In his latest book, Michael Shermer -- publisher of Skeptic magazine, author, and Scientific American columnist -- offers a comprehensive review of what science can (or cannot) say about the afterlife, immortality, and the past and present searches for possible future utopias.
I've been a fan of Steven Pinker since 1994 when I came across his book The Language Instinct. I have read everything he's written since then, with my favorite being The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature.
I was first introduced to Erik Vance when he was interviewed about his book by Steve Mirsky on a "Science Talk" podcast on Scientific American Online in November. That interview motivated me to borrow a volume from the library. It is quite a find.
Few would call Jodi Picoult a literary author, that is a Nobel- or Pulitzer-quality writer. She does not experiment with the art form, but primarily writes straightforward novels about social issues many are still puzzling over or up in arms about, long after publication.
"Me Before You" is a humanist movie. That is belied by its title because humanism stands in part for caring about the needs of others, and putting yourself first is hardly that. This film is about a smart, wealthy young Englishman who is mowed down by a motorcyclist in the prime of youth, and then is destined to live his life as a quadriplegic.