Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Human Brain: How We Decide



What happens in your brain when you make a decision? How can you make better ones from choosing a cereal to finding a flight path for safety? Science writer Jonah Lehrer tackles decision making small and large in his book How We Decide.

How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer (Unabridged Audiobook + E-book)

The first book to use the unexpected discoveries of neuroscience to help us make the best decisions.

Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate, or we blink and go with our gut. But as scientists break open the mind's black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they re discovering that this is not how the mind works. Our best decisions are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason and the precise mix depends on the situation. When buying a house, for example, it's best to let our unconscious mull over the many variables. But when we're picking a stock, intuition often leads us astray. The trick is to determine when to use the different parts of the brain, and to do this, we need to think harder (and smarter) about how we think.

Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need, drawing on cutting-edge research as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of deciders from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence. His goal is to answer two questions that are of interest to just about anyone, from CEOs to firefighters: How does the human mind make decisions? And how can we make those decisions better? Amazon

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Scale of the Universe



A beautiful and elegant flash application which allows you to zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of space time: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/525347

Related to: The Known Universe

PS Thanks JC for this cool link. Visit his nice blog: http://evilself.blogspot.com

Whatever Works (2009)



Woody Allen is at his best once again! Well, this movie got some negative reviews, but after watching it I disagreed with them. Whatever Works is smart, witty and extremely funny movie with full of sarcastic dialogues, as you expect from a Woody Allen work. He has never been hesitant in satirizing religion, or Christianity, however Whatever Works increases the dose and expresses Woody's ideas in a more atheistic tone. This hilarious scene explains much more:

WARNING: Contains some spoilers!


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Friday, January 29, 2010

The Sivas Massacre



On July, 1993 one of the greatest massacres in Turkey's recent history occurred in Sivas. During Alevi celebrations, a group of intellectuals and artists who stay at Madimak Hotel was surrounded by 15000 religious fanatics. The main target of the crowd was Aziz Nesin (a famous and prolific author, an atheist and Turkish translator of The Satanic Verses). The Islamic radicals set fire to the hotel and 37 people died burning or suffocating. This documentary tells minute by minute how tension escalated right before the massacre and these horrific events occurred after that.

Read about the aftermath:
http://wwww.bianet.org/english/religion/115655-dont-forget-sivas
http://wwww.bianet.org/english/minorities/107958-turkey-must-face-the-sivas-massacre

Also watch: The Satanic Verses Affair

P S English and German subtitles provided by AlsanaAziz and thanks to JB for the cover.


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Cooking with Christ - Hosted by Mrs. Betty Bowers



Today's recipe is best prepared with children!

Also watch: Betty Bowers Explains Traditional Marriage to Everyone Else

The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion - Robert Spencer (Audiobook + E-book)

In this startling new book, New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer, provides a warts-and-all portrait of the Prophet of Islam and draws out what his life implies for reforming Islam and repulsing Islamic terrorists. Spencer relies solely on primary sources considered reliable by Muslims and evaluates modern biographies to show how Muhammad has been changed for Western audiences, lulling them into consoling but false conclusions. Amazon

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The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie (Unabridged Audiobook + E-book)



"The Satanic Verses, by the Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie, holds a unique place in the history of literary censorship. In 1989, Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, condemned the book for blasphemy against Islam and issued an edict calling for its author’s execution. The death threat drove Rushdie into hiding, and the furor over the novel escalated to become an unprecedented event of global dimensions." Margaret Bald, Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Religious Grounds

No book in modern times has matched the uproar sparked by Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, which earned its author a death sentence. Furor aside, it is a marvelously erudite study of good and evil, a feast of language served up by a writer at the height of his powers, and a rollicking comic fable. The book begins with two Indians, Gibreel Farishta ("for fifteen years the biggest star in the history of the Indian movies") and Saladin Chamcha, a Bombay expatriate returning from his first visit to his homeland in 15 years, plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their jetliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations. Rushdie's powers of invention are astonishing in this Whitbread Prize winner. Amazon

Related to: The Satanic Verses Affair

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading: A Comprehensive Guide to the Most Persuasive Psychological Manipulation Technique in the World - Ian Rowland

This is the only Cold Reading book endorsed by Derren Brown, and the one which provided all the source material for one of Derren's earliest TV appearances. So if you want the real work, this is the book.

