Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature - Matt Ridley (Audiobook + E-book)

"A terrific book: witty and lucid, and brimming with provocative conjectures."
Wall Street Journal

Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of the Species Updated - Steve Jones

"There are few better or more entertaining accounts of the evolutionary process in print today than Darwin's Ghost."
The New York Times Book Review

Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species is probably the best-known, least-read book. One of the most important achievements of the past millennium, it did for biology what Galileo did for astronomy: made it into a single science rather than a collection of unrelated facts. Important though Origin remains, its examples and intricate Victorian prose are now a century and a half old. They are ripe for renewal and reaffirmation. Writing as "Darwin's ghost," eminent geneticist Steve Jones updates this seminal work—and restates evolution's case for the 21st century.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Evolution of God - Robert Wright (Audiobook + E-book)

"Wright makes it clear that he is tracking people’s conception of the divine, not the divine itself. He describes this as “a good news/bad news joke for traditionalist Christians, Muslims and Jews.” The bad news is that your God was born imperfect. The good news is that he doesn’t really exist."
—The New York Times

In his illuminating book, The Moral Animal, Wright introduced evolutionary psychology and examined the ways that the morality of individuals might be hard-wired by nature rather than influenced by culture. With this book, he expands upon that work, turning now to explore how religion came to define larger and larger groups of people as part of the circle of moral consideration.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mortality - Christopher Hitchens

"Being Hitchens, whose motto could have been “I argue, therefore I am”, Mortality also continues and deepens his confrontation with the religious."
New Statesman

On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported "from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady." Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism Versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present - J. Foster, B. W. Clark, R. York

"Finally we have a book on so-called ‘intelligent design’ that gets to the heart of the matter rather than devoting all its energies to a point by point refutation of that doctrine. While providing a sophisticated modern understanding of the complexities of organisms and the biological processes that have resulted in life as it has evolved, the authors of Critique of Intelligent Design never lose sight of the real issue which is the struggle between materialism and supernaturalism as an explanation for the world of phenomena. Theirs is the model on which all discussions of intelligent design should be based."
Richard Lewontin

A critique of religious dogma historically provides the basis for rational inquiry into the physical and social world. Critique of Intelligent Design is a key to understanding the forces of irrationalism challenging the teaching of evolution in U.S. public schools and seeking to undermine the natural and social sciences. It illuminates the 2,500 year evolution of the materialist critique—the explanation of the world in terms of itself— from antiquity to the present through engaging the work of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Lucretius, Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, David Hume, William Paley, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Stephen Jay Gould, and numerous others (including contemporary advocates of 'intelligent design').

Friday, September 7, 2012

Richard Dawkins: "Creationists know nothing"

Richard Dawkins says "It sounds very laudible to teach controversy, to teach both theories. But there aren't two theories, there is only one theory" on CNN Red Chair.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

National Geographic - I Escaped A Cult (2012)

They joined the cult because they believed this is God's call, but their life turned into a nightmare

I Escaped A Cult takes viewers a journey to discover disturbing and horrific stories of three people who escaped from cults with extreme beliefs, one is a Mormon sect which practice polygamy and the other one is Free Love Ministries, a militant cult which prepare for a war against Satanic forces. We take an in-depth look at inhumane practices of these cults including brainwashing, isolation, child abuse, and even molestation.

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