Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
DTAYLOR887's Photo DTAYLOR887 SparkPoints: (136)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 11
6/4/14 12:06 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans De Waal.

The critique of the current secular movement, the lack of vitriol that Dawkins and Hitchens put forth, the light-bulb conclusion of our genetic capacity to reach beyond selfish concerns (empathy, altruism is WIRED IN! and if you don't believe him, just look at the science behind a Sociopath) and how what separates us from the Great Apes is not a matter of genetic structures, but a matter of degrees in behavior, and how all of this relates to current religious movements, it made me want to shout from the rooftops--I LOVE THIS BOOK! SOMEONE PLEASE READ IT SO I CAN DISCUSS!--and not stop until I found others in the world who had read it. It was a game-changer with my views on the current atheist movement. We need to replace religion with something. We need to go into the community and gain rights by doing altruistic works and challenging when people won't let us into the public square. This book started my journey on the genetics of altruism and empathy. It led to the "Moral Lives of Animals" by Dale Peterson, another page-turner. It led to re-evaluating the ape that is man int the animal kingdom organized in my brain.Why is it ok to eat pigs, but not rats? Fish, but not Dogs? Lettuce but not meat? It led to some serious thinking and a challenge to everything I thought.

It dispelled the notion that we were the King of Creation, the basic drive behind most philosophy and science dealing with the human mind. Philosophy is trying to explain our "greatness" while our greatness has not been established as a fact. This is my conclusion, not De Waal's. The Ape has declared his way of thinking superior to the dog when the dog never communicated his greatness for comparison. We know he has a greater sense of smell than a human. Why is that less important than manipulating tools? All these thoughts started with Frans De Waal's book. Pick it up, please. If for no other reason than I need someone to share it with. Surrounded by neo-atheists and Christians. Need pragmatic atheists.

 current weight: 420.0 
 
420
360
300
240
180
RKELLYW SparkPoints: (5,858)
Fitness Minutes: (205)
Posts: 18
11/7/13 6:05 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Rats, Lice, and History, by Hans Zinsser - it's a book from the 1930s about epidemiology, and it's funny and over-educated and shows exactly what the plodding process of doing science is like, and it just made me think, I want to think that clearly, and lay out my arguments that logically, and be that certain that human effort can solve problems, as Zinsser is. No, I didn't become a scientist, but I still reread the book every decade, to remind me to think clearly and write well.
Also, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, the Stoic Roman emperor, which gives me the motive to keep on doing what a person is supposed to do, even when depressed, even when bad things happen, just keep on doing what a mature human being is supposed to be doing.

GREENBUILDER's Photo GREENBUILDER SparkPoints: (22,177)
Fitness Minutes: (46,288)
Posts: 442
10/27/13 9:58 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawkin

 Pounds lost: 40.0 
 
0
12.75
25.5
38.25
51
MYAKAYAH's Photo MYAKAYAH Posts: 3,625
5/22/13 1:43 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The Autobiography of Malcolm X! Malcolm X with Alex Haley

Roots by Alex Haley

Food Revolution by John Robbins

The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

"If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay."

"Your happiness is up to you. Whatever happened in your life to make you who you are up until this point is irrelevant. It is your responsibility now to take control and change your life to be what you want it to be. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Make time, not excuses."


 current weight: 127.0 
 
142
137.75
133.5
129.25
125
SOXYINMO's Photo SOXYINMO Posts: 1,900
12/31/12 8:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
In thinking about it, I'd have to also say that Johnny Tremain changed my life. After reading that in Jr. High, I FREAKED at the thought of being unable to use my right, dominant, hand. So I taught myself to use my left hand as well.

co-leader Scratch Cooking Team

andromedaunbound.blogspot.com/

"Welcome to my morning
Welcome to my day
Yes, I'm the one responsible
I made it just this way"
John Denver


 current weight: 150.0 
 
250
218.75
187.5
156.25
125
LITTLENINJA2's Photo LITTLENINJA2 SparkPoints: (408)
Fitness Minutes: (1,080)
Posts: 39
12/9/12 9:30 A

Send Private Message
Reply
The God Part of the Brain by Matthew Alper and The Satanic Bible by Anton Levay

I'z hiding in the bushes! -Little Ninja


 current weight: 94.0 
 
96
93.25
90.5
87.75
85
SOXYINMO's Photo SOXYINMO Posts: 1,900
11/11/12 7:23 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan.

This is on my top 10 reads of all time.

co-leader Scratch Cooking Team

andromedaunbound.blogspot.com/

"Welcome to my morning
Welcome to my day
Yes, I'm the one responsible
I made it just this way"
John Denver


 current weight: 150.0 
 
250
218.75
187.5
156.25
125
BABYSTEPS84's Photo BABYSTEPS84 SparkPoints: (16,336)
Fitness Minutes: (18,356)
Posts: 1,458
9/30/12 10:40 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I need to read some Dawkins, for some reason I just haven't. And I'm going to have to add "the true believer" to my list, sounds interesting!

Someday is TODAY!


 current weight: -2.7  under
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
LARISSA238's Photo LARISSA238 SparkPoints: (45,927)
Fitness Minutes: (38,659)
Posts: 3,677
9/30/12 6:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I read "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins and it really helped spur me on to atheism. Also, "The True Believer" by Eric Hoffer helped me understand how I got to the mindset that I was in. It's all about fanatics of different kinds. I used to be in a cult, and so reading this book made me see that I was just another fanatic and I didn't want to be that. I didn't want to be manipulated, I wanted to make my own decisions.

Proud Owner of a FitBit One

"Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all" Whitney Houston


 current weight: 214.4 
 
252
231.5
211
190.5
170
BABYSTEPS84's Photo BABYSTEPS84 SparkPoints: (16,336)
Fitness Minutes: (18,356)
Posts: 1,458
9/26/12 6:13 A

Send Private Message
Reply
A book that, at the very least helped put you on your current path/opened up your mind.
"God is Not Great, How Religion Destroys Everything" by Christopher Hitchens.

It really impacted how I thought. Instead of looking at the world as Christian, non Christian, and atheist/agnostic - I began to see Christianity as just another religion...if that makes sense? I am not sure I could even begin to adequately describe how this book changed how I see the world.

Someday is TODAY!


 current weight: -2.7  under
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers and Humanists General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
Discrimination 6/28/2013 3:22:58 PM
Any other ex-believers? 6/4/2014 12:34:46 AM
Ayn Rand. Atlas Shrugged. Anthem. Fountainhead. 11/18/2013 3:29:41 PM
My music on here for you to share. 3/30/2014 6:10:16 AM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21616x50112038

Review our Community Guidelines