The Atheist Camel Chronicles: Debate Themes & Arguments for the Non-Believer (and those who think they might be)

By Dromedary Hump

It is not frequently one reveals an opinionated camel with humor, biting wit, slicing sarcasm, unabashed irreverence, outright blasphemy, and on-point arguments for rational proposal and opposed to spiritual fantasy. An recommend of cause and customary feel, the writer debunks conventional believer apologetics and demanding situations theist platitudes, whereas delivering nutrition for suggestion and debate fodder for the neophyte to intermediate atheist. With multiple hundred no-holds-barred, plain-speaking rants and essays on quite a few spiritual topics, The Atheist Camel Chronicles is the go-to ebook to discover a burr to put below the saddle of the holier than thou, or to glean retorts to the banal "Truths" that religionists use to reinforce their religion within the face of the medical Age and twenty first century fact. occasionally humorous, continually demanding hitting and idea upsetting, this e-book belongs within the library of each atheist, agnostic and skeptic who engages in debate and discourse with the religiously .

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Essays and Lectures

By Oscar Wilde

This publication used to be switched over from its actual version to the electronic layout through a neighborhood of volunteers. you'll locate it at no cost on the internet. buy of the Kindle variation comprises instant supply.

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Mis chistes, mi filosofía (Argumentos)

By Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek, a quien se ha calificado del «filósofo más peligroso de Occidente», resulta ser también el más divertido. Pero aquí, naturalmente, los angeles palabra divertido no es sólo cuestión de risa (que también), sino que implica una actitud irónica, subversiva, reflexiva y comprometida. El presente libro reúne 107 chistes, desperdigados por toda l. a. obra de Žižek, en un volumen que parece dar l. a. razón a los angeles frase de Wittgenstein: «Una obra filosófica seria debería estar compuesta enteramente de chistes.» No hay mejor vehículo que el chiste para ayudarnos a comprender las trampas del lenguaje, para hacernos pensar con una sonrisa o una carcajada, para colocarnos delante el espejo de nuestro propio yo y de los angeles sociedad, pues el chiste es siempre una proyección del subconsciente colectivo, de sus miedos, de sus odios, de todo aquello que el estado reprime y acaba aflorando en un estallido de libertad e insolencia. Pero en los chistes de Žižek encontramos también un compendio bufo de los angeles historia occidental de los últimos cincuenta años: desde el socialismo actual (aquí ya convertido en irreal) hasta el capitalismo siempre irreal, donde Lenin, Brézhnev, Bush, Juan Pablo II, Jesús, Clinton aparecen como personajes del envés de los angeles historia, y en su parodia ofrecen su faz más auténtica. Las principles preconcebidas, el feminismo, l. a. prostitución, el adulterio, los angeles religión («desde los angeles perspectiva teológica, Dios es el bromista supremo», cube Žižek) se someten a una meticulosa y jocosa demolición. Su marxismo bebe tanto de Groucho como de Karl, y ambos se hermanan de tal modo que parece que ya no puedan existir el uno sin el otro, pasando a acompañar a Lacan, Freud, Hegel o Heidegger, cuatro de los filósofos de cabecera de Žižek en su deconstrucción de lo que llamamos «verdad», mostrando su aspecto más estrambótico y sin olvidar que, como decía man Debord, «lo verdadero es un momento de lo falso». En este libro encontramos una vez más ese afinado cóctel marca de los angeles casa entre erudición y cultura well known, humor y reflexión, ligereza y profundidad: ahora el dialéctico se viste de comediante y nos deja con una sonrisa (a veces helada) en los angeles boca.

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A propos des chefs-d'oeuvre

By Charles Dantzig

« Chef-d'œuvre. » Quand ce très vieux mot du Moyen Âge utilisé pour l'artisanat a-t-il commencé à être appliqué à l. a. littérature ? Y a-t-il un critère du chef-d'œuvre littéraire ? Mieux, une recette ? remark être sûr qu'un livre est un chef-d'œuvre ? Un chef-d'œuvre est-il éternel ? los angeles postérité est-elle le bon juge ? Crée-t-on encore des chefs-d'œuvre aujourd'hui ? remark définir le chef-d'œuvre ?

