Monday, April 13, 2015

Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Continuing her journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard, the brilliant, charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail #1 bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for a Muslim Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities.

Monday, March 30, 2015

National Geographic: The War On Science (March 2015)

We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from the safety of fluoride and vaccines to the reality of climate change— faces organized and often furious opposition. Empowered by their own sources of information and their own interpretations of research, doubters have declared war on the consensus of experts.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WTF, Evolution?!: A Theory of Unintelligible Design - Mara Grunbaum

"In addition to being entertaining, the combined photos and commentary are extremely educational. They are also a constant reminder of what evolution is and how it really works."
Huffington Post

For almost 4 billion years, Evolution has produced a nonstop parade of inflatable noses, bizarre genitalia, and seriously awkward necks. What a comedian! Mara Grunbaum is a very smart, very funny science writer who celebrates the best—or, really, the worst—of Evolution’s blunders.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle - Andreas Wagner

"A landmark book that combines original, perhaps revolutionary ideas elegantly explained."
—Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen

Darwin’s theory of natural selection explains how useful adaptations are preserved over time. But the biggest mystery about evolution eluded him. As genetics pioneer Hugo de Vries put it, “natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but it cannot explain the arrival of the fittest.”

Monday, March 16, 2015

Awkward Moments Children's Bible, Vol. 1 - Horus Gilgamesh, Agnes Tickheathen

"Entertaining and thought-provoking!"
David G. McAfee, author of Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist

"Simply incredible." 
Hemant Meta, The Friendly Atheist

Written by a retired ministry leader, this book combines actual Bible verses with more than 30 whimsical original illustrations and commentaries to encourage readers (from all walks of faith) to think about how the Bible shapes our culture as Christianity continues to evolve. What began as a private online gag among interfaith friends quickly grew into a #1 Amazon Bestseller on its first day of sales - enjoyed by fundamentalist Christians and militant atheists alike!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation - Bill Nye

"This gracefully written book provides a tour through not just the big ideas of evolution, but why evolution is such a captivating idea scientifically, philosophically, and emotionally."
—Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D., author of Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction

In Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, Bill Nye explains why race does not really exist; evaluates the true promise and peril of genetically modified food [although he has recently changed his mind on the subject]; reveals how new species are born, in a dog kennel and in a London subway; takes a stroll through 4.5 billion years of time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth.

Monday, March 9, 2015

An Honest Liar: James Randi (2014)

Some people cannot believe that a magician can fool them in a such way they can't figure it out. But magicians can and magicians do. Swindlers do, conmen do all the time. They are not magicians, they are fakes. They are lying to us. They are deceiving us. It's OK to fool people as long as you're doing that to teach them a lesson which will better their knowledge of how real world works. No matter how smart, well-educated you are, you can be deceieved. But one man dedicated his life to fight with the people called "psychics", "faith healers" who are stealing money from the public, cheating them and misinforming them.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

God and the Multiverse: Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos - Victor J. Stenger

The last book of Victor J. Stenger

“The multiverse is one of the most exciting and controversial ideas in all of science today, with implications for both cosmology and theology, and there is no one writing on these topics better than Victor Stenger. With this book you are in the hands of a masterful thinker and writer. If you are going to read just one book on science and religion, this is that work.”
Michael Shermer

Victor Stenger shows that science’s emerging understanding of the multiverse—consisting of trillions upon trillions of galaxies—is fully explicable in naturalistic terms with no need for supernatural forces to explain its origin or ongoing existence.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation - Matt Ridley

"If my Selfish Gene were to have a volume two devoted to humans, The Origins of Virtue is pretty much what I think it ought to look like."
Richard Dawkins

Why are people nice to each other? What are the reasons for altruism? Matt Ridley explains how the human mind has evolved a special instinct for social exchange, offering a lucid and persuasive argument about the paradox of human benevolence. Amazon

Monday, February 23, 2015

Russell on Religion: Selections from the Writings of Bertrand Russell

Russell on Religion presents a comprehensive and accessible selection of Bertrand Russell's writing on religion and related topics from the turn of the century to the end of his life. The influence of religion pervades almost all Bertrand Russell's writings from his mathematical treatises to his early fiction. Russell contends with religion as a philosopher, as a historian, as a social critic and as a private individual.

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