So what's everyone currently reading?

Here's a few from me.

I've given Amazon references (both U.K. and U.S.) in case anyone wants to look at the details of any of these. I'm not suggesting anyone go to that particular store -- someone did accuse me of that last time I put an Amazon link! (If anyone does want one of these but doesn't want to use Amazon, just copy the ISBN number and take it elsewhere.)

A recent book on human origins by Professor Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London The Origin of Our Species:

The Origin of Our Species: Chris Stringer: Books

Different title in U.S.:

Steve Jones' book Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England. Interesting discussions hung on the peg of just how much fieldwork Charles Darwin did back home: Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England (9780349121413): Steve Jones: Books

But lest we forget that we're not just biological beings but self-conscious ones, here's a brilliant attack by a philosopher on ways of thinking that ignore that. Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity by Raymond Tallis:

And here's another book of philosophy: Professor Roger Scruton's Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet. I came across this serendipitously while browsing the bookshelves in a local bookshop this weekend and bought it. Probably the only book published this year to have an index that includes Aquinas, St Thomas ... game theory ... Pearl Harbor (attacks on) ... Scheler, Max ... and Women's Institute. A complex and fascinating discussion of ecological problems, and different ways of thinking about them, from an awake mind with an immense reading background:

Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet: Roger Scruton: Books

Different title in U.S.: How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism (9780199895571): Roger Scruton: Books

Here's Wim Hof's story. Interesting stuff on the cold, how Wim regards it, how he trains, and what techniques he uses. Unsurprisingly, breathing is important, and Wim utilizes meditative techniques, including visualization:

Becoming the Iceman: Wim Hof, Justin Rosales: Books Becoming the Iceman (9781937600464): Wim Hof, Justin Rosales, Brooke Robinson: Books

And now for an old favourite -- Samuel Hearne's description of his journey into the Barren Grounds of Canada in the 18th century. Much social, attitudinal, and technological information on vanished cultures scattered throughout the text:

Finally, here's the history of the end of one of the last great hunting cultures of the world -- Death on the Prairie: The Thirty Years' Struggle for the Western Plains by Paul I. Wellman. Wellman has a good readable prose style, is comprehensive and detailed, and I doubt anyone's ever told this tragic story better than he: