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

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)" 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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In reply to myself (lol), someone gave me an acceptable explanation to this.


Basically, in terms of how the human brain fundamentally works, it has to do with humankind, today as we know it, came from too narrow a lineage to allow for the quantity of genetic variables that existed in the distant past. This does not mean further human evolution is impossible; but if it can happen at all, it will occur slowly.


Of course, I can also appreciate that this theory can be challenged.

The guy obviously, doesn't know what he's talking about.  "...too many humans"?  That makes no sense.  Anyway, evolution is a LONG and slow process.  If and when the human brain makes another evolutionary "step" it won't be just a sudden "snap" and "here's your new brain", no evolution, by definition, as Charles Darwin had it figured out.  If and when there is to be an evolution of the human brain it will be over the course of many thousands of years, no one in our lifetimes will see the final outcome of it.  It took millions of years just for humanoid mammals to evolve from simian-type bipedal creatures to the human beings we know today and it is perfectly likely that "Nature" hasn't come to the end of the line in terms of evolution.  I think it's highly hubristic to say that now that we're a big-brained bunch of humans, making ever -advancing technology and so on that this means that there is no more reason or need for a continuing evolution.  How the hell is he supposed to know anyway?  As was previously quoted, "he's no expert..." so, why take the word of someone who's not even into the natural sciences, physics, chemistry, etc?  Who knows what is in store for us or any other species over the next 10,000 years or even, million years?  Jeez, by that time, some other now-unsentient species could evolve in similar ways that we did, for instance, take the pig:  they are very intelligent animals right now, as it is and what do we do w/them? we slaughter them and make pork out of them.  Of course, we know what kind of animals sheep are - they are like christians-they'll follow anything -even to their own detriment.  But pigs, dolphins, whales, other simian species, cats:  all are intelligent species and, give them a 100,000 years or a million years and the planet could look very, very different (if we don't blow ourselves to hell w/hydrogen bombs 1st) and one of these species (or even insects - ants are very intelligent and have a hierarchy of their own and even are known to invade other colonies and as booty, so to speak, take slaves from their conquest, slaves to bring back to their colony to do more work) so-watch out hubristic humans.  Your time may be numbered.  Then again, we humans might just go the way of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, but instead of getting smashed by an asteroid from space we could just cause a self-inflicted mass extinction - but we'd destroy more than ourselves, everything living now - or nearly everything (there are more species living in the sea than on land) could be wiped out and then the cycle could start anew - literally - you'd get life from the sea evolving (again) and eventually climbing out to dry land and the cycle starts all over again - remember, there is still another 5 billion or so years left until the sun distends after running out of gas and swallows up all the planets within reach (I don't know if Neptune & Pluto would be in danger -they're very far away, but you never can tell...) So, don't think for a minute that just because humans seem to be the end-all be-all of life on earth that the process of evolution is over because it isn't and wouldn't you like to be around in a million years to see what the dominant species turns out to be?! - KM

I did think it odd it would be suggested humans are at the end of their evolutionary line, even if he (Anderson Thomson) only meant in terms of how the brain fundmentally works; specific examples being empathy and attachment.


Oh well, what do I know? Not much lol. I was just curious as to why he said that (but again, he did also say he was not an expert and it was only his understanding); and he was replying to an off-hand question from someone in the audeince, at the very end of his talk.



So if you win here you'll give your copy to me? ^.^

Yes. I want.

Kisses and A Blessed Be¡

Sounds interesting, I ordered a copy.


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