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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes - Svante Pääbo [Audiobook - E-book]

"If there is one name associated with ancient DNA, it is Svante Pääbo. . . . His book, Neanderthal Man, is perfectly timed, beautifully written and required reading—it is a window onto the genesis of a whole new way of thinking."
Nature

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

Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity - David Sedley

"Sedley's argument is subtle and expert. . . . The brilliance of this book is that Sedley lets the Greeks talk to us and, surprisingly, we can understand what they're saying."
Nature

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

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh [Audiobook + E-book]

"Brilliant….This is an invigorating, urgent book that makes an important contribution to a central contemporary debate. Whitmarsh makes a compelling case that atheism has had a distinguished and varied lineage."
—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

Stations of the Cross (2014)

Stations of the Cross depicts the story of a fourteen-year-old Catholic girl whose family is a member of a strict sect. Due to the tenets she learned in the sect and the pious mother's relentless behaviours against her, she decides to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ to become a saint and go to heaven. The film consists of 14 acts as a Biblical allegory mirroring a girl’s coming of age and exposes the harmful side of religion and what would happen extreme fundamentalism meets social life in a modern world.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Atheist's Way: Living Well Without Gods - Eric Maisel

"I find Maisel's writings more witty than Hitchens, more polished and articulate than Harris, and more informative and entertaining than Dawkins. A 5-star read from cover to cover!"
—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

Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole - Stephen Law

"Everyone who values truth, reason, and evidence over sophistry should buy this book."
—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

"This is the devil in disguise we already know, finally exposed for the evil it is. This book is a masterpiece! It should scare the hell out of you."
—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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Why Our Children Will Be Atheists - Albert Williams

One of the top 5 atheist books to be published in recent times. Will our current Gods and Religions disappear in the next 100 years? The race for the most momentous change in human history has started. Discover the origins of our Gods, religions and why the world will ultimately become atheist in the next 100 years. Reading this book will fundamentally change your outlook of the world.

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