Sunday, July 31, 2011

Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God - Greg Graffin & Steve Olson

"[Graffin] explains how evolution can be a guide to life."
—Scientific American

"Bucking authority and the religious views of his family, Graffin explains how he has developed a personal philosophy that celebrates the power of nature."

"Whether you’re a believer, an atheist, an agnostic, or anything in between, this is a necessary book."

Most people know Greg Graffin as the lead singer of the punk band Bad Religion, but few know that he also received a PhD from Cornell University and teaches evolution at the University of California at Los Angeles. In Anarchy Evolution, Graffin argues that art and science have a deep connection. As an adolescent growing up when "drugs, sex, and trouble could be had on any given night," Graffin discovered that the study of evolution provided a framework through which he could make sense of the world.

In this provocative and personal book, he describes his own coming of age as an artist and the formation of his naturalist worldview on questions involving God, science, and human existence. While the battle between religion and science is often displayed in the starkest of terms, Anarchy Evolution provides fresh and nuanced insights into the long-standing debate about atheism and the human condition. It is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if God really exists. Amazon

File size: 1.97 MB
Format: epub/mobi

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Principles of Human Evolution - Roger Lewin & Robert A. Foley

Principles of Human Evolution presents an in-depth introduction to paleoanthropology and the study of human evolution. Focusing on the fundamentals of evolutionary theory and how these apply to ecological, molecular genetic, paleontological and archeological approaches to important questions in the field, this timely textbook will help students gain a perspective on human evolution in the context of modern biological thinking.

The second edition of this successful text features the addition of Robert Foley, a leading researcher in Human Evolutionary Studies, to the writing team. Strong emphasis on evolutionary theory, ecology and behavior and scores of new examples reflect the latest evolutionary theories and recent archaeological finds. More than a simple update, the new edition is organized by issue rather than chronology, integrating behavior, adaptation and anatomy. A new design and new figure references make this edition more accessible for students and instructors. Amazon

File size: 16 MB
Format: pdf/Second Edition

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

50 Renowned Academics & Scientists Talk on God

Recently, a Youtube user uploaded a half an hour video compilation which consists of 50 different clips of eminent scientists and intellectuals such as Lawrence Krauss, Richard Feynman, Steven Pinker, Bertrand Russell, Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough.

I uploaded the video to the following servers (if Youtube delete it due to flags or stupid copyright issues, you can add it to your archive):

File size: 124 MB

Sex in a Cold Climate (1998)

 "I always said if there was a just God in heaven, we wouldn't have suffered like that." —Phyllis Valentine, one of the victims of the Magdalene Asylum

Sex in a Cold Climate documents the testimony of four women who sexually and cruelly were abused in the Magdalene Asylum (the name comes from a biblical figure, Mary Magdalene) run by Catholic nuns in Ireland. When the documentary first aired, it was watched by nearly three million people and encouraged hundreds of women who abused in the Asylums (a real hell for children) to reveal themselves. Aside from the film the Magdalene Sisters, which was inspired by the documentary, it's far more shocking to listen to the real victims and realize that how memories of these horrific events haunted them and affected and shattered their later life.

Related to: The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
File Name ..........: Sex In A Cold Climate.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 691,79 MB
Video Length .......: 00:49:36

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ask Sam Harris Anything Video Pack

Sam Harris answers questions from Reddit. I brought together 16 videos in one pack. The package also includes one-hour video which contains some of the questions in short clips but not all of them.

- Why Sam Harris Wrote The Moral Landscape?
- Why Sam Harris Wrote The End of Faith?
- Future Research on Belief with Sam Harris?
- What Will Maximize Well-Being with Sam Harris?
- Morality in the Animal Rights Debate with Sam Harris?
- Why Sam Harris Wrote Letter to a Christian Nation?
- Communism as a Religion with Sam Harris?
- MDMA Caution with Sam Harris?
- Arguments Against The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris?
- Practical Goals For Pro-Reason Activists with Sam Harris?
- My Security Concerns with Sam Harris?
- Can You Reason Someone Out of Their Beliefs with Sam Harris?
- Can You Defend Eating Meat with Sam Harris?
- Transcendence and Spirituality with Sam Harris?
- Insight Into Practicing Meditation with Sam Harris?
- Ask Sam Harris Anything #1 (One-hour video)

File size: 989 MB

Friday, July 8, 2011

BBC - Planet of the Apemen: Battle for Earth (2011)

 Once upon a time, we humans shared the world with the other human species, such as Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis (and Homo floriensis but that is not the subject of the documentary). Planet of the Apemen explains how we dominated the Earth and outcompeted other advanced species, using the advantage of the language to spread the technology from one population to another, and one man to another man like a mind virus, creating sophisticated weapons like spears and slingshots and thanks to our frontal lobe, it helped us to make complex planning. The film doesn't tell how other two human species became extinct but shows both erectus and neanderthal are in conflict with humans all the time. Although the stories are interesting, the dramatisation is not neutral, for example, erectus is portrayed like a malicious barbarian and I suspect that humans regarded neanderthals as monsters. If these Hollywood-style action sequences don't bother you, science part is still worth watching, and you can listen to the opinions of eminent scientists such as Matt Riddley.


[Episode 1: Homo Erectus - 701 MB]

[Episode 2: Neanderthal - 701 MB]

Hawking and the Mind of God - Peter Coles

Stephen Hawking has achieved a unique position in contemporary culture, combining eminence in the rarefied world of theoretical physics with the popular fame usually reserved for film stars and rock musicians. Yet Hawking's technical work is so challenging, both in its conceptual scope and in its mathematical detail, that proper understanding of its significance lies beyond the grasp of all but a few specialists. How, then, did Hawking-the-scientist become Hawking-the-icon? Hawking's theories often take him into the intellectual territory that has traditionally been the province of religion rather than science. He acknowledges this explicitly in the closing sentence of his bestseller, "A Brief History of Time", where he says that his ultimate aim is the "know the Mind of God". "Hawking and the Mind of God" examines the pseudo-religious connotations of some of the key themes in Hawking's work, and how these shed light not only on the Hawking cult itself, but also on the wider issue of how scientists represent themselves in the media. Amazon

File size: 2 MB
Format: pdf

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