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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.

Members: 823
Latest Activity: May 16

Welcome to the Nexus Book Club!

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 Aiden on August 19, 2009 at 12:55pm
FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD: a Chapter from The History of Science by Dr. Michael Shermer

This is one of Dr. Michael Shermer’s finest college courses that he taught in his 20-year tenure as a college professor, presenting his sweeping visage of science, its history, philosophy, and impact, particularly over the past 500 years. In this free audio download of Lecture 1, Dr. Shermer answers the questions What is History? What is Science? and What is the History of Science? Along the way he shows that the facts never just speak for themselves but must be interpreted through hypotheses, theories, models, paradigms, and even worldviews, and that science is a social process conducted by people with a host of cognitive biases, and how this fact led to the development of a rigorous scientific method to help avoid these psychological shortcomings to our observations and conclusions.
Comment by Friend of Dorothy on August 15, 2009 at 8:33am
Off the political for just a second, I have recently discovered James Rollins and am starting "Doomsday Key", talk about a exciting romp, with a touch of sci-fi. His writing style has enough twists and turns to make James Patterson grin. If high speed action, meaty characters and surprise endings are your thing, this Author dishes it all up in a neat package.
Comment by It's just Matt on August 14, 2009 at 6:36pm
If anyone is interested and does not care about piracy, I have a very good speed reading program (EyeQ) that I can transfer via instant messenger. I have AIM,YIM, and Windows messenger, let me know if you are interested.

Note: The reviews on Amazon are not favorable mainly because the American company that has rights to this Japanese program has horrible customer service. IE damaged discs, discs never came, people charged for discs they never received...so if you are interested but your moral compass is sitting on the fence, they have screwed more people over than a few users not paying the overpriced amount of 200 US for their program.
Comment by Aiden on August 12, 2009 at 10:07am
No, I didn't know about that group. Is it specifically centered around the book you mentioned, or just propaganda in general?
Comment by Aiden on August 12, 2009 at 10:00am
Glenn Branch reviews But Is It Science? The Philosophical Question in the Creation/Evolution Controversy. (Updated edition, edited by Robert T. Pennock and Michael Ruse).
Comment by Aiden on August 12, 2009 at 9:59am
Dallas, if that's the kind of book you like to read, you'd probably love Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say by Douglas Rushkoff.

That book really opened my eyes to the many methods of coercion, especially marketing techniques using sounds and smells. I can't walk into a store or watch a commercial advertisement without my mind racing through the things I learned from Rushkoff.
Comment by Aiden on August 12, 2009 at 9:52am
FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD: a Chapter from Science Friction by Dr. Michael Shermer

In a collection of essays, Dr. Michael Shermer explores the difference between the known and the unknown, and between science and pseudoscience, covering a wide range of topics with the common theme of how we know anything is true. In this free audio download from Chapter 1 of Science Friction, Dr. Shermer recounts his experiences as a psychic for a day, in which he pretended to be a psychic, astrologer, palm reader, and tarot card reader for a television show. He convinced a number of people that he could actually talk to their dead loved ones, read their astrological chart or palms, and divine their future through tarot cards. Dr. Shermer explains the process of cold reading, in which through tried-and-true techniques you can convince almost anyone that you have genuine psychic powers.
Comment by Aiden on August 12, 2009 at 9:43am
Michael E. O’Reilly reviews Annals of Gullibility: Why We Get Duped and How to Avoid it by Stephen Greenspan.
Comment by Aiden on August 12, 2009 at 9:41am
FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD: a Chapter from Denying History by Dr. Michael Shermer

In Denying History, Dr. Michael Shermer takes on the darkest subject of his career — Holocaust denial — and exposes it for the pseudohistory that it is. In this free audio download from the first chapter, Dr. Shermer recounts how he and his co-author, Dr. Alex Grobman, went to visit Canadian Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, which subsequently took them on a journey that included Auschwitz, Majdanek, Mathausen, Treblinka, Sobibor, and the killing machinery of the Third Reich. Shermer then discusses the free speech issues and why Holocaust denial is primarily an American phenomenon (where it is not illegal as in most other countries), and what it is that Holocaust deniers are denying. He then closes with a dramatic reading from the Scopes Monkey Trial, quoting Clarence Darrow on the importance of freedom of speech, even and especially for points of view that we find distasteful.
Comment by Brian Sperger on August 7, 2009 at 12:39pm
See, that’s terrible and fascinating; the kind of thing the world could benefit from hearing about. I’m afraid my own story would be more fictional with lots of imaginary characters, like my imaginary bicycle club. That’s one reason I’ve always loved fantasy, sci-fi, and other world type stories but I find human condition stories to be more powerful for addressing social issues (no offence to Bradbury).
 

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