Recommended Reading

Why People Believe Weird Things - Micheal Shermer

In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. In an entirely new chapter, "Why Smart People Believe in Weird Things," Michael Shermer takes on science luminaries like physicist Frank Tippler and others, who hide their spiritual beliefs behind the trappings of science.
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.

With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence.
Letter To A Christian Nation - Sam Harris

Humanity has had a long fascination with blood sacrifice. In fact, it has been by no means uncommon for a child to be born into this world only to be patiently and lovingly reared by religious maniacs, who believe that the best way to keep the sun on its course or to ensure a rich harvest is to lead him by tender hand into a field or to a mountaintop and bury, butcher, or burn him alive as offering to an invisible God.
The Illustrated Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing. It has become an international publishing phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling over nine million copies. The book was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the nature of the universe, but since that time there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of macrocosmic worlds. These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawkin's theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book, including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), which probed back in time to within 300,000 years of the fabric of space-time that he had projected.
The Universe in a Nutshell- Stephen Hawking

One of the most influential thinkers of our time, Stephen Hawking is an intellectual icon, known not only for the adventurousness of his ideas but for the clarity and wit with which he expresses them. In this new book Hawking takes us to the cutting edge of theoretical physics, where truth is often stranger than fiction, to explain in laymen’s terms the principles that control our universe.
The Origin of Modern Humans - Roger Lewin

In this vividly written volume, award-winning science author Roger Lewin describes the discoveries, the intellectual clashes, and the often conflicting interpretations of evidence that have shaped the current debate on modern humanity's origin.
A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing - Lawrence M. Krauss

One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With a new preface about the significance of the discovery of the Higgs particle, A Universe from Nothing uses Krauss’s characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations to take us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it’s going to end.
The Human Evolution Coloring Book - Adrienne L. Zihlman (Author), Carla J. Simmons (Illustrator)

  • Provides an authoritative, scientific background for understanding the origins of humanity
  • Includes new discoveries and information essential for students of anthropology, primatology, paleontology, comparative anatomy, and genetics
  • Brings together evidence from living primates, fossils, and molecular studies
  • Explains the latest dating methods, including radioactive, paleomagnetic, and molecular clocks
  • Surveys the world of living primates, their ecology, locomotion, diet, behavior, and life histories
  • Clarifies the anatomical and behavioral similarities and differences between ourselves and our closest living relatives, the chimpanzee and the gorilla
  • Resolves some long-standing mysteries about our relationship to the extinct Neanderthals

The Skeptic's Annotated Bible - Steve Wells

The Skeptic's Annotated Bible is a harsh criticism of the Bible written by Steve Wells. Wells spent some 20 years researching the Bible, Qur'an, and Book of Mormon to generate his Skeptic's Annotated Bible. It analyses the King James Version of the Bible and is particularly useful against King James only-fundamentalists. Steve Wells analyzes a variety of issues that non-Christians and thinking Christians often find untenable with the more common presentation of the Bible as literal truth, and of the Bible and God as "good and peaceful." As with other annotations, it provides ongoing commentary about what passages mean, what their context is, and why they are there.
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything - Christopher Hitchens

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's bestseller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.
Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation - Bill Nye

“With his charming, breezy, narrative style, Bill empowers the reader to see the natural world as it is, not as some would wish it to be. He does it right. And, as I expected, he does it best.” ―Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D, host of COSMOS