C'est à toutes ces questions que tente de répondre ce livre. Parcourant les grands livres, de Homère à Heine et de Boccace à Beckett, il suggest une examine inattendue de l'œuvre de James Joyce aussi bien que des considérations sur ce que l'on peut penser des Aristochats de Walt Disney. Charles Dantzig montre encore une fois que l'on peut associer le brillant et los angeles réflexion, los angeles virtuosité et los angeles profondeur, l'érudition et l'esprit.

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Why Not Socialism?

By G. A. Cohen

Is socialism fascinating? Is it even attainable? during this concise booklet, one of many world's best political philosophers provides with readability and wit a compelling ethical case for socialism and argues that the stumbling blocks in its means are exaggerated.

there are occasions, G. A. Cohen notes, after we all behave like socialists. On a tenting journey, for instance, campers would not dream of charging one another to exploit a football ball or for fish that they occurred to trap. Campers don't provide in basic terms to get, yet relate to one another in a spirit of equality and group. may such socialist norms be fascinating throughout society as an entire? Why now not? complete societies may perhaps vary from tenting journeys, however it continues to be beautiful whilst humans deal with one another with the equivalent regard that such journeys exhibit.

yet, notwithstanding fascinating it can be, many declare that socialism is most unlikely. Cohen writes that the most important quandary to socialism is not, as frequently argued, intractable human selfishness--it's really the inability of visible ability to harness the human generosity that's there. missing these skill, we depend out there. yet there are lots of methods of confining the sway of the marketplace: there are fascinating adjustments which can movement us towards a socialist society during which, to cite Albert Einstein, humanity has "overcome and complicated past the predatory level of human development."

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Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture

Volume—a notice that refers to sound, collections, and the size of space—is an important attribute of either picture layout and well known track. whereas expressing diverse points of those pervasive cultural mediums, the time period additionally introduces a dialogue on their many hyperlinks. Volume: Writings on photo layout, track, artwork, and Culture is a suite of either new and vintage writings through widespread Emigre contributor and educator Kenneth FitzGerald that survey the self-discipline of photograph layout in context with the parallel inventive fields of up to date musicand artwork. the subjects of the writings are diversified: the jobs of sophistication in layout, layout schooling, Lester Bangs and Creem journal, pornography, album disguise artwork, autonomous list labels, anonymity and imaginary inventive identities, and layout as cultural chaos-maker.

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Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct

By P. M. Forni

Most humans could agree that considerate habit and customary decency are briefly provide, or just forgotten in moved quickly lives of emails, mobile phones, and multi-tasking. In Choosing Civility, P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five principles which are such a lot crucial in connecting successfully and fortunately with others. In transparent, witty, and, well...civilized language, Forni covers issues that come with:

* think carefully sooner than Asking Favors
* supply positive Criticism
* chorus from Idle Complaints
* admire Others' Opinions
* do not Shift accountability and Blame
* deal with Your visitors
* settle for and provides Praise

Finally, Forni offers examples of the way to place each one rule into perform and so make life-and the lives of others-more stress-free, companionable, and rewarding.

Choosing Civility is a straightforward, useful, completely measured, and quietly magical instruction manual at the misplaced paintings of civility and compassion.

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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Religion)

By Randall L. Nadeau

Comprising the main up to date, interdisciplinary study at the examine of chinese language non secular ideals and cultural practices, this quantity explores the wealthy and complicated non secular and philosophical traditions that experience constructed and flourished in a single of the world's oldest civilizations.