This is the definitive book on cold reading. It explains everything there is to know about this limitless technique! How can you apparently tell complete strangers about names, dates and events that mean something to them? In business, how can you seemingly get inside the mind of every lead, customer, client, colleague and rival? This book explains all, and is the most authoritative ever written on the subject. From the product description

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Nerdstock: 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People

Don't miss this 75 minute show which was filmed by the BBC, and celebrate science and reason with the performances from Robin Ince, Richard Dawkins, Brian Cox, Simon Singh and many more.



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Friday, January 22, 2010

Unintelligent Design: Why God Isn't as Smart as She Thinks She Is - Robyn Williams

Providing a humorous argument against creationism, this witty book debunks popular theories of intelligent design while showing how science can explain nearly everything, including sinus pain, hedonism, hernias, and morality. This critique of conservatism is supported by concrete scientific evidence and uses clever syllogisms to ask Why make the earth, the solar system, our galaxy, and all the rest when the Garden of Eden was all that was wanted? and If man is made in God’s image, does God ever get a back ache? Contending that intelligent design is a political movement that limits intellectual freedom, this book will fuel the current debate among fundamentalists, scientists, politicians, and the rest. Amazon

P.S Thanks to our follower for the link

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The Human Spark (3 of 3) Brain Matters

In the last episode of the three-part series, The Human Spark, we journey into Alan Alda's head to find the core of our most human characteristics, to understand what makes us unique we explore the role of language and symbols, our skill with tools, how we are thinking about other people's thoughts, and plan future.

Aired January 20, 2010 on PBS.

Other Episodes: [1] - [2] - [3]

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

BBC - The Secret Life of Chaos

This film is the story of a series of bizarre and interconnected discoveries that revealed a hidden face of nature. It is about how inanimate matter with no purpose or design can spontaneously create exquisite beauty. It is about the same laws that make the universe chaotic and unpredictable, can turn the simple dust into human beings. You'll find out the astonishing beauty in the order of disorder and how computers simulate evolution, with an accompanying haunting soundtrack (including the tracks by Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Erik Satie etc.).

Broadcasted on January 17th 2010, BBC Four.


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Monday, January 18, 2010

The Human Spark (2 of 3) So Human, So Chimp

In the second episode of Human Spark, Alan Alda meets the scientists from both camps of the argument to find out what makes us different from chimps, or what makes us more alike than different.

Aired January 13, 2010 on PBS.

Other Episodes: [1] - [2] - [3]

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

How Did You Lose Your Religion?



Ricky Gervais describes how he became an atheist.

The New War On Terrorism: Fact And Fiction - Noam Chomsky (Audiobook)


MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, in the one of his most anticipated lectures ever- answers the questions, "what happened on September 11th is a historic event, one which will change the history?", "what is the war against terrorism or what is terrorism?", "what are the origins of the crimes of 9/11?", "what policy options are there in fighting the war against terrorism?"

Track Listing:
01. Assumptions, Questions, and Goals
02. Afghanistan
03. Attacks on the US
04. Attacks by the West
05. Terrorism and the War on Nicaragua
06. Terrorism Works
07. Freedom Fighters and Terrorists
08. CIA and Terrorism
09. Turning Against the Master
10. Why do They Hate Us?
11. Combatting Terror
12. International Relations and The Credibility Factor
13. Sensible Solutions
14. Reducing Terror, Enduring Freedom

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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds



From the formation of the Earth, to the Cambrian Explosion, to the evolution of humans in 60 seconds.

Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin - Stephen J. Gould


The human mind has a trusty device for simplifying a complex world: reduce to averages and identify trends. Although valuable, the risk is that we ignore variations and end up with a skewed view of reality. In evolutionary terms, the result is a view in which humans are the inevitable pinnacle of evolutionary progress, instead of, as Stephen Jay Gould patiently argues, "a cosmic accident that would never arise again if the tree of life could be replanted." The implications of Gould's argument may threaten certain of our philosophical and religious foundations but will in the end provide us with a clearer view of, and a greater appreciation for, the complexities of our world. Amazon

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Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography - Janet Browne (Audiobook)

It may seem peculiar to write a biography of a book, but Darwin's Origin of Species is certainly a worthy subject. A foremost Darwin biographer, Browne takes a straightforward approach to the life and times of this famous tome, beginning with Darwin's early years and journey around the world. She then explains how he developed his theory of evolution (a word that doesn't appear in the first edition) during his years as a country scientist. Darwin included an unusual chapter on things he couldn't yet explain with his theory. Browne makes the fascinating point that Darwin highly respected his American friend Asa Gray, whose views were very similar to those of today's advocates of intelligent design. Browne's final chapter on the book's legacy isn't comprehensive, but it's a good summary of subsequent modifications to Darwin's theory. This excellent introduction is highly recommended for all readers who want to better understand the heated debates that this book still causes today. Publishers Weekly

