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Non-Fiction Book Suggestions Wanted: Mar. & Apr. 2009 
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Please use this thread for suggesting good books for our March & April 2009 Non-Fiction book discussion. Include a link to where the book can be researched and purchased on Amazon.com, and it would really be appreciated if you left comments on the book suggestions other members make. Smile



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In no particular order, I would suggest the following five for non-fiction reads.


After Eden: The Evolution of Human Domination, Kirkpatrick Sale
God Is Not Great: Why Religion Ruins Everything, Christopher Hitchins
Notes From Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing, Robert Wolff
Saving the Appearances: A Study In Idolatry, Owen Barfielder Hitchins

In his work, Sale argues for the problems inherent in the shift from early to late neolithic existence and its implications for civilized life today

Hitchins does a masterful job of laying out the atheistic critique of all faith.

Notes is Dostoevsky's classsic critique of modern rationalism (maybe considered fiction by some)

Wolff gives us a collage of knowledge gained from his time with indigenous peoples in places we have never been.

Barfield's is a classic critique of western philosophical and scientific rationality


These can all be found on amazon.com

This is my first, humble offering.

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I don't think Notes From Underground can be classified as non-fiction even if it is somewhat of a memoir. I've read it once, it reads like a novel.

It is common to provide links to amazon for your selections and to do an short summary for each. It is much easier to click than to do a search. I'm not expert on how many titles you can nominate and expect to get short listed but I am sure that would depend on the quality of the selections. Normally 3 books are chosen from every ones nominations based on interest from other users, these final 3 are subject to an official vote.

Great ideas though. Thanks!

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...I thought I did a one sentence synopsis of each work. And I did note that Dostoevsky might be considered by some as fiction. Sorry about no Amazon links, but I will work on that protocol. I won't post so many in the future, just thought it would be good to have a few ideas.

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How about Jimmy Carter's latest work, There can be peace in the Holy Land: A Plan that will work

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The Sense of an Ending by Frank Kermode
http://www.amazon.ca/Sense-Ending-Studies-Fiction-Epilogue/dp/0195136128/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233503969&sr=8-2

Here's part of the blurb from Amazon: "Examining the works of writers from Plato to William Burrows, Kermode shows how they have persistently imposed their "fictions" upon the face of eternity and how these have reflected the apocalyptic spirit. "

The Meaning of the Body by Mark Johnson
http://www.amazon.ca/Meaning-Body-Aesthetics-Human-Understanding/dp/0226401936/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233504252&sr=1-1

Blurb: "Johnson uses recent research into infant psychology to show how the body generates meaning even before self-consciousness has fully developed. From there he turns to cognitive neuroscience to further explore the bodily origins of meaning, thought, and language and examines the many dimensions of meaning



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MaryLupin just so you know it is unfair to provide so many good choices. How is anyone supposed to decide?

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MaryLupin just so you know it is unfair to provide so many good choices. How is anyone supposed to decide?


Don't. Read all three.



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Well I think that I might.

In terms of discussion books I would like to second the nomination for The Poetics of Space. It had the most reviews and all of them were positive. I also like the description of "It requires careful, preferably leisurely reading, with the possibility of moments to pause and digest and re-read the words." Sounds like a good cup of tea, my own cup of tea to be precise.

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zietz wrote:
In no particular order, I would suggest the following five for non-fiction reads. After Eden: The Evolution of Human Domination, Kirkpatrick Sale God Is Not Great: Why Religion Ruins Everything, Christopher Hitchins Notes From Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing, Robert Wolff
Saving the Appearances: A Study In Idolatry, Owen Barfielder Hitchins
In his work, Sale argues for the problems inherent in the shift from early to late neolithic existence and its implications for civilized life today
Hitchins does a masterful job of laying out the atheistic critique of all faith.
Notes is Dostoevsky's classsic critique of modern rationalism (maybe considered fiction by some)
Wolff gives us a collage of knowledge gained from his time with indigenous peoples in places we have never been.
Barfield's is a classic critique of western philosophical and scientific rationality
These can all be found on amazon.com
This is my first, humble offering.
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Thanks zietz. I would support Hitchins God is Not Great. It is much more coherent and articulate than most other recent atheist books, but still provides good room for debate. http://www.amazon.com/God-Not-Great-Rel ... 0446579807 provides 817 customer reviews, with the following the first publisher review
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Hitchens, one of our great political pugilists, delivers the best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos. The same contrarian spirit that makes him delightful reading as a political commentator, even (or especially) when he's completely wrong, makes him an entertaining huckster prosecutor once he has God placed in the dock. And can he turn a phrase!: "monotheistic religion is a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few nonevents." Hitchens's one-liners bear the marks of considerable sparring practice with believers. Yet few believers will recognize themselves as Hitchens associates all of them for all time with the worst of history's theocratic and inquisitional moments. All the same, this is salutary reading as a means of culling believers' weaker arguments: that faith offers comfort (false comfort is none at all), or has provided a historical hedge against fascism (it mostly hasn't), or that "Eastern" religions are better (nope). The book's real strength is Hitchens's on-the-ground glimpses of religion's worst face in various war zones and isolated despotic regimes. But its weakness is its almost fanatical insistence that religion poisons "everything," which tips over into barely disguised misanthropy. (May 30)
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I picked up the Hitchens book recently and have had a chance to read just a bit of it. I like it so far, even though I don't agree with his refrain, "Religion poisons everything." I'd probably vote for it when it comes to that. I also finally got around to reading Dawkins' "The God Delusion" and did enjoy reading it. It didn't seem as much of an "attack" book as some reactions indicated. Dawkins is a good writer, which for me is the most important thing, no matter whether I agree with the writer or not. But I did find much of his argument to be strong.



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I would have to go with Jimmy Carter's book. I heard a discussion about it on NPR and it sounds interesting.


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I appreciate the endorsement of Hitchens; and he is an extremely relevant writer and speaker currently. He is right on topic today!

Problems with Bachelard, Poetics of Space; it is very philosophical and metaphorical; really tough to discuss intellectually. More like reading Zen Koans really. A great book, but I would think twice about it.

just some thoughts.

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Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva

In this intelligently argued and ethically principled book, internationally renowned Third World environmentalist Vandana Shiva exposes the latest frontier of the North's ongoing assault against the South's biological and other resources. Since the land, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now carving out new colonies to exploit for gain: the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals. Under agreements such as GATT, she argues, the North claims a need to be "protected" from the South so it can continue its uninterrupted theft of the Third World's genetic diversity. This theft, Shiva shows, has profoundly disturbing consequences for women, the Third World, and the environment. With specific considerations of gene-patenting, genetic engineering, and biotechnology, Biopiracy is essential reading for anyone concerned with technology, imperialism, feminism or the environment.

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