|Title||Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, And Bad Religion In A World Without God|
|Author(s)||Greg Graffin & Steve Olson|
|Description||Most people know Greg Graffin as the lead singer of the punk band Bad Religion, but few know that he also received a PhD from Cornell University and teaches evolution at the University of California at Los Angeles. In Anarchy Evolution, Graffin argues that art and science have a deep connection. As an adolescent growing up when "drugs, sex, and trouble could be had on any given night," Graffin discovered that the study of evolution provided a framework through which he could make sense of the world.
In this provocative and personal book, he describes his own coming of age as as artist and the formation of his naturalist worldview on questions involving God, science, and human existence. While the battle between religion and science is often displayed in the starkest of terms, Anarchy Evolution provides fresh and nuanced insights into the long-standing debate about atheism and the human condition. This is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if God really exists.
Allison, Graham, and Ella
For Sara and Eric
|Book Dimensions||Width: 5.88″ (5 7/8″)|
|Height: 8.63″ (8 5/8″)|
|Depth: 1.06″ (1 1/16″)|
|Contents||Nine (9) chapters, Acknowledgements, Notes|
|Designed by||William Ruoto|
|Jacket Design by||Mary Schuck|
|Published||September 28, 2010|
|Publisher||!t An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers (www.youritlist.com)|
|Copyright||© 2010 by Greg Graffin|
|Printed in||United States of America|
|Book Format||Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, eBook|
|Quoted Reviews||"Take one man who rejects authority and religion, lead a punk band, and is highly successful at it. Take another man who wonders whether vertebrates arose in rivers or in the ocean, and is fascinated by evolution, creativity, and Ice Age animals. Put them together, and what do you get? Answer: Greg Graffin, and this uniquely fascinating book." Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse'
"Humble, challenging and inspiring....For Graffin, the appeal of both worlds was that, at their best, they challenged authority, dogma and given truths and opened up space for the anarchic process of creativity." Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Graffin is one of those rare people who seem to have combined two lives in one. He's one of a small but growing number of atheists in the United States willing to talk about the damage they believe religion can do." Paste
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|Other||Greg Graffin was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and is the lead vocalist and songwriter of the legendary punk band Bad Religion, which he cofounded in Los Angeles in 1980. Graffin obtained his PhD in zoology at Cornell University. He has served as a lecturer in life sciences and paleontology at UCLA. He splits his time between Ithaca, New York, and Los Angeles.
Steve Olson is an award-winning science writer. He is the author of Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins, which was one of five finalists for the 2002 National Book Award for Nonfiction. A consultant writer for the National Academy of Sciences as well as for other organizations. Olson has also written for such publications as the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, Scientific American, and Wired.
|Library of Congress
|2. Evolution (Biology)—Religious aspects.|
|3. Religion and science.|
|I. Olson, Steve, 1956-.|
|LC Control Number||2010021739|
|LC Call Number||BL51.G7195 2010|
|DDC Call Number||210—dc22|
"Accepting new information means finding a new way of reasoning about, and possibly even understanding, your own behavior. It can mean breaking with friends and family, or a constant struggle to hide truth from those around you." (Graffin, 2010, p.109)Definitely. Being that I have proudly rejected my religious beliefs it's very tough to tuck it in, having to break out of my shell, go out and find others who are a little more neutral with beliefs and/or folks who share the same.
"Many people think that only artists are creative. But, in fact, all of our lives are creative works in progress. Each one of us has the potential for creativity." (Graffin, 2010, p.143-144)On that chapter you get to go with Greg on his journey to Brazil, learning about his adventures, the forest trees, the hot temperatures and the natural surroundings. What was bizarre was how the folks in his group are in their own minds, not having to talk to one another. Another freaky part was how imminently silent the forest was as Greg tucked himself to sleep in the night. I can see how tough a job that must be—a natural scientist—however, Greg stated it was (likely) the only time he may have a trip like this.
"When one observes nature with an open mind, there is limitless opportunity for learning and for creative intellectual reflection." (Graffin, 2010, p.157)
"If there is no destiny, there is no design. There's only life and death. My goal is to learn life by living it, not by trying to figure out a cryptic plan that the Creator had in store for me." (Graffin, 2010, p.214)
"Life is an act of endless creativity. With all its simmering tragedy and occasional catastrophe, a human life is an amazing thing to contemplate and experience. None of us had any special plan laid out for us when we were born." (Graffin, 2010, p.251)