Jonathan's Book List

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Bird books:

Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior. 
A general guide going over several different types of parrots. A good place to start.
Parrot-Toys and Play Areas : How To Put Some Fun Into Your Parrot's Life - In this book parrots are categorized into eleven different types based on their interactions with their toys. Quick, reasonable, inexpensive ways to use everyday items to provide birds with toys that match their activity type.
Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays - a good coffee table book to show off your appreciation for crow family birds Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots - Science instead of mere opinion - gives us an overview of the concepts we need to interact with complex intelligent fellows.
The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots (paperback) - learn about the intelligence of grey parrots. This book seems aimed more for the academic niche, but it's interesting nevertheless. There is also a hard cover version. In the Company of Crows and Ravens - Historically feared, hunted and otherwise maligned, corvids (crows, ravens and the like) have finally found in the coauthors two champions of their cause.

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Fellow Ape books:

Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (paperback) - a superb coffee table book - where your guests and you can learn about our close cousin who makes love not war. Regular chimps make war. Bonobos don't. We're equally related to each fellow ape. Our nature lies somewhere in between. A hard cover version is also available. Chimpanzee Politics : Power and Sex among Apes - the machiavellian chimpanzee princes in this gripping saga may not read or write, but appear to grasp the long-term consequences of their day-to-day activities

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Science & skepticism advocacy:

Cosmos - by Carl Sagan (paperback) - the companion book to Dr. Sagan's widely viewed public telivision series viewed by half a billion people - a series which prompted many children to become scientists themselves. The DVD version of the series can be found here, and the VHS version is here. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design - by Richard Dawkins - help your brain learn how things which "look" like they've been designed really aren't - because the time periods involved are far longer than our brains can easily think about. You can also listen to Dawkins by clicking here.

A Devil's Chaplain : Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love (paperback) - by Richard Dawkins - a most excellent book which contains published & unpublished writings by Dawkins. Here we get to see a noted scientists, perhaps the preeminent British scientist, proverbially let his hair down to see what motivates him & how he views the world. There is also a hard cover version here. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark - Carl Sagan goes discusses how science contains a far better method of truth finding than mysticism & religion do. He gives several examples. An excellent book
A Brief History of Time (paperback) - by Stephen Hawking - try and wrap your brain around the nature of the universe. Dr. Hawkins can more than some. Here he tries to help you do the same. Also available in hard cover, and in school/library binding. And a related DVD can be found here. The End of Faith - by Sam Harris - This book opens the door to the taboo observation that religion overall does more harm than good. Even liberal religion can serve as an enabling force for the abuses of fundamentalism. Also available in paperback.