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Re: The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 07:49:37 PM »
Just started this, and while I'm only up to chapter 2, so far this book is excellent.  Highly recommended.
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Re: The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 08:29:50 PM »
Is there something we can take for this.  A shot of reason or something?
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Re: The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2012, 12:39:15 AM »
Just finished this book.  I've read many of the books that have come out in the last several years which tackle & debunk religion in general and christianity in particular, but this one stands out as being different than the usual polemic.  It is fascinating how the author illustrates how religious belief parallels biological viruses/infections, and how the virus protects itself from attack. So true, it's beyond analogy.  It's especially illuminating to read if one has lived in the delusion in their past (as I and the author have); the material really rings true.

You can find many reviews on the Amazon.com site.  I highly recommend this book.

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Re: The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2012, 10:48:07 PM »
Just finished this book.  I've read many of the books that have come out in the last several years which tackle & debunk religion in general and christianity in particular, but this one stands out as being different than the usual polemic.  It is fascinating how the author illustrates how religious belief parallels biological viruses/infections, and how the virus protects itself from attack. So true, it's beyond analogy.  It's especially illuminating to read if one has lived in the delusion in their past (as I and the author have); the material really rings true.

You can find many reviews on the Amazon.com site.  I highly recommend this book.

(The author has a Facebook page too).
Now that you've said this, I may read it if I get the chance.  It's not fiction, so it should be something that can keep my interest longer than 5 min..  (Harry potter sucks, reading Dumbledor's stuff was the only entertainment)
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Re: The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 11:48:47 PM »
This one occupies a space on my bookshelves. This is a good read but not a must read. The author uses the virus metaphor ad nauseum. The premise is very enticing and it would be easy to believe that the virus actually exists. Well maybe it does actually exist. It could explain away a lot of the behaviour that atheists percieve as madness. The book does a pretty good job of planting those thoughts in the readers mind.

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Re: The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2012, 07:47:43 AM »
The author uses the virus metaphor ad nauseum. The premise is very enticing and it would be easy to believe that the virus actually exists. Well maybe it does actually exist. It could explain away a lot of the behaviour that atheists percieve as madness. The book does a pretty good job of planting those thoughts in the readers mind.

I never got the impression that the author is suggesting that such a virus actually exists, rather, that religious belief operates and reacts much like a virus.

I maintain that this is a must read.
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Re: The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
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Re: The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2012, 01:50:19 PM »
Matt D. is the man.

We should start watching that show live and post during it.... just an idea.
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