July Non-fiction CAT: Human Science
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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!
I am thinking of reading Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels by Hella Winston. This has been on my shelf for ages.
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
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.
I will likely plan to read:
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things / Randy Frost, Gail Steketee
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.
I think I might squeeze Latinx in here, and have it count for GeoCat as well (a squeeze on both counts!)
My choice here would be Being Mortal, I've had it on my shelf for a long time.
>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
>24 beebeereads: I also liked that it wasn't too long! It was exactly the right length in my opinion.
I've already finished Superior: The Return of Race Science and it was excellent. (I counted it for the June: Society theme too)
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.
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.
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