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The God Delusion

410UkKG0LcL._SL160_The God Delusion is a book written by the british biologist Richard Dawkins that provides a very comprehensive view of the non-thinking process called faith.

It’s a book openly written to un-convert to the converted, and for the same reason can be very controversial and some people even considered it as offensive (e.g. in the first chapter it explains the sins of the God of the Old Testament).

It provides evidence on why Natural Selection is a better theory than the so called theory of the Intelligent Design (The God hypothesis).

The book defends the children’s right to don’t be labeled as adherents of any religion only for that fact that their parents are. Children are free individuals and must think for them selves.

It provides the following scale to measure the belief of the persons:

1.00: Strong theist. 100 percent possibility of God. In the words of C.G. Jung, ‘I do not believe, I know.’

2.00: Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. De facto theist. ‘I cannot know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there

3.00: Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. Technically agnostic but leaning towards theism. ‘I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.’

4.00: Exactly 50 per cent. Completely impartial agnostic. ‘God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.’

5.00: Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. Technically agnostic but leaning towards atheism. ‘I don’t know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be sceptical.’

6.00: Very low probability, but short of zero. De facto atheist. ‘I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.’

7:00: Strong atheist. ‘I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung ‘knows’ there is one.’

The book explains that non-belivers (atheist) are happy, moral, balanced and healty persons (being an atheist is being considered as bad thing for many religious people, specialy in USA). And encourages the atheist to be prod of it.

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To know everything about everything

300px-Sidthesciencekid-logoI have a small daughter so -many times- I watch TV shows for kids, there is one that I specially enjoy: Sid the Science Kid.

It’s about a kindergarten kid named Sid, who has that sane curiosity  that makes him qualify as an “inquisitive youngster”: he wants to know everything about everything.

Every chapter is a quest to solve a question that is itching his mind, questions like: why does water freezes? why is everything changing?  how to make a perfect pancake? etc. He finds the answer to the questions with the help of his friends, teacher and fathers, by using the scientific method in a way that a kindergarten kid would do it. Nice.

I saw a picture of myself in Sid, It has made me remember some moments back when I was a kid, and some even of today!

I think that curiosity, and trying to find the answers by doing research and using the scientific method -not only what others tell you- is the only path to find the truth, whatever it is.

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A Brief History of Time

51QFQ89YMAL._SL160_I have to say that this book is one of the best gifts I have received… Although I don’t know were is it now, sorry dad, I think I need to get a copy…

It’s a so called popular science book by Stephen Hawking, its an attempt to explain a very wide range of subjects in cosmology. It talks about BigBang, Black Holes, Stars, Time, etc.

I think that the more interesting concept for me was the one of Light Cones, it really helps you to understand many things!

I also remember that previous to that book I had the idea that time travel was possible  (I still think that time pseudo-travel to the future will be possible, but definitely not to the past), and the solution to the question was soooo simple: If time travel were possible, we would be full of visitors from the future, and we are not! It was so simple that I was blind to see it.

I really recommend it.

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