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From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
by Daniel C. Dennett

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

February 07, 2017

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<p><strong>"A supremely enjoyable, intoxicating work." —<em>Nature</em></strong></p><br /><p>How did we come to have minds? For centuries, poets, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities. Disciples of Darwin have explained how natural selection produced plants, but what about the human mind?</p><br /><p>In <em>From Bacteria to Bach and Back</em>, Daniel C. Dennett builds on recent discoveries from biology and computer science to show, step by step, how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. A crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct. Competition among memes produced thinking tools powerful enough that our minds don’t just perceive and react, they create and comprehend.</p><br /><p>An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and scientists, <em>From Bacteria to Bach and Back</em> will delight and entertain all those curious about how the mind works.</p>
Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide
by Richard Dawkins

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English

Pages

284

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>Should we believe in God? In this brisk introduction to modern atheism, one of the world’s greatest science writers tells us why we shouldn’t.</b><br /><i><br />Richard Dawkins was fifteen when he stopped believing in God. <br /></i><br /> Deeply impressed by the beauty and complexity of living things, he’d felt certain they must have had a designer. Learning about evolution changed his mind. Now one of the world’s best and bestselling science communicators, Dawkins has given readers, young and old, the same opportunity to rethink the big questions.<br /><br /> In twelve fiercely funny, mind-expanding chapters, Dawkins explains how the natural world arose without a designer—the improbability and beauty of the “bottom-up programming” that engineers an embryo or a flock of starlings—and challenges head-on some of the most basic assumptions made by the world’s religions: Do you believe in God? Which one? Is the Bible a “Good Book”? Is adhering to a religion necessary, or even likely, to make people good to one another? Dissecting everything from Abraham’s abuse of Isaac to the construction of a snowflake, <i>Outgrowing God</i> is a concise, provocative guide to thinking for yourself.<br /><br /><b>Advance praise for <i>Outgrowing God</i></b><br /><br />“My son came home from his first day in the sixth grade with arms outstretched plaintively demanding to know: ‘Have you ever heard of Jesus?’  We burst out laughing. Maybe not our finest parenting moment, given that he was genuinely distraught. He felt that he had woken up one day to a world in which his peers were expressing beliefs he found frighteningly unreasonable. He began devouring books like <i>The God Delusion</i>, books that helped him formulate his own arguments and helped him stand his ground<i>. </i>Dawkins’s new book is special in the terrain of atheists’ pleas for humanism and rationalism precisely since it speaks to those most vulnerable to the coercive tactics of religion. As Dawkins himself says in the dedication, this book is for ‘all young people when they’re old enough to decide for themselves.’ It is also, I must add, for their parents.”—<b>Janna Levin, author of</b> <b><i>Black Hole Blues</i></b><br />  <br /> “When someone is considering atheism I tell them to read the Bible first and then Dawkins. <i>Outgrowing God</i>—second only to the Bible!”—<b>Penn Jillette, author of</b> <b><i>God, No!</i></b>
The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American
by Andrew L Seidel

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<b>Do “In God We Trust,” the Declaration of Independence, and other historical “evidence” prove that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles? Are the Ten Commandments the basis for American law? A constitutional attorney dives into the debate about religion’s role in America’s founding.</b><br />  <br /> In today’s contentious political climate, understanding religion’s role in American government is more important than ever. Christian nationalists assert that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and advocate an agenda based on this popular historical claim. But is this belief true? <i>The Founding Myth</i> answers the question once and for all. Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, builds his case point by point, comparing the Ten Commandments to the Constitution and contrasting biblical doctrine with America’s founding philosophy, showing that the Bible contradicts the Declaration of Independence’s central tenets. Thoroughly researched, this persuasively argued and fascinating book proves that America was <i>not</i> built on the Bible and that Christian nationalism is, in fact, un-American.
Deceptions and Myths of the Bible
by Lloyd M. Graham

