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qrios (October 17, 2006, 15:42:22 PM):
I think it's better to share stuff like this privately.

I know... sorry wasn't thinking... Anyone who wants, PM me.
Privately. 8)
pilgrim (October 29, 2006, 16:24:27 PM):
Greetings, all!

I joined today, this is my first post. I feel right at home already, so here's my ten cents'.

Yes, any and all by Dawkins, but I'd like to point out his book of selected essays, called "A Devil's Chaplain". These essays in particular stood out for me: "Darwin Triumphant", "Son of Moore's Law", "Viruses of the Mind" and the very personal and poignant "Letter to my daughter - Good and Bad Reasons for Believing".

Daniel Dennet's exposition of the Brights movement
is quite interesting - though I'm having a hard time buying that whole "bright" as noun and not adjective business (here's one by Dawkins as well). Other than the unfortunate name (or does anyone think it'll stick?) I'm solidly with them.

Then I'm gonna go out on a limb here and mention the three books that influenced me as a teenager the most way-back-when. They're fiction, but each one an excellent read. Just throwing it in there, see what happens, whatever, you know.

"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker
"A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving
"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Mefiante (October 30, 2006, 08:43:07 AM):
Howzit & welcome to the forum.

... I'm having a hard time buying that whole "bright" as noun and not adjective business ... Other than the unfortunate name (or does anyone think it'll stick?) I'm solidly with them.
Yes, the label bothers me also. It smacks too much of an uncharacteristic superiority, and has been criticised elsewhere.

Unfortunately, the name "Illuminati" had already been taken. ;D

'Luthon64
bluegray (October 31, 2006, 09:52:44 AM):
Hi, and welcome
I agree. I don't like the term bright either.

How does Devil's Chaplain compare to Dawkins' new book The God Delusion?

PS Any fan of Terry Pratchett is certainly welcome here ;)

pilgrim (October 31, 2006, 11:17:29 AM):
I must confess to being a useless heretic - I have yet to get my hands on a copy of God Delusion. Can't wait.

The nice thing about Devil's Chaplain is that it's "Dawkins Lite," in a sense. Bite-sized chunks of this and that. The essays are grouped into seven sections: Science in general; Evolutionary biology in particular; Memes and religion; A collection of obituaries, amongst which two on Douglas Adams; An extremely enjoyable and even touching section dedicated to his late nemesis Stephen Gould; Musings on Africa; and finally, the open letter to his daughter that I mentioned.

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