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« on: January 24, 2009, 12:40:01 PM »

Usualy when there are better things to do, I like to go out and visit our local public library on Saturday mornings. With none of the commercialism of shopping centres, and that warm, organic smell from the well thumbed books lining the walls, it makes for a friendly haven for any domestic fugitive.

This morning my better half had a particularly cruel task lined up for me, involving heavy lifting. So I tried to extend my little stay at the library by gathering some pointless data.

So here I proudly present the literary preferences of Eastern Cape townsfolk. Well, not quite. The number next to each quasirandomly selected title simply represents the amount of times that it was checked out of the library since the year 2000, unless otherwise stated:

000 General
The second alternative book of records           7
Strange and odd                                  5
Kan dit waar wees?                              23
Beyond the light barrier                        13
Library alive                                    1
Readers Digest book of facts                    21

100 Philosophy
The great philosophers                           3
An introduction to philosophy                   16
LILA, and inquiry into morals                    3
The human difference                             8
Music of the mind                               36
Reincarnation: fact or fable?                   22

130 Paranormal phenomena
Nostradamus                                     15
The book of predictions                         25
The book of the Zodiac                          72
Uri Geller: My story                            13
Visions of the future                           24
Teach yourself post modernism                    8

150 Psycology
History and system of psycology                  8
Sielkunde                                       13
Individual in society                           19
Achieve personal growth                         61
The mind map book                               56

200 Religion
The physics of imortality                       24
Kom ons doen Bybelstudie                        69
Archaeology of the Bible lands                   8
The heritage of the first Christians            33
Dialogue with God                               29
Are those the words of Jesus?                   38

500 Science
The language of mathematics                     20
The golden ratio                                 7 since 2006
The demon haunted world                         15
Darwin and the Beagle                            2
A short history of nearly everything            16 since 2005
Complexity                                       5
Great unsolved mysteries of science             13

520 Astronomy
Die groot gedagte                               22 since 2002
Ons Suiderhemel                                 27
The unfolding universe                          18 since 2003
Teach yourself cosmology                        20 since 2005
The origin of  the universe                     10
Blinded by the light                            10

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Mintaka



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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2009, 14:09:09 PM »

Woah! The Demon Haunted World is available in your local library?! How (even more) backwards my local library seems now. It has flim in the science section and woo-woo in the philosophy section. And the last time I looked for some more well-known philosophers' books (like Hume, Russell, Jung, Kant, etc) all I got was one book about René Descartes philosophy and his proof of God.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2009, 14:17:29 PM »

It is sad that the Demon Haunted World got 3 hits but the likes of Uri Geller (13) and the Zodiac (72)hits. If the platteland can be measured by this then it is a woo-woo world. I live in the platteland (Middelburg Mp) as well and going by our local paper we are far gone.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2009, 15:21:28 PM »

It is sad, yes. But I'm not surprised at all. Maybe I'm just a cynic:P
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2009, 19:41:35 PM »

Very interesting exercise, this – one of those “what does it really mean” assignments.

If the book Die Groot Gedagte is by author Gideon Joubert then it should be filed under “religion” or “apologetics,” not “astronomy.”  Joubert is a thoroughgoing Intelligent Design proponent and his book is a mouthpiece for many of his religious ideas.

Robert Pirsig’s Lila – An Inquiry Into Morals is something of a surprise.  This book is a rare delight for the discerning reader, but the real surprise is that the library has it at all and that three readers even chose to take it out.

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2009, 21:52:58 PM »

I read The Demon Haunted World and because it made such a big impression on me I passed in on to a family member. Sort of funny but we don't speak to each other anymore... Huh? Think it is about this time that I "came out" as an atheist.
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2009, 23:55:56 PM »

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If the book Die Groot Gedagte is by author Gideon Joubert then it should be filed under “religion” or “apologetics,” not “astronomy.”  Joubert is a thoroughgoing Intelligent Design proponent and his book is a mouthpiece for many of his religious ideas.
The very one. I'm busy reading it now and find it an unusual amalgam of religion and science. Somewhat similar to Francis Collin's The Language of God.


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I read The Demon Haunted World and because it made such a big impression on me I passed in on to a family member.

Same with me and Dawkins's The God Delusion. Got bombarded with scripture in return. Tit for tat I suppose. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2009, 20:04:42 PM »

If the platteland can be measured by this then it is a woo-woo world. I live in the platteland (Middelburg Mp) as well and going by our local paper we are far gone.

 Angry You are not wrong in this! I live in the Nelspruit area and our local news paper has two pages of church news and one or two pages of adverts for the same churches. There is minimal attention paid to anything that could possibly be construed as being of a scientific nature! Letters to the editor expressing a point of view that might be against religion appear to be edited if and when published.
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2009, 16:42:42 PM »

Think it is about this time that I "came out" as an atheist.
Brilliant! I went through the same thing. For a long time I didn't let anyone know, mainly because I didn't really give a $hit (I don't think I realised how bad things were getting? I am sure they were always bad!). Of course many made the assumption that I also chatted to the same specific imaginary sky fairy that they conjured up. By the time the reveal came around most of my colleages and friends had known for some time that I was not such a terrible person and nothing much came of it.

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