Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by TheCanadian, Feb 12, 2012.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Next up, Fathers and Sons
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
Maybe a copy of that should go into every hotel room, next to the Gideon's Bible and the Book of Mormon? (Consider that many believe The Bible and Book of Mormon are the two best books humanity has produced, yet you wonder why the world is like it is.)
You might enjoy "Hidden Mickey: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales"... An adult level action-adventure mystery about Disneyland and Walt Disney.
Cradle to Cradle 'Remaking the way we make things'
Mcdonough + Braungart
Good ideas on how to make money endlessly.
Thanks, I have two or three books I've wanted to read for a while now, but I'll definitely check that one out over summer.
I read God Delusion few years ago. Dawkins is very polite. I prefer George Carlin's way.
I recently bought a Kindle Touch so I´ve been busy reading.
In May I read:
Mr. Nastase: The Autobiography ..... Ilie Nastase.
The Girl who kicked the Hornet´s Nest ..... Stieg Larsson.
El diario del Chavo del Ocho ..... Roberto Gómez Bolaños.
Todos los cuentos ( these are a lot
of short stories, I have read maybe
just 5 out of 42 ) ..... Gabriel García Márquez.
Carlin sums it all up in just a few minutes here.
Currently reading "A Song of Ice and Fire". Tremendous books, true masterpieces IMO. Now I'm a quarter into "A Storm of Swords".
Having seen some episodes of Game of Thrones I thought all the families, lineages and such would just be very confusing in book format (similar to The Simarillion). Is it like that at all?
That is stupid.
If you want an interesting criticism of organized religion, read Dostoevsky "Grand Inquisitor". Or Kierkegaard. Or a million other things.
But taking easy shots at organized religion really has nothing to do with RELIGION proper.
And if you are really interested in an easy summation of the athesist position, I've read nothing better than this:
Now, if you want to take a harder look at religion from a neutral perspective, this lecture series will give you "the facts" without any of the ax-grinding (yes, anti-religious folks are just as prone to boring ax-grinding as are religious folks):
Just because you are "smart enough" to reject religion, doesn't mean that you do it for any good reason. And not knowing why you believe (or don't believe) what you do, doesn't make you very intelligent in my view. But, rejecting religion is the trendy thing to do. You will will be adored at cocktail parties. I doubt the conversation there will be too demanding on your beliefs.
You might really enjoy this book:
It's a very interesting read if you like the discussion of the value of religion in the world.
I'm currently working my way through this one:
And it is very interesting. Dawkins is on my "to read" list for sure.
The Owner's Manual - by Yamaha
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. I liked it, though I kind of expected something different after the prologue.
Just started Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr. Have only read about 30 pages but am absolutely enthralled, bee a while since I read a book that gave me such a strong impression after the first few pages.
I wonder why you say that I don't know why I don't believe? Actually, I've done more reading that the subject is worth, as I noticed that every "new" book for Theism was repeating the same half dozen arguments. And those half dozen arguments are surprisingly weak.
I became opposed to supernatural beliefs back in the 80's, (before that, I felt that they were false, but good). It's ok with me if I'm not very intelligent, in your view. I'm not insecure about my intelligence.
Thanks for the recommendations. My favorite is Bertrand Russell's short essay, "Why I am Not a Christian" for two reasons, his brevity and wit. Some author's are so dry! However, Dawkins is good if for no other reason than he's more current. Russell's essay dates from 1929!
I enjoy murder mysteries and recommend Michael Connelley's Harry Bosch series. Read them in order from the first book. I am currently on the next-to-last book
"Drift" by Rachel Maddow. Very well written, very well researched, thought provoking, she's much easier to take when I don't have to watch her smirk.
All Told by LeRoy Neiman. The world renowned artist was friends with Ali, Sinatra, Tyson, Hugh Hefner, and he shares so many stories from his life as a successful artist. Great book. Lots of photos and his amazing art work in the book too.
You may like this. In the July issue of Harper's magazine, pp 73-78, there is a very well done review of three "New Atheism" books (evangelical atheism might be another name). The review confirms my impression that these kinds of books often sound like parodies of themselves. At some point, the reviewer, dismayed by the inanities that tend to pile up in these books, says:
"More than once I considered the possibility that The Atheist’s Guide to Reality was a grand Swiftian satire, an ironic apology for religious commitment..."
Yes, I know the feeling.
I don't like inanities. Let's go back to clear thinking. God has to send everyone to hell. But since he doesn't want to do that, he tortured himself instead, so that we humans don't have to be tortured forever. But only if they believe all this.
