Essential Freethought Library

July 13, 2010 § 4 Comments

The wonderful people at American Freethought have compiled a Skeptics Summer Reading list. See if there is anything you have missed.

American Freethought

THE ESSENTIAL FREETHOUGHT LIBRARY (Updated July 11, 2010)

“We contacted a more or less random sample of notable freethinkers–bloggers, podcasters, authors, and leaders in the freethought/atheist/skeptic communities–and asked them to send us their list of recommended works for the well-read freethinker.  (Among those who responded are Sam Harris, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Phil Plait, George Hrab and Massimo Pigliucci.)  From this long list of suggestions–over 250 works–we have compiled this Essential Freethought Library.  The list takes into account the frequency with which a work was recommended, the frequency with which a particular writer was recommended, and the dates of publication.  Free free to send us your suggestions.”


The Essential Ten (←click Here for original link and full list of publications)

Are you conscious now?

July 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Consiousness: An Introduction|Amazon.comI just finished reading the first chapter of Dr. Susan Blackmore’s book Consciousness: An Introduction. She seems to be posting it in one chapter at a time in pdf form on her website.  There is no way I could afford $53 for a paperback book.  Maybe someday she will do an audio book version for us visually impaired. It has helped me so much and confused me so much more. Which is great, it made me think and it is only the first chapter after all. I was also right about Dr. Blackmore being good place to start my search for information on Consciousness. I can’t wait to read chapter two. I think I should sleep first.

One of the many helpful people mentioned in her book is Professor David Chalmers. He is a philosopher at the Australian National University, a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness, a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He works in the philosophy of mind and in related areas of philosophy and cognitive science. He Is especially interested in consciousness, but is also interested in philosophical issues about meaning and possibility, in the foundations of cognitive science and of physics, and a bunch of other things. (According to his website). He introduce the “Hard Problem” That Dr. Blackmore discussed in the video on my blog 7/6/2010.

Through the Wormhole

June 17, 2010 § 2 Comments

Wow. And I mean wow. Have you seen Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman? It is delightful. OK, I had some issues with the first episode. It dealt with the “god debate”. I don’t understand why scientists have to pretend there is still a debate. Is the Pope still sending out death squads?

Nevertheless, the second episode, about black holes was amazing. It was one of the best presentations explaining The Black Hole War I have ever seen. I have seen many.

Each episode just gets better and better.

Mushrooms! Not just for hallucinations.

June 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Paul Stamets, Director of TED talks has opened my eyes to the amazing things mushrooms things can do check out his video 6 ways Mushrooms can save the earth.  He has also written a book called Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World that goes in too much greater detail. He is brilliant.

Breath Sweeps Mind

June 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

If you have been inspired to try meditation I recommend Breath Sweeps Mind in audio-book form.  There is no need to suffer

Breath Sweeps Mind

to meditate, unless you are planning on becoming a monk.  As I have mentioned before I practice a philosophy of meditation called Zazen which you can do anywhere anytime.

Books

June 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was once and avid reader, consuming one or two books a week. Now, having suffered some brain damage a few years back, I am partially blind and it seems the language center of my brain is wonky. My mind is working better than it ever has but it takes ages to read a book. The eye strain alone is well… never mind. My point is my book recommendations will be few and far between. Most will be long after everyone else as I normally wait for the audio-book.

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

June 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is my first book recommendation because I think too many people today consider themselves experts. We all need to take a collective deep breath and get real.

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

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