God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Probably not one for your religion loving friend’s Christmas hamper, but if you want to know exactly why religion is a crock of crap, and poisons everything, dragging us into the stone ages and making the world worse for everyone, then this is book for you.

A bit difficult to follow in some places, there are so many references that the audiobook version is maybe not the best way to go. Enjoyed the first three chapters more than the fourth.

Be warned, may just make you hate the world and all the idiots in it.

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What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

I really like xkcd and the What If? section Randall does on there, so this being the same, but in book form seemed like an easy win.

There are lots of interesting scientific answers to questions that just must be asked, like “What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?” or “If every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the Moon at the same time, would it change color?”

I enjoyed this one, but wouldn’t say it blew me away.

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