Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science - Richard Dawkins

"Richard always writes like he’s telling you a story, which is why so many of us non-science people understand science better than we used to. But when the story is his own life, it’s doubly compelling."
Bill Maher

In this hugely entertaining sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins delves deeply into his intellectual life spent kick-starting new conversations about science, culture, and religion and writing yet another of the most audacious and widely read books of the twentieth century—The God Delusion.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century - Lex Bayer, John Figdor

"Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart delivers compelling answers to the simple question of what we should each believe. This easily understandable yet profound guide will leave you inspired to define your own beliefs."
—Peter Boghossian, author of A Manual for Creating Atheists
Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart asks an essential question for the 45 million Americans who self-identify as nonreligious: “So, you don’t believe in God; now what?” This question is increasingly important, as one-third of young adults under the age of thirty consider themselves nonreligious. With a scientific eye and an empathetic heart, the authors turn conventional perceptions about atheism on their head. They show that atheism need not be reactionary (against religion and God), but rather that it can offer a clear set of constructive principles to live by, which establish atheism as a positive worldview. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress - John Brockman (Audiobook + E-book)

Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific discovery, today's visionary thinkers target the greatest roadblocks to innovation. John Brockman, publisher of the online salon ("the world's smartest website"—The Guardian), asked 175 of the world's most influential scientists, economists, artists, and philosophers: What scientific idea is ready for retirement?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom - Michael Shermer (Audiobook + E-book)

"Michael Shermer is a beacon of reason in an ocean of irrationality."
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Bible Delusion: Why Belief in the Infallible Word of God is a Delusion - Will Foote

The Bible story of the Deluge is at once the biggest and the most ridiculous in the whole volume. Any person who reads it with the eyes of common sense, and some slight knowledge of science, must admit that it is altogether incredible and absurd, and that the book which contains it cannot be the Word of God.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil - Paul Bloom (Audiobook + E-book)

"Just Babies is a vital contribution to the scientific study of morality that fills in a major gap in our understanding of human nature, and as a bonus it’s a riveting read!"
Michael Shermer

From John Locke to Sigmund Freud, philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates. Many of us take for granted that babies are born selfish and that it is the role of society—and especially parents—to transform them from little sociopaths into civilized beings. In Just Babies, Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality. Drawing on groundbreaking research at Yale, Bloom demonstrates that, even before they can speak or walk, babies judge the goodness and badness of others’ actions; feel empathy and compassion; act to soothe those in distress; and have a rudimentary sense of justice.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible - Jerry A. Coyne (Audiobook + E-book)

"The distinguished geneticist Jerry Coyne trains his formidable intellectual firepower on religious faith, and it’s hard to see how any reasonable person can resist the conclusions of his superbly argued book."
Richard Dawkins

In his provocative new book, evolutionary biologist Jerry A. Coyne lays out in clear, dispassionate detail why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion—including faith, dogma, and revelation—leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Is That a Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life - Joe Schwarcz

"Any science writer can come up with the answers. But only Dr. Joe can turn the world’s most fascinating questions into a compelling journey through the great scientific mysteries of everyday life."
—Paul Lewis, president and general manager, Discovery Channel

Eat this and live to 100. Don’t, and die. Today, hyperboles dominate the media, which makes parsing science from fiction an arduous task when deciding what to eat, what chemicals to avoid, and what’s best for the environment. In Is That a Fact?, bestselling author Dr. Joe Schwarcz carefully navigates through the storm of misinformation to help us separate fact from folly and shrewdness from foolishness.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion - Phil Zuckerman

"Everyone knows, deep down, that there is a conflict between reason and faith-between having good reasons for what one believes and having bad ones. This conflict finds its most poignant expression in the lives of men and women who have lost their belief in God despite their best efforts to maintain it. Faith No More offers a fascinating look at these lives, and at the myriad ways in which thoughtful people can come to their senses."
Sam Harris

In Faith No More, Phil Zuckerman draws on in-depth interviews with people who have left religion to find out what's really behind the process of losing one's faith. According to a 2008 study, so many Americans claim no religion (15%, up from 8% in 1990) that this category now outranks every other religious group except Catholics and Baptists. Exploring the deeper stories within such survey data, Zuckerman shows that leaving one's faith is a highly personal, complex, and drawn-out process. And he finds that, rather than the cliché of the angry, nihilistic atheist, apostates are life-affirming, courageous, highly intelligent and inquisitive, and deeply moral.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari (Audiobook + E-book)

"Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international best-seller. It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!"
—Jared Diamond, author of The Third Chimpanzee

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human."

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