Recently I went to a large bookstore to find some scientific books. Usually, I buy books from amazon or exlibris (swiss online book store). But I prefer "real" shops to poke around. I'm interested in a wide range of scientific subjects. It could be pychologie, quantum physics, biologie, mathematics, etc. But I couldn't finde anything in those subjects, except maybe some few basic school books.
But instead there were a lot of shelves with books about religion, "spirituality", homoeopathy, esotericism, feng-shui and other mumbo jumbo. I was horrified. I don't wonder anymore why a lot of people take this bullshit serious. So I went to another bookstore, but It wasn't better there. I couldn't even find some popular science books like by Dawkins.

Hmmm... Demand and supply? That worries me...

(BTW: My english isn't that perfect, I hope you understand my postings anyway :-)

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Comment by D'Holbach on July 27, 2009 at 5:52pm
Your English is *very* good.

We have the same problem here in the States. Most of the bookstores have a tiny science section but a huge section on spirituality and religion. I suppose that I shouldn't be surprised--most people in this country don't believe in evolution by natural selection.

What really irritates me is that philosophical works are often shelved in the same section as religious books. I don't want to have to look for Spinoza or Dennett amidst a pile of bibles.
Comment by Dave G on July 28, 2009 at 12:20am
Your English is excellent, Fabian.

A lot of the bookstores here have the same problem. There will be perhaps 2-3 bookshelves of science-related books, most of which are fairly watered-down, and entire sections devoted to New Age woo or religion. I usually have to special order books that I want.
Comment by SabreNation on July 28, 2009 at 9:21am
While I don't read as many science-related books as I probably should (I'm not much of a reader and science books bore me to tears usually, I much prefer getting my science fix from TV stations like Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel) but I *LOVE* books regarding atheism and secularism. I tend to have the same problem finding those around here.

I recently went to a new Barnes & Noble that opened in Buffalo, the place is *HUGE*, comparable in size to your average department store. I figured it would be a good place to find some new books about atheism that I haven't read yet. It took me 20 minutes just to FIND them, tucked away in a corner on a single shelf in the religion section(?!) They had a few copies of The God Delusion, a couple copies of God Is Not Great, and 1 copy each of The Portable Atheist and Letter To A Christian Nation. I was disgusted, this store has more books than your average neighborhood library and could only manage one shelf filled with 4 different books on atheism? I counted 12 shelves total filled just with different versions of the Bible...

I came home, thoroughly disappointed, and wrote a complaint e-mail on their website which I doubt they read anyway.


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