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English

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496

Publication Date

July 16, 2012

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<b>An eye-opening, myth-busting tour of the Old and New Testaments, the true origins of their stories, and the faith that’s required to believe them.</b><br />  <br /> The Bible is accepted across the globe as the holy word of God. But today we know that it’s made up of fanciful legends set down by power-seeking priests eager to inspire awe and fear in their flocks. And as <i>Deceptions and Myths of the Bible</i> illustrates, these tales of scriptural tyranny aren’t even original—but rather retold and revised mythologies.<br />  <br /> The story of Adam and Eve was derived from a Babylonian account. Noah’s dilemma is the exaggerated accumulation of over four hundred years of flood accounts from various ancient civilizations. Even the names of Noah’s sons are hand-me-downs, as was the tale of Isaac’s sacrifice, Solomon’s judgment, and Samson’s pillar act. Moses? Fashioned from the Syrian story of Mises. As for the laws of the Bible, they were patterned after the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi. Revealed here, too, are the 137 similarities between the story of Jesus and the story of the Egyptian god Horus, and nearly twice as many parallels between the story of Christ and the Hindu god Krishna, and many more faith-shaking revelations.<br />  <br /> For any reader interested in theology, this is an essential read. For atheists, it’s an irrefutable argument of support; for agnostics, evidence to tip the scale. For the devout, it offers an enlightening, history-based awareness of the derivation of your religion.
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins

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English

Pages

465

Publication Date

January 16, 2008

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A preeminent scientist—and the world's most prominent atheist—asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.<br /><br /> With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.
Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life
by Zachary Broom

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English

Pages

348

Publication Date

August 22, 2019

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<p><strong>Without God, how can we have hope or make sense of such a broken world?</strong></p><p>Skeptics believe we don’t need God to understand reality, and that science and reason hold the keys to building a better world. Faith is blind, and there is no credible evidence for God’s existence—especially the God of the Bible. Therefore, science and religious belief are deeply incompatible, and God is no longer relevant to our modern world.</p><p>But if there is no God, how can our lives have any meaning? How can we make sense of good and evil, truth, justice, beauty, rationality, or even science itself? By engaging with popular atheists and skeptics, both new and old, as well as many of Christianity’s most brilliant writers, pastor and author Zachary Broom demonstrates how not only is there powerful evidence for God’s existence, but without Him, everything begins to unravel.</p><p>Instead of setting out to “prove” God’s existence, Without God carefully and seriously engages skeptic’s doubts and common arguments against God, making use of philosophy, science, literature, and real-life conversations, as well as the author's own struggles and doubts.</p><p>Whether you believe in God or not, you will be challenged to wrestle carefully with life’s most important questions in a way that will lead you to a greater respect for the beliefs of others. </p>
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
by Christopher Hitchens

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English

Pages

548

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May 01, 2007

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<b>Whether you're a lifelong believer, a devout atheist, or someone who remains uncertain about the role of religion in our lives, this insightful manifesto will engage you with its provocative ideas.</b><br /><br />With a close and studied reading of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.<br /><br />In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's <i>Why I Am Not a Christian</i> and Sam Harris's <i>The End of Faith</i>, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion.<br /><br />
Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam
by Yasmine Mohammed

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English

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292

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<h1>Ayaan Hirsi Ali's <em>Infidel</em> meets <em>The Handmaid's Tale</em></h1><p>Since September 11th, 2001, the Western world has been preoccupied with Islam and its role in terrorism. Yet public debate about the faith is polarized—one camp praises "the religion of peace" while the other claims all Muslims are terrorists. Canadian human rights activist Yasmine Mohammed believes both sides are dangerously wrong.</p><p>In <em>Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam</em>, Yasmine speaks her truth as a woman born in the Western world yet raised in a fundamentalist Islamic home. Despite being a first-generation Canadian, she never felt at home in the West. And even though she attended Islamic schools and wore the hijab since age nine, Yasmine never fit in with her Muslim family either. With one foot in each world, Yasmine is far enough removed from both to see them objectively, yet close enough to see them honestly.</p><p>Part Ayaan Hirsi Ali's <em>Infidel</em>, part <em>The Handmaid's Tale</em>, Yasmine's memoir takes readers into a world few Westerners are privy to. As a college educator for over fifteen years, Yasmine's goal is to unveil the truth. Is FGM Islamic or cultural? Is the hijab forced or a choice? Is ISIS a representation of "true" Islam or a radical corruption? And why is there so much conflicting information? Like most insular communities, the Islamic world has both an "outside voice" and an "inside voice." It's all but impossible for bystanders to get a straight answer.</p><p>Without telling anyone what to believe, <em>Unveiled </em>navigates the rhetoric and guides truth-seekers through media narratives, political correctness, and outright lies while encouraging readers to come to their own conclusions.</p>
The Four Horsemen: The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revol...
by , Daniel Dennett

