I'm reminded of an alien I saw in the Star Wars IV, when Luke entered the bar.
I'm not really a "fan" of Bertrand Russell however I have read some of his writings in Philosophy class of course. It's been awhile though. Maybe it would be more "interesting" this time around with it being outside of the realm of studies.
I have his wonderful 'Why I am Not a Christian' in one of my bedside stacks. I have enjoyed it but have lately been choosing Michael Onfray's "The Atheist Manifesto' instead. I ought to just pick one and stick with it. Did you know John Stuart Mill was his godfather?
Onfray is definitely worth hunting down. I suspect you won't have much trouble finding this book -- I hear he is well-respected in France. His writing is beautiful, deep and essential -- all at the same time. He has a way of ending paragraphs of complex reasoning with zingers - a sweet reward for staying with the argument. (My first favorite is: "In other words, (religion is) life crucified and nothingness exalted"). Once I realized he was doing this, reading him became a treasure hunt!
Yes, I've read all of Hitchens, including 'Arguably' (just released) and also Harris, most of Dawkins and some of Dennet's, Ehrman's and Darwin's books! I love them all and have re-read most of them at least once.
I agree with your remark on female authors -- I think the female gender suffers most from not having a presence in the genre. Although, Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book 'Infidel' has given us an apt role model. I can't think of any others...
Haven't seen Skepchics. I'll look it up. Thanks for the reference!
It is a heavy tome. Have you tried audio books? Virtually weightless! Or a Kindle?
Yes, 'Arguably' is a compilation of his essays and covers a wild variety of topics. I took it cover-to-cover but the essays are great for an hour here and there well spent.
I can't think of the author you mention. Another hint...?! Regarding "enough discussion" there is a wonderful organization that presents and live-streams debates - Intelligence Squared I think you'll find their archives very interesting.
I found that book by a female author that I was trying to remember in the earlier post above.
Knocking on Heaven's Door, by Lisa Randall
Haven't read it, but looks interesting. Have you read or heard of it?
Description from NY Times below:
Lisa Randall is a professor of physics at Harvard and one of the more original theorists at work in the profession today. In the fancifully titled “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” her second book for a popular audience, she has two avowed aims: first, to explain where physics might be headed now that the Large Hadron Collider — the enormous particle accelerator on the Swiss-French border — is finally up and running; and second, to air her views on the nature of science, its fraught relations with religion, and the role of beauty as a guide to scientific truth. Her book thus alternates between the nitty-gritty of particle physics and meditations of a more rarefied sort. Stitching the whole thing together are passages recounting the author’s globe-trotting adventures: accepting the key to the city from the mayor of Padua, chatting up a scientifically curious actor on a flight to Los Angeles, attending the Barcelona premiere of an opera about physics for which she had written the libretto.
I have read Russell's work "The Conquest of Happiness", and I thought it was brilliant.