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Old 11-06-2008, 09:12 PM
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Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler. There's not a lot of difference between religious fundamentalism and Soviet-style communist doctrine - both demand unthinking faith in God or Party above all other virtues. Koester's novel, if you don't know it, follows a former Party apparatchik through his incarceration and slow development of self-awareness and skepticism. It's a good read, and a real classic.

Linden's The Accidental Mind is a fun read on the evolution of the human brain, but it gets a bit challenging in places - the book doesn't shy away from the occasional bit of organic chemistry.