We will not survive unless we adapt to the way the world is changing. The Age of Unreason is an inspiring vision of an era of new discoveries, new enlightenment and new freedoms. It helps us to understand what Tom Peters, the American business guru, has called the new 'upside down' competitive realities in the world of work and of leisure. It is a book to turn your understanding of the world on its head.
A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces—usually treated as separate entities—that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of “junk thought” that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion.
Ben Franklin must save the world when Isaac Newton unleashes dark magic in this “ambitious” alternate history series by a New York Times–bestselling author (Library Journal). Greg Keyes reimagines the eighteenth-century as an era of apocalyptic sorcery in which a young printer’s apprentice named Benjamin Franklin joins forces with a host of historical personages to prevent humankind’s annihilation by demons and black magic inadvertently released by the great British alchemist, Sir Isaac Newton. Newton’s Cannon: Isaac Newton’s discovery of philosopher’s mercury threatens to destroy all human life on Earth, unless he and his new American protégé, young Benjamin Franklin, can keep the substance out of the malevolent hands of France’s King Louis XIV. “An intricately crafted, elegantly delivered story filled with idealism and betrayal, adventure, and philosophy . . . fascinating” (Library Journal). A Calculus of Angels: A demonic conspiracy has destroyed England while unleashing chaos and terror upon the world. A possessed Peter the Great marches his conquering armies across a devastated Europe. And Newton and Franklin prepare for Armageddon. Empire of Unreason: As eternal winter descends upon Earth, Franklin returns to the American colonies to hone his alchemical skills and ready his secret cabal of scientists, Native Americans, and former slaves for the upcoming battle for humankind’s survival. “The most original fantasy I have read in years” (Kevin K. Anderson, New York Times–bestselling author). The Shadows of God: Angels and demons watch and wait as the last warriors of dead Europe invade the New World intent on defeating Ben Franklin’s American alliance and conquering the colonies. “Inventive and exciting, filled with clever details and high adventure” (Science Fiction Chronicle).
With a sorcerer on his heels, Benjamin Franklin flees to England for help from Sir Isaac Newton, whose new discovery--a means of controlling reality itself--has sparked a war between Louis XIV and George I of England. Original.
Evidence and logic are lacking in many areas of public debate today on hot-button issues ranging from dietary fat to vaccination. In Science Under Attack, Dr. Alexander shows how science is being abused, sidelined or ignored, making it difficult or impossible for the public to form a reasoned opinion about important issues. Readers will learn why science is becoming more corrupt, and also how it is being abused for political and economic gain, support of activism, or the propping up of religious beliefs. To illustrate how science is being ignored and abused, the author examines six different issues and the way they are currently discussed: evolution, dietary fat, climate change, vaccination, GMO crops and continental drift. In his research, he has gone back to the original source wherever possible rather than quoting second-hand sources, adding a degree of accuracy and nuance often missing. The controversial assertion that science does not support the conventional wisdom on climate change should be of particular interest. Alexander shows that the scientific evidence for a substantial human contribution to climate change is actually flimsy, and he demonstrates the fallacy of comparing the strong link between smoking and lung cancer to the much weaker connection between human activity and global warming.
The X Gang must stand up for their beliefs in a changing world. A new face of violence and hate has come to Portland, Maine, and the punks in the X Gang find themselves targeted once again. It is the early eighties, and the youth subculture they have grown up in is changing. Kurt, X, and the others have reluctantly concluded that they are unlikely to ever change the world with their punk anthems, but that injustice is still worth fighting against. The friends lean on each other for the strength to deal with death, addiction, sexism, and racism they see all around them. Meanwhile, the police and the FBI are on the trail of a killer, and a member of the X Gang holds the secret to the fugitive’s sinister motivations. Age of Unreason tells the shocking story of how hatred can become a cause, and how we must stand together against it no matter the cost.
The Progressive Woke Machine--from outrage mobs and online censorship to activists masquerading as journalists--is waging war against the last free thinkers in the world. This book is both an explanation of the current political upheaval and your guide to surviving it. America, and the West in general, is in the midst of an identity crisis that's headed towards an outright revolution. The progressive left, once the advocates of free expression and individual autonomy, now undermine these values at every turn. This uncomfortable truth has turned moderates and true liberals into the politically homeless class. In response, Dave Rubin launched his political talk show The Rubin Report in 2015 as a laboratory for anyone trying to make sense of our shifting political landscape. He discusses the most controversial issues of the day with people he both agrees and disagrees with, including those who have been dismissed, deplatformed, and even despised before they've had a chance to speak for themselves. Based on his own story as well as his experiences from the front lines of the free speech wars, this book will inspire you to make up your own mind about what you believe on any issue, and show you how to: * Check your facts, not your privilege: No matter your gender, economic class, or level of education, you're still allowed to have opinions (for now!). Rubin separates facts from feelings, dispelling today's most pervasive myths, like the wage gap, gun violence, racism, affirmative action, climate change, hate crimes, and more. * Learn to stand your ground: A difference of opinion should not be a deal-breaker for any relationship, professional or personal. Sadly, these days, it often is. Rubin will show you that losing a few friends is a small price to pay for standing up for what you believe in--and why choosing an authentic path is ultimately worth it. * Defend liberalism while you still can: Time is running out to defend individual rights, limited government, and free expression. Rubin provides a roadmap for true classically liberal principles regardless of your party affiliation, and shows you why freedom is impossible without them. Don't Burn This Book empowers you with time-tested and common-sense principles that can turn the tide against authoritarians on both sides in this increasingly polarized world. This book is a rallying cry for anyone who wants to live freely, which is quickly becoming the most radical belief you could have.