Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"It may be foolish to believe in the religions, but it is equally foolish to dismiss them as irrelevant. We want to go further to study the faith of Islam, as all others, for the valuable insights it provides into the human heart. Ibn Warraq’s valuable collection is a marvelous tool for that work."
—Robert M. Price, author of Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms
This volume rejects the notion that Islam's sacred text is error free and cannot be critically evaluated. The study of the Koran must develop and mature. Scholars of Islam are of course familiar with the book's many errors and contradictions, but these inherent flaws have rarely been revealed to a wider public. "The Origins of the Koran" is an attempt to remedy this deficiency by bringing together classic critical essays which raise key issues surrounding Islam's holy book.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
"Stimulating . . . thought-provoking . . . [Morris] has introduced some novel and challenging ideas and speculations."
—Natural History Magazine
Here is the naked ape at his most primal-in love, work, and war. Meet man as he really is: relative to the apes, the greatest primate of all, stripped of his civilized veneer as we see him courting, making love, sleeping, socializing, grooming, playing the family game. Zoologist Desmond Morris's classic takes its place alongside the works of Margaret Mead and Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, presenting man not as a fallen angel but as a risen ape, remarkable in his resilience, energy, and imagination, yet an animal nonetheless, in danger of forgetting his origins. From the back cover
Saturday, May 26, 2012
This is a classic The Simpsons episode about a religious group called The Movementarians which comes to Springfield. The whole family join the cult and are brainwashed but then Marge discovers the awful truth behind this group and tries to save her family.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion - Janet Reitman (Audiobook + E-book)
—Wall Street Journal
Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world’s fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of “volunteer ministers” offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of the government to further its goals. Its attacks on psychiatry and its requirement that believers pay as much as tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism. And ex-members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
"No one knows more about Darwin and evolution than Gould does. No one writes more clearly on these subjects than Gould does. No one is better equipped to deal with fallacies in this field than Gould is. This collection of reviews is the proof."—Isaac Asimov
Ranging as far as the fox and as deep as the hedgehog (the urchin of his title), Stephen Jay Gould expands on geology, biological determinism, "cardboard Darwinism," and evolutionary theory in this sparkling collection.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Includes contributions from Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett, Steven Pinker, Lawrence Krauss, Matt Ridley, V. S. Ramachandran and many more...
Featuring a foreword by David Brooks, This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliant—but accessible—ideas to expand every mind.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
"Shermer is savage about the shortcomings of intelligent design and eloquent about the spirituality of science . . . An invaluable primer."
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
In Why Darwin Matters, bestselling author Michael Shermer explains how the newest brand of creationism appeals to our predisposition to look for a designer behind life's complexity. Shermer decodes the scientific evidence to show that evolution is not "just a theory" and illustrates how it achieves the design of life through the bottom-up process of natural selection.