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Interesting tidbits, but it won't be helpful for the unconvinced
on March 12, 2014
The good things:
+ The book is well organized on many different topics.
+ The book presents ideas and information that I haven't encountered previously, such as important criteria for the historical method and for trusting experts. Carrier gives some fascinating examples of applying the historical method, too.
- If you're not already interested in a philosophical topic that he writes about, Carrier won't try to motivate you to become interested in it.
- There are occasional pointlessly crass lines, like where he compared religious beliefs to blue monkeys flying out of his ass.