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text 2018-04-19 10:13
Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 576 pages.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress - Steven Pinker

What is really the Enlightenment? It is a humanist movement when  reasonable persons get rid of religious dogma and choose instead. 

 

Still, because the science discovery and knowledge has no match for the present time, the enlightened thinkers still believe a whole lot of bullshit. 

 

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review 2016-09-24 13:01
One of the most important books you'll ever read
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker
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url 2015-11-08 11:45
Humankind’s best days lie ahead debate with Steve Pinker and Alain De Botton
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature - Steven Pinker
The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation - Matt Ridley
On Love - Alain de Botton
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell

Great debate.

 

Steven Pinker is brilliant. 


Matt Ridley is witty.

 

Alain de Botton and Malcolm Gladwell are both lack of substance when deal with fact, data and science. 

 

So glad I didn't waste any time reading books from Alain De Botton and Malcolm Gladwell.

 

The debate is highly entertaining. So, search for it in the link. If it is not link to the right one, search for it. It is worth the time. 

 

Of course, Steven Pinker side won. 

 

DEBATE RESULTS

PRE-DEBATE RESULTS

71% PRO      29% CON
 

POST-DEBATE RESULTS

73%PRO       27%CON
 

Pro wins with 2% vote gain.

 

 

 

 

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text 2015-08-27 03:11
Spiritual but not religious books list
By Sam Harris Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (1st First Edition) [Hardcover] - Sam Harris
The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch,Jeffrey Zaslow
Mortality - Christopher Hitchens
Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - Michel Onfray,Jeremy Leggatt
The Little Prince & Letter to a Hostage - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne,Ernest H. Shepard
The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker

A friend post this on FB on spiritual but not religious books.

 

This books list suck.

 

Could I do better? 

 

Let me try.

 

1 Sam Harris Waking up.  I've read this one and it is about an atheist searching for the spiritual experience through meditation and drug. Nice and honest tone. 

 

By Sam Harris Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (1st First Edition) [Hardcover] - Sam Harris

 

 

2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Even if he was a bit overly optimistic, to try and live your dream in this limited life time is still a good meditative tool. Ask yourself what you want instead of listening of what society what it wants from you. 

 

The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

 

3. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens is his last unfinished work. It is a good book to contemplate on death. 

 

Mortality - Christopher Hitchens

 

4. The Atheist Manifesto is a thoughtful book on what atheists could do to improve the world. Couldn't get more spiritual than trying to help save the world. 

 

Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - Michel Onfray, Jeremy Leggatt

 

5. The Little Prince by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry teaches us all lessons on life and what is important. 

 

 

The Little Prince & Letter to a Hostage - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

6. Winnie the Pooh books teach us about friendship and how to deal with disappointment. 

 

Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard

 

7. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins teach us that we are as a sub specie of ape could do so much to see the world as it is, instead of what we want it to be. 

 

The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

 

8. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker make me rethink my own understanding of human nature, quite a lot tinted by religious bullshit forced fed to me when I was too young to resist. To know this nature of human is to learn how to trust humans from a neutral position. 

 

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker

 

So there you go. Here is my list of spiritual but not religious books. I think it is a good list. But it is very likely that I learned more than I think from books. 

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review 2015-06-17 00:00
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature - Steven Pinker I actually didn't finish this one- I wish there were an option for "set aside for now"- because it reminded me too much of the controversy I lived through in my college days in the late 90s. While I agree with Pinker's position (and loved his Better Angels of Our Nature ) I had no wish to relive those very stressful days of being a staunch moderate in an extremely radical English department. In this book, Pinker makes cogent all those arguments that some of us amateurishly tried to use against the more powerful radical establishment of the day, and while I wish I'd known of this book then, I have no real desire to rehash it all now.

Thank god for being a grownup.
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