Pharyngula

The bookstores have noticed us

Minnesota Atheists notes a new policy at Borders Books — they’ve put up a small display section dedicated to books about atheism.

If you’ve ever been frustrated in a search for books on nonbelief in your local bookstore or annoyed by their inclusion in the comparative religion section, Borders Books has remedied the situation. “Atheism and Agnosticism” has been added as a new section for the works of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and many others. We hope other bookstores will follow this example, and encourage our members to suggest they do.

A reader actually sent me a photo of this miracle.

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Of course, compare the size of that to the “New Age” or “Religion” section of your typical bookstore, and you can see we’ve got a ways to go yet. I’m going to have to insist that everyone go out and buy these books. After you’ve finished reading them, I expect you to write a book of your own, so we can fill up a wide rack of our own.

If you have doubts that you can write a book … have you read any of the books in the New Age or Self-Help or Pop Psych or Religion sections? Lobotomized monkeys could do better.

Comments

  1. #1 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    July 31, 2007

    Unholy moly!

    “One Shelf to rule them all, One Shelf to find them, One Shelf to bring them all, And in the Bright-ness bind them.”

    And when did we start to have saints? (Besides Dawkins, that is, he is pretty mild-mannered.) That St Joshi there, what did he/she do? Read one of Dembski’s mind-dulling pseudomathematics tracts or listened to his other scatological productions?

    Other than such unpleasant associations I get whenever I see a dedicated space for free thinking, I think its great.

    Write our own books?! Now, that is a thought. There is a lot of individual ideas in in free thinking obviously …