Ross (stonehorse) wrote in talkaboutbooks,

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First post to this community.

Hello, long time delurking.

I feel these following 3 books have helped me become more open minded and balanced as a person, which is more of a healthy thing.

Carl Sagan - The Demon Haunted World, Science as a candle in the dark. Finaly made me see that my mother had been abusing me for many years, and helped give me the strength to see that it wasn't her fault and that there was no one to blame.

Richard Dawkins - The Selfish Gene. Made me see that it wasn't 'wrong' to put myself first even if this meant accidentally hurting others, and again helped me to see that I shouldn't hold on to feelings of blame to those who abused me, life is too much of a precious thing to hold back in this fashion.

Richard Wright - The Moral Animal. Taught me that their is no universal code of Morality to paint the worlds human population with, and there for it is in error to try to do such and judge those as being 'good' and 'evil' when confliction comes about due to such. Went some way to show me how people shouldn't always be to blame for things that they do, if you will it made me look deeper into people and their actions then I thought I'd ever do.

And people say Science is a cold, emotionless thing that can't offer words that help heal pain.

So which 3 books have changed you, and in what way.

I highly recommend these books to anyone who is interested in Science or Human behaviour and Evolution.
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