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review 2015-03-10 06:02
Bullshit: A Handbook for Skeptics - John Grant

This book is a no holds back debunk of just about everything but the kitchen sink.  The author touches on everything from evolution, to AIDS, to climate change, etc.  I actually learned quite a few things about how screwed up some high level doctors and leaders are and how their actions or inaction's have created catastrophic outcomes.  


Packaging of the book itself isn't up to par.  The cover combined with the font makes it look like a cheap knock off instead of a professionally published book.  This is turn makes for one to think of conspiracy theorists instead of a man who really has his act together and quite a bit of knowledge to share.  I beg the publisher to do the author justice and produce a package worthy of the product being offered.  If I was perusing the shelves and came across this, honestly, I would just keep on going.


The publisher states that this book is for ages 14+ and parts of me agree with that while other parts of me don't.  It just feels like a good debatable read that the younger crowd would not get the gist of.  While reading it, I felt like I was sitting there with the author and having a full out discussion with him.  He calls out the bull and trumps it with facts.  This book brings up things in the past. but not in an old fashioned way while also bringing to the forefront the current events and activities of our world like one's well read uncle would.  The author tackles some theories that right now have people on opposite sides of one another.


This book would make for a great supplementary read in any class that deals with history.  This history is not just world history, economic history, religious history but also ecological history.  This is where the younger crowd comes in and would have fun with the authors contributions, while in a learning atmosphere.


I recommend this book to just about everyone, even those who can't see the grey but only the black and white.  I feel that every reader will finish reading this with a minimum of one thing that they didn't know before and a better understanding of why and how things get so blown out of proportion.

Source: wordtodreams.blogspot.com/2015/03/review-debunk-it-how-to-stay-sane-in.html
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text 2015-02-28 20:27
It's Undeniable - Biology is Fascinating
Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation - Corey Powell,Bill Nye

Bill Nye recently participated in a controversial debate with young-Earth creationist Ken Ham. In his new book, Undeniable, Nye writes "For those readers who might be deeply religious, welcome... I did not disparage anyone's religion." He notes that "many people... see no conflict between their spiritual beliefs and their scientific understanding of evolution." This fact always makes me wonder how individuals can be so sure they speak for God. When someone makes an assertion in science, scrutiny across the world and over time weeds out falsehoods. Similarly, in religions wisdom accumulates over time. Why some individuals cling to the past puzzles me.
Nye writes that "evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science," with "essential practical applications." He fears that if the "pseudoscience of creationism" makes inroads into education, it "is an assault not just on evolution but on the whole public understanding of science."
Nye refutes creationism. For example, Ham claims that 7,000 kinds of animals were on Noah's ark - there are 16 million species known today, so eleven new species would have come into existence every day under Ham's vision of the Great Flood to reach today's total. Surely someone would have noticed if that happened. Kangaroos would have had to climb down from snowcapped Mount Ararat and hop to Australia without leaving any sign they passed through. No recorded sightings, no bones in Tibet, and across a land bridge that left no trace of its existence. There's loads of information available about the debate on the internet.
But most of the book goes beyond the debate with Ham. Nye begins with the major concepts of biology such as the age of the Earth, biodiversity, fossils, and mass extinctions; as well as history- the contributions of Darwin, Wallace, Lamarck, Linnaeus, Eldridge, Gould, and others.
He addresses topics in the news, such as vaccine safety, genetically modified organisms, human cloning, racism, extraterrestrial life, and research into the origin of life on Earth. If you're already grounded in biology, you might skip to these chapters.
Nye even tackles an evolutionary topic that leaves some people squeamish - the "short evolutionary distance" between us, apes, and other hominids. We can't say "that humans are no longer evolving, because we surely are." "Cue the spooky music."
Nye is known for his TV series, Bill Nye the Science Guy, which "aimed to teach a specific topic in science [in each episode] to a preteen audience, yet it garnered a wide adult audience as well."
In this same vein, the book avoids jargon and uses a conversational tone ("you and I ain't such a big deal," "I thought about how cool it would be," "he was in a bad mood in Tacoma") and personal references ("when I was a senior in college," "while my family was seated together eating a chicken dinner," and dressing up in a gorilla suit for a TV comedy). This makes the book quite accessible - as Steven Pinker says, statistics without stories are empty.
In addition to a teen audience, adults who haven't thought about the subject since high school will enjoy the book. I think even quite young kids who are interested can handle it - if you know any youngsters who rattle off a dozen dinosaurs' Latin names, you may agree.
I recommend this book to anyone unsure of evolution, new to biology, or interested in biology in the news. As Nye says, "evolution is inspiring" and "profoundly humbling" and well worth your time.

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text 2013-08-12 06:01
One down, one started
Deryni Rising (The Chronicles of the Deryni #1) - Katherine Kurtz
Evolution, Creationism, And Other Modern Myths - Vine Deloria Jr.

I am horrible at both vlogging and blogging - though I like to do both. >.>


First, I finished Deryni Rising a few weeks ago. I definitely should've updated then when I had a more in depth opinion on the book. I'll have to spend some time thinking about what to say without giving out spoilers or some other book reviewer faux pas.


However, I have recently picked up Evolution, Creationism, and Other Modern Myths by Vine Deloria, Jr. This book is a non-fiction book that discusses the debate surrounding teaching evolution vs. teaching creationism - except the purpose of Deloria's book is to take proponents of both sides to task over the White/Christian-centric debate. Literally every page of the book has made me honestly consider not only my opinion, but how much I actually know about the subject. It's a very interesting book!


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review 2013-04-06 15:45
Creationism on Trial: Evolution and God at Little Rock (Studies in Religion and Culture)
Creationism on Trial: Evolution and God at Little Rock (Studies in Religion and Culture) - Langdon Gilkey Creationism on Trial: Evolution and God at Little Rock by Langdon Gilkey (?)
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review 2012-07-23 00:00
Creationism for Dummies
Creationism for Dummies - I.M. Pork, Ful... Creationism for Dummies - I.M. Pork, Fuller Beans Sad to tell, this book has never been published and does not in fact exist. I am, however, confident that a judicious application of the Ontological Argument should be enough to resolve these minor technical problems.

As Anselm of Canterbury nearly said in 1103, many books could potentially be called Creationism for Dummies. Most of them will be imperfect in some way. But, inevitably, there must also be a perfect version of Creationism for Dummies. Since existence is a perfection, an existing Creationism for Dummies must be more perfect than a non-existing Creationism for Dummies. Hence the perfect Creationism for Dummies exists.

For more details, consult your local source of infallible truth or this page.
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