More great books to help take the "holy" out of the holidays!
"Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science? ... No other human institution comes close." -- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, page 30
"What makes Jesus Land unique and easy to relate to is its unadorned, dark humor...Many of us could have had the misfortune to stumble into Jesus Land but few would have had the spirit to survive." -- Los Angeles Times
Away With All Gods!: Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World by Bob Avakian. Now also in Spanish: ¡FUERA CON TODOS LOS DIOSES! Desencadenando la mente y cambiando radicalmente el mundo (special price $13)
“Let’s get our hands on this book by Bob Avakian, to enrich our hermeneutic thinking and to shed light in these dark times of brutal capitalism. Bob Avakian’s book is a book whose truth will make us freer.” —Dr. Fausto Trejo F. , Former professor of Psychiatry at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma del Estado de México.
“Irreverent. . . . Plotz’s hilarious exegeses will have you laughing out loud. Who knew the Bible was such a riot?” --Time Out New York
Larry the Penguin Searches for the Meaning of Life by Charles W. Belser ($18.95) Larry is a young penguin on a secret quest that will challenge penguin religion and lead him to discover the meaning of life. He teams up with a lost polar bear who has walked halfway around the world in search of her destiny. Captured by a scientist, the unusual pair are transported to a zoo, where the scientist's dying 6-year-old son frees them and joins their search.
The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters by Ardea Skybreak ($24.95) "Most books that teach the basics of evolutionary biology are fairly genteel in their treatment of creationism-they don't endorse it, of course, but they either ignore it, or more frequently now, they segregate off a chapter to deal with the major claims. There are also whole books dedicated to combating creationist myths, of course, but they're not usually the kind of book you pick up to get a tutorial in basic biology. In my hands I have an example of a book that does both, using the errors of creationism heavily to help explain and contrast the principles of evolutionary biology-it's fascinating." --PZ Myers
"Biology is experiencing a revolution, and its names is Evo Devo. Carroll...describes this emerging field in a lively work colorfully illustrated with images of fly embryos and butterfly wings." --Discover