fachinformation. K.A.Freiburg Verlag.
    This is Capurro's Habilitationsschrift published as a book. In German. Thank you to my friend and research collaborator Prof. Nicholas Belkin for lending me this book. 

Cornelius, I. (2002). Theorizing information for information science. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 36(1), 392–425.

Furner, J. (2010). Philosophy and information studies. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 44(1), 159–200.

Ng, K. B. (2002). The applicability of universal pragmatics in information retrieval interaction: A pilot study. Information Processing & Management, 38(2), 237–248.

Ng, K. B., Nordlie, R., Paris, C., Park, S., Rieh, S. Y., Savage, P., & Belkin, N. J. (n.d.). On the Relevance of “Structures of the Life-World” to Problems of Information Science. Rutgers University.

Tripathi, A. K. (2016). The Significance of Digital Hermeneutics for the Philosophy of Technology. Information Cultures in the Digital Age, 143–157.

Wilson, T. D. (2003). Philosophical foundations and research relevance: Issues for information research. Journal of Information Science, 8.

Books and Articles: Current world affairs, history, politics 

Books and articles in this section are on topics which I hope can help me understand the contemporary World affairs.

Andersen, K. (2020). Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History. Random House Publishing Group.

Bergstrom, C. T., & West, J. D. (2021). Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World. Random House Publishing Group.

Borysenko, K. (2022). Actively Unwoke: The Ultimate Guide for Fighting Back Against the Woke Insanity in Your Life. Bombardier Books.

Cruz, T. (2023). Unwoke: How to Defeat Cultural Marxism in America. Simon and Schuster.

Ferguson, Niall. (Dec 10, 2023). The Treason of the Intellectuals. The Free Press.

Jureidini, J., & McHenry, L. B. (2020). The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine: Exposing the Crisis of Credibility in Clinical Research. Wakefield Press.

Lancing, L. (2022). The Woke Warpath: How Marxists Use Race and Gender to Break America. Logan Lancing.

Lindsay, R. A. (2023). Against the New Politics of Identity: How the Left’s Dogmas on Race and Equity Harm Liberal Democracy-and Invigorate Christian Nationalism. Pitchstone Publishing.

Lohmeier, M. (2021). Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military. Matthew L. Lohmeier.

Lukianoff, G., & Haidt, J. (2018). The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. Penguin.

Neffe, J. (2017). Marx. Der Unvollendete. C. Bertelsmann Verlag.  In German. This new biography of Marx promises a new view on Marx and a disassociation of Marx from Marxism.   

Pincourt, C., & Lindsay, J. (2021). Counter Wokecraft: A Field Manual for Combatting the Woke in the University and Beyond

Otto, S. L. (2016). The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, why it Matters, what We Can Do about it. Milkweed Editions.

Peterson, J. B., Fry, S., Dyson, M. E., & Goldberg, M. (2018). Political Correctness Gone Mad? Oneworld.

Reich, R. B. (2021). The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Rufo, C. F. (2023). America’s Cultural Revolution: How the Radical Left Conquered Everything. HarperCollins.

Podcasts related to the current world affairs, history, politics, etc. 

Podcasts and video-casts in this section are in no particlar order.

Cognitive Dissonance Posdcast. 

Conversations with Peter Boghossian on YouTube or on your favorite podcast platforms. 

Karlyn Borysenko podcat "Actively Unwoke".

The Free Press.

"Wolność w Remoncie" (mostly in Polish). Podcasts by the Warsaw Enterprise Institute. On youtube and your favorite podcasts platforms.  
Jordan B. Peterson podcast

Michael Shermer (Skeptic Magazine) Show podcast

Books: Psychology of music, music listening and music  maaking

Books in this section are about theory and techniques of computer music and sound creation. A few are about psychology of listening to (or hearing) music.

Cipriani, A., & Giri, M. (2019). Electronic Music and Sound Design: Theory and Practice with Max 8. ConTempoNet.

Cipriani, A., & Giri, M. (2020). Electronic Music and Sound Design. ConTempoNet.

Pejrolo, A., & Metcalfe, S. B. (2017). Creating Sounds from Scratch: A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers. Oxford University Press.

Roads, C. (2015). Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic. Oxford University Press.

Weinel, J. (2018). Inner Sound: Altered States of Consciousness in Electronic Music and Audio-Visual Media. Oxford University Press.

Elsdon, P. (2013). Keith Jarrett’s The Koln Concert. Oxford University Press.

Huron, D. (2006). Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation: Vol. 1.

Temperley, D. (2010). Music and Probability. Mit Press.

Chełkowska-Zacharewicz, M., Kaleńska-Rodzaj, J., & PWN, W. N. (2020). Psychologia muzyki. PWN.

Kraus, N. (2021). Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World. MIT Press.

Juslin, P. N., & Västfjäll, D. (2008). Emotional responses to music: The need to consider underlying mechanisms. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31(5), 559–575.

Koelsch, S. (2011). Toward a Neural Basis of Music Perception – A Review and Updated Model. Frontiers in Psychology, 2.

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