On December 8, 2013 In Atheism, consciousness, Featured, Mortality, Neuroscience, Nonfiction Reviews, Personal Identity, Philosophy, Primates, Self-Awareness
Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain by Patricia S. Churchland W.W. Norton & Company, 2013 304 pages (Hardcover) Source: Personal library Available Amazon Powell’s A pillar of most religious belief is the idea of the self as soul. There are always variations on this theme, but the immaterial side—especially in Western thought—is that
What would it mean to write the history of an age not only from what has been saved but also from what has been lost? What would it mean to write a history concerned not only with the lives of the famous but also with the lives of the obscure?
On November 10, 2013 In Astronomy, Big Bang, Climate Change, Education, Einstein, History, Inventions, Multiverse, Nonfiction Reviews, quantum levitation, Relativity, Standard Model, String Theory, Universe
A2 + B2 = C2 and E = mc2 and these = more than you think. So is the premise behind In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World, which aims to bring the mystifying world of mathematics into the world the knowns.
In The God Argument, Grayling is generally respectful, yet firm and frank in his points---the latter of which may be confused by some with militancy. This volume is a good introduction to common objections persons of faith need to consider and it provides a helpful glance into not only the non-stamp collecting life of
The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne Gotham Books, 2013 291 pages (hardcover) Available IndieBound Amazon Powell’s “There’s nothing relevant about this place,” declares librarian Josh Hanagarne of the Salt Lake City Public Library. “It’s so much more. A community that doesn’t think
Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise by David Rothenberg St. Martin’s Press, 2013 288 pages (hardcover) Available Amazon Powell’s The sound of cicada every evening in the late summer is deafening to say the least. There are moments when it is assaulting and times when it is a melodic chorus outside
Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr Oxford University Press, 2013 336 pages (Kindle) Available Amazon Note: This review discusses words and ideas that some may find offensive. Leading the reader through the worlds of ancient Rome to the present day, Melissa Mohr’s book Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing
Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How it Drives Civilization by Stephen Cave Crown, 2012 338 pages (Kindle) Available Amazon When faced with the real possibility of immortality through consciousness-prolonging technology (see “3 Freaky Visions of Immortality“), comedian Lewis Black’s retort on the Daily Show may have said it all. “To me the