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A group for those of us who like reading and books. Fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry... everything goes.

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Hello to all our new (and old) members! We'd love to hear from you; please take the time to introduce yourself either on the forum or the wall.

Feel free to discuss the books you're reading at the moment, your favorite authors or works, and so on. I'm sure everyone has a book they think others here might find interesting!

Also, don't forget to check out the page Books by A|N Members Who are Published Authors, located just under the members section on your right.


Books of Interest to Atheists and Skeptics
Breaking The Spell by Daniel Dennett
A Devil's Chaplain, by Richard Dawkins
The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens
Godless, by Dan Barker
Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris
Why I am not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Sites for Bibliotaphs
Audible.com
BookCrossing.com
BookMooch.com
The Internet Archive
LibraryThing.com
LibriVox.org
Project Gutenburg
Shelfari.com

Discussion Forum

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by sk8eycat Jan 22. 5 Replies

New books on the secular life

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Randall Smith Oct 23, 2014. 1 Reply

POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Sep 13, 2014. 1 Reply

Haruki Murakami

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Michael Mann Sep 7, 2014. 1 Reply

"Cli-fi"

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 31, 2014. 4 Replies

top 10

Started by Jeffrey. Last reply by Nick Bottom Aug 23, 2014. 17 Replies

Top 5 Books on Atheism

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Kosak Grabovsky Dec 15, 2013. 1 Reply

Atheism books (beyond Hitchens, Dawkins, & Harris)

Started by Dr. Thoss. Last reply by Kelli Evans Nov 24, 2012. 52 Replies

Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

Started by Jenn Wiffen. Last reply by Joseph P Sep 10, 2012. 1 Reply

Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Started by The Big Blue Frog. Last reply by Cory D Wells Jul 24, 2012. 8 Replies

The Atheist Book Club @GoodReads.com

Started by Donegal. Last reply by Jessica Mar 28, 2012. 8 Replies

To all Lovecraftians

Started by Fabio. Last reply by A Former Member Mar 3, 2012. 11 Replies

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Comment by Aiden on May 19, 2010 at 10:14am
In this week’s eSkeptic, Victoria Bekiempis reviews The Case for Rational Optimism by Frank S. Robinson.

Victoria Bekiempis is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Bekiempis has written on topics ranging from botched redevelopment projects, to guano harvesting, to reality TV tryouts. She studied philosophy and languages at the University of South Florida. When she’s not working, Bekiempis is probably reading sci-fi or cooking a mean curry.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on May 14, 2010 at 3:40pm
Thank you, Aiden. Much appreciated.
Comment by Aiden on May 14, 2010 at 2:44pm
Added your books to the list, Stephen.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on May 12, 2010 at 3:35pm
I don't mean to brag, but I'd like to add a few more titles to the roll of my books listed above--the 4 books in my Arabian Nights-style Parsina Saga: Shrine of the Desert Mage, The Storyteller and the Jann, Crystals of Air and Water, and Treachery of the Demon King.

Come to think of it, I do mean to brag. It's not easy to write a sprawling 4-book adventure saga, and I'm damned proud of this one.

Since works of fantasy, by their very nature, require supernatural elements, there is a religious system involved in this universe. I based it on Zoroastrianism and, as religious systems go, it's relatively benign. As a matter of fact, while I was researching Zoroastrianism, I found a precept written explicitly in one of their holy books: As much as you possibly can, do not bore your fellow man. As religious precepts go, I find that one of the most interesting.
Comment by Aiden on May 12, 2010 at 9:37am
The following book review appeared in Science magazine (May 7, 2010, Vol. 328. no. 5979, pp. 693–694). In this week’s eSkeptic, Dr. Michael Shermer reviews The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard.
Comment by brian symonds on May 5, 2010 at 2:44pm
Hi Everyone, I just joined A/N. I've been on an atheist reading tear the last couple of years. Currently reading:
The six ways of atheism : new logical disproofs of the existence of God : six improved arguments for atheism by Geoffrey Berg
Breaking the spell : religion as a natural phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett
The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
by Darrel Ray.
Also, just finished reading Dawkins latest book. The God Virus is fantastic. It's very compelling to see the similarities between biological viruses and religions as the same. It's really addressed to those who have been "infected" all of their lives and how they may be able to expunge this insidious plague upon their lives. I realize how fotunate I am to never have been infected. I've lead my entire life without struggling to see the world rationally. It's shocking, though, how many people including and especially our president, who are otherwise very intelligent, are so deluded by this ancient nonsense.
Comment by Friend of Dorothy on April 27, 2010 at 8:57am
Craig, will be getting your book too :)
Comment by Aiden on April 16, 2010 at 11:25am
In this week’s eSkeptic, Kenneth Grubbs reviews The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller. Kenneth Grubbs is a long-time skeptic and freelance writer living with his family in Southeast Michigan.
Comment by Aiden on April 14, 2010 at 8:48am
Added your book to the list, Craig.
Comment by Craig A. James on April 13, 2010 at 10:25pm
I hope you'll include my just-published book, The Religion Virus, by Craig A. James

"Ingenious ... Craig James has cracked open the mystery of Religion's tenacity. What Guns, Germs and Steel did for anthropology, The Religion Virus does for faith. It puts the pieces together into a fascinating, coherent model that makes sense!"
— Dan Barker, author of Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

"Why do some beliefs become extinct while others adapt and flourish? James shows us how genetic evolution and cultural evolution, though operating at different rates, are one and the same. Recent science has gone a long way toward explaining the origin of religious belief in evolutionary terms, but Craig James has cracked open the mystery of its tenacity. Religion does not exist for us, it exists for its own sake. Like a selfish gene or a parasite, the religion virus catches a free ride in the minds of our species, infecting our history and culture." -- From the publisher.
 

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