Those non-believers are screwy.
"March Violets" by Philip Kerr. Currently about halfway through "The Pale Criminal" by the same, with "A German Requiem" in the on deck circle and Umberto Eco's "Baudolino" in the hole. Nonfiction on my to-read list = "The Bonus Army: An American Epic" and "North with Lee and Jackson: The Lost Story of Gettysburg."
Castigo Cay, by Matthew Bracken. After reading Bracken's Enemies Foreign and Domestic, I couldn't resist the entire trilogy and then this one. Very entertaining for those who like Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum, but buying these probably lands you on a government watch list.
Next up: The Road to Serfdom, by F. A. Hayek. I owe myself some nonfiction after those last four.
excellent!! that would get you a solid c+ in freshman rhetoric.
im just messing you eddy. truth is, if any of us took the time to really try to understand why we believe what we believe, we'd probably go crazy. its what makes prejudice so convenient and useful
You remind me of some lines Carl Jung wrote about extraverted thinkers and teosophy in Psychological Types. Great book btw.
As a Tolkien fan I have not found The Simarillion and the Thrones books not to be similar. However I do hear the voice of Monty Python in my head when he starts naming ser this and that. Like, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot stuff. The stories are compelling, lots of plots going on at the same time. The chapters are written from the views of the main characters so it is easy to know what’s happening.
Xisbum I love your avatar!
And I find your signature, uh, enchanting. LOL
Let's see...a C is average, so a C+ is above average. Thank you for the praise.
Statistically, it seems that people believe what other people in their circle believe. Everyone can see that's true of "other people", but doesn't apply to themselves.
Like what? Am I going to have to read the entire book to find the lines you're referring to?
The greatest spell Gandalf ever cast. Did you make your avatar? It took me forever to paint those harry hobbit toenails of mine. No hobbit woman in this day and age leaves the house without them decorated.
The idea was mine, but not the actual PhotoShop work. In my previous job as a magazine editor, I had a wonderfully talented young art director who did that for me.
My motto when playing the net in dubs is, naturally, "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!"
Nice toes, by the way.
Well, it wouldn't do you any harm if you did!
There are eight functions. Read the chapter about people with extraverted thinking as their dominant function and see if you relate to that. It's only a few pages.
Gary Peller's Critical Race Consciousness
The Stand, by Stephen King. Probably one of the best books I've ever read, but maybe I'm just bias because I read a lot of, and enjoy, Stephen King novels.
I reread Bounce by Mathew Syed and am reading Open by Agassi for the first time.
Timbo- The mistborn trilogy was great but you should check out Sandersons new series as well, first book The way of Kings.
Rafa (Rafael Nadal's autobiography).
I just finished "Unsaid" by Neil Abramson. Great book about human relationships with animals, and how they enrich our lives.
The Return of the King - J.R. Tolkien
I'm pretty picky about what I read these days, and the only books I've enjoyed of late were recommended in passing by the guys at Penny Arcade some time ago. This past weekend I was lucky enough to rub elbows with those gentlemen in meat space at San Diego Comic-Con, and it didn't require much pressing on my part for TB himself to recommend a litany of fantasy and sci-fi works that should last me the next few years. Can't say I'm not excited to begin...
How did you find it? I read it when I was 6 or 7. Very nice read.
Just finished, Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe -- Martin Rees.
Now reading, Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe -- Simon Singh
Books are typically shelved alphabetically by author's last name.
"Stumbling on Happiness".....
.....written by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert. Not at all a self-help book but rather more of a clinical discussion of how people's maladaptive behavior patterns interfere with living a fulfilled life. Well written and entertaining.
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Fifty shades of black, blue and purple. A bondage follow up t 50 shades when it gets rougher.
The Art of War. I'm planning on invading a small country so i checked this out from my local library.
Just read The Leopard by Jo Nesbo, freaking amazing. In the middle of Man from St. Petersburg, by Marat Safin (jk, Ken Follet)
Crime and Punishment - I'm skipping the second part.
Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr. Absolutely loved it from beginning to end. He's only written two books so far, but Currie is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
"Medium Raw," Anthony Bourdain's follow-up to his "Kitchen Confidential" of a decade ago. Bourdain is a lively, irreverant and very entertaining writer with great insight into the restaurant industry and contemporary culture.
Bumping this thread, just finished The Passage by Justin Cronin, anyone else read it ? Pretty good if you like apocalyptic vampire books.
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