Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith - J. Anderson Thomson with Clare Aukofer

"Andy Thomson, with Clare Aukofer, has written a wonderfully concise introduction to our growing scientific understanding of religion. If you would like to learn, in the span of an hour, why we have every reason to believe that God is man-made—this is the book to read."
Sam Harris

In this groundbreaking volume, J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., MD, with Clare Aukofer, offers a succinct yet comprehensive study of how and why the human mind generates religious belief.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Imagine There's No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World - Mitchell Stephens

"As Mitchell Stephens reveals in this gripping narrative history of atheism, many brave souls have come out of the atheist closet over the centuries to challenge the religious dogma of their day, and many paid the ultimate price for so doing. We all stand on the shoulders of these giants so artfully brought to life—along with their ideas—in this important contribution to the burgeoning literature on unbelief."
Michael Shermer

The historical achievements of religious belief have been large and well chronicled.  But what about  the accomplishments  of those  who have challenged religion? Traveling from classical Greece to twenty-first century America, Imagine There’s No Heaven explores the role of disbelief in shaping Western civilization.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex - Olivia Judson

"Erasmus Darwin titillated eighteenth-century London with his poem 'The Loves of Plants.' He never knew half of it. Dr. Tatiana know how the other half loves, and it's much kinkier than anybody imagined. Never has science seemed more like daytime television."
—Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

An uproarious and authoritative natural history in the form of letters to and answers from the preeminent sexpert in all creation, this bestselling guidebook to sex reveals, for example, when necrophilia is acceptable, how to have a virgin birth, and when to eat your lover. It also advises on more mundane matters—such as male pregnancy and the joys of a detachable penis.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty - John Brockman

Eminent cultural impresario, editor, and publisher of Edge, John Brockman asked a group of leading scientists and thinkers to answer the question: What do you believe to be true even though you cannot prove it? This book brings together the very best answers from the most distinguished contributors such as Richard Dawkins, Michael Shermer, Lawrence M. Krauss, Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Susan Blackmore, Jared Diamond and Ian McEwan.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Unbelievers (2013)

"If we live in a world where certain things are not subject to question, we live in a world where thinking has stopped." Lawrence Krauss

The Unbelievers follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world - encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues.

Monday, July 7, 2014

God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion - Victor J. Stenger

"Puts to rest the myth that science and religion can coexist peacefully. Thoughtfully researched and delightfully readable!"
—James Craig, author of The Religion Virus

It has become the prevalent view among sociologists, historians, and some theistic scientists that religion and science have never been in serious conflict. Some even claim that Christianity was responsible for the development of science.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Atheists in America - Melanie E. Brewster

"Atheists in America—a vital new contribution to the growing literature on nonbelievers—reveals in their own words how a wide diversity of people learned to live lives of integrity and meaning without God. The book also grants readers ready to hear it the message that not only is it okay not to believe, being an atheist can be both enlightening and liberating."
Michael Shermer

This collection features more than two dozen narratives by atheists from different backgrounds across the United States. Ranging in age, race, sexual orientation, and religious upbringing, these individuals address deconversion, community building, parenting, and romantic relationships, providing a nuanced look at living without a god in a predominantly Christian nation.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Episode 13)

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey has come to an end with a great finale and an important final word on the dangers of antiscientific thinking by the host Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Episode 12)

Since Carl Sagan warned us about the global warming, we've burdened the atmosphere of our world with an additional 400 billion tons of carbon dioxide. If we don't change our ways, what will the planet be like in our children's future? We inherited a bountiful world made possible by a relatively stable climate. Agriculture and civilization flourished for thousands of years. And now, our carelessness and greed put all of that at risk.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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