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Go to: Jon Stewart Doesn’t Understand How Science Works Even a Little Bit

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It's for moments like this that I stopped watching The Daily Show about a year ago. He's just too tolerant of nonsense.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 02:57:14 UTC | #935384

Go to: Four Bad Reasons to Believe Anything

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The letter Richard wrote for his daughter is one of the most important things I've read. I've long since earmarked it for my own daughter. Seek it out in Parenting Beyond Belief or The Devil's Chaplain, if you haven't yet.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 03:06:56 UTC | #928814

Go to: [UPDATE - audio]Evolution? Children do Adam and Eve it

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Looking forward to both the UK version of the book and the audiobook. I wonder, was the opportunity taken to include a recording of Richard's "Letter to Juliet" as published in The Devil's Chaplain? It's easily one of the most moving pieces I've ever read. It would be wonderful to have that as a bonus on the audiobook version of The Magic of Reality.

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 21:10:45 UTC | #866464

Go to: [Update 9/13]-OCT 1&2 BOOK TOUR DETAILS - US Book Tour Schedule

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Yes, I will most likely be acquiring a copy of this from Amazon UK if the boy-centric US cover remains intact.

To those who question my skills as a parent: congratulations. You know nothing of my arrangement with my daughter, and are well on your way to becoming Internet trolls.

There's a reason why we have that phrase, "don't judge a book by its cover." It's because children have a natural tendency to decide how they feel about something from their first impressions. Getting them beyond that is not impossible, but it's difficult. Especially at this age and in our materialistic culture. As a single father who only has his daughter on weekends, it is especially taxing to teach her otherwise. But I'm trying.

It's shameful that in 2011, science enthusiasm is still seen by many as a boys' only club. I would hope this doesn't reflect the content of Richard's book (in fact, I would expect quite the opposite -- the situation with his daughter growing up was very similar to mine, and on several occasions, I have seen his writing reflect the feminine pronoun when speaking generally), but the current US cover of the book does reinforce that antiquated idea. I would rather the marketing of what I'm sure (based on Richard's previous books) will be a wonderful read, might be more appealing and accessible to both genders, and not aimed at boys only.

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 16:13:14 UTC | #861632

Go to: God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

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The quote from Glenn Beck is also reproduced on the publisher's site, but is absent from this news item.

"There are few people in the country who question more boldly, brashly, and bravely than my friend Penn Jillette. This book is funny, provocative, and profane. But is it right? God, no!" --GLENN BECK

http://books.simonandschuster.com/God-No!/Penn-Jillette/9781451610369

The publisher also has a digital preview. I've already pre-ordered. Can't wait to read it.

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 15:13:08 UTC | #859431

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