Author Outlines Logical, Scientifically-Based Guidelines for Living a Moral Life

James Luce offers straightforward discussion of ethical behavior in ‘Chasing Davis’

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While those writers have tended to focus on a narrow theme within an atheistic framework, Luce tackles religion, morality, history, law, social convention, autobiography and more.”

Los Altos, CA (PRWEB) September 22, 2012

In his provocative new nonfiction, “Chasing Davis: An Atheist's Guide to Morality Using Logic and Science” (published by iUniverse), author James Luce sets out to provide tangible answers to the ethereal questions that many people ponder at some point throughout their lives.

In “Chasing Davis,” Luce explores why and how people form beliefs that are not supported by fact and why faith, law and government are unreliable guides on the road to living a moral life. Then, the reader is asked to set aside all of his or her previously acquired beliefs. Luce presents a different set of what he calls “ethical tools to put into their moral toolbox.”

Finally, readers are presented with a myriad selection of all-too-common moral dilemmas and shown how logic, science and what Luce calls DONWON, an acronym he created based on the advice his father used to offer, “Don’t touch my nose and I won’t touch yours,” can resolve all of them.

From the Kirkus Book Review:

“With his debut philosophical treatise, Luce enters the arena of the ‘new atheists’ – Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and others. While those writers have tended to focus on a narrow theme within an atheistic framework, Luce tackles religion, morality, history, law, social convention, autobiography and more.” … “In addition to explaining why he is an atheist, Luce provides a detailed review of what he sees to be the failings of traditional moral guideposts – religion, philosophy, government and law. He explores a wide array of issues within each of these areas and offers numerous examples for his propositions, which bolsters his argument that only science and logic are trustworthy guides. Luce adds a few original ideas to the ‘new atheism’ debate, most notably the intriguing yet unproven conjecture that humans require a certain amount of space in order to get along and that violating this requirement has made the entire species ‘insane.’”

About the Author
James Luce graduated from Yale with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and later graduated from Santa Clara Law School. He served as a federal criminal investigator in the Office of Special Investigations for the U.S. Air Force and practiced civil trial law. An avid world traveler, Luce lives in Spain with his wife. He is also the author of “The Mount of Megiddo.”

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