21 March 2010

New items for the bookshelf

After several months of money being tight due to medical bills from last year's bike accident, some extra cash has recently come my way, and that means a trip to the bookstore -- online this time. A few of the items now heading my way via the postal service:

Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor's Tale and The Blind Watch-maker. Dawkins is best known for promoting atheism with The God Delusion, but he's also an evolutionary biologist, and having read his recent The Greatest Show on Earth inspired me to want to read some of his earlier works on the subject.

John W. Loftus, Why I Became an Atheist. I've recommended Loftus's blog before; as a former preacher, he knows Christianity well and is fully committed to the fight against it.

Christopher Hitchens, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. The reality behind the saint. With Hitchens on the case, this should be fun.

James Randi, An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. Religion isn't the only form of dangerous nonsense out there, and Randi is as entertaining as he is ruthless.


Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Thanx for the tip's .... actually I recently got Dr.Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth". The one that caught my eye here I reckon would have to be James Randi' "Encyclopedia of Claim's and Fraud's(etc)"

BTW .... (off subject)I got back to Dallas early this morning, to see us get hit by another snow blizzard, Dallas is blanketed again right now .... and it's actually officially spring, imagine that!

21 March, 2010 10:15  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I can recommend Randi's Flim-Flam, which covers quite a range of scams of this kind. He has a standing offer of a million dollars to anyone who can actually demonstrate a supernatural power under proper observational conditions to exclude fraud or chance. Many people have been tested, but not surprisingly, no one has won the money.

Snow in Dallas in late March -- who'd have thought it?

21 March, 2010 11:33  

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