• Covers the most chinese language traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in addition to Christianity and Islam
• encompasses a special organizational constitution, with teams of readings considering historic, traditions-based, and topical components of chinese language religion
• Explores a few modern non secular themes, together with gender, nature, asceticism, fabric tradition, and gods and spirits
• Brings jointly a group of authors who're specialists of their sub-fields, delivering readers with the most recent learn in a speedily transforming into discipline

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“This e-book is what lecturers and scholars of chinese language religions were anticipating. Divided into 3 elements: historic survey, the traditions and significant phrases for the examine of chinese language religions, it represents a such a lot finished and even as innovative scholarship in this topic. even if one makes use of it because the fundamental textbook or including an anthology of fundamental assets, this quantity will end up to be an necessary companion”. —Chün-fang Yü, Columbia University

About the Author
Randall L. Nadeau is Chair of the dep. of faith and Professor of East Asian Religions at Trinity collage, Texas. He has released commonly on such issues as renowned spiritual literature, deity cults, and people faith in either China and Japan, in addition to technique within the examine of faith, in particular Buddhism and renowned spiritual routine.

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Arc, Issue 1.2 - Post Human Conditions

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL: what is going to we be tomorrow?
Simon Ings & Sumit Paul-Choudhury

FORWARD: The future’s mine
Frederik Pohl
How we expect in regards to the destiny, shapes the longer term — and the final of Gernsback’s greats says we should always be cautious what we want for

PRESENT demanding: no one is aware you’re a dog
Anne Galloway & Sumit Paul-Choudhury
The web is sending feelers throughout the animal country. is that this a brand new approach of existence on the earth - or simply one other self-importance replicate for humans?

SHORT tale: Attenuation
Nick Harkaway
Sonny corridor lived speedy, died younger and left a gorgeous corpse. And that’s whilst his problems rather began

PRIOR paintings: Petersburg’s Prometheus
Sonja Vesterholt & Simon Ings
For two decades, unemployable Russian filmmaker Pavel Klushantsev led a lifetime of loneliness and obscurity, ignorant of a Hollywood crusade to trace down “the purple Kubrick”.

SHORT tale: The Man
Paul McAuley
Why did he come to this hardscrabble human cost, unannounced, unequipped, with no goal, with no hope? Come to think about it - why did they?

INNER area: during the Deep house Desert
Regina Peldszus
Humanity is set to embark at the longest, such a lot tedious round-trip ever. Fretful passenger Regina Peldszus asks, “Are we there yet?”

SHORT tale: large Dave’s in Love
T.D. Edge
Poor Dave: someplace less than all these vodka mallows beats a lover’s middle. And Jack had larger locate it, quick, prior to the sludge arrives.

TOMORROW undertaking: aid form the future
The moment Arc/Tomorrow undertaking brief tale pageant is underway. Come subscribe to the conversation

UNEVENLY disbursed: The Mudang’s dance (+)
Gord Sellar
South Korea has long past from impoverished feudal backwater to liberal financial superpower in a new release — but its humans don’t discuss the longer term a lot. Do they understand whatever we don’t?

SPACES: equipped for Pleasure
P.D. Smith
There are many severe and sober the reason why humanity has turn into a predominantly city species - yet it’s the foolish ones that count.

PLAY: grownup pursuits
Holly Gramazio
Treasure hunts and letterboxing, soccer and free-for-alls: those video games interact whole groups. Can electronic video games compete?

GAMES: undesirable vibrations
Kyle Munkittrick
A video game is sort of a dream: you need to be in it to appreciate it. So why do the easiest video games placed you within the final position you'll ever are looking to be?

SHORT tale: Komodo
Jeff Van der Meer
Listen, baby: there are not any things like angels, and the gods are taking us for a experience. yet what a ride!

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Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands

By Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon's glowing first e-book of nonfiction is a love tune in sixteen elements — a chain of associated essays in compliment of studying and writing, with topics working from ghost tales to comedian books, Sherlock Holmes to Cormac McCarthy. all through, Chabon energetically argues for a go back to the exciting, chilling origins of storytelling, rejecting the fake partitions round "serious" literature in want of a wide-ranging affection. His personal fiction, in the meantime, is explored from the point of view of non-public heritage: post-collegiate desperation sparks his debut, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh; procrastination and doubt display the best way towards Wonder Boys; a love of comics and a basement golem mix to create the Pulitzer Prize-winning The notable Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; and an enigmatic Yiddish phrasebook unfurls into The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

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