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23 Books for Counterculture Conservatives, Tea Party Occultists, and Capitalist Wizards

We are a nation created by generations of religious whack-jobs who just wanted to live strangely, create stuff, and be left alone! Version 1.0

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October 20, 2012 - 3:00 pm
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23. The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates

Publication Date: August 24, 2012
Official Description:

There’s a secret hidden in a mathematical nugget called Peano’s Axioms. Is Peano’s mystery the key to the cosmos?

The God Problem tackles the question of how a godless cosmos creates; of how a universe without a bearded and bathrobed god in the sky pulls off acts of genesis. And it pursues the riddles behind five mildly flabbergasting heresies:

  1. a does not equal a
  2. one plus one does not equal two
  3. entropy is wrong
  4. randomness is not as random as you think and
  5. information theory is way off base.

Says The God Problem:

God’s war crimes, Aristotle’s sneaky tricks, Galileo’s creationism, Newton’s intelligent design, entropy’s errors, Einstein’s pajamas, John Conway’s game of loneliness, Information Theory’s blind spot, Stephen Wolfram’s New Kind Of Science, and six monkeys at six typewriters getting it wrong. What do these have to do with the birth of a universe and with your need for meaning?  Everything, as you’re about to see.

In The God Problem you’ll take a scientific expedition into the secret heart of a cosmos you’ve never seen. An electrifyingly inventive cosmos. An obsessive-compulsive cosmos. A driven, ambitious cosmos. A cosmos of colossal shocks. A cosmos of screaming, stunning surprise. A cosmos that’s the biggest invention engine — the biggest breakthrough maker, the biggest creator — of all time.

One critic has suggested that The God Problem may be a great book on a par with Darwin’s Origin of the Species and Newton’s Principia Mathematica.

Why Counterculture Conservatives, Tea Party Occultists, and Capitalist Wizards Should Read It:

This book is the motherlode, bringing together everything discussed on this list in ways that I’m still trying to understand.

The God Problem took me off guard when I started it last year. Having plowed through Bloom’s four previous books (the three mentioned and also his mind-blowingly scary, yet-to-be-published manuscript on Islam) I expected a repeat of the pattern, that I’d be done in a few weeks. But The God Problem rises onto a whole other level of sophistication and complexity. It’s a year later and I’m still scaling the 575 page mountain of a book, Bloom’s biggest, most wide-ranging, and advanced. Is the book bad? Is that why it’s taken me so long? Not at all, it’s just much denser in its ideas than anything Bloom has ever done so the effect is I have to read the text more slowly — the more beautiful the scenery the more time one takes to explore.

Also Bloom spends significant time detailing the development of science and mathematics — my two weakest subjects in school. It’s a great joy to finally begin to start grasping these concepts at more fundamental levels when an entertaining teacher like Bloom can present them integrated within the context of human history and show how we can use them as tools within our own lives since the same universal patterns of creation and destruction that appear above also manifest in all of our hearts.


A more in-depth survey of The God Problem‘s scientific heresies coming soon…

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Have any other suggestions for books to add to this collection? Are you an author or publisher of a book that should be on this list? Like to share your story of being a Tea Party Occultist, Counterculture Conservative, or Capitalist Wizard? Please comment below, email me at DaveSwindlePJM{@}gmail.com, or say hi on Twitter @DaveSwindle.

Some of the authors who I hope to include on future editions of the list: Thomas Sowell, Robert Anton Wilson, Dennis Prager, Matthew Vadum, Phyllis Chesler, Leszek Kolakowski, Stanley Kurtz, Kay Redfield Jamison, Marshall McLuhan, Reinaldo Arenas, Whittaker Chambers, Israel Regardie, Ray Kurzweil, Daniel Pipes, Allan Bloom, Paul Johnson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, George Gilder, M. Scott Peck, Aleister Crowley, William F. Buckley Jr., Ben Shapiro, and Ayn Rand.

Also: J. Christian Adams, Barry Rubin, David P. Goldman, Ron Radosh, Roger Kimball, VDH and all the other PJ Columnists’ books offer important insights. And, of course, Instapundit Glenn Reynold’s An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths will need to find its proper spot on the list too.

And further subjects that I intend to explore more for inclusion in the future: Christianity, Judaism, Eastern Religions, Futurism and Technology, Marxism, Racism, Islam, Paganism, Ancient Cultures, Cults, Political Ideology, Sex and Marriage, War, the US Military, Feminism, Masculinity, Chivalry, Biographies, and Economics. Anything else I’m forgetting?

Oh, and one last thing, for those wondering why this series begins with a list of 23 books

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More at PJ Lifestyle from David Swindle on religion and counterculture:

The Waiting for ‘Superman’ of the New Atheists

7 Reasons Why The Right Should Not Seek to Convert The Left

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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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