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English

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154

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<b>In 2007, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett filmed a landmark discussion about modern atheism. The video went viral. Now in print for the first time, the transcript of their conversation is illuminated by new essays from three of the original participants and an introduction by Stephen Fry.</b><br /><br /> At the dawn of the new atheist movement, the thinkers who became known as “the four horsemen,” the heralds of religion's unraveling—Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett—sat down together over cocktails. What followed was a rigorous, pathbreaking, and enthralling exchange, which has been viewed millions of times since it was first posted on YouTube. This is intellectual inquiry at its best: exhilarating, funny, and unpredictable, sincere and probing, reminding us just how varied and colorful the threads of modern atheism are.<br /><br /> Here is the transcript of that conversation, in print for the first time, augmented by material from the living participants: Dawkins, Harris, and Dennett. These new essays, introduced by Stephen Fry, mark the evolution of their thinking and highlight particularly resonant aspects of this epic exchange. Each man contends with the most fundamental questions of human existence while challenging the others to articulate their own stance on God and religion, cultural criticism, spirituality, debate with people of faith, and the components of a truly ethical life.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>The Four Horsemen</i></b><br /><br /> “This bracing exchange of ideas crackles with energy. It’s fascinating to watch four first-class minds explore a rugged intellectual terrain. . . . The text affords a different, more reflective way of processing the truly vital exchange of ideas. . . . I commend the book to those seeking an honest reckoning with their religion—and those curious about how the world looks from a rigorously naturalistic and atheistic point of view.”<b>—<i>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</i></b><br /><br /> “The full, electrifying transcript of the one and only conversation between the quartet of luminaries dubbed the ‘four horsemen’ of the New Atheism, which took place in Washington, D.C., in 2007. Among the vast range of ideas and questions they discuss: Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? And, are there any truths you would rather not know?”<b>—<i>The Bookseller</i> (UK) (starred review)<br /></b>
The Skeptic's Annotated Bible
by Steve Wells

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English

Pages

1648

Publication Date

February 01, 2014

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"Finally, Wells has published his famous online resource in book form. This volume belongs in every thinking person's library--and in every hotel room in America..." <br />Sam Harris, author of the New York Times bestsellers The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, and Free Will.<br /><br />Reviews:<br />"A stunning achievement ... I have an entire bookshelf of bibles and biblical commentaries, concordances, appendices, and the like, but the SAB is by far the best tool for biblical research I have ever come across." --- Dr. Michael Shermer, Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and Executive Director of the Skeptics Society<br /><br />"I've been waiting for this book for my entire life! Finally, the Bible with organized notes and critique--pointing out the profane, the craziness, the tribalism, the murder, the incestuous episodes, and the beautiful and the sublime. All in one book!" --Julia Sweeney, Writer and performer of "Letting Go of God" and "God Said Ha!" and the book, "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother"<br /><br />"The Skeptic's Annotated Bible offers an invaluable presentation of the bible that doesn't hide the cruelties, contradictions, absurdities, misogyny, and everything else that makes the 'Good Book' bad. It is an indispensable resource and the only book I keep on my desk." --Dr. Peter Boghossian, Dept. of Philosophy, Portland State University. Author of: "A Manual for Creating Atheists"

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