Welcome to Science vs Mythology
Launch Date: Jan 1, 2018 (Pre-Orders by September 15, 2017)
The Seduction of Religion offers an illuminating and provocative guide to the religions of the world, focusing on the irrationality of religious beliefs. The point of this book is not to preach atheism so much as it is to encourage its readers to reflect more carefully on why they believe what they believe. Every religion, thinks it is the true religion. But clearly they cannot all be right. The Seduction of Religion places each of the major religions in its historical context and examines some of their most important doctrines in the light of reason and common sense. At the same time, it treats its readers to a host of amusing facts and anecdotes about the various religions that make the book enjoyable to read. At the heart of the book is a paradox: All religions claim to be the one true religion, but if any of them is right then all the others are wrong. The Seduction of Religion introduces its readers to the fascinating history of religions - a history that is the outworking of this thought-provoking paradox.
I have become fully free from religious thralldom. I find this book pleasingly comprehensive, easy to read and right on the money.
- Rick O'Keefe, (ex-clergyman), Branch Coordinator, Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason, Center for Inquiry, Tampa Bay, Florida
THE GREAT ILLLUSION: THE MYTH OF FREE WILL, CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE SELF (Launch April 1, 2016)
The Great Illusion takes a scientific look at the brain itself, presenting research that supports the naturalistic stance that the mind is identical to the brain. Singh argues if we take seriously the idea that the mind is the brain then it follows logically that free will must be an illusion, that there can be no consciousness independent of the brain, and there can be no substantial self that exists independently from the brain. He further argues that there can be no such thing as absolute moral responsibility.
"I am interested to learn about this book. It's one I'm sure I'll want to read."
-- Noam Chomsky
"The questions that The Great Illusion raises and answers have preoccupied the greatest minds in Western culture for more than two-thousand years and will continue to do so for years to come. What Singh does is to explain what modern science has to contribute to this fascinating debate. Whether you agree or disagree with Singh's conclusions, after you have finished Singh's book you will never again think about these problems in quite the same way"
-- Richard Hammerud, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at De Anza College
For the first time in humanity's existence, we possess scientific answers to the deepest questions that have puzzled us ever since we began gazing up at the stars. Where did everything come from? Why are humans so biologically similar, and why do we let small differences divide us? How has culture shaped our societies, so organized for cooperation yet structured for domination? Where did comforting old myths come from, and why did we cling to them for so long ? What shall determine our destiny? The authors draw from the latest findings from the physical and biological sciences, astronomy and cosmology, geology and genetics, and prehistory and archaeology in search of answers. The authors lucidly and engagingly demonstrate, the answers science gives about ourselves and the universe in which we live are incomparably more surprising and interesting than any mythical tale about some clash of titans or calculating creator. Indeed science's proud journey of exploration and discovery is humanity's finest narrative yet, about how we trusted our intelligence to find out what we really are and who we can be--intrepidly going wherever the evidence led. Even though science reveals that humanity may have no special place in the universe, humanity is truly special because of our ability to comprehend our universe. Thus this inspiring story of exploration and discovery is a celebration not only of science--of science's knowledge of the world, and of science's own journeys to gain that knowledge--but also of ourselves.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS BOOK?
Unlike Stephen Hawking's book on Brief History of Time, this book deals not just with history of the universe but also with all aspects of humanity's immediate concerns, encompassing everything that intrigues and matters to us as a species. The most complex scientific concepts and subject matters are presented in a simple narrative to make it intelligible for everyone .
" A clear and engaging look at the greatest story of all--how we came to ( finally) understand who we are and what our place is in the universe. The millennia of false starts and missed guesses are treated as a lack not of intelligence but of a reliable way to interrogate reality. The book captures the questioning curiosity of earlier humanity, then conveys the astonishing feeling of sudden accelaration as science filled the slack sails, revealing at last who and what we really are. This is a marvellous, accessible contribution to literature"-- Dale McGowan, PhD. Executive Director, Foundation Beyond Belief, and coauthor, Raising Freethinkers.
" Paul Singh and John Shook show that the truth about the origin and nature of our world is much more enchanting than myth. Their message is clear: the significance of human existence lies in not seeing ourselves as uniquely privileged beneficiaries of a universe created especially for us, but rather as fortunate participants in a rich, natural--and true--narrative of a remarkably beautiful cosmos. And just as they are candid about the shortcomings of religion without being dismissive of it, they rightly applaud the successes of modern science without being uncritically worshipful of it"--Barbara Forrest, professor of philosophy, Southeastern Louisiana University/Director, National Center for Science Education.
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