Monday, May 2, 2016
A Hedonist Manifesto: The Power to Exist - Michel Onfray (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)
—Rocco Gangle, Endicott College
Michael Onfray attacks Platonic idealism and its manifestation in Judaic, Christian, and Islamic belief. He warns of the lure of attachment to the purportedly eternal, immutable truths of idealism, which detracts from the immediacy of the world and our bodily existence.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pääbo’s mission to answer this question: what can we learn from the genomes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2010, Neanderthal Man describes the events, intrigues, failures, and triumphs of these scientifically rich years through the lens of the pioneer and inventor of the field of ancient DNA.
Monday, April 18, 2016
The world is configured in ways that seem systematically hospitable to life forms, especially the human race. Is this the outcome of divine planning or simply of the laws of physics? Ancient Greeks and Romans famously disagreed on whether the cosmos was the product of design or accident.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
—Emily Wilson, The Guardian
How new is atheism? Although adherents and opponents alike today present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, when the forces of science and secularism broadly challenged those of faith, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far more remote past.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
—David Mills, author of Atheist Universe
In The Atheist’s Way, Eric Maisel teaches you how to make rich personal meaning despite the absence of beneficent gods and the indifference of the universe to human concerns. Exploding the myth that there is any meaning to find or to seek, Dr. Maisel explains why the paradigm shift from seeking meaning to making meaning is this century’s most pressing intellectual goal. Amazon
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
—Chris French, editor of The Skeptic
This witty, insightful critique will help immunize readers against the wiles of cultists, religious and political zealots, conspiracy theorists, promoters of flaky alternative medicines, and various other nutcases by clearly setting out the tricks of the trade by which such insidious belief systems are created and maintained. Amazon
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Devil You Know: The Surprising Link between Conservative Christianity and Crime - Elicka Peterson Sparks
—John W. Loftus, author of Why I Became an Atheist
In this trenchant examination of Christianity’s dark side, a criminologist argues persuasively that high rates of violent crime in the United States can be correlated with Christian conservative attitudes, especially in regard to social mores and politics.