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At 4:52am on February 24, 2009, Richard Healy said…
Thank you.

It's an interesting idea. I'm ambivilant though. I don't believe in ghosts and witches, spirits, whisps , ghouls, banshees, shades, sprites, fairys, etc. (and I remember a time when I did: a dark knight could contain all manner of creatures...)

I rather, I think appreciate Halloween for what it is just a ritual festival - granted one not celebrating that peculiar deities birth or not-quite-death. My attitude (in my blog) is that it's a wonderfully rich and imaginative time, great for being creative. I think that is what I enjoy about it.

Right, last week it was a severe eye infection; this week it's been a cold - so not felt up to doing much. I did promise contents of my bookshelf so here goes:

In no discernible order:

Journeys From the Centre of The Earth Iain Stewart

Six Easy pieces by Richard P Feynman

Atom by Piers Bizony

The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

Absolute Zero and the conquest of cold by Thomas Scachtman
A brilliant book but watch the (oddly) more detailed documentary online here:

E=mc2 by David Bodanis
Takes the equation apart a letter and symbol at a time, explains what each means and the process of scientific enquiry that led to it's discovery / formulation.

In Search of Schrodinger's Cat by John Gribbin

Schrodinger's Kittens by John Gribbin

In Search of The Edge of Time by John Gribbin

In search of The Big Bang by John Gribbin

The Birth of Time by John Gribbin

On the Shoulder's of Giants by Stephen Hawking
Reprints of the published papers of the likes of Copernicus, Galileo, Einstein. A Very hard book as a consequence, BUT if you've ever been curious to know what for example Newton's theorem of Gravitation actually *is* and how he arrived at it, rather than just accepting the received wisdom of what he found then this is a very good book for that purpose. Also each chapter is introduced with a historical sketch by Hawking which are quite enlightening.

God Created The Intergers by Stephen Hawking.
Same idea as in Giants but this time for Mathematics, starting with Euclid ending in Turing.

The Earth by Richard Fortey.
Outstanding tour of the global reach of tectonic activity. I find the chapter on the Alps in Europe and Indonesia to be my favourites. Highly Recommended. Foretey is the former director of London's Natural history Museum. He has other books I've not read about the museum and his personal passion, trilobites.

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
No Transitional forms? Try this one on for size! Not just about that though, also a very clear book for representing how fundamental bodily features evolved and are linked backwards , through common decent, to earlier related organisms.

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Seminal. A quite readable.

The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins.
My all time favourite Dawkins book so far. If you really want to understand the complexity and scope evolution: read this.

A Devil's Chaplain by Richard Dawkins

Evolution: What the fossils say and why it matters. by Donald R. Prothero
A riposte to creationist claim that the fossil record doesn't back up evolution.

It's funny I thought I had more than that. :-/ I suppose like you I don't just absord knowledge from books!

If I can recommend some dvds while I am at it:

Earth Story with Aubrey manning is superior (IMO) to Earth: The Power of The Planet with Iain Stewart, however, the later has some spectacular things to say about for example Ice, that are omitted in the former. Whereas, the former really is a tourists guide to geology (Manning is a biologist so works from the bottom up as it were...) as a result I find Earth Story a much better documentary all round, but Earth PoTP worthy for particular highlights.

The Blue Planet by David Attenbourugh is six discs of unalloyed delight and intrigue, but you can substitute in practically anything the man has ever filmed. Do your brain a favour and watch some of his documentaries, if you haven't already.
At 9:27am on February 19, 2009, Richard Healy said…
Been a bit busy and ill of late. but I'll get to work drafting that list for you.
At 8:06am on February 3, 2009, Kit Ann Kaboodle said…
I'm originally from Ohio, so I'm really excited to see that there are 88 members in the Ohio Atheists group! Thanks for stopping by my comment wall.
At 1:58pm on January 25, 2009, Richard Healy said…
Regarding reading around science.

Saw your post in the Origins discussion.
Would you like any references to some popular science books?

I've got a ton on my book shelf and it's through these that I've built up my theoretical knowledge. I am not a scientist by training and envy those who are.
At 9:07pm on January 19, 2009, Aaron Bowers said…
About the tattoos, don't you love it, when some people come up too you right out of the blue. Then say, why do you do that too god's body. I either say, "god told me to do it", or if she don't like it, she can haul her ass down here and tell it too my face.
At 1:02am on January 19, 2009, God said…
You are welcome for the weather, My child. And thankyou for your love and appreciation. Without love from humans like you, I don't think I could keep going.
At 7:29pm on January 18, 2009, God said…
I will help you, but first you must promise to love Me.
At 12:45pm on January 17, 2009, Leslee Love said…
I agree...there's no need to be serious ALL the time. I appreciate serious conversation, but some like to lighten the mood, and relieve the tension:
Absolutely! I love God...he makes me laugh! His site is hilarious! And you're right, we don't always have to be serious and boring.
(about the blog) I like to believe in the energy one leaves behind. And as long as we can dream about them, and remember them, they are still very much alive to me. I have thought about asking to my dad before he dies to do something to let me know if he is "here" or not, alas, I fear I would have the same experience as you.
I love gargoyles...and thanks for the comment and friend add! If you are a fan of the scifi hit Doctor Who, please feel free to join my group TARDIS! It's loads of fun.
At 4:24am on January 16, 2009, LeaT said…
Hm, I don't want to interrupt or sound rude, I just saw the disussion you had with funk_Q about me. I just want to inform I am not completely humorless :) I try to lighten up my posts with my smileys, maybe it sounds too serious anyway. I am known for taking things very seriously (or at least sounding like I am...) and I belong to different communities where we do discuss certain things very heavily and I think a more serious post is taken, well, more seriously than a post which isn't. I think it's more of my writing style than I am actually taking things as seriously as some people believe I do; it has been noted before by others. I generally try to prefer keeping a more objective way of writing than a more personal, I think this might lead you to believe that I sound overly serious, because all my writings sound like an essay paper. I assure you, this isn't intentional from my side because I want to be serious or sound serious! I just easily get caught up in a discussion, I can show you my more unserious side:

I can also assure you that there are people out there who know that I can be utterly childish in my behavior if the right opportunity is given; it just happened to be that I often come off as the overmatured person, especially when people look at my age. Putting it this way, I take good discussions seriously, not necessarily the topics themselves.
At 4:22pm on January 9, 2009, Adam said…
Actually I'm from WV originally and moved over to OH a few years ago, I live in South Point, and since it's so close to WV and my friends I still call both home. Yea if you ever have any questions I'll try to help the best I can.
At 12:32pm on December 11, 2008, Lori Gilliland said…
You are the 2nd person to ask about the grizzley and how it died. I will update the picture to explain that it was hit by a truck last year. Poor thing!
At 8:23am on December 11, 2008, Sushi Q said…
Hi Susan - thanks for your message to us Ohio/Columbus members. I myself am not a native, but I (and husband) are here. There are a few local groups who do meet, but they are organized through other sites. Are you interested in getting together with other locals?

Welcome to the Nexus. :)
At 11:35am on December 9, 2008, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi Susan.
I have just replied to your well-written message at the point of action on the ORIGINS group site. Thanks for commenting so well.
At 5:14pm on December 8, 2008, Lori Gilliland said…
I figured it out. Go to Media on the upper right of the main page. There is were one can upload pictures and video
At 3:49pm on December 8, 2008, Lori Gilliland said…
I am a newer member also, i have yet to figure out how to add pictures. Most of my time is spent looking around the site for ideas.
At 3:42pm on December 8, 2008, Lori Gilliland said…
Welcome Susan



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