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on 3 March 2014
Well researched and thought provoking. Fair and balanced with just a little wry criticism of religion. Worth taking the time to read carefully. Excellent bibliography.
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on 8 July 2015
love this read
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on 27 May 2015
All good. Good book, good author, Good service.
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on 23 April 2015
Not as punchy or polemic as Sam Harris, Dawkins or Hitchens writing on religion. Gently paced and generally even handed review of how religion evolved and whether/how we might investigate its benefits and costs.
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on 10 May 2015
very good
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on 22 February 2017
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on 27 February 2015
As described, prompt delivery.
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on 31 December 2012
The ideas in this book are interesting.
It's not an easy or fun book to read, which is a shame.
Wish it had been written in a more accessible style.
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on 21 June 2015
very thought provoking.
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on 25 March 2009
This is a really thorough, mature and well reasoned book. It's academically solid, but eminently accessible to anyone who isn't irredeemably irrational. I read it through twice and enjoyed it more the second time - it's rich in facts, anecdotes and though-provoking ideas.

Since it's an extended argument in favour of a scientific approach to religion, some scientific literacy is probably helpful (but not essential) when reading it. Although Dennett targets religion specifically, you will probably finish the book convinced that nothing whatsover should be off-limits to science. I did anyway.

He does go to extreme lengths to accommodate religious sensibilities and avoid giving offence. Initially this might seem overdone, and too apologetic; but it also has the effect of foreclosing many avenues of opposition to his argument.

It's also a great book if you want to follow up any of the ideas - there are several hundred references and detailed notes; and I've used quite a few of them to further my own reading.

And I particularly liked the bit about accordionists. It's really true :-)
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