Category Archive: Non-Fiction Friday

Jul 27

Non-Fiction Friday: Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant

If you watched the Discovery Channel special about raising the mammoth back in 2000 then you know a little about the contents of this book. The story is a blend of science, adventure, history and politics. The mammoth is a creature that haunts the modern imagination. Sure, dinosaurs get all the press and their resurrection …

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Jul 13

Non-Fiction Friday: Stalking the Wild Asparagus

I can’t get my kids to eat their vegetables at the dinner table. This isn’t news to most parents of course. I was the same way as a kid I suppose. If you tagged along with us on a hike deep into the forest, though, you would see a different side of them both. They …

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Jun 29

Non-Fiction? Friday: Mind Games

Inspired by the extreme level of cognitive dissonance displayed by our new house troll here at IdioPrag, I have decided to offer a book this week just for fun. I would hardly call it non-fiction since the content takes place in a world haunted by spirits and demons, where magic is real and psychic powers …

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Jun 01

Non-Fiction Friday: Liars for Jesus Volume 1 by Chris Rodda

This week’s edition of Non-Fiction Friday is going to be quick. This week has left me mentally and physically exhausted. I need a vacation. Have you heard about America’s Christian heritage? Did you know that we were founded as a Christian nation? Did you know that the separation of church and state was a myth, …

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May 25

Non-Fiction Friday: The Earth Dwellers

Most who walk out their front door in the morning can be oblivious. Those who have the luxury of a well manicured yard can look out over that sea of green and let that evolved sense of serenity, however faint, wash over them before they get in the car and drive to work. Though my lawn …

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Apr 21

Non-Fiction Friday: Have a Nice Doomsday, Why Millions of Americans are Looking Forward to the End of the World

Non-Fiction Friday is on Saturday this week due to our observance of the Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is over now. Please don’t stay silent. If you see injustice, whether it be bullying or oppression or corruption, if you see the rights of others being trampled, please speak up. Those of us who …

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Apr 13

Non-Fiction Friday: How to Build a Dinosaur

It’s hard to have even a passing interest in paleontology and not know the name Jack Horner. He and some of his colleagues have shaken the world of dinosaur paleontology more than a few times over the years. In the book How to Build a Dinosaur he and James Gorman tell a compelling set of narratives about …

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Mar 23

Non-Fiction Friday: Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless

So I just finished Greta Christina’s new book, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless this morning and damn, I’m pissed. Not to say that I wasn’t pissed before. Also not to say that I’m letting it interfere with my ability to function and be happy but goddammit I’m …

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Mar 09

Non-Fiction Friday: Free Will by Sam Harris

Do we really have free will or is it just an illusion? It’s a question that has been argued about for centuries in one form or another. I have debated the question myself many times, often from both sides of the issue. What is meant when someone says they have free will? What does it mean …

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Feb 24

Non-Fiction Friday: How the Mind Works

It’s my turn to give a brief book review. I will be talking about How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker. I am a Pinker fan and I had a few of his books to choose from for this review. The first of his books I read was The Language Instinct. I was so impressed …

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