My Anti-Cognitive Bias Reading List

Every year in July I have an “Anti-Cognitive Bias Month,” when I read books that I think I’ll disagree with. It’s a painful experience, because I either want to kill the book, or, worse, I actually have to change my mind about something important I believe in. I highly recommend it for everyone.

Recommendations are very welcome, including suggestions of new subjects to start reading about.

Please note, I will very likely NOT recommend the books below, once I read them. This is my own anti-cognitive bias list. For books I really would recommend, at least some of which everyone else will almost certainly disagree with, please see my Recommended Reading: Social Issues.


Antifeminism, Gender Fundamentalism, Conversion Therapy & Pro-Conjugal System

Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin

EnGendered by Sam Andreades

Outlasting the Gay Revolution by Michael Brown

A Queer Thing Happened to America by Michael Brown

Gary Chapman

Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted by Ron Citlau

Sex in Education by Edward Clarke

Ted Cunningham

First, Kill All the Marriage Counselors by Laura Doyle

The Surrendered Single by Laura Doyle

The Surrendered Wife by Laura Doyle

The Myth of Male Power by Warren Farrell

What Is Marriage? by Sherif Girgis

Maybe He’s Not Gay by Linda Harvey

Healing Homosexuality by Joseph Nicolosi

Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality by Joseph Nicolosi

Shame and Attachment Loss by Joseph Nicolosi

Crisis in Masculinity by Leanne Payne

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem

Making Gay Okay by Robert Reilly

A Choice Not an Echo by Phyllis Schlafly

Feminist Fantasies by Phyllis Schlafly

Who Killed the American Family? by Phyllis Schlafly

Subjectivity, edited by R.J. Snell and Steven McGuire

The Fulfilled Woman by Toni Spry and Lou Beardsley

Married Love by Marie Stopes

39 Elements of Femininity by Olive Swan

Correct, Not Politically Correct by Frank Turek

The Flipside of Feminism by Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly

This Art of Manliness Reading List. This Anti-Choice Reading List.



Pema Chodron

Siddhartha’s Brain by James Kingsland

The Beginner’s Guide to Buddhism by Jack Kornfield

Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright



Lee Strobel

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom



The Hour of Our Death by Philippe Aries

Musings on Mortality by Victor Brombert

Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross



Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

Choosing Naia by Mitchell Kuckoff

Waiting with Gabriel by Amy Kuebelbeck

Defiant Birth by Melinda Tankard Reist

Not Compatible with Life by Kylie Sheffield

Gifts by Kathryn Lynard Soper


Effective Altruism

Doing Good Better by William MacAskill

Autobiography by John Stuart Mill

Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Peter Singer

80,000 Hours by Benjamin Todd


National Socialism

Still working on this one.



I don’t necessarily think I’ll disagree with all of these books, but I try to keep my reading Eurocentric throughout the rest of the year.

Blood Diamonds by Greg Campbell

Navajo Autumn by R. Allen Chappell

The Earth Is Weeping by Peter Cozzens

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

*The Holocaust Industry by Norman Finkelstein

*Detached by Jessie Hogsett

*A Society Without Fathers or Husbands by Cai Hua

The Apache Wars by Paul Andrew Hutton

*Grass Sea by Lulu Li

Revolt by Matthew Liebmann

1491 by Charles Mann

Yellow Dirt by Judy Pasternak


Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides

*Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky

*Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky

*Saving the Kingdom of Women by Youda Zhu


Questionable Science

The Art of Self Muscle Testing by Michael Hetherington

The Lost Empire of Atlantis by Gavin Menzies

The Reiki Manual by Penelope Test



This is an ongoing project.


Zero Population Growth

An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Robert Malthus


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