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Wonders of the Universe - Brian Cox - Snapshot

I am having a fantastic time travelling the universe with a new iPad app by Collins (HarperCollins), the BBC, Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen.

Sunday, 05 April 2009 00:01

Film: The Quest For Fire

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If you want to see what it must have been like for our ancestors 80,000 years ago, watch this 1981 film called The Quest For Fire, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

For our ancestors, fire was the currency of their time: whoever possessed it, had power. This film shows the quest of three men who venture out to ?steal? fire from other tribes after having lost theirs.

Scientists were consulted to make this film as plausible, and as realistic, as possible.

The first scenes made me appreciate how it must have been like for our ancestors? naked, and vulnerable to predators and disease in a violent, lawless world.

I did not know about this film and it is about twenty years old. I wish more science-inspired films like this are made.

Monday, 30 March 2009 09:52

Letter to a Christian Nation

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After releasing his first book, The End Of Faith, Sam Harris received a lot of angry letters from Christians. He responded to all of them with this book.

Monday, 30 March 2009 09:51

The Caged Virgin

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As a Muslim, Ayan Hirsi Ali provides us with an objective and intelligent insight and analysis of Islam, Muslims and most importantly, the treatment of, and attitudes towards, Muslim women and their place in their families and societies. Coming from a Muslim who is able to see the world through Muslim and 'Western' eyes, this work is very valuable for all of us.

Monday, 30 March 2009 09:50

The End of Faith

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Sam Harris points out the absurdity of religious beliefs and their ability to make human beings commit attrocities (Witch Hunts, The Inquisition and The Holocaust) to each other. He points out the folly of 'religious moderation' as breeding grounds for religious extremism. Then he tackles terrorism: What happens when men with old-age ideologies get their hands on modern-day weapons that can wipe out millions of people?

This book was published in 2004. At a time when not many dared to challenge the value of entrenched religious beliefs and ideas, Sam Harris had the strength and courage to strongly do so.


Monday, 30 March 2009 09:50

Infidel

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about the details of her life growing up in Somalia, as a Muslim. Then, she escapes to Europe to avoid a pre-arranged marriage. There, she details how her mind transformed from a Muslim who believed in Islam to an atheist. Since the murder of Theo Van Gogh, she began living her life under cover. She continues to speak out for the rights of women in the Islamic world.

Monday, 30 March 2009 09:48

The Selfish Gene

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Before reading this book, I always felt that there was something not quite right about religious explanations as to how human beings, animals, plants and all life came to being, regardless of whether one takes The Book of Genesis literally or metaphorically.

Richard Dawkins opened my eyes to a rich, yet simple and satisfying explanation to how life evolved from its simplest forms. As a non-scientist, this was a good introduction for me to be interested in genetics and biology. The explanations here make it easy for one to understand evolution. This book is a wonderful and surprising eye-opener.

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The Tyranny Of God by Marquez Comelab - Book on Religion, Science, Reason, Faith, Atheism and Reasonism

The Tyranny Of God


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Is there a God? Where do the animals, plants and human beings come from? Are scriptures the words of gods? Does religion teach us to live moral lives? Why do so many people kill and are killed over it? How should we live our lives if God exists? How should we live it if God does NOT exist?

This book explores the truth behind our beliefs in God and the propensity of human beings to be religious. In an honest attempt to seek the answers to life's deepest questions, I probe into how life began. I then progress to investigate the true nature of religions and their impact on our lives and the rest of humanity.

The main purpose of this book is not to argue against religion. Rather, it tells our story and how we have come to oppress ourselves with the tyranny of our own beliefs. I wrote this book to include everything I discovered to be relevant in my search for the truth, not just the truth behind God and morality, but also behind us and our existence. Instead of reading this book with the expectation that it is trying to prove the tyranny of God, I would like to recommend you read it as a story book: as a book that tells the story of humanity from the Big Bang.

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"While Comelab's writing is always moderate in tone, its message clearly undermines current distractions with accommodationist arguments towards presumed religious "moderates". It is written with the fresh confidence of a young man who has had early success in his adopted country and only recently come to realise the truth of atheism. For those like me whose only worry about Atheism has long been its faultering progress, Comelab reminds us that much of the energy must continue to come from those who have more recently learned the truth. He seems more than bright enough to soon progress to seeing atheism not as an end but as a starting point to the kind of understanding that should enable us to work towards a future incomparably better than any heaven the faithful can imagine."

- TONY SMITH (AUSTRALIA)

Its beyond my imagination that you can put it all together in a book. Two thumbs up! You can not imagine what happen when I first read the title of your book, and got excited about it and kept reading until dawn. I commend you in putting so much effort to collecting data and put it together to support your idea. 

How can I say this... your book is really ME in here, existing to tell, spread, and contradict  but in very small area only (very limited, considering my country religion majority). Most of it can only be talked between my family member and close friends. Your book provides BEAUTIFUL BITTER TRUTH : that is how I would sum it up.

I called it beautiful because it opens up the very shell of a religions and the implications it caused over the past hundred, even thousands of years. I cannot describe with my limited english skill the insight your book has shown. But I am AFRAID your book WILL NEVER SPREAD TO MY COUNTRY. It will cause a massive attacks and chaos from the religious majority. I feel happy but the same time sad, really sad...Well again I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH.

- J. A. (Indonesia)

This book has taught me so much about evolution, the history of religions and the effect is has on our modern day society! The author shares his personal journey as a believer and provides much needed "food for thought". I recommend this book to all those who want to form their own opinion about believing or not believing.

-FISHPOND REVIEW