- Center of it All
- member since May 24, 2007
thats quite a few books, my friend.. i dont think that i'll be up there anytime soon.. though i do feel like a nerd because i have two "text books" on my shelf.. and yes i did read them cover-to-cover (they deal with my research, so i had to).. did you see that dunn is on here (check my page).. peace
Any time man--and I agree--the best thing about reading Dawkins is that when he does write about evolution, naturual selection, and the realm of the natural sciences more generally, he manages to convey a very real sense of awe about the universe.
I did finish the Space Trilogy--the third book was tougher to get into (I think partly because it's actually set on Earth rather than on a sureal planet and because the character's different), but once i was finally able to, it was well worth it...a sense of the sureal/fantasy/sci-fi eventually broke through, but it took awhile--and i think it's a good thing for the book that it does. Perelandra was my favorite still, but the trilogy as a whole is one of my favorite sets of fiction.
Yeah, the I don't think Dawkins did his best job in that book--He's absolutely fantastic at writing and explaining his view of evolution in "River out of Eden", and I've heard that "The Blind Watch Maker" (also Dawkins) is also a good book to go to for his treatment of the theory of natural selection, though I've not yet read it myself. Hitchen's "God is not Great" is very similar to "God dillusion"--entertaining to read and sometimes raises a couple of good questions, but generally pretty superficial and full of strawman arguments. Daniel Dennett has written a couple of books from a philosopher's perspective on the whole issue ("Breaking the Spell" and "Darwin's Dangerious Idea") though I have not had a chance to read them yet. I've been told that even though he's one of the "Angry Athiests", he comes across as less abraisive as Dawkins or Hitchens does, but as I understand it, his arguments really aren't radically different. I think Bart Ehrman (he's a textual critic--used to be an evangelical christian and lost his faith) recently wrote a book arguing against God's existence (or at least for a very agnostic view) based on some sort of theodicy argument, though I've heard similar criticisms against his book as well. To be honest with you, those are the best books out there in defense of atheism that i'm aware of--if i think of/run accross any others, i'll let you know, but it seems to me that most of the time, the issue of God's existence is one of those things that a lot of thinkers just assume on a basic level (for a lot of the reasons that Dawkins/Dennet/Hitchens argue) and then they try and spend all their time and energy figuring out how to order their lives or make their lives have meaning based on that assumption.
hi nameless :)
thanks for letting cones know about how the game works... i just dropped by on his page and found that you had beaten me to it, thanks again :)
i hope the game is successful... it is taking a while to get started... i thought it would be a fun way for people to try a movie they wouldn't normally have chosen themselves!
i just read your profile... where abouts in england did you study?? (just curious, i'm from bristol)
hi nameless :)
just dropping by to say thanks for joining Movie Lovers, and remind you that nominations for the group movie closes Sunday. if you wish to nominate a movie, place your pick on the nomination thread, otherwise we'll see you in the voting thread which i will open when nominations close.
Wow, thanks for the invite. I've got Hobb on my list (farseeer and assassin trilogy came higly recommended). I'd be curious to read them as soon as I get through the Dune series I'm trying to get through.
Thanks again for participating in the GRRM group, I was starting to get frustrated in the lack of participation. Hopefully we can keep the momentum up. :)