Monday, May 10, 2010

Book Proposal

Hi guys,

I hope you've been enjoying my blog series "Mapping the Fine-Tuning Argument". I've been thinking about doing something wild, something that might be a lot of fun for both me and my readers: writing another book. The book will be about arguments from design, and it will examine pretty much every argument from design that exists.

So, I want to know: how many people want to see this book get written, and how much do you want to see it written?

I've already quite extensively on arguments from design (obviously! this blog debunks creationism fro cryin' out loud!). However, I think that I need to study a bit more before I can write the book I want to write. So, I've written up a list of the books I need:

God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science

The Life of the Cosmos by Lee Smolin

ATHEISM IS FALSE Richard Dawkins And The Improbability Of God Delusion

Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe

No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence

All of these are listed on my Amazon Wish List. So, if anyone wants to purchase a book for me from the wish list, I'd be much appreciative. Used books are fine, they're cheaper and just as readable. Also, over on the right there is a Donate Button where you can send me money through paypal, so either one of those is fine.

If I have all five of those books sent to me, or if I am given enough money to purchase them myself, then (and only then) I will reward my contributors: Those who donated at least $5 (or purchased a book that cost at least that much) will recieve a free downloadable version of my book when I finish writing it. Those who donate at least $30 will recieve a free printed copy of my book when I finish it.

If you've donated, just make sure that I have your email address and your mailing address (if you donated at least $30).

I have quite a lot I want to write about in this book: I want to defend the idea that God is a poor explanation because he is the kind of being whose existence would only be probable if someone were around to design him, or if he could evolve (but God, by definition, cannot be either one of those, so it follows that there is no God). Essentially I'm planning to defend Dawkins' argument in order to drive the argument from design into the ground.

Then I want to examine all of the popular arguments to design: the fine-tuning argument, Michael Behe's irreducible complexity, arguments from the existence of a lawful and regular universe, William Paley's classic biological arguments to design, etc.

My aim is to cause complete devastation to every form of this argument, to the point that it is mortally wounded and can never legitimately be made again.

I look forward to hearing what my readers think about this!

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