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July Non-fiction CAT: Human Science

2020 Category Challenge

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Jun 14, 2:53pm Top

Welcome to human science month! What is human science you ask? Good question - I was wondering the same thing and resorted to my good friend google to come up with an answer. Interestingly enough, what is called human science used to be called moral science.

According to wikipedia human science is defined as the following:

"Human science studies the philosophical, biological, social, and cultural aspects of human life. Human Science aims to expand our understanding of the human world through a broad interdisciplinary approach. It encompasses a wide range of fields - including history, philosophy, genetics, sociology, psychology, evolutionary biology, biochemistry, neurosciences, folkloristics, and anthropology. It is the study and interpretation of the experiences, activities, constructs, and artifacts associated with human beings. The study of the human sciences attempts to expand and enlighten the human being's knowledge of their existence, its interrelationship with other species and systems, and the development of artifacts to perpetuate the human expression and thought. It is the study of human phenomena. The study of the human experience is historical and current in nature. It requires the evaluation and interpretation of the historic human experience and the analysis of current human activity to gain an understanding of human phenomena and to project the outlines of human evolution. Human science is the objective, informed critique of human existence and how it relates to reality."

That definition just opens up all sorts of options for this month. Some books to consider:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Please feel free to interpret this category as you see fit. I look forward to seeing what everyone ends up reading this month!

Edited: Jun 15, 2:35pm Top

I am thinking of reading Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels by Hella Winston. This has been on my shelf for ages.

Other possibilities:
You Were Always Mom's Favorite! by Deborah Tannen
The Bad Food Bible by Aaron Carroll
Living with the Monks by Jess Itzler
The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs

Jun 14, 3:21pm Top

Books I'd recommend for this challenge:

- Brainstorm, by Suzanne O'Sullivan
- Unthinkable, by Helen Thomson
- The Idiot Brain, by Dean Burnett
- With the End in Mind, by Kathryn Mannix
- Gulp, by Mary Roach

I think I'll grab The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, by Sam Kean.

Jun 14, 3:25pm Top

Oh, I'd also recommend The Nocturnal Brain, by Guy Leschziner.

Jun 14, 3:55pm Top

I have two books in mind for this month's challenge, Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, and Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini.

Edited: Jun 14, 4:56pm Top

I'm planning to read The Medical Detectives, a collection of articles first published in the New Yorker.

Recommending The Coming Plague, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Thinking, Fast and Slow.

And The Poisoner's Handbook.

Edited: Jun 14, 4:50pm Top

I think that I will finish reading Imbeciles: the Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carry Buck by Adam Cohen which I started reading for an adult education class last year which I expected to be about eugenics but was not. Also, I might read Gulp by Mary Roach which is in my husband's collection.

Jun 14, 5:18pm Top

I will likely plan to read:
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things / Randy Frost, Gail Steketee

Jun 14, 5:19pm Top

>1 LittleTaiko: so a biography or history book would fit?

Jun 14, 5:20pm Top

I will make a goal of finishing Reading People by Anne Bogel. I have started it twice on audio and get bogged down. I have the paperback and think that will be more "user-friendly" for me.
I hope to have time for several others in this category...but maybe not all in July.

Jun 15, 5:39am Top

I think I might squeeze Latinx in here, and have it count for GeoCat as well (a squeeze on both counts!)

Jun 15, 7:16am Top

Speaking of Mary Roach (#4), I would say her book Stiff would be a good choice too. I'm thinking of reading With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix.

Jun 15, 7:22am Top

Would Yuval Harari's Sapiens fit?

Jun 15, 8:17am Top

My choice here would be Being Mortal, I've had it on my shelf for a long time.

Jun 15, 2:31pm Top

>15 MissWatson: It sounds like it would fit.

Jun 15, 2:33pm Top

>16 Kristelh: I read Being Mortal when I was widowed. My husband had been sick for a long time. The book was very meaningful and eye-opening to me. It made a lot of sense.

Jun 15, 4:19pm Top

>10 fuzzi: - Yes, I think it would fit based on the definition.

>15 MissWatson: - That definitely looks like it would fit.

Jun 15, 8:04pm Top

>16 Kristelh: >18 LadyoftheLodge: I read Being Mortal four years ago and found it very worthwhile. This year our book club chose it so I re-read...something I rarely do. Everyone was pleased to have read it. Atul Gawande is a very accessible writer and I would read anything he writes.

I would like to get to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks but also have my eye on You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters

Jun 15, 8:16pm Top

>20 beebeereads: I'm putting You're Not Listening on my list. During isolation, one of the things I really haven't missed is listening to monologues, particularly rants. Seems that there's no back and forth any more. No conversational rallies.

Jun 15, 9:53pm Top

>20 beebeereads: Ooh, I have You're Not Listening on my list of ebook holds. My mum read it too and it sounds great.

If you're looking for a book about hearing, as opposed to listening, Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World, by David Owen, was a great read.

Jun 16, 4:32am Top

>17 LadyoftheLodge: >19 LittleTaiko: Thanks, because it looks very interesting!

Jun 16, 6:00pm Top

>22 rabbitprincess: I read Volume Control last month. I found it very interesting and worthwhile. It is definitely about hearing loss as opposed to "not listening" ;-)

Jun 16, 8:28pm Top

>24 beebeereads: I also liked that it wasn't too long! It was exactly the right length in my opinion.

Edited: Jun 19, 9:36pm Top

>24 beebeereads: I added Volume Control to my library wishlist but it must have been at one of the regional libraries and now they are off limits. I have minor hearing loss but now that everyone is wearing a mask I find it's more difficult than ever to "hear" what is being said to me.

Jun 29, 5:09pm Top

I've started You're not Listening.

Edited: Jun 30, 2:06pm Top

I've already finished Superior: The Return of Race Science and it was excellent. (I counted it for the June: Society theme too)

Jul 5, 5:00pm Top

I've got The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks still to read and I was also thinking that Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science might fit this month's topic as well.

Edited: Jul 5, 9:45pm Top

The book which I just read for the weird title for my BingoDOG card, would fit into this challenge. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty describes what happens to us after death. Her book answers over 30 questions which children have asked about death. Although it is geared toward children, adults can also learn a lot from this very entertaining book on a serious subject.

Jul 6, 12:56pm Top

>29 VivienneR: That's on my pile for this month too!

Jul 6, 1:44pm Top

I think I'll read Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone). I was leaning toward it for next month as a sort of meta-History sort of book, but I think it fits better here.

Jul 7, 3:14pm Top

I absolutely loved You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb - the combination of memoir and psychology were right up my alley.

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