Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Voices of Unbelief: Documents from Atheists and Agnostics - Dale McGowan

In this book Dale McGowan, director of Foundation Beyond Belief brings together individual expressions of atheist, agnostic, and secular humanist opinion―both public and private―to shed light on the phenomenon of religious disbelief throughout history and across cultures.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition - Richard Dawkins

As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Everything You Know About God Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion - Russ Kick

In the new mega-anthology from best-selling editor Russ Kick, more than fifty writers including Richard Dawkins, Neil Gaiman; reporters, and researchers invade the inner sanctum for an unrestrained look at the wild and wooly world of organized belief.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction - Dan Barker

"If you thought Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion was hard on religion, gird your loins for Dan Barker’s book on God because he makes the New Atheists sound like diplomatic accommodationists in his unrelenting deconstruction of the Bible, a book he knows better than the Four Horsemen combined since he used to preach from it. You will never read the Good Book the same way again."
Michael Shermer

Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and bestselling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself - Sean Carroll

"From the Big Bang to the meaning of human existence, The Big Picture is exactly that— a magisterial, yet deeply fascinating, grand tour through the issues that really matter.  Blending science and philosophy, Sean Carroll gives us a humane perspective on the universe and our place in it.  As gripping as it is important, The Big Picture can change the way you think about the world."
—Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish

In The Big Picture Sean Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself - Sean Carroll [Audiobook]

"Weaving the threads of astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and philosophy into a seamless narrative tapestry, Sean Carroll enthralls us with what we’ve figured out in the universe and humbles us with what we don’t yet understand.  Yet in the end, it’s the meaning of it all that feeds your soul of curiosity."
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on the Higgs boson and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions. Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Unbelievers: The Evolution of Modern Atheism - S. T. Joshi

Atheism, once a minority view, is now openly embraced by an increasing number of scientists, philosophers, politicians, and celebrities. How did this formerly closeted secular perspective gain its current prominence as a philosophically viable and challenging worldview? In this succinct history of modern atheism, a prolific author, editor, and scholar traces the development of atheist, agnostic, and secularist thought over the past century and a half.

Monday, May 9, 2016

1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think - Raif Badawi

"Badawi writes for his generation, and for all those interested in changing the Arab and Islamic world for the better."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Foreword by Lawrence M. Krauss

Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, shared his thoughts on politics, religion, and liberalism online. He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in prison, and a fine of 1 million Saudi Riyal, over a quarter of a million U.S. dollars. This politically topical polemic gathers together Badawi’s pivotal texts. He expresses his opinions on life in an autocratic-Islamic state under the Sharia and his perception of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, tolerance and the necessary separation of state and religion.

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Hedonist Manifesto: The Power to Exist - Michel Onfray (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

"A Hedonist Manifesto is a finely wrought and far-sweeping book by an author who has established himself as a voice of wit and acuity in contemporary debates surrounding atheism and the revival of a general Epicurean/Lucretian sensibility."
—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

Science, Sense & Nonsense - Joe Schwarcz

Science, Sense and Nonsense celebrates chemistry's great achievements, lambastes its charlatans, and explores its essential connections to our wellbeing. And does so in authoritative, highly readable, good humoured style.

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