Shermer shows what ID lacks in order to be considered a science and shows a few motivations other than scientific interest those who advocate it may have for trying to advance it. The book also gets into the history of ID and the battle to have it added to the curriculum in public schools and the decisions by several courts, some conservative, that this is unconstitutional. Shermer's effort in this book is toward the preservation of science rather than discounting of religion or the existence of God.
This is a good read (or listen) on its own or as an introduction to the conversation before going on to something like the Blind Watchmaker.
Bryant tells Henry Aarons' legendary story through his playing days to the difficult decision Aaron, a man who hates cheating, made regarding how to respond to Bonds' fraudulent capture of his all time homerun record. Eclipsed by Jackie Robinson's career, Aaron's challenging contribution and struggle with civil rights is also covered. In this he sought respect, as he did with regard to his status among contemporaries like Mays and Musial. Aaron being the greatest hitter in baseball history makes this an excellent book for any baseball fan, but more than this, Aaron is an enormous and meaningful character in American lore and should be of interest to everyone.
Lovecraft is best read yourself in quiet house on a winter night, but listening to Wayne June is a close second. Great performance.
This covers a lot of history, starting with the Roman origins of inquisitions. The lecturer is very well informed though he does seem to go out of his way to defend the church every few minutes. Even so, he presents the history most have never really looked into in a way that's easy to follow and retain.
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