Dr. Reichler's Spring 2006 Bio 325 Bonus #1

This assignment is optional and can be worth a maximum of 2 points added to your final grade.

Please choose a book from the list below.  Read the book.  Then I would like you to write about it.  I do not want a book report/summary.  What I would like is for you to write something interesting and/or novel about the book.  This is a fairly free-form assignment... make it what you want it to be.  I am looking for commentary, opinion or analysis; but support your ideas with information from the book or other sources.  The only real limit is that your report should be no longer than 4 typed/word-processed pages.  Based on your paper, you can receive up to 2 points added to your final grade.  The typed/word-processed paper is due October 19, 2006 at 9:30am in class.  If you have any questions about this, don't hesitate to ask.

Book Title Author
Any book by Edward Abbey Abbey, Edward
A natural history of the senses Ackerman, Diane
An alchemy of mind: the marvel and mystery of the brain Ackerman, Diane
Cultivating delight: a natural history of my garden Ackerman, Diane
The moon by whale light: and other adventures among bats, penguins, crocodilians, and whales Ackerman, Diane
The rarest of the rare: vanishing animals, timeless worlds Ackerman, Diane
A natural history of love Ackerman, Diane,
Last chance to see Adams, Douglas
The Electric Meme: A New Theory of How We Think Aunger, Robert
The Myth of Monogamy Barash and Lipton
The Meme Machine Blackmore, Susan
The biology of civilisation: understanding human culture as a force in nature Boyden, Stephen V.
Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme Brodie, Richard
Outgrowing the earth: the food security challenge in the age of falling water tables and rising temperatures Brown, Lester R.
A brain for all seasons: human evolution and abrupt climate change Calvin, William H.
Diet for a dead planet: how the food industry is killing us Cook, Christopher D.
Andromeda strain Crichton, Michael
Climbing mount improbable Dawkins, Richard
River out of eden: a Darwinian view of life Dawkins, Richard
The blind watchmaker: why the evidence of evolution reveals a universe without design Dawkins, Richard
The extended phenotype: the long reach of the gene Dawkins, Richard
The selfish gene Dawkins, Richard
Why we do it: rethinking sex and the selfish gene Eldredge, Niles
Why we love: the nature and chemistry of romantic love Fisher, Helen E
Confessions of an eco-warrior Foreman, Dave
Race, racism, and science: social impact and interaction Jackson, John P
Emergence: the connected lives of ants, brains, cities, and software Johnson, Steven
Mind wide open: your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life Johnson, Steven
Everything bad is good for you: how today's popular culture is actually making us smarter Johnson, Steven
Apprentice to genius: the making of a scientific dynasty Kanigel, Robert
A feeling for the organism: the life and work of Barbara McClintock Keller, Evelyn Fox
The origin of minds: evolution, uniqueness, and the new science of the self La Cerra, Peggy
Dinner at the new gene cafe: how genetic engineering is changing what we eat, how we live, and the global politics of food Lambrecht, Bill
The periodic table Levi, Primo
Rosalind Franklin: the dark lady of DNA Maddox, Brenda
Microcosmos: four billion years of evolution from our microbial ancestors Margulis, Lynn
What it means to be 98% chimpanzee: apes, people, and their genes Marks, Jonathan
Mendel's dwarf Mawer, Simon
Pandora's picnic basket: the potential and hazards of genetically modified foods McHughen, Alan
The Polymerase chain reaction Mullis, Kary
Dancing naked in the mind field Mullis, Kary
Eat your genes: how genetically modified food is entering our diet Nottingham, Stephen
Genescapes: the ecology of genetic engineering Nottingham, Stephen
Grizzly years Peacock, Doug
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance Pirsig, Robert
The demon in the freezer: a true story Preston, Richard
The Hot Zone Preston, Richard
Food, inc.: Mendel to Monsanto-the promises and perils of the biotech harvest Pringle, Peter
Ishmael Quinn, Daniel
Making PCR : a story of biotechnology Rabinow, Paul
Not by genes alone: how culture transformed human evolution Richerson, Peter J.
Genome: autobiography of a species in 23 chapters Ridley, Matt
Nature via nurture: genes, experience, and what makes us human Ridley, Matt
Origin of virtue Ridley, Matt
Red queen Ridley, Matt
Sex, time, and power: how women's sexuality shaped human evolution Shlain, Leonard
Adam's curse: a future without men Sykes, Bryan
The seven daughters of eve Sykes, Bryan
The double helix Watson, James
Nature wars: people vs. pests Winston, Mark L
Travels in the genetically modified zone Winston, Mark L.
Rattling the cage: toward legal rights for animals Wise, Steven M.
The moral animal: evolutionary psychology and everyday life Wright, Robert

(If you would like to use a book not listed, check with Stuart)

Most of these titles are available from the UT library.