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Last updated: December 12, 2017

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2005) by Sam Harris

Overview: This book was written after the 9/11 attacks. Harris harshly criticized Islam, Christianity and Judaism in particular, though he is an atheist who opposes all religions. In the first chapter he criticizes how religion has spread and has been considered to be undisputed. He refers to the reprehensible consequences that took place because of faith such as wars and atrocities. He even points out that matters are worse now that extremist groups have planet-destroying weapons. Thus, faith has to come to an end for the sake of the survival of humanity... Read the review »

Date: December 02, 2017

The Blind Watchmaker (2006) by Richard Dawkins

Overview: The book has the suggestive subtitle “Why the evidence of evolution reveals a universe without design.” One of its purposes is to refute the criticisms to his previous book, The Selfish Gene (1976). Although The Blind Watchmaker was originally published in 1986, more than 30 years ago, this is still a great piece of evolutionary theory that patiently and persuasively addresses the topic of how nature achieved its complexity and variety. It is full of bright metaphor and happy analogies that express Dawkins passion and enthusiasm... Read the review »

Date: November 02, 2017

The Magic of Reality (2011) by Richard Dawkins

Overview: Dawkins says that it is unlikely for a supernatural creator of the world to exist. He contends that religious thought is merely a delusion. This is why nearly all of the chapters begin with a brief synopsis of creation myths in an attempt to explain various observed phenomena. He chooses these myths from all over the world, such as Babylonian, Aztec, Judeo-Christian, Ancient Egyptian, Japanese, Maori, Australian Aboriginal, Hellenic, Nordic, Chinese, and includes even modern alien-abduction mythology. But Dawkins not only enumerates myths, he has a special... Read the review »

Date: September 09, 2017

The Selfish Gene (1967[2006]) by Richard Dawkins

Overview: I read a good portion of Dawkins’ books, and I think this is one of his best, after The God Delusion. The Selfish Gene is really thought-provoking and an interesting assessment of human nature. It changes the way many scientists and common people look at the process of natural selection and it redefines how we see the place of the human beings in nature. There are many wonderful ideas in this book, but I’ll mention only three here: 1) Altruism is a form of selfishness – I think most of us see tend to see altruism and selfishness as two opposed concepts. In reality... Read the review »

Date: April 5, 2017

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries (2014) by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Overview: Even if you never heard or seen Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking, when you start reading the book you immediately realize that he is very intelligent. Why? For the simple fact that he has the gift of making complicated things look simple, accessible to anyone. It is one thing to be an expert in your field, and a totally different thing to be able to explain your field to people who have no idea about it. In this aspect Neil deGrasse Tyson excels. His style is relaxed and anything but dry, while his enthusiasm for the subject bleeds on the page. Despite its name, the book... Read the review »

Date: January 10, 2017

The God Delusion (2006) by Richard Dawkins

Overview: For Richard Dawkins this world is a battleground between two forces. On the one hand there is faith, which is like a plague and its obvious symptom is religion, while on the other hand there is reason, whose symptom is science. Dawkins’s book is about defending reason, science and atheism, and attacking faith and religion. For him, faith and religion are a sort of intellectual diseases that not only managed to resist, but they keep coming back over and over again with renewed strength and new means of adaptation. And their effects are horrible... Read the review »

Date: October 18, 2016

La Fidélité et le couple (1999) by Gérard Leleu

Overview: Two aspects, in one way or another, consciously or unconsciously, heavily influence our adult life and our life as a couple in particular: on the one hand, there are the animal instincts and impulses which defines us as a species, and on the other hand there are the childhood experiences. Our partners are, more or less, a reflection of our mothers and fathers. The situation now is even more complex given the fact that the world is changing fast and the balance of power between men and women changed a lot in the last 200 years in the Western world,... Read the review »

Date: September 28, 2016

The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the World (1999) by David Icke

Overview: There have been books that changed the world, but I can assure you that this book is not among them. And there have been authors who said that their books will change/revolutionize the world, and I can assure you that Icke is among these authors. This book will not change the world as a whole but it will change, probably, some people’s world by feeding their sick imagination. Have you ever wondered why the snake, and not any other animal, tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden? For me, the snake from the Garden of Eden is a mythical form... Read the review »

Date: September 6, 2016

America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (2006) by Mark Steyn

Overview: First, this is not a book about the end of the world religiously speaking, with Jesus coming down from the sky, but about the transformation of this world, or better said, the end of the Western world as we know it. And second, before you read this book, you should ask yourself: can telling the truth be a form of hate speech or not? If your answer is “yes”, then most likely you will rate this book with one or two stars; and vice-versa. If you read and liked Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations, then you will probably like this cold... Read the review »

Date: August 11, 2016

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier (2014) by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Overview: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier is not a book in the real sense of the word; it was not composed as a book. It is a collection of fascinating essays written by Tyson over the years and originally published separately. The primary theme of the book is the importance of space exploration. This is our future as a species, this is our destiny and this is what we must do, as quickly as possible. If we want to avoid a possible extinction, we must follow our multi-millenary dream, reach the stars and become a multi-planetary species. But, in order to achieve this... Read the review »

Date: August 11, 2016

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (2013 [1830]) by Joseph Smith Jr.

Overview: I know I’ll upset many Mormons around here, but, as a non-Mormon (half-atheist actually), I think that the Book of Mormon can be truly understood only if we understand the context that surrounds its appearance. So, I’ll divide my overview in two sections. Content of the book: According to the information from the plates, when the languages were confounded by God at the Tower of Babel, a group of people known as “Jaredites” migrated on the American continent. Although they managed to build a flourishing empire, centuries later the... Read the review »

Date: July 24, 2016

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