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Creation (2009)

Creation is a fascinating cinematic experience from start to finish, and it is hard to resist its captivating magic. Honestly, I was thinking that I would watch something like one of the ordinary biography documentaries, but I was totally wrong. The director Jon Amiel's nice touches and clever ideas create a subtle movie, make Darwin more human and more real. I sometimes laughed with joy and sometimes --I confess-- cried. Paul Bettany was brilliant in his role and Martha West was cute as Darwin's daughter Annie. The movie tells a short period of time, and mostly deals with the loss of Annie, and Darwin's personal dilemma before he published On the Origin of Species, but it's a rare opportunity to look from the eyes of a genius mind who "killed God".

A scene from Creation (Darwin vs Reverend Innes)
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help Haiti with Google's Support Disaster Relief, SHARE or RDFRS

The strongest earthquake in over 200 years struck Haiti. Hospitals were seriously damaged and thousands of injured people wait for care outside.

On Google's Support Disaster Relief site, you can easily donate money to UNICEF or CARE. Some charities on the following site accept payments by cash, also some organizations accept SMS donations.

http://www.haitiearthquake.com

UPDATE!


Now you can help via the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science:

http://givingaid.richarddawkins.net/


Also you can make a donation via Skeptics and Humanist Aid and Relief Effort.

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/news/share_opens_fund_for_haiti_quake_relief/

If Religions were Real



Found on planetatheism.com

Biblical Nonsense: A Review of the Bible for Doubting Christians - Jason Long

Author Dr. Jason Long is a former Christian who condenses the most significant biblical problems into this single volume. Unlike other books in the field that delve into only one topic, this manuscript, comprehensible even to those who have never opened a Bible, is a full-fledged attempt to demonstrate that God’s supposed word is a product of human minds, not divine inspiration. Dr. Long’s fresh experiences in the church and advanced levels of educational enlightenment make him the perfect individual to present this vehemently unpopular, yet undeniably appealing topic. Amazon

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Jihad for Love (2007)


"NAIL-BITING!"
New York Times

"I was terrified. I received 100 lashes in an hour. My mother was notified that I was lashed. When I took off my shirt, she cried. Because of her, I left. I didn't want her to suffer and see my pain anymore."

Being different than others, and to confront the community pressure are not always easy. Especially if you are a gay in a Muslim country such as Egypt or Iran you have to face the fact that you may have jail sentence, be tortured or be punished by death for the homosexual act. According to the Islamic law, a homosexual should be thrown from a mountain or stoned to death. Ibn Abbas, Muhammad's cousin, reports how homosexuals were punished in Muhammad's period: "If you find anyone doing as Lot's people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done" (Abu Dawud no. 4447)

A Jihad for Love dares to be the voice of the silenced ones and tells the struggles of gay/lesbian people from Egypt, Iran, India and so on. Some decided to get marry with a woman, some leaved their country to avoid the death penalty, some risked to be away from their home and chose to be a refugee to live with their real identities.

This is their tragic story.


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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Anyone in Here?

Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus (2006)

Former marine and evolutionary biologist Randy Olson, who is a student of Stephen Jay Gould, touches the interesting aspects of the case rather than the classic evolution vs. intelligent design debate in this funny, warm and intelligent documentary. Maybe Olson is not a Christopher Hitchens, and he is tender towards the advocates of both arguments, but who cares?

No Haeckel's embryos in the textbooks. A bad moment for a creationist!

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Fabric of Space-Time



Transcription:

Light, we all know it travels at well, the speed of light, or does it? When it comes to the structure of space and time, could light be the key to unlocking the final secrets of the universe?

Answers may lie in the journey of two photons across seven billion light years of space, recorded by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. And these two tiny particles have just opened up a whole new chapter in our understanding of light, gravity, and the universe around us.

Julie McEnery: "We're really excited because we've captured rare experimental evidence probing the fundamental structure of space and time." Meet NASA's gamma-ray detectives. Led by project scientist Julie McEnery, they're searching for clues about the high-energy mysteries of our universe.

