Category Archives: Book Notes

Vaclav Smil, NUMBERS DON’T LIE

This is a 2020 book by a writer I had never heard of, until reading a pre-publication review in PW of his 2022 book How the World Really Works, which was just published in May. Smil is something of a … Continue reading

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Daniel C. Dennett, BREAKING THE SPELL, post 3

A few more notes, and quotes.

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Daniel C. Dennett, BREAKING THE SPELL, post 2

Finishing up key points and detailed notes on the second half of this book. Will have some general comments, and notes on the appendices, tomorrow.

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Daniel C. Dennett, BREAKING THE SPELL, post 1

Here’s a book published in 2006. The author, Daniel C. Dennett, is a professor of philosophy at Tufts University. He became grouped among the four so-called “new atheists” of the 2000s, along with Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens, … Continue reading

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Michel Onfray, ATHEIST MANIFESTO, summary

One more time.

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Michel Onfray, ATHEIST MANIFESTO, post 2

Finishing my summary and comments about this book. (From here on I’m preserving the author’s chapter section breaks, with titles, to illustrate the structure of the book…)

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Michel Onfray, ATHEIST MANIFESTO, post 1

Here is the most recent nonfiction book I’ve read this year; except for one, all the nf books I’ve read this year are now written up on this site. This book was published in French in 2005, and in English … Continue reading

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Closing Out Prothero

I didn’t quite finish my write-up of Prothero’s GOD IS NOT ONE yesterday. So a few more comments. With a lagniappe.

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Stephen Prothero, GOD IS NOT ONE (2010)

Here is a book I’ve mentioned a couple times, having read portions of it over the years since it was published. Only last month did I read it all the way through. Mixed review. The book makes some excellent points … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins: THE BLIND WATCHMAKER (1986)

This now 35-year-old book was Dawkins’ third, following the famous The Selfish Gene (summary here) and the less-famous sequel The Extended Phenotype (which I still have not read). If the first two were relatively straightforward explanations of evolution and natural … Continue reading

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