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The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and Dennett opened the door to a hard nosed look at religion in our society but no one seemed to be using their concepts to explain the psychology of religion and its practical effects on people. Dr. Darrel Ray, psychologist and lifelong student of religion stepped into this gap to discuss religious infection from the inside out. How does guilt play into religious infection? Why is sexual control so important to so many religions? What causes the anxiety and neuroticism around death and dying? How does religion inject itself into so many areas of life, culture and politics? Dr. Ray explores this and much more in his book, The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture. This second generation book takes the reader several steps beyond Dawkins, et al. into the realm of the personal and emotional mechanisms that affect anyone who lives in a culture steeped in religion. He uses examples that anyone can relate to and gives real world guidance in how to deal with and respond to people who are religious among our families, friends and coworkers.

Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity (P.S.)

Joining the ranks of modern myth busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth. Through a fresh and engaging examination of our evolutionary history, Dr. Moalem reveals how many of the conditions that are diseases today actually gave our ancestors a leg up in the survival sweepstakes. But Survival of the Sickest doesn't stop there. It goes on to demonstrate just how little modern medicine really understands about human health, and offers a new way of thinking that can help all of us live longer, healthier lives.

The True Birth Of God: Scientific fact vs. blind Faith (For Agnostics, Atheists, and those with an open Mind)

“CAUTION”... IN RESPECT FOR YOUR PERSONAL BELIEFS; WE MUST WARN YOU THAT IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE ABOUT YOUR RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS, PERHAPS THIS READ IS NOT FOR YOU. There are disturbing secrets revealed of which Church leaders rather not talk about. Archaeology—and Radio Carbon 14 dating—contradict Biblical Chronology. Scholars likewise conclude, that no original documents of any of the apostles were ever found. Moreover, what they do have in their possession—could never have been written by any one of them. Discoveries that seriously weaken the credibility of these once revered documents—and much more—are revealed within the content, of this very interesting and well-researched informative eye-opener. The Author has chosen to publish this book in an easy to read color format.It has also been made available with permission under different Titles and Authors with slightly different text.NOTE; This special issue includes a bonus section by the Author entitled—my favorite aphorisms.

Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye

Collected essays from bestselling author Michael Shermer's celebrated columns in Scientific AmericanFor fifteen years, bestselling author Michael Shermer has written a column in Scientific American magazine that synthesizes scientific concepts and theory for a general audience. His trademark combination of deep scientific understanding and entertaining writing style has thrilled his huge and devoted audience for years. Now, in Skeptic, seventy-five of these columns are available together for the first time; a welcome addition for his fans and a stimulating introduction for new readers.

Darwin's Apple: The Evolutionary Biology of Religion

After tens of thousands of years, religion continues to be pervasive. A comprehensive cognitive theory of religion remains lacking as academics cannot agree if religion is an accidental byproduct or an evolved adaptation. Darwin’s Apple proposes a new hypothesis for the origin and purpose of religion that finally explains how religion is adaptive and why it endures, even in our rational, modern society.

The Paradigm Shifters: Overthrowing 'the Hegemony of the Culture of Darwin'

Major scientists from a dozen countries present evidence that a paradigm shift is underway or has already taken place, replacing neo-Darwinism (the standard model of evolution based on natural selection following the accumulation of random genetic mutations) with a vastly richer evolutionary synthesis than previously thought possible.