But, they'll need more than a magnifying glass this. The team's one of kind tool? The Fermi satellite. Fermi looks at gamma-rays, the highest-energy form of light and it just surprised everyone with a discovery about the fabric of space and time.

Julie McEnery: "So you might be thinking, two tiny particles of light, why is that important? Well you have to look at the very large and the very small together to understand the universe as a whole. So far, Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which describes space and time as a smooth fabric that's distorted, or bent by massive objects, has been a spectacularly sucessful explaination of gravity and the large scale behavior of the universe.

Whereas Quantum Mechanics, another spectacularly successful model describes the workings of atoms subatomic particles and some of the fundamental forces of nature. Scientists have never been able to reconcile the two.

Both Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are equally fundamental in their own regimes. So scientists want to find a theory of everything that describes the universe as a whole. And the observations that we've made these two photons with Fermi takes us one step closer to achieving the goal of having a Theory of Everything that combines the most sucessful aspects of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity into one unified theory."

To add to this puzzle, other telescopes have observed gamma rays with different wavelengths arriving at Earth at different times. According to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, all forms of electromagnetic radiation from radio and infrared, to visible light, to X-rays and even gamma-rays moves at the same speed.

So what would explain these differences in arrival times? One simple idea is that maybe the photons were just emitted at different times. More interestingly though, maybe there was something in the very fabric of space that was causing the higher-energy particle to slow down. If this is true, could Einstein have been wrong? Could a higher-energy particle move slower than the speed of light?

Several ideas, which attempt to reconcile relativity and quantum mechanics suggest that space and time are not actually smooth and uniform. But are instead a seething froth when seen at the smallest scale. Like bubble wrap viewed from far away, at human scales this texture would be invisible.

A low -energy, long wavelength photon is unaffected by the lumpiness of space. But a high-energy, short wavelength photon is hindered by the froth. This makes it move more slowly than lower-energy radiation, so it breaks Einstein's law that all light particles must travel at the same speed. However, this explanation had little experimental proof either way -- until Fermi arrived.

So, if space-time really isn't just invisible bubble wrap, what is it? Fermi's eliminated some ideas from the mix, and that means we're one step closer to potentially unifying Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.

The Human Spark (1 of 3) Becoming Us

 The Human Spark is a three-part series to be broadcast on PBS in 2010. Alan Alda begins a quest to uncover what makes humans unique since the first recognizable human walked on the Earth. Why did six million years of evolution make us human? How did our brain evolve?

In this first episode Alda explores the world of extinct cousins in Europe, the Neanderthals, and asks how we evolved into us and flourished while the others didn't. And learn how our Paleolithic geniuses made tools (I'm going to try to make a hand axe at home, if I find an obsidian).

Aired January 6th, 2010 on PBS.

Other Episodes: [1] - [2] - [3]


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Friday, January 8, 2010

The "God" Part of the Brain - Matthew Alper

"The Atheist's Bible!"
Bob Worthington

First published in 1996, this is a minimally revised new edition of Alper's manifesto against belief in God. Beginning with philosopher Kant's supposition that humans cannot know a reality beyond their perception of reality, Alper uses his vast research into scientific phenomenon to build a case that humanity's perception of a spiritual realm is, in fact, the biological result of thousands of years of evolution. Alper writes that this is "'nature's white lie', a coping mechanism selected into our species to help alleviate debilitating anxiety caused by our unique awareness of death." Alper's theory is elegantly drawn, and he shows an admirable grasp of a wide range of scientific disciplines. Publishers Weekly

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RDF TV - "Teach the Controversy" - A.C. Grayling



Transcription by me (if you find errors, correct me please. I'm not a native English speaker):

It is sometimes argued that in educating people school and university level, they ought to be aware of the fact there are differences of opinion, there are controversies about things. Take for example biological evolution and in USA and some other places in the world too, there is opposition to the idea of biological evolution, people have ideas about creationism or intelligent design. The argument is that these should be thought too.

Let's broaden the picture a little bit here and ask whether this means that if you are teaching astronomy in school, you should also teach astrology or in medical schools that ancient theory of demon possession should be thought and so on.

And the minute you broaden the conversation, and that way you begin to see that in fact, trying to be inclusive and fair and to have all sides of the argument, all the objections some people might raise to something is in fact going to interrupt and deeply pollute the educational process.

