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September 3, 2008

Vacation Reading List

I have been on vacation for the last three weeks now, thus the decline in my posting frequency …

The first thing I usually do when I know that I have a few weeks to spare, is to go out and buy a heap of books (mind-fodder, munch, munch).

Following is the list I purchased two and a half weeks ago – in no particular order, if I get the time, I will comment on one or the other when I have read them (I’m already through some of them … they’re written in green, the one I’m reading at the moment is in red):

  • Bjorn Lomborg
    Cool It! The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global warming.
  • Michel Onfray
    Traité d’athéologie. Physique de la metaphysique.
    (Wir brauchen keinen Gott. Warum man jetzt Atheist sein muss.)

    (We Don’t Need A God. Why One Has to be an Atheist Now. – re-translation of the German title)
    (Treatise on an Atheology. Physics of the Metaphysics. – direct translation of the French title)
  • Ray Bradbury
    The Martian Chronicles
  • Philip K. Dick
    A Maze of Death
  • Harald Lesch and Harald Zaun
    Die kürzeste Geschichte allen Lebens
    (The Shortest History of All Life –
    translation of the German title)
  • Julia Friedrichs
    Gestatten: Elite – auf den Spuren der Mächtigen von morgen.
    (May I Introduce Myself: Elite – On The Trail of The Powerful of Tomorrow
    – translation of the German title)
  • Dietmar Wischmeyer
    Logbuch, Das Schwarzbuch der Bekloppten und Bescheuerten.
    (Logbook, The Black Book of The Nutty And The Crackbrained
    – translation of the German title)
  • Douglas Adams
    Mostly Harmless – Part Five of The Trilogy
    (Einmal Rupert und zurück
    – German title)
  • Elie Barnavi
    Les religions meurtrières.
    (Mörderische Religion – Eine Streitschrift
    – German title)
    (Murderous Religions – translation of the French title)
  • Manfred Geier
    Kants Welt – Eine Biographie
    (Kant’s World – A Biography
    – translation of the German title)

Yeah, I know, I read a lot, maybe too much at times …

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June 14, 2008

The Root of All Evil?

Filed under: Atheism, Religion — Tags: , , , , — Yeti @ 22:13

Part 1, The God Delusion:

The Root of All Evil? is a television documentary, written and presented by Richard Dawkins, in which he argues that the world would be better off without religion. The documentary was first broadcast in January 2006, in the form of two 45-minute episodes (excluding advertisement breaks), on Channel 4 in the UK. Dawkins has said that the title “The Root of All Evil?” was not his preferred choice, but that Channel 4 had insisted on it to create controversy.[1] His sole concession from the producers on the title was the addition of the question mark. Dawkins has stated that the notion of anything being the root of all evil is ridiculous.[2] Dawkins’s book The God Delusion, released in September 2006, goes on to examine the topics raised in the documentary in greater detail. The God Delusion explores the unproven beliefs that are treated as factual by many religions and the extremes to which some followers have taken them. Dawkins opens the programme by describing the “would-be murderers . . . who want to kill you and me, and themselves, because they’re motivated by what they think is the highest ideal.” Dawkins argues that “the process of non-thinking called faith” is not a way of understanding the world, but instead stands in fundamental opposition to modern science and the scientific method, and is divisive and dangerous.

Part 2, The Virus of Faith:

In The Virus of Faith, Dawkins opines that the moral framework of religions is warped, and argues against the religious indoctrination of children. The title of this episode comes from The Selfish Gene, in which Dawkins discussed the concept of memes. The Root of All Evil? is a television documentary, written and presented by Richard Dawkins, in which he argues that the world would be better off without religion. The documentary was first broadcast in January 2006, in the form of two 45-minute episodes (excluding advertisement breaks), on Channel 4 in the UK.

For the moment, I just want to say that I mostly – if not totally – agree with Dawkins.

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