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"“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. However bad life may seem, while there is life, there is hope.”

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The Theory of Everything is a brilliant film about a brilliant man. Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) turns in an Oscar-worthy perfor..." Read more of this chapter »
Thomas Jefferson by Christopher Hitchens
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Far from the breadth of Merrill Peterson's and R.B. Bernstein's memoirs of this most venerated and complex of founding fathers, Hitchens' treatment is compendiary and not particularly original. He clearly draws from superior and more comprehensive so ...more
Evolution by Donald R. Prothero
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“Evolution is happening all around us. It happens every time a new germ invades your body, a new pest or weed destroys our crops, or a new insecticide-resistant fly or mosquito bites you. Creationists may get some personal comfort from their beliefs, ...more
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
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History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples’ environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves.


What do Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama and Francisco Pizarro have in co
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The Will to Power by Friedrich Nietzsche
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The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
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The Jefferson Lies by David Barton
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Confirmation bias has taken many victims over the years. And it’s a sure bet that anyone you know who parrots David Barton has also been duped. Best known for providing inaccurate portrayals of the religious views of the founders of this nation, Bart ...more
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
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Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.

Big insights are rare commodities. Unless, that is, you happen to be cycling through Gladwell territory, where tucke
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The Hot Zone by Richard   Preston
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The subtitle for Richard Preston's 1994 bestseller reads: "The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus." How much you enjoy The Hot Zone seems to hinge on what you know about Ebola going in and, by extension, how seriously you take th ...more
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Socrates
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates

Rachel Carson
“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.”
Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us

Socrates
“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”
Socrates

Alan Moore
“Stood in firelight, sweltering. Bloodstain on chest like map of violent new continent. Felt cleansed. Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what cats know that makes them scream like babies in night.

Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else.

Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world.

Was Rorschach.

Does that answer your Questions, Doctor?”
Alan Moore, Watchmen

Charles Bukowski
“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
Charles Bukowski

The Theory of Everything: The Mini-Review (Entertainment)
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Description: A pair of electrifying performances from the film’s leads creates an emotional tour de force and one of the most memorable films to grace the big screen this year.