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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: Jun 9

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 Randall Smith on June 9, 2016 at 7:03am

The title says it all: Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism, by Chris Jennings. Five major utopian communities are analyzed from the 19th century. They are The Shakers, New Harmony (in my home state of Indiana), The Fourierist Phalanxes, Icaria, and Oneida. Very interesting book about the ascent and decline of social experiments in the United States.

Comment by Aiden on May 31, 2016 at 7:53am

My local skeptics' group, SEVA Skeptics just hosted a lecture this past weekend with Dr. Wynne LeGrow, MD, an open atheist who for ran for Congress in southern Virginia's 4th district in 2010. He discussed his experience running as an open atheist to unseat Republican Congressman Randy Forbes, the founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

Dr. LeGrow has written a book about his experience titled "Last Leper in the Colony" (http://amazon.com/Last-Leper-Colony-Atheist-Congress-ebook/dp/B01D2...). In it he writes, "There is no way to tell a believer from a nonbeliever by the way he or she acts. No amount of dishonesty, malfeasance, antisocial behavior, racial or homophobic prejudice, misappropriation of funds, substance abuse, sexual indiscretion or perversion disqualifies one from being considered a true believer. The one transgression that cannot be forgiven is that of thinking for oneself and coming to an unacceptable conclusion concerning the existence of a deity."

http://WynneLeGrow.com

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2016 at 6:54am

Shakespeare Saved My Life, by Laura Bates, is about teaching convicts in supermax solitary confinements (in Indiana) Shakespeare. It especially revolves around one "lifer" named Larry Newton with a brilliantly agile mind, astounding experts with his insights. Unfortunately, Larry was never given the chance to prove he deserved a better life in prison, let alone freedom. It's an inspiring, yet sad, story. In 2010, Indiana stopped funding education for inmates. Rehabilitation is next to impossible.

Comment by Plinius on April 21, 2016 at 8:30am

Looks good, Randall! The last book you recommended was World without Us, and that was very impressive! I've spent a lot of time in retraite on the Discworld caused by too much work and stress, but now it's almost time for something new to read...

Comment by Randall Smith on April 21, 2016 at 7:25am

Here's a guy we don't hear much of any more, and he was one of the greatest naturalists that ever lived. He influence Darwin, Bolivar, Muir, and many others. Who, you ask? Alexander von Humboldt, that's who. In Andrea Wulf's new book, The Invention of Nature, the life and times of Humboldt are rediscovered 200 years later. I highly recommend reading it.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 6, 2016 at 7:16am
I was born a couple of years before Franklin D. Roosevelt died, so he was my president for two years. I guess I was surprised to discover he was such a "tree hugger". Upon reading Douglas Brinkley's "Rightful Heritage", I have gained profound respect for FDR's passion for the environment, especially with regard to his Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). But he did so much more for preserving the beauty of the United States. A very insightful book.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 20, 2016 at 7:40am

Just finished a very good book published in 2001, Darwin, His Daughter (Annie) & Human Evolution, by his great great grandson, Randal Keynes. At age 10, Annie died. The loss to Darwin was profound and everlasting. It deeply affected his beliefs. He referred to himself as an agnostic.

What was interesting about the book is that it wasn't necessarily about his actual theories on evolution, but how he came to formulate them based more on comparing "lower" animals with humans, including his daughter. It's a very poignant book, digging into the depths of Darwin's (and his wife, Emma's) souls. Keynes had access to personal letters and memories which makes the characters very real.  Sad, but enjoyable book.

Comment by Pat on February 2, 2016 at 1:03pm

I'd say Bernie did great. Think he'll take New Hampshire, but he seems to be weak among black Americans. And, after NH, South Carolina is coming. Hope he does well there. Keeping my fingers crossed, and voting for him here in the Illinois primary.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 2, 2016 at 7:09am

Thanks, Pat. I figured Ed Klein was grasping at straws in criticizing Hillary. I really didn't like his writing method. The book was in the library, so I didn't buy it.

Looks like Bernie did alright in Iowa!

Comment by Pat on February 1, 2016 at 1:23pm

Randall, I looked up the book on Amazon.com.  I believe the author is Ed Klein. So, I looked him up, and found this article about him on Salon. The Salon piece is none to kind to Klein, referring to him as a deluded conservative and the 'king of hacks.' The article states most of Klein's accusations cannot be independently verified, and are more than likely made up. Just one observation. I tend to agree with Cornell West from Harvard when he said that when one hears Hillary's name, integrity is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, if she is to be criticized, it should be based on reality, and not Faux News types of distortions and dishonesty.

 

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