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Category Archive: Books

Nov 14 2013

Make a statement on your coffee table

Now available for pre-order, it’s A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God. I’m one of them, but don’t worry, my picture is buried somewhere in the middle, so you can leave this lovely book out somewhere without making people gak. It really does look good!

Nov 12 2013

Remedial reading for big-time scienticians

I don’t understand how this happens. You’ve got a good academic position. You’re bringing in reasonable amounts of grant money. You’re publishing in Nature Genetics and Nature Structural and Molecular Biology. And you don’t even understand the basic concepts in your field of study. For instance, here’s a press release titled “Cause of genetic disorder …

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Oct 19 2013

The descent of Xanth

I have never cared for Piers Anthony — I’ve always considered him a cheesy hack with some repulsive ideas — so I’ve never been tempted to go back and read his old juveniles. They were tremendously popular, though. I used to get annoyed when I’d go to the second-hand book store and discover that all …

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Oct 17 2013

The best review of The Happy Atheist yet

It’s good to see The Happy Atheist getting great reviews. This one is from…the Discovery Institute! And even better, they put their top man on it, the inimitable Casey Luskin! Go ahead, you can read the whole Luskinish thing, but here’s the shorter version of Casey Luskin: PZ Myers can’t be happy, because he’s angry …

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Oct 13 2013

Sean B. Carroll talking to atheists

This morning, in 45 minutes, I’ll be tuning in to AM950 to listen to Sean B. Carroll on Atheists Talk radio. He’s going to be talking about his new book, Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize, the story of Jacques Monod and Albert …

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Oct 10 2013

Darwinian bookery

We’re doomed. Evolution is an ineluctable process; once it gets started, it’s not just an optional alternative, it becomes unstoppable, short of nuking the planet from orbit (and even then, all it takes is one surviving bacterium for it to begin again). Charlie Stross has noticed that books have crossed the threshold and are now …

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Sep 18 2013

I don’t care where you shelve it, as long as it’s not next to that one

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Larry Moran has noticed a curious arrangement of books in his local bookstore. He asks whether those are appropriately categorized, and where they should go. The Happy Atheist has some sciencey bits and is colored by a scientific attitude, but I’d openly agree it is not a science book. It’s an atheist book. It belongs …

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Sep 13 2013

The stages of reading

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Lynda Barry has carefully dissected the stages of reading and illustrated all 20. I’m at a loss, though. I’m either arrested somewhere around stage 12, or I got to stage 20 while skipping 13-19. (First series I finished: does Dr Seuss count? Otherwise, it was Wrinkle in Time. First genre: Science Fiction, of course.)

Sep 13 2013

Karen Stollznow has a new book coming out soon

Now this looks interesting: God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States. God Bless America lifts the veil on strange and unusual religious beliefs and practices in the modern-day United States. Do Satanists really sacrifice babies? Do exorcisms involve swearing and spinning heads? Are the Amish allowed to drive …

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Sep 09 2013

Five bees!

Yay, feminists like The Happy Atheist! And I get insects, which is even better!

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