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Nexus Book Club

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

The Last Blade of Grass

Started by Robert Brown May 7, 2015. 0 Replies

Top 5 Books on Atheism

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Gerald Payne Apr 30, 2015. 5 Replies

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by sk8eycat Jan 22, 2015. 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

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

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Comment by Janine S. on January 31, 2010 at 9:44am
Ester, you are not alone. Personally, I don't mind him, but I have several atheist friends who can't stand him for the same reasons you list. Dawkins is very open with the fact that he does not respect religious views, and that definitely comes across in his writing. I think you will find that atheists who lean more towards the idea that all religious views are inherently deserving of respect have a more difficult time handling him. Not saying that is or isn't you, but that has been my experience. Dawkins believes that religion causes immeasurable harm to both the individual and society, and he sees no evidence that supports the claims they make. So from that point of view it makes a bit more sense that he would come across as he does. I believe he makes a pretty good analogy about this somewhere in The God Delusion, but I can't find it off-hand.

I'm in agreement with Dawkins on those particular views, so he is a bit easier read for me. But yes, you definitely aren't alone. I know several atheists who definitely agree with you and find him quite off-putting.
Comment by Jaime Miller on January 31, 2010 at 7:36am
Ester, its not just you. I've only been introduced to Dawkins via 2 videos, (can't remember the names, John will know). The first I didn't like, and actually thought he was a smarmy windbag, but I really like the most recent one that we watched. In it, he is interviewing people that have views both for and against evolution, where he comes across as warm, inquisitive, and patient. Maybe his publicist asked that he humble himself a bit? I'm looking forward to reading some of his work, but have many other books to read before I get there.
Comment by Carrie on January 31, 2010 at 2:00am
hmmm... i hope its not just me... I know that he is an English biologist and that he is very well educated and I know and respect the fact that he is a very intelligent man who has done a lot of the advancement of science and atheism and just think he is getting far to much credit and I do not think the book is 'readable to everyone' I have read other books on atheism and arguments for or against religion and God that I felt were much more 'readable' but everyone has a right to their own opinion and it is a good thing there are so many books for so many people :)
Comment by Carrie on January 31, 2010 at 12:57am
I am reading The God Delusion right now and I am curious if I am the only atheist who does not really care for it? I feel like every atheist I know thinks the world of Dawkins, and while this is the only book I have read of his, I just find him intolerably pompous and annoying at times. Just me?
Comment by Aiden on January 19, 2010 at 11:45am
Comment by Aiden on January 13, 2010 at 7:02am
Comment by Rick on December 31, 2009 at 11:40pm
Comment by S.A. Alenthony on December 27, 2009 at 8:58pm
The Meag:

I've read Unwin's book. It really isn't all that good, and Dawkins takes care of him quite well in TGD. There is nothing wrong with Unwin's math, but he makes a few assumptions that are laughable.
Comment by hikinthru on December 26, 2009 at 9:48pm
I only caught a snip of it. Thanks for the reminder, I meant to go to the site later and listen to the whole thing. I just went and got the link if anyone else is interested:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121813448

SL
Comment by Dave Kennedy on December 19, 2009 at 8:52pm
Aiden, the excerpt from The Trashing of Margaret Mead was fascinating. Since I've lived in Hawaii for many years, and the fact that my dad was employed by Dr. Mead made it doubly interesting. I added my two cents.
 

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