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Believing the lie, Elizabeth George

Started by Marianne. Last reply by Marianne Nov 24, 2013. 3 Replies

Elizabeth George is a tremendous writer when it comes to psychological thrillers and one can put the emphasis on "psychological".The twists and turn of the story, very well written, keep the reader engrossed an in full alert mode.  She delves deeply…Continue

Barbara Nadel

Started by Marianne Jul 28, 2013. 0 Replies

Barbara Nadel is a great author and I read all her books.  Her latest one DEADLINE is the fouteenth in her series about Inspector Ikmen.   This is a mystery book, read between the lines, murder (s),.  Set in Istanbul, as all other Inspector Ikmen…Continue

Reading theists books.

Started by Marianne. Last reply by doone Jun 2, 2013. 1 Reply

I'm definitely an atheist but I don't feel threatened by theists maybe sometimes by where their stupidity may lead us.I'am an addict reader. I read all kind of books (especially attracted to mysteries and thrillers and a bit by the paranormal).  For…Continue

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, by Bee Wilson

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Apr 4, 2013. 10 Replies

Two words: Absolutely fascinating. I'm listening to this on CD right now, and I just have two CDs left. This is a truly enjoyable book. It is expertly written, entertaining, and well-researched. We take a lot for granted in our modern culinary…Continue

Tags: cutlery, culture, utensils, cooking, history

1960s Science Fiction Novels Everyone Should Read

Started by Michel. Last reply by Michel Feb 20, 2013. 4 Replies

I'm a HUGE science-fiction fan (not the movies, the books) and I stumbled upon this list of 1960s classics everyone should have read and was reminded again of how little I know even if I have a wall covered floor to ceiling with shelves full of…Continue

Tags: classics, 1960, science fiction

The strange world of online book reviews

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Jan 21, 2013. 8 Replies

Hello book lovers, I'd like your opinion on a NYT article about how online book reviews are being used as a weapon to "destroy" books or writers. It is about a book about Michael Jackson, not very complimentary of the dead star, and his fans,…Continue

Tags: sockpuppetry, online, internet, review, book

On Bullshit - Harry G. Frankfurt

Started by Michel. Last reply by Chris Sep 27, 2012. 3 Replies

Now, I haven't read this book, but it looks really interesting. It makes a novel (to me) distinction between liars who understand the truth, and bullshitters who simply don't care. I'm glad someone is seriously studying the concept of bullshit in…Continue

Tags: Harry G. Frankfurt, lies, truth, bullshit

Raven’s Gate, by Anthony Horowitz

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Marianne Sep 18, 2012. 3 Replies

Raven’s Gate, by Anthony HorowitzI ran across this audio book at the library, not knowing anything about it or the author. But it was the kind of book I tend to like—supernatural horror and mystery. In many ways the book is completely unoriginal.…Continue

Tags: audio books, fiction, witchcraft, supernatural, books

Birds of a lesser paradise

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Aug 17, 2012. 1 Reply

I bought this book on the recommendation of a science blogger for summer reader. It is…Continue

Tags: fiction, reading, book

Inside the Human Genome-A Case for Non-Intelligent Design

Started by Jim Hudlow. Last reply by Adriana Jul 26, 2012. 2 Replies

First an appology...I wrote this and sent as a 'message' to all members rather than post this as a discussion...sorry...newbie in the house! I just finished this book by John Avise. I really enjoyed it though I was looking up terms and rereading for…Continue

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Comment by Stephen on March 15, 2016 at 12:39pm

Viruses of the Mind  Richard Dawkins
The haven all memes depend on reaching is the human mind, but a human mind is itself an artifact created when memes restructure a human brain in order to make it a better habitat for memes. The avenues for entry and departure are modified to suit local conditions, and strengthened by various artificial devices that enhance fidelity and prolixity of replication: native Chinese minds differ dramatically from native French minds, and literate minds differ from illiterate minds. What memes provide in return to the organisms in which they reside is an incalculable store of advantages --- with some Trojan horses thrown in for good measure. . . 
Daniel Dennett, Consciousness Explained

Comment by Stephen on March 15, 2016 at 12:30pm

Comment by Stephen on March 15, 2016 at 12:20pm

Humans are extraordinary creatures, with the unique ability among animals to imitate and so copy from one another ideas, habits, skills, behaviours, inventions, songs, and stories. These are all memes, a term first coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene. Memes, like genes, are replicators, and this enthralling book is an investigation of whether this link between genes and memes can lead to important discoveries about the nature of the inner self. Confronting the deepest questions about our inner selves, with all our emotions, memories, beliefs, and decisions, Susan Blackmore makes a compelling case for the theory that the inner self is merely an illusion created by the memes for the sake of replication. 

Interesting read

Comment by Don on June 13, 2014 at 2:30pm

For my friends here at AU, let me announce the pending arrival of my YA fantasy, POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD, a book any atheist is bound to find compelling. 

"Set in a much-diminished future America called the Christian Protectorates, a poor country ravaged by coastal flooding, drought, and cataclysmic social upheaval, the story features 15-year-old Polly Lightfoot, a maiden witch of rich heritage and tender ability in the craft. When the story opens, Polly is forced to flee New Florida, where she has taken temporary refuge to escape a military purge of the country’s infidels, pagans, and followers of false creeds. With the help of her steadfast familiar, Balthazar, a raven, and her brave teenage companion, Leon, whom she meets on the way, Polly undertakes an epic journey from the deep south to the wild north to be reunited in Vermont with her family and to save her ancient craft from obliteration."

My publisher, Green Writers Press, and i are gearing up for some PR events in advance of the book's October release.  Meanwhile, it's already getting some early attention

Comment by Don on April 22, 2014 at 8:25am

Allow me to suggest that anyone who enjoys mystery and suspense fiction will enjoy my Hector Bellevance series of novels.  So far there are three, COLD COMFORT (2001), THE FIFTH SEASON (2005), and THE ERRAND BOY (2009), each set in contemporary northern Vermont and each inspired by an actual crime. They're published by Harmony/Crown , a division of Random House, and available through most libraries and stores, as well as through Amazon, of course.

My featured sleuth/hero, Bellevance, is a staunch atheist, although he is reserved in his judgments and makes little of his rejection of religion unless the situation invites comment.  The novels have all been well reviewed, although sales have not been great (it's a crowded genre).  A fourth Bellevance mystery, THE BIGFOOT HUNTER, is in the works.

Comment by Marianne on April 21, 2014 at 10:06pm

I've been away for a while but I never stopped reading; I'm generally more into mystery-thrillers.  Now I really got into Lisa Gardner books...

Comment by Ali on February 12, 2014 at 11:32am

has anyone read the book "Psychoanalysis and the Challenge of Islam" by Prof.Fethi Benslama ?

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