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Mock Turtle
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Mock Turtle

Silent Generation - so don't expect much, Male, from UK

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    1. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanking you for the pair of frubes on Are atheists nihilists? Do they hate Little Prince?
    2. Revoltingest
      Revoltingest
      Thanx for the quite unlikely froobly.
      And for phlurbing voting for the good of the country.
      And for the Trumpish ignition source frube.
      And for fruballing the military coupe.
    3. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the winner frube on UK - Police will enter homes and break up Christmas dinners
    4. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanking you for the funny frube on "Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People?"
    5. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the funny frube on (not) Defining Bliss...
    6. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Do you think you have any 3rd choice. What/how ?
    7. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the funny frube on Watch out for RF
    8. KenS
      KenS
      Thanks for the "friendly" award on the explanation of "Many ways that you can have your marriage restored".
    9. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Request Line.
    10. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Would you walk 500 miles?
    11. KenS
      KenS
      Thank you for the Frozen Turkey funny :)
    12. Revoltingest
      Revoltingest
      Thanx for the brainy cake furball.
      And for floorbing Revoltifarian prophets.
      And for the vast body of grotty work flurbe.
      And for phrooballing Ameristan arresting The Grinch.
    13. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Leaving the EU : Practical Benefits
    14. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the friendly heart frube and like on Outrage as Nigeria sentences 13-year-old boy to 10 years prison for blasphemy

      And for the funny frube on Where gone the $ 1 ?
    15. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the opti frube on Two heads are better than one ..
    16. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the ig Nobel swimming in the fountain funny frube
    17. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the funny frube on Why do people convert?
    18. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Reading German
    19. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for friendly frube on I could have been.

      And thanks also for the funny for borrowing fertiliser
    20. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the funny frube on Love in the Time of COVID
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    UK
    Occupation:
    Irreverent/irrelevant old git
    Religion:
    Fellowship of the Mutable (agnostic atheist)
    DIR Forum Access:
    • Abrahamic Religion DIR
    • Dharmic Religions DIR
    • Non-Theistic/Non-Religious Beliefs DIR
    Some useful reading (for me at least), and in no particular order of merit (but with some recommendations) - many read a long time ago by the way:

    General:

    Life 3.0 (2017) by Max Tegmark - an exploration into how AI might develop and the likely problems associated with such
    Factfulness (2018) by Hans Rosling - why one should get the facts to inform one's opinion, which is often just not the case (must read)
    Future Shock (1970) by Alvin Toffler - arguing effects of rapid change and the possible societal consequences of such
    Maladies & Medicine: Exploring Health & Healing, 1540-1740 (2017) by Jennifer Evans & Sara Read - an exploration of health and healing in England during this period
    10 Billion (2013) by Stephen Emmott - pessimistic appraisal of population growth and what the implications are (must read)

    Religions and such:

    The End of Faith (2005) by Sam Harris - exploring the negative effects of religious beliefs
    Breaking the Spell (2007) by Daniel Dennett - an explanation as to why religion might be seen as a purely natural phenomena
    The God Argument (2013) by A C Grayling - the case for Humanism as opposed to what religions offer
    The God Delusion (2006) by Richard Dawkins - one atheist's view as to why religious beliefs are delusions

    Human behaviour and history:

    Behave (2017) by Robert Sapolsky - attempting to explain why we behave as we do, involving so many aspects of being human (must read)
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2015) by Yuval Noah Harari - from insignificant and more primitive ape to being the one exceptionally advanced ape (must read)
    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016) by Yuval Noah Harari - following on from the previous book, where we might be headed (must read)
    A Million Years in a Day (2015) by Greg Jenner - the origins of so many things we take for granted
    A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived (2017) by Adam Rutherford - what our genes, and the history of such, reveal about us (must read)
    The Bonobo and the Atheist (2014) by Frans de Waal - exploring any biological basis for morality (must read)
    Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) by Jared Diamond - proposing how geographical and environmental factors have shaped the modern world (must read)
    The Blind Watchmaker (1986) by Richard Dawkins - an argument for why the Theory of Evolution is a better one than any design being involved
    The Selfish Gene (1976) by Richard Dawkins - the unique role of genes in human life
    Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975) by E O Wilson - attempts to explain much of human behaviour from our biological past (must read)

    The Mind:

    Logically Fallacious (2015) by Bo Bennett - as stated, crash course in logical fallacies
    The Art of Failure (2010) by Dr Neel Burton - designated as the anti self-help guide and what actually is seen as success
    Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (2015) by Jeffrey A Lieberman, MD - an account of the painful history of psychiatry and associated treatments
    Against Empathy (2016) by Paul Bloom - how empathy is too often local and/or based upon what appeals, and why this might not be so beneficial overall
    The Remembered Present (1990) by Gerald Edelman - developing a theory concerning consciousness
    Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind (1992) by Gerald Edelman - theory that the mind has arisen through evolutionary morphology
    Consciousness Explained (1991) by Daniel Dennett - argues how consciousness arises from interaction of physical and cognitive processes
    Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind (1987) by George Lakoff - argues for a model of cognition on the basis of semantics
    The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1982) by Julian Jaynes - argues for a bicameral mind being in existence until recent times (must read)
    The Myth of Irrationality (1993) by John McCrone - some thoughts as per title concerning the workings of the human mind
    The Society of Mind (1986) by Marvin Minsky - a theory concerning how the mind is constructed through simpler processes
    How the Mind Works (1997) by Steven Pinker - how the mind works from an evolutionary psychology perspective
    The Language Instinct (1994) by Steven Pinker - argues that humans are born with an innate capacity for language
    The Blank Slate (2002) by Steven Pinker - arguing for human behaviour being shaped by evolutionary psychological adaptations rather than any 'blank slate'
    The Origins of Virtue (1996) by Matt Ridley - explores the issues surrounding the development of human morality
    The Red Queen (1993) by Matt Ridley - explores the evolutionary psychology perspective of sexual selection
    Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty (1999) by Nancy Etcoff - argues that our concept of beauty is in our biology rather than being a construct
    The Beauty Myth (1990) by Naomi Wolf - proposing that societal pressures have much to do with our concept of beauty
    From Bacteria to Bach And Back: The Evolution of Minds (2017) by Daniel Dennett - a possible explanation for the evolution of consciousness (not finished yet)

    Books not read yet or only partially read:

    The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails (2010) Ed by John W. Loftus - a collection of essays by various authors, as per title
    Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought (2001) by Pascal Boyer - approaches the subject via evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology
    The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are (1994) by Robert Wright - an approach to such via evolutionary psychology

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