Books… and such

Recently, I have stayed pretty busy. I have not had much time for reading lately, even though I do enjoy it. I tend to pick books in the non-fiction category – politics, current events, philosophy, etc.

I recently finished Alien Agenda by Jim Marrs. If you’ve ever been interested, or even the least bit curious, about UFOs, space exploration, Remote Viewing, conspiracy theories, government cover-ups, this is a very detailed and interesting book to read.

I had read the chapter on Remote Viewing just before seeing the film, “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” which covers that subject. I can’t remember if they called it “Remote Viewing” or “psychic warfare,” but that’s what it references. The film states that more of the events in the film are true than you would think, paraphrasing, of course.

Reading Alien Agenda and then seeing episodes of History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” series is an interesting combination as well.

I have also read books on religion and philosophy and still have a growing list that I have not started on, but I have finally started the first chapter of God is Not Great: How Religions Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens.

Here is a somewhat lengthy quote from the first chapter that I found interesting and thought-provoking:

“And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake. We do not hold our convictions dogmatically… We are not immune to the lure of wonder and mystery and awe: we have music and art and literature, and find that the serious ethical dilemmas are better handled by Shakespeare and Tolstoy and Schiller and Dostoyevsky and George Eliot than in the mythical morality tales of the holy books. Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and – since there is no other metaphor – also the soul. We do not believe in heaven or hell, yet no statistic will ever find that without these blandishments and threats we commit more crimes of greed or violence than the faithful. We are reconciled to living only once… We speculate that it is at least possible that, once people accepted the fact of their short and struggling lives, they might behave better toward each other and not worse. We believe with certainty that an ethical life can be lived without religion…”

Speaking of Hitchens, there is a good documentary with him and a pastor named Douglas Wilson. The movie is Collision: Hitchens vs. Wilson. Hitchens, an atheist, and Wilson, an evangelical theologian, had a series of email conversations that were published in a book called Is Christianity Good for the World? This is a much more specific and interesting question than the usual “Does God exist?” debate.

Rather than have the normal book tour, showing up at the local bookstore with a table and some pens to sign copies of the book, they scheduled a series of debates to promote the book.

Anyway… tonight, Hail the Titans and The Great American Breakdown are opening for Maserati at Bottletree, but you probably already knew that since I’ve been talking about it since we got confirmed on the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m.

And tomorrow, Hail the Titans heads to Atlanta’s Highland Inn Ballroom to rock out with our friends in New Terminus. 8:30 p.m.

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