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Strong in Substance, Lacking in Style
on January 8, 2011
I was initially skeptical about the literary and scientific intentions of the book. My skepticism was allayed, however, by the first few chapters. The science writing outshines the autobiographical portions. Graffin's personal reflections, however, often dip into platitudes and cliches, especially in the latter chapters, which detrimentally contrasts against the more streamlined science writing (obviously due to the co-author's contributions). I'm left with the speculation that Graffin intended the book for high-school and college students, as well as quintessential punk rock fans (hence the overly-simplistic memoir prose). In general, I think the book offers a great introduction to naturalistic philosophy, as well as trenchant insights for the more knowledgeable atheist. The concluding chapter on "eternal life" is one of the more poignant and reflective sections of the book.