This is a deeply penetrating book about addicts and addictions. The book was written with compassion and understanding by a Doctor who works with addicts professionally and is also confronted with his own addictions. The author provides information on current brain science research that points to potential causes of addiction and explains why addicts continue to seek their drug or behavior of choice despite irreparable harm to themselves and their families. While listening to some of the stories of the drug addicts is a little depressing, the author also points out that you don’t need to be addicted to drugs to be considered an addict. Compulsive shopping, overeating and overworking are just a few common socially acceptable addictions. The author also talks about the failure of “The war on drugs” and some statistics to back up his liberal views on governmental drug policy. This is great information for anyone who has to deal with their own addiction or the addiction of a loved one.
Unlike other Atheist-Minded books I have read, this one doesn't try to make arguments for why there is no God. It accepts that fact and moves on providing "scientistic" observations that are based on facts about the physical universe.
The best part for me was that the author didn't try to slam religion or religious people while making his points or come across like he had a point of view to defend. I thought it was well thought out and would be helpful to anyone striving to live an illusion free life.
Clear thought and opinion, the author steps through the evolution of God and history with remarkable insight. I was worried this might be a "Religious" book, but I was pleasantly surprised with the author's thoughtful treatment of all of the Religion discussed.
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