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The Case of the Pope by Geoffrey Robertson
The Case of the Pope

DANE, July 26, 2015

Written by a human rights lawyer and judge, The Case of the Pope exposes the internal legal system of Canon Law, the Vatican's internal legal system which actually demands that church officials keep secret all allegations of child rape. With such a system such in place, it suddenly makes sense why justice for the survivors seems to be so slow in coming and why we so rarely hear of any legal prosecutions. In addition to describing this unbelievable system, Geoffrey Robertson also explains the history of the Vatican and how it navigated its way through the United Nations to ultimately achieve the unwarranted status is enjoys today.
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Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine by Simon Singh
Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine

DANE, July 20, 2015

With the west coast being the heart of all things "woo" in North America, Trick or Treatment should be mandatory reading for all of us. It's an excellent introduction into the history and efficacy of all sorts of "alternative" medicines and treatments. Whether or not you're a user of any of them, you'll be stunned by some of the things you'll learn.
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Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible by Jerry A Coyne
Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible

DANE, July 19, 2015

I've read a number of books related to this topic over the years but this is by far the best. In "Faith Versus Fact" Jerry Coyne puts forward the argument that religion and science are truly incompatible. Contrary to what many accomodationists try to make people believe i.e. Stephen Jay Gould's famous "non-overlapping magisteria", these two "ways of knowing" cannot actually co-exist. There may very well be believers who accept evolution and scientists who believe in a god but when examined more closely, these are simply instances of congnitive compartmentalization. Without any of the snarkiness of Dawkins or Hitchens etc, Coyne use numerous examples to support this claim. I don't think I've ever read a book that more clearly tackles this topic.
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The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically (Castle Lectures in Ethics, Politics, & Economics) by Peter Singer
The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically (Castle Lectures in Ethics, Politics, & Economics)

DANE, July 18, 2015

If I could give this more stars I would! "The Most Good You Can Do" is a follow-up to Singer's must-read "The Life You Can Save" and it's just as impactful. In the first book he outlines the ethical reasons why all of us here in the west should be giving more to organizations that operate in the third world. After reading it, any excuses you may have used in the past will have been soundly squashed. In this new book, he goes a step further and discusses how to give in the most effective way possible. There have been a number of books out recently on the topic of effective altruism but I especially liked this one as he starts off with stories of people who have changed their strategies and I find that real life examples are always inspiring. There really are better and worse ways to give so if you want to learn more about how to best donate your money, "The Most Good You Can Do" is the book for you!
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Owner #02: Zero Point by Neal Asher
Owner #02: Zero Point

DANE, July 7, 2015

This is the second book in Neal Asher's "The Owner" series and it's as good as the first. It's set in a dystopian future where our population has passed 17 billion and the world is split between the elite and the "zero assets". The action moves between Earth, a colony on Mars and a massive space station where a revolution to overthrow the world government begins. It's a definite page-turner and one of the things that makes it so interesting is fact that the flashbacks used to explain how things got so bad describe a world we're all too familiar with.
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