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Reading List & Links

If you would like to find out more about some of the books, people, and places mentioned in the podcast, you can find this here. 

Please note that these are what are called affiliate links, so if you decide to buy any of the books mentioned, I get a little payment from Amazon. Hey, we all have to make a living!

Check out the following books on Amazon that have inspired me, interested me or I have mentioned them in the podcast.

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1. Humankind by Rutger Bregman - an inspiring, uplifting book that argues that humans are essentially good in nature.  

2. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins - a 1976 book about Evolution by Natural Selection that argue that humans have a tendency towards selfish behaviour in order to ensure their survival.

3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - This 1954 classic book of fiction depicts human nature at it's worst when a group of school children get stranded on a desert island.

4. The Real Lord of the Flies - A Guardian article on the real life school boys who became stranded on the Island of Ata. Not quite the dystopia William Golding predicted, but a glorious story of survival and life long friendship.

5. The Life of Brian - The 1979 Monty Python film once banned for blasphemy and now considered one of the greatest comedies of all time.

6. Allah Made Me Funny - Live comedy by Muslims who poke fun at Muslims and non-Muslims.

7. The Street Bible - By God, or 44 different authors whichever. First off, nothing. No light, no time, no substance, no matter. Second off, God starts it all off and WHAP! Stuff everywhere! Genesis 1:1 It's creative. It's colourful. It's the Bible as you've never read it.

8. The Qur'an - An English translation of the words revealed by Allah to Mohammad.

9. The Baby Lab - A CNN article about the baby lab at Yale. 

10. Holtz Planets - I recommend Jupiter

11. Pursuing Prophets by Anthony W Smith (my dad).  Hollywood director Zac Ornstein following a series of nightmares decides to produce and direct a controversial film about Jesus.

12. Whiplash - The 2014 film by Damien Chaselle where a promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

13. Spotlight:  A team of reporters and editors at the Boston Globe relentlessly investigate a shocking child molestation cover-up by the Catholic Church. Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams.

14. The Magdalane sisters: This film documents the abuse of three teenage girls who were sent to Magdalene Asylums (also known as 'Magdalene Laundries') homes for women who were labelled as "fallen" by their families or society.

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