Alexander M Gross

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Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton (2012)

De Botton discusses various topics, from architecture to relationships, in terms of religion and its "uses" for atheists. The book offers fascinating insights for non-believers who acknowledge the profound positive influence that religion can have on their lives. For a compelling alternative perspective, read Terry Eagleton's scathing review in the Guardian (above).

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr (2010)

Nicholas Carr's book The Shallows explores the effects of the internet on the brain. Carr is not a Luddite, and he acknowledges the positive impact of the internet in a measured discussion. The salient point is that reading printed material is more conducive to our understanding of deep concepts than reading online, in the shallows. The book was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer prize in General Non-Fiction.

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