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st0nes (March 10, 2010, 12:40:41 PM):
...bugs grew MASSIVE :o Dragon flies ancestors with a wingspan of almost one metre!
I do not wish to know that.
Brian (April 23, 2010, 12:57:07 PM):
Excuse my shallow attempt to increase sales of my own book: "Moses was a Liar" which, while it's fiction, has a serious underlying message concerning the human disease, I call mysticism, i.e. "Mysticism and its attendant practices – which include religion, and political activities creates its own “realities”, e.g. false standards, guilt where no guilt exists, external deities and magic powers.
Mysticism is the ultimate primacy of emotions over reality and reason and when the human need for ‘ekstasis’ overrides reality and reason, one enters the realm of the unreal and indeed of the actual surrender of man’s mind to the ceremonial reverence of objects, deities, visions and external influence. Primitive man used emotions to create his own ‘platonic reality’ (Reality is what the mind thinks or imagines ).
Homo dialogicus (reasoning or thinking man) on the other hand reflects a critical consciousness which explains man’s capacity to reason and question anything in terms of its opposite. It implies that s/he can question issues of importance, evaluate alternatives and make choices of his/her own. Such a mind is light years away from the mind of primitive man who relies on imagination but does not grasp the implications that he does so and who creates an own reality, a false reality." (an extract from the Preface "Moses was a Liar" Raider Books NY 2009)
Barryl (May 26, 2010, 12:17:47 PM):
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Please post any interesting books or links that influenced you.

I have just completed studying (you can not just read it) Atheism Advanced by Dr David Eller, which has placed Religion (belief systems) and Atheism in perspective for me. It convinced me that atheists will find it difficult to reason (rationally) with believers; mainly because of the emotional component of religion.
I suggest this book "a must read", especially for us skeptics.

Barryl
Barryl (May 26, 2010, 12:28:13 PM):
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Please post any interesting books or links that influenced you


In Remembrance of Martin Gardner, Founder of Modern Skepticism:SkepticsSociety@skeptic.com Subject: Martin Gardner (1914 - 2010)

Barryl
Barryl (May 26, 2010, 12:34:51 PM):
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Please post any interesting books or links that influenced you.

I can recommend the book: "Philosophers Without Gods" (Meditations on Atheism and The secular Life) by Louise M. Antony

This book is collection of essays by prominent philosophers and it just lights up the various facets of atheism for me.

Barryl

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