Friday, October 28, 2011

Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy - David Ramsay Steele

"A clear, concise, complete, and convincing presentation of the case for atheism. Covers essentially all the arguments for and against God, in science, philosophy, and theology, with sympathy for the believer's views even as they are shown to be untenable."
—Victor J. Stenger, author of God: The Failed Hypothesis

Atheism Explained explores the claims made both for and against the existence of God. On the pro side: that the wonders of the world can only be explained by an intelligent creator; that the universe had to start somewhere; telepathy, out-of-body experiences, and other paranormal phenomena demonstrate the existence of a spirit world; and that those who experience God directly provide evidence as real as any physical finding. After disputing these arguments through calm, careful criticism, author David Ramsay Steele presents the reasons why God cannot exist: monstrous, appalling evils; the impossibility of omniscience; and the senseless concept that God is a thinking mind without a brain. He also explores controversial topics such as Intelligent Design, the power of prayer, religion without God, and whether a belief in God makes people happier and healthier. Steele’s rational, easy-to-understand prose helps readers form their own conclusions about this eternally thorny topic. Amazon

File size: 6.82 MB
Format: pdf

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Red State (2011)

While watching Kevin Smith's (Dogma) new horror flick, I instantly remembered the documentary called Jesus Camp. The film is revolving around a religious cult which kills sinners (yeah, they are crazier than the nuts seen on Jesus Camp), I mean "gay people", even a three-way with a woman is an abomination. So three teenagers who look for sex are entrapped by a fake on-line ad and soon they find themselves in a *very* nasty situation. The film begins promising but after first half an hour it loses tension and turns out to be a some kind of political conspiracy drama mixing with lame action sequences. If you think the bad guys in the film are only the religious fanatics, wait until the ATF agents appear. *SPOILER* To cover up their mistake, they start to shoot everyone, even children and a hostage. *SPOILER* "The government is corrupt too" subplot distracts attention from the fanatics' sinister acts. Not satisfactory in horror, nor in action but overall, I liked it.

File Name ..........: Red.State.LIMITED.DVDRip.XviD-TWiZTED.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 700,08 MB
Runtime ....: 88 min
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lying - Sam Harris

"This essay is quite brilliant. (I was hoping it would be, so I wouldn’t have to lie.) I honestly loved it from beginning to end. LYING is the most thought-provoking read of the year."
Ricky Gervais

"In this brief but illuminating work, Sam Harris applies his characteristically calm and sensible logic to a subject that affects us all—the human capacity to lie. And by the book’s end, Harris compels you to lead a better life because the benefits of telling the truth far outweigh the cost of lies—to yourself, to others, and to society."
Neil deGrasse Tyson

In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on “white” lies—those lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfort—for these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process. Amazon

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Format: epub


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Monday, October 17, 2011

An introduction to Björk's Biophilia by David Attenborough

An introduction to Björk's new album Biophilia, by David Attenborough. In Biophilia, Björk brings together science, nature and music and blends them in her own style along with astonishing visuals which creates an interactive experience. Just check out this amazing Biophilia apps suite.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God - Jonathan Kirsch

"Kirsch offers up an amazing recounting of the abuses of clergy and state in those terrible times. Kirsch’s powerful and cautionary account is essential reading for historians and anyone who wants to understand the potential dark side of religion."
—Publishers Weekly

The renowned historian and critic Jonathan Kirsch presents a sweeping history of the Inquisition and the ways in which it has served as the chief model for torture in the West to this day. Ranging from the Knights Templar to the first Protestants; from Joan of Arc to Galileo; from the Inquisition's immense power in Spain after 1492, when the secret tribunals and torture chambers were directed for the first time against Jews and Muslims, to the torture and murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent women during the Witch Craze; and to the modern war on terror—Kirsch shows us how the Inquisition stands as a universal and ineradicable reminder of how absolute power wreaks inevitable corruption. From the book review

P.S Thanks to Rodney for the link.

File size: 2.5 MB
Format: epub/mobi

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are - Bart D. Ehrman (Audiobook + E-book)

The evocative title tells it all and hints at the tone of sensationalism that pervades this book. Those familiar with the earlier work of Ehrman, a distinguished professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of more than 20 books including Misquoting Jesus, will not be surprised at the content of this one. Written in a manner accessible to nonspecialists, Ehrman argues that many books of the New Testament are not simply written by people other than the ones to whom they are attributed, but that they are deliberate forgeries. The word itself connotes scandal and crime, and it appears on nearly every page. Indeed, this book takes on an idea widely accepted by biblical scholars: that writing in someone else's name was common practice and perfectly okay in ancient times. Ehrman argues that it was not even then considered acceptable—hence, a forgery. While many readers may wish for more evidence of the charge, Ehrman's introduction to the arguments and debates among different religious communities during the first few centuries and among the early Christians themselves, though not the book's main point, is especially valuable. Amazon

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