Thursday, March 29, 2012

Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms - Robert M. Price

Foreword by Julia Sweeney

America may be the land of plenty, but in the midst of our Walmarts, enormous supermarkets, and other signs of material surfeit, it seems that many are experiencing a gnawing spiritual hunger. New religions, spiritualities, and religious therapies attract throngs of believers to megachurches, Yoga classes, and the best-seller bookshelves. The latest popular fad in spirituality is Rhonda Byrne's 'The Secret', which promises both success and spiritual fulfilment, and is endorsed by no less than Oprah Winfrey. If you are trying to make sense of all the offerings in this confusing spiritual wonderland, "Top Secret" is just the book for you.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - Bobby Henderson (Unabridged Audiobook)

It all began in June 2005 when Bobby Henderson of Oregon wrote an open letter to the Kansas School Board proposing a third alternative to the teaching of evolution and intelligent design in schools. Bobby is a prophet of sorts, the spiritual leader of a growing, world-wide group of followers who worship the teachings of The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM). The FSM appeared to Bobby as a giant ball of spaghetti, with meatballs for eyes, and touched Bobby with "His noodly appendage" - resulting in the revelation that the FSM is the real creator of the universe. The FSM faithful look to Bobby as their prophet and spiritual leader. They call themselves FSMists or "Pastafarians".

Friday, March 23, 2012

The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason - Victor J. Stenger

"One of the most forlorn ways of defending religion is to misconstrue, distort, or ignore the best arguments put forward against it. Unfortunately, this spirit of obscurantism now animates even secular critics of the 'new atheism.' Victor Stenger dispels the resultant blizzard of lies and half-truths with great skill in this timely and accessible book. We are all in his debt."
Sam Harris

In this new book, Victor J. Stenger, whose GOD: The Failed Hypothesis was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007, reviews and expands upon the principles of New Atheism and answers many of its critics. He demonstrates in detail that naturalism—the view that all of reality is reducible to matter and nothing else—is sufficient to explain everything we observe in the universe, from the most distant galaxies to the inner workings of the brain that result in the phenomenon of mind.

Stenger disputes the claim of many critics that the question of whether God exists is beyond the ken of science. On the contrary, he argues that absence of evidence for God is, indeed, evidence of absence when the evidence should be there and is not.

Monday, March 12, 2012

12-21-2012 Just Another Day

NASA scientist Don Yeomans debunks the claims related to 2012 phenomenon and explains why the world won’t end on December 21st, 2012.

Free Will - Sam Harris

 "Free will is an illusion so convincing that people simply refuse to believe that we don’t have it. In Free Will, Sam Harris combines neuroscience and psychology to lay this illusion to rest at last. Like all of Harris’s books, this one will not only unsettle you but make you think deeply. Read it: you have no choice."
—Jerry A. Coyne, author of Why Evolution Is True

A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss - Something From Nothing

Professor Richard Dawkins and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss come together to discuss wide range of topics such as biology, cosmology, religion, and they also mention their latest books The Magic of Reality (by Dawkins) and A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing (by Krauss). Held at ASU Gammage Auditorium, on February 4, 2012.

A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing - Lawrence M. Krauss (Audiobook + E-book)

"In A Universe from Nothing, Lawrence Krauss has written a thrilling introduction to the current state of cosmology—the branch of science that tells us about the deep past and deeper future of everything. As it turns out, everything has a lot to do with nothing—and nothing to do with God. This is a brilliant and disarming book."
Sam Harris

Pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their heads. One of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing, with surprising and fascinating results. The staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories are all described accessibly in A Universe from Nothing, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing.

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