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What Non-Fiction book(s) would you like to read in May, June and July 2015? 

What Non-Fiction book(s) would you like to read in May, June and July 2015?
Book 1: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief 25%  25%  [ 3 ]
Book 2: The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence 25%  25%  [ 3 ]
Book 3: The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters 25%  25%  [ 3 ]
Book 4: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation 25%  25%  [ 3 ]
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 What Non-Fiction book(s) would you like to read in May, June and July 2015?
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Please only vote if you actually plan to participate in the book discussion if your chosen book wins this poll!

You can vote for more than one book. In fact please do! Vote for as many of the books found on this poll that you would like to read and discuss. Vote for all of them if you are OK with reading and discussing any of them. The more votes cast the easier it is to select a winning book.

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Book 1: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
by Lawrence Wright

Book 2: The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence
by Paul Davies

Book 3: The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters
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Book 4: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis


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Post Re: What Non-Fiction book(s) would you like to read in May, June and July 2015?
What the hay, I'll read any of them.

I watched Going Clear, I'm sure the book will have some interesting and messed up stories that didn't make it into the film.



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Post Re: What Non-Fiction book(s) would you like to read in May, June and July 2015?
Going Clear is my top choice for sure. I live next to Clearwater, which is their "Spiritual Headquarters."

But there is nothing spiritual about Scientology.



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Scientology is the poster child for motivated reasoning.


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Post Re: What Non-Fiction book(s) would you like to read in May, June and July 2015?
Very true!

Scientology doesn't share all the wacky space alien stuff till you read OTIII and have invested massive amounts of time, money and emotional energy into the "religion." By then people have too much invested to just turn away.



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Post Re: What Non-Fiction book(s) would you like to read in May, June and July 2015?
How important was the American Civil War?
Had the Southern States managed to bust up the union life on earth as we see it today would only be a fiction.
Philip K Dick, In his book "The Man In The High Castle" describes a world controlled by a peace accord between the WWII axis powers, this is the type of fiction I'm referring to. Had the northern states failed to maintain the Union its likely the 48 contiguous states would be replaced by a model closer in look to that of Europe, A cluster of smaller independent countries with little capacity to influence global outcomes. Life for all people from 1865 on word would necessarily have to be erased and replaced by a new history void of American influence. The American Civil War was the gateway to the American century that most of us are children of.



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Post Re: What Non-Fiction book(s) would you like to read in May, June and July 2015?
With the "Founding Brothers" A similar logic from my earlier post is applied, Though revisionism is often applied to the people of the Enlightenment, the fundamental truths are everywhere apparent, The Declaration of Independence, The American Constitution, Two of the most important documents in the history of the human race, one can argue through revisionism that the writers of the documents were very flawed people and indeed in some regards they were, never the less, as history clearly demonstrates, America leads, the world follows and this has been a good thing.



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I've watched a lecture by Paul Davies that "The Eerie Silence" is based upon, it was excellent, Davies does not come across as someone pre-loaded with the baggage of bias, His presentation is rather matter of fact, hyperbole is not what is needed when there is a discussion of abstract science, cooler heads prevail, And Davies is cool as they come.



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Years ago when I lived out west (Colorado) there was an attempt to recruit me into the ranks of scientology, its a story that is so weird that I don't think I'll relate it here, the ultimate outcome was that I was not as it turned out a receptive candidate. A discussion of the topic for me really only seems an opportunity to mockery of the followers of that particular sect.



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I don't look at reading and discussing the cult of Scientology as simply an opportunity to bash the believers. To me it is an opportunity to spread the word that Scientology is a pretty corrupt and dangerous money-making scheme. The more the word is spread the better the chance the next person that Scientology attempts to capture will have heard of the dangers involved and will say "Thanks, but no thanks." Reading and discussing Going Clear is a service and good deed to our fellow man.



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don't look at reading and discussing the cult of Scientology as simply an opportunity to bash the believers. To me it is an opportunity to spread the word that Scientology is a pretty corrupt and dangerous money-making scheme. The more the word is spread the better the chance the next person that Scientology attempts to capture will have heard of the dangers involved and will say "Thanks, but no thanks." Reading and discussing Going Clear is a service and good deed to our fellow man.


Your right Chris, scrutiny of graft thru occultism is an important service and should be encouraged.



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Going Clear has been selected as our next Non-Fiction book. The forum is now up! ;-)



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Taylor wrote:
I've watched a lecture by Paul Davies that "The Eerie Silence" is based upon, it was excellent, Davies does not come across as someone pre-loaded with the baggage of bias, His presentation is rather matter of fact, hyperbole is not what is needed when there is a discussion of abstract science, cooler heads prevail, And Davies is cool as they come.



Davies is a scientist in the truest sense of the word. He practices it in its most pure and true form - for objective examination of nature without an underlying agenda. His arguments are never tendentious.
He is humble and razor sharp.

He was the first scientist that caught my attention. Whereas I think most people dishonestly use science as an argument against religion in general unfortunately were first impressed by new atheist scientists who all but destroy the integrity of science.



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This book looks pretty interesting from the perspective of human psychology. I don't know if I'm going to tag along or not at this stage.

I've known for some time that Robin Williamson, founder of the Incredible String Band, is a scientologist. I don't know how deep scientology belief goes. Are some scientolologists just casual believers? It seems so strange to think of someone believing this stuff at all. But I suspect it feeds into our need to belong just like any other religion.

Anyway, Williamson is a fantastic songwriter/musician/storyteller; I hardly hold his beliefs against him. Indeed, his sense of mysticism is what makes him who he is.


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Thanks for this thread!

I have a long list of fiction to read (though time is sooooo limited to read them all), that's why all your recommendations as for non-fiction literature are what I really need now :-))



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