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Book Discussion: Dennett's "Breaking the Spell" (Part 1)

We will be discussing the first six chapters, roughly half of the book. The Sacramento Public Library has 8 copies on its shelves.


[Nikos] 1) Breaking which spell? 3
[Nikos] 2) Some questions about science 29
[Joe] 3) Why good things happen 54
[Raj] 4) The roots of religion 97
[David] 5) Religion, the early days 116
[Josh] 6) The evolution of stewardship 153

(Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition.)

From the cover:

Religion has elicited the best and worst in the human character, from selflessness to fanaticism. But until now few books have tried to investigate it in a scientific manner. Breaking the Spell is the daring and -- inevitably -- controversial exception. Ranging through biology, history and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett asks: Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Is religion good for you? Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, the result is essential reading for believers and skeptics alike.

Here's the link to a review in Scientific American.

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