January 07, 2008

John's Reading Report (December 2007)

Late again! Hope to be better in the coming year.

Here's what I've read since my last report:

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens is one of those three people I would invite to dinner, although I think I would lock up the liquor ahead of time. His style is engaging and entertaining, but I think this polemic sometimes preaches a bit too much to the atheist choir. I don't think it would really change the minds of the religious (and to be fair, I don't think that is the goal here). Recommended whether you're faithful, faithless, or somewhere in between.

The current issues of Architectural Digest, Dwell, National Geographic, and one month of Analog magazine.

In progress:

Consciousness Explained, Daniel C. Dennett.

Still on deck:

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas R. Hofstadter.

Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain--and How it Changed the World, Carl Zimmer.

Still about five months' worth of Analog magazine.

Posted by JohnL at January 7, 2008 03:18 PM

Somewhat related, I've started "God's Mechanics" by Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J. The sub-title is "How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion". Interesting stuff, so far.

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