Very best, most disciplined researchers about the world, across the range natural sciences, in social sciences, in humanity history for example and equipped people with a good solid main stream understanding of these things and if that's done well and if they pick up these things, they will understand why it is going to be waste of time and distraction, if they are studying meds for example to learn about ancient demon possession or they are studying astronomy to learn also astrological influences allegedly of the stars. They'll begin to realize why that is the case, but very often this is distraction.

In the particular case of evolutionary theory in biology and alleged competitor theories, the intelligent design so on, it is only because institutionalization of those views the fact that the church is still existing religion still is a major factor in human society, the people think that is respectable competitor, when you broadened the picture, you see it isn't.

My own answer to the question should these controversies be thought as part of education, they are certain should not to be thought as part of science education, there may be an occasion in the civics class, or at one point in history class or sociology class, where they may come up but they're not serious competitors to genuine inquiry and they ought not to be given the validation of being so.

Also watch: The Unconsidered Life - A.C. Grayling

Help to spread the voice of reason: http://fundraiser.richarddawkins.net

Atheist Pictures and Cartoons [Pack 3]

100 new atheist pictures and cartoons pack at your service.

Enjoy!

Other packs: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4] - [Rapture] - [Xmas] - [Xmas 2]

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Teach The Controversy

I just stumbled upon this site which contains amazing, colorful and sarcastic designs which are against creationist and pseudoscientific nonsense. They look great on t-shirts. All I can say is just WOW! (and I say one more: WOW!)

Visit their shop: http://controversy.wearscience.com

Here is that I like the most:


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (Audiobook + E-book)



Armageddon in Monty Python Style

"If you sit down and think about it sensibly, you come up with some very funny ideas. Like: why make people inquisitive, and then put some forbidden fruit where they can see it with a big neon finger flashing on and off saying 'THIS IS IT!'?"

Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humor; the result is a humanist delight to be savored and reread again and again. You see, there was a bit of a mixup when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunter downwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale. Like top agents everywhere, they've long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in. The only person who knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them. The minor characters along the way (Famine makes an appearance as diet crazes, no-calorie food and anorexia epidemics) are as much fun as the story as a whole, which adds up to one of those rare books which is enormous fun to read the first time, and the second time, and the third time... Amazon

Related to: Terry Pratchett on Religion: 'I'd rather be a rising ape than a falling angel'

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Symphony of Science - 'The Unbroken Thread' (ft. Attenborough, Goodall, Sagan)



Also watch: Symphony of Science - Our Place in the Cosmos (ft. Sagan, Dawkins, Kaku, Jastrow)

NOVA - Darwin's Darkest Hour

This NOVA and National Geographic special two-hour movie presentation which is written by acclaimed British screenwriter John Goldsmith goes back to the most critical moments of Charles Darwin (played by Henry Ian Cusick from Lost) and tells the tragic story behind unveiling of the most influential scientific theory of all time.

Aired October 6, 2009 on PBS.

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Total Size (MB) ....: 700,19 MB
Video Length .......: 01:48:16

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Myths and Masks of God: Joseph Campbell Audio Collection

Myths and Masks of God consists of Joseph Campbell's recorded lectures in a 40-hour-series. The master storyteller and teacher Campbell discusses the symbolic meanings and functions of myths starting from the story of Garden of Eden in the Book of Genesis and explores the sources of divine images in Western and Eastern religions and the roots of religious, spiritual, mythic symbols such as crucifix and mudra.

Chapters:
1. Interpreting Symbolic Forms
2. Mythic Visions
3. Experiencing the Divine
4. History of the Gods
5. The Religious Impulse

File Size: 134 MB
Format: MP3, 64kbps

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The Logic of Scientific Discovery - Karl Popper

"One of the most important documents of the twentieth century."
New Scientist

First published in English in 1959, Karl Popper's The Logic of Scientific Discovery revolutionized contemporary thinking about science and knowledge and is one of the most widely read books about science written last century. Described by the philosopher AJ Ayer as 'a work of great originality and power', Popper presents the two ideas that did more than anything else to make him famous: that the only true knowledge is scientific knowledge and that knowledge grows only when on testing a theory, it can be shown to be false. Popper's now legendary doctrine of 'falsificationism' electrified the scientific community, influencing even the methods of working scientists. It also had a profound effect on the shape of post war philosophy. Translated into many languages, it ranks alongside The Open Society and Its Enemies as one of Popper's most enduring and famous books and contains insights and arguments that demand to be read to this day. Amazon

File Size: 4 MB
Format: pdf

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