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Category Archive: books

Mar 05 2014

Taking Liberties: A Book We Need Right Now

So you may have noticed lately that the right-wing ratfuckers in state governments are busy trying to roll us back to the Dark Ages. Women aren’t people, they’re “hosts” to those precious babies that will be cherished so long as they’re in the womb; once they’re out, both host and infant will be despised as …

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Mar 02 2014

How Religion Targets the Vulnerable: Beyond Belief

Give me a genie and three wishes, and I’d probably ask for the following: an end to poverty worldwide, give people the desire and ability to protect and restore the environment, and an end to religion. Religion is at the root of much of what’s wrong with the world. When we go chasing after invisible …

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Feb 16 2014

The Last Days of St. Pierre: The Book That Triggered Mild PTSD In Me

There aren’t many books that have me lowering the temperature of my bathwater for fear of triggering flashbacks to severe burns I’ve never actually suffered. Actually, there’s only been one: this one.

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Feb 09 2014

Crowdsourcing Books By and/or About Women and People of Color in the Geosciences

You know those moments where you suddenly notice the ism in the background? Had one recently meself. I spent a few weeks going through every single geology book available for Kindle on Amazon. I downloaded a ton of samples. And then I started sifting through them. I noticed a few disturbing trends. First, the samples …

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Feb 08 2014

Happiness is The Happy Atheist: A Review

The Happy Atheist book cover, which is a blue smiling Darwin fish.

The Happy Atheist by PZ Myers   I should probably begin this review by admitting that PZ Myers was my gateway drug to atheism, and some of the essays in this book helped me become the type of unapologetic atheist that haunts the nightmares of deeply religious people. I stumbled upon Pharyngula during a determined …

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Jan 25 2014

Can You Recommend a Good Petrology Book?

You know those times where your woeful ignorance rises up like someone in a slapstick comedy and smacks you right in the face? Yeah, this is one of those times. Some recent research (having nothing to do with Christianist textbooks – yet) has caused me to again confront the fact I know bugger-all about petrology. …

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Jan 22 2014

A (Metaphorically) Magical Review of Dr. Offit’s Magnum Opus on Woo

Cover of Do You Believe in Magic. It has got all sorts of herbs emerging from a top hat. Very cute and clever.

Do You Believe in Magic? The and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Dr. Paul Offit. I have friends who drive me mad with alt med crapola. People who shun vaccines, people who chug mega-doses of Emergen-C (and catch colds regularly anyway – but still swear it worked!), who go on and on about natural this …

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Dec 17 2013

Dana’s Super-Gargantuan Guide to Atheist Books Suitable for Gift-Giving (Part II)

Image shows a kitten perched on an open book, looking as if it's reading, with the caption "Reading Rainbow."

We covered a lot of territory with Part I of our super-duper guide, and there ain’t many shopping days left. But we’ve still time for more of the specialized stuffage. Let’s go!

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Dec 15 2013

Dana’s Super-Gargantuan Guide to Atheist Books Suitable for Gift-Giving (Part I)

Photo of a cat lying atop books on a shelf, biting one. Caption says, "I am looking for a book I can REALLY sink my teeth into."

It’s about that time when we perpetual procrastinators begin to feel each grain of sand dropping through the narrow bit of the glass, innit? If you’ve left gift-buying a bit late, never fear! Books are easy, Amazon and other online retailers are quick, the local bookstore may even be stocked, and you can get someone …

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Jul 30 2013

Summer Reading That Will Give You the Secrets to Conquering Missionaries

I can’t wait for the Mormon missionaries to show up at my door again. Usually, I don’t have the patience to deal with people trying to sell me religion – I’ve got kittehs to play with, rocks to pound, posts to write, food to savor… Who wants to spend a glorious summer afternoon arguing religion …

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