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5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide for the Reality-Driven Life!, September 24, 2011
This review is from: The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions (Hardcover)
After The God Delusion, Letter to a Christian Nation, and God is not Great, I thought there was not much more to say about Atheism.

But, as the author says, it turns out that atheism is more just one big No!

It was science that made me an atheist, that and the problem of evil, for course. And this is where the Atheist's Guide comes in.

What it shows is that by driving to atheism science drives us to a lot of other powerful, unexpected, and important insights about reality too: For example, there's the fact that what Darwin discovered comes right out of physics. The book explains why there isn't even any room for stupid design, let alone intelligent design in the process that makes things look like God put them together.

I wasn't sure I'd be able to live with the author's Nice Nihilism till I got to the last chapter and realized that science makes my politics unavoidable. The road from the biology to the politics goes right through neuroscience, history, economics and the humanities. What a ride!

I was really surprised, as an atheist, after reading The Atheist's Guide I really do end up enjoying life more.
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I don't remotely see how science, or even scientism makes any particular politics unavoidable (and, yes, I've read the book). Rosenberg simply gave scientific rationale for his personal politics. In reading, it was easy to invent counter-rationales for other political positions, and to see that he didn't represent opposing views fairly.

Even when I agreed with a conclusion, it was accidental-not because he'd given a good reason for agreeing with him.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2014 8:45:48 AM PDT
Blooz Guy says:
Well, what if one political party is dead set against stem cell research and the other party is all for it? One party that is against it, is so because they think it violates some sort of God ordained view of the world. The other 'godless' party has no such vision but can clearly see the potential windfall for humanity in getting a complete understanding of this all important branch of science.

I don't even have to mention which political parties are in question, anyone living in North America knows full well who they are. I won't even mention evolution and which political party wants to teach the medieval version of creation.
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