Like I said in the post title, Richard Dawkins is my role model. I haven't read much by him, only one book; but he still effectively captures my personal beliefs in every word of every page. I have nothing but respect for the man. I may get odd looks carrying The God Delusion around my school composed mainly of conservative Christians, but it's well worth it. I even think I gained some brownie points from my biology teacher. I'm not sure why I'm writing this, mainly to share my admiration I guess. If anyone would like to recommend another of Dawkins' books (keep in mind, I'm a sophomore in high school, I'm not sure I could handle anything too science-y) or any other books for that matter. I already have The End of Faith by Sam Harris and God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. Any suggestions would be appreciated! 

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Comment by Denise W on February 5, 2012 at 8:33pm

(Repost...sorry...used to HTML and didn't use the proper link formatting here.)

There are certainly worse role models to have than Dawkins, for sure. I admire him, though I don't always necessarily agree with his approach. Same thing with Hitchens, or any of the Four Horsemen for that matter.

I have taken a liking to Hemant Mehta and to Greta Christina ~ both are great blogs to start with. Many terrific atheist and freethinking bloggers grace my blogroll, if you'd like to chance through there. On the left-hand side of the page...some are published authors, some strictly bloggers, all quite interesting; please note, my blogroll covers all manner of things, so look to the blog titles to give you hints as to which fall into the category of specifically godless writers...though some are not quite so obvious from their titles, so feel free to ask if you're not sure. There are many freethought writers out there...more than you might realize. :-)

 

Comment by Roam Yocham on February 5, 2012 at 8:36pm

Thanks for the suggestions!:D

Comment by Henrik Strand on February 5, 2012 at 10:46pm

Good suggestions! I have a lot of respect for Dawkins, but I got to say that his reply to Rebecca Watson´s talk about women and atheism really annoyed me. Especially coming from him. http://skepchick.org/2011/07/the-privilege-delusion/

Comment by Roam Yocham on February 5, 2012 at 11:08pm

Hmmm, that's interesting..

Comment by Roam Yocham on February 5, 2012 at 11:15pm

Thanks for sharing that with me!

Comment by Ed on February 6, 2012 at 12:53am

The moderator Nelson has an excellent list of suggested reading material depending on what aspect of religion/atheism you're interested in. Contact him and he'll fix you up when you want to expand your reading environment. Or you might locate it with a couple searches on this forum...

Comment by Diane on February 6, 2012 at 8:17am

The Ancestor's Tale and The Greatest Show on Earth are both good Dawkins reads.  I'm currently reading Climbing Mount Improbable, and it is good too, if you like reading about specifics of how evolution works.  

I had a conversation with an ex-boyfriend the other day, who said he has seen "a lot" of videos on You Tube where Dawkins gets served by creationists.  I haven't seen any of them.  Of course I haven't looked for them either.  My suspicion is that Dawkins simply gave up trying to get something through to some eggheads and my ex -boyfriend perceived that as getting owned.

He's an egghead too, though. 

Comment by Ken Hughes on February 6, 2012 at 9:39am

Are "eggheads" the same as fish heads?  I've always thought the fish symbol was somehow appropriate as the entire program smells fishy to say the least, or perhaps the most about the least. 

Regarding Ballast Water and invasive species, if you want to read some other material I've written on the matter, I'll send you a PDF of my Total Green Ship Concept that I've been promoting for the last 5-years although the work I've done toward that goal goes back almost 20-years.  I can send the PDF to you email address rather then through this link.

I've been promoting the freedoms associated with a godless lifestyle for longer yet, as well as respect for the LGBT community and the rights of that segment of society.  On that subject, when I "came out" so to speak as an atheist I gained a new prospective on the pressures a closeted person from that community must feel in not being open about who they were.  I have numerous close and dear friends from the LGBT community and a nicer group of folks would be harder to find.  I tell them I've been a lifelong practicing heterosexual, but there's an inverse relationship between age and practice;  I'm young enough to remember how, I'm just too damn old to remember why.

Comment by Artor on February 6, 2012 at 10:34am

Well, as we all know, fish heads don't play baseball, write letters, go dancing or chew gum. Or date oriental women. If this matches up with your average egghead, then yes.

Comment by Artor on February 6, 2012 at 10:35am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTpUVAcvWfU

In case someone didn't get the reference & was confused...

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