Waking up at 2:30am is not fun. Compound that with the inability to recapture your sleep state and you have a recipe for this blog post. But why was I having dreams of high voltage electrical wires falling on me? Really?
So I am perusing Think Atheist, listening to CaraColeen's music playlist and debating which book I should tackle next after I finish The Blind Watchmaker. I'd really like to jump right into Dawkins soon to be released The Greatest Show on Earth, but alas it won't be out until late September. I had it on pre-order at Amazon, but canceled that order so that I could order it through the Think Atheist bookstore
(which is also Amazon, so it makes no difference) and help out the site with more than my opinions. Thanks to Nelson for reminding me
to do that! But until then, I'll need some literature to lull me to sleep at night.
The leading candidate right now is Towing Jehovah
by James Morrow. I think I need some light reading as a break from the steady stream of biology books I've been consuming of late. Morrow's tale of of the death of God which leaves a two mile long corpse floating in the ocean promises much humor that I dare hope rivals something on the order of Douglas Adams. From reviews I have read, female atheists attempt to sink the corpse in the name of women's rights as it is being towed to a tomb built by angels. How can this not be good?
Of course I could get Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True
out of the way, but I think I know already why it is true. So far Dawkins has been a great source for evolutionary information as he typically introduces ideas that not only do I find compelling in a true sense, but these ideas along with his clear writing help me develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter. However, I would like to sample other voices regarding evolution. I enjoyed Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish
immensely and I hope Coyne's book does not disappoint. However, I fear it will be simply a counter argument to creationism.
Or I could finish the second book in The Baroque Cycle
; The Confusion
by Neal Stephenson. I started that book a year ago and for whatever reason only made it a fourth of the way through. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Quicksilver
, but I don't think I realized what I had bought or what I was getting into. The adventures of Half-Cocked Jack, King of the Vagabonds, juxtaposed with the rationality of Daniel Waterhouse's tale read like two completely different books. Well, since their stories are not interspersed it can be said that the tales are two separate books. But any story that carries Isaac Newton as a character and makes it work is no small testament to the competence of the author.
beginning of the day, I wish I had a job where I could sit back and lose myself in a book for my entire work day. Something like a security guard or playboy millionaire.