Although I didn't understand it at the time, my childhood love of science is what triggered my atheistic mind and life. Same old story: reason vs. faith--with reason the winner!

Consequently, I'm really enjoying a library book : The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012, edited by Dan Ariely. It's a compilation of articles found in science magazines. Nothing anti-religion, just science. AS I said in my very first A.N. post, I did not join to bash religion, or even discuss it. I'm a non-believer, and that's the bottom line.

I highly recommend the previous book I read, Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, the inspirational (sorry) story of Louie Zambrini, a high school track phenom (ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics!), WW 11 bombadier who survived 47 days aboard a raft in the Pacific Ocean, captured by the Japanese and held as a POW for 2 years (thought dead). I won't give away the ending, except to say he's still alive (age 96). Google him if you don't read the book. 

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Comment by Sentient Biped on April 16, 2013 at 10:49am

Those sound great!

I'm currently reading

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.  The author's contention is that North America is divided among 11 regions that descend from original colonial cultures, and that those regions are different enough to be "nations" unto themselves.  Their differences lead to conflicting attitudes, politics, education, laws, etc, and understanding them might lead to better understanding of our culture.

I don't know if it's all correct but it is interesting reading.

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