Win a free signed copy of J. Anderson Thomson's new book!

THE CONTEST HAS CONCLUDED. Thanks to all who entered! Follow Nelson on Twitter to get the winners announcement!

UPDATED!!: So. you've joined Think Atheist and you've signed up for a Twitter account and now you're ready for the contest to start but what now?? Well now we're able to give you the final details on how to enter the contest.

***Go to Twitter and follow Pitchstone Publishing, the publisher of the book, and then tweet this sentence: "I'm a member of @ThinkAtheist and I want a copy of Why We Believe in
God(s) http://bit.ly/iSEHdl"

Make sure you get it exactly (I'd recommend copying and pasting it to be sure!) so that you don't risk your entry not being counted!

Remember, the contest runs from midnight tonight- Saturday 12AM- until 11:59:59PM Saturday night (all times Eastern US. timezone converter here.)!

Alright, we're at the point now where we can give you the details of the contest we're running whereby 3 (three) ((***UPDATED!!! The publisher of the book is so excited at how the contest is going they've upped the number of prizes from 3 to FIVE signed copies of the book!***)) FIVE Think Atheist members will win a signed copy of Dr. J. Anderson Thomson's new book Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith, featuring a foreword by none other than Richard Dawkins! 

 

Here are the details:

1) The contest is open only to Think Atheist members so if you're reading this and you're not already a member join now! In order to enter you must have a Twitter account as well. Create one now so that you're prepared ahead of time for the contest. 

 

2) The contest will be held May 21st- this Saturday- and will run from midnight to midnight Eastern US time (here's a timezone converter for those in other timezones around the world)

 

3) You will be entered in to the contest when you take to Twitter between the hours of 12AM Saturday May 21st and 11:59:59PM Saturday May21st to follow the book's publisher and to tweet a specific phrase. This page will be updated Friday night with links to the publisher's Twitter account and with the specific phrase that will need to be tweeted. Following the publisher now before the time of the contest will do you no good and may result in your entry not being counted. Wait for us to say "GO!"

 

4) Each entrant will be assigned a number. At the conclusion of the contest the publisher will randomly draw 3 FIVE numbers corresponding to 3 FIVE entrants. Those persons will then be contacted in order to first verify their membership with Think Atheist*. Upon verification of their membership with Think Atheist they will be given an email address at which to contact the publisher so that the publisher can get the winner's mailing address for shipping of the book. Winners must contact the publisher within 24 hours of being notified to be eligible to receive their prize**. All costs of shipping the book will be handled by the publisher, whether the winner is within or without the US. 

 

5) Once you've signed up for your Think Atheist membership go to Twitter and follow Pitchstone Publishing, the publisher of the book, and then tweet this sentence: "I'm a member of @ThinkAtheist and I want a copy of Why We Believe in God(s) http://bit.ly/iSEHdl" Make sure you get it exactly (I'd recommend copying and pasting it to be sure!) so that you don't risk your entry not being counted!

That's it! Do this and you'll be entered into the contest!

 

So there you go everyone! Sign up for TA. Create your Twitter profile. Follow Pitchstone and send your tweet!

 

Here's a video of Dr. Thomson discussing the book. 

Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith -... from Kurt Volkan on Vimeo.

 

And here he is discussing the cognitive science behind religious thought at the 2009 American Atheists conference.

 

*Should any of the chosen entrants not be verified Think Atheist members the publisher will then randomly select another entrant. This will continue until such time as we have 3 FIVE verified Think Atheist members as winners. (So, again, if you're not a member now, JOIN!)

**Should a winner fail to contact the publisher within 24 hours of being notified they will be deemed to have forfeited the prize and another entrant will be randomly drawn. This will continue until we have 3 FIVE verified Think Atheist members who respond to claim their prize within 24 hours.

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interesting date for the contest, we'll have to read it in hell, lol =))
This is gonna be fun :)
This is just another reason why this site is awesome.  Can't wait!
Nice. I'm glad that its open to people outside the US. Usually we non-North Americans get left out, but not this time :)
Thanks
I can't wait!  This is twitteriffic!  ;-D
sounds like fun :)
The video was F.A.S.C.I.N.A.T.I.N.G.  Thank you.
I was offered an advance copy of this book from the publishers (and accepted), presumably to review on my blog. I wonder if it'll be signed. Probably not, but that'd be pretty cool.
This guy makes sense.   Freud had a very intelligent theory about the roots of religion - two brothers kill their father and then, afterward, in a fit of remorse, etc, they end up deifying the dead father and, in a nutshell, religion evolved from that - I know that it's a lot more complicated and wordy than this but this is a quick explanation...
I looove the date set for this. I work in Portland, Or and this car drives around all day with giant billboards attached to the car letting us all know that the bible has foretold the end of the earth, and complete with a very specific date too! That's right....may 21st 2011 boys and girls. I don't know about you but I have read the bible cover to cover,even some old ones that have all those REALLY weird gospels in them and I have yet to come across anything that says that's the date. I stopped him and asked him if he is willing to give up his religion if he wakes up on the 22nd in his bed and not in heaven and I looked him dead in his eyes when I said it and he said with such conviction that it doesn't matter cause it's going to happen. He seemed thrilled by the prospect of the world ending. I wonder how empty ones life has to be to want all of life and this beautiful planet to come to an end....I think he will have a serious nervous breakdown when it hits him. I told him to have a great day and I'd see him on the 22nd. :)

This guy is obviously mentally ill.  In fact, a case could be made that anyone who believes nonsensical religious dogmas is crazy- ok, so it's probably not in the DSM-IV (R) but it makes sense:  how can anybody truly still hold on to anachronistic tenets in the face of miles of books and papers and other scholarly material - what about outer space?  There's obviously no "heaven" up there, just an empty, endless universe and guess what?  The earth is NOT the center of the earth as the Catholic church claimed (they only, about 20 years ago or so apologized for their inhumane treatment of Galileo, Copernicus, etc!!!)  The earth is only a tiny little speck in the midst of an endless universe, full of trillions of stars, billions of galaxies and so forth.  Also - for all of you suckers taken in by the stupid idea that the earth is going to end Dec 21, 2012 because some obscure, ancient (Mayan) calendar said so - come on!  Get real.  There is nothing to worry about people.  Whoever started this dumb idea floating around is just as mentally ill as the screaming schizo wildly ranting about the earth ending on May 22.  -km

I have a question. I watched the hour long video of this guy and very near to the end, someone asks him a question about the end of the evolution line, and will there be further steps. The guy basically said, from what he understands, there "are too many humans" for another step to happen in terms of how the human brain fundamentally works. He said he was no expert, but that was his understanding. I don't understand why that would be so. Can someone explain that further?

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