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The Art of Science: Pure and Applied Genius
The Art of Science: Pure and Applied Genius
by Gareth Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written, humorous and interesting tilt at the scientific and medical establishment., 17 Mar. 2015
"Tsundoku" is the Japanese word for buying books and never reading them.
So why on earth would you want to do that? Well, a cynic might say, in order to display them on your coffee table or in your bookcase at home … to create an impression that you know something about their content … when of course you don’t.
Now, just for the sake of argument, imagine that you do a "Tsundoku" of Professor Stephen Hawking’s best-selling hardback on black holes and then decide to throw a dinner party. Further imagine you have the great misfortune to be seated next to one of your guests who just happens to be a prominent member of scientific academia. Imagine further still that this person hasn’t read the book but has espied your copy of 'A Brief History of Time'… and, horror of horrors … asks you what you thought of it.
You’re in trouble, aren’t you?
Not necessarily … because, who knows …you might get lucky and be distracted by your front door bell and discover that you have a cold caller wondering whether you’d be interested in purchasing a bag of organic garden compost. Not very likely I grant you, although it just happened to me as I was trying to write this review.
However, an altogether better option might be to invest in a copy of ‘The Art of Science’ by Gareth Morgan. And I strongly recommend that you do because it is a rare thing indeed … a non-fiction page turner that you can’t put down … because it challenges just about everything you ever thought you knew about … well just about everything. It’s that provocative. But don’t get the wrong idea. The author isn’t anti-science; he’s anti-scientific humbug. His beef is against that section of the scientific and medical community which feels that it has a monopoly on the truth and expects to be treated with reverential awe by the rest of us as if it were some kind of priesthood. He argues convincingly why it hasn’t and why we shouldn’t.
Not to be confused with a book carrying the same title published by Richard Hamblyn and similar in some ways to Rupert Sheldrake’s ‘The Science Delusion’; ‘The Art of Science’ is a well written, humorous and interesting tilt at the scientific and medical establishment. However, Gareth Morgan is more controversial than Sheldrake and so hard hitting at times that I feel he risks alienating or worse still being ignored by it altogether … which would be a shame … because he has an incisive mind with a talent of taking complex issues, breaking them down and writing about them in a clear, entertaining and digestible way. Furthermore, he is ready, willing and able to defend his views … many of which are quite startling … and, perhaps more importantly, is happy to be proven wrong.
‘The Art of Science’ consists of two parts, the first entitled ‘Pure Genius’, the second ‘Applied Genius’. Its natural target audience appears to be the reasonably well informed layman. It is unlikely to be well received by members of the scientific and medical academia about which it is, without wishing to put too fine a point on it, pretty unflattering. Gareth Morgan’s challenge is not so much an epistemological one in terms of shortfalls in methodology or paradigm limitations … as is the case with Sheldrake … but more along the lines of calling into question the actual integrity and sheer competence of mainstream Western Science and Medicine. He is more concerned with ‘why should we trust what these people say they know’ than ‘how did they get to know it in the first place?’
In Part One—Pure Genius—after a briefest of preambles, the author launches his attack in a series of short, punchy, chapters dealing with a wide range of subjects, everything from black holes, dark matter through AIDS and quantum mechanics to meteorology.
And so, returning to the dark matter of black holes, Gareth Morgan explains how Professor Hawking happily admits—towards the end of his best-selling hardback—that they can’t exist and that, if they did, they would be the brightest objects observable in the sky due to what’s called gravitational lensing.
So you could point this out to your troublesome dinner guest … and everything would be alright … wouldn’t it? Probably not; because—after a brief moment of stunned silence—this outraged academic is likely to stand up and, in a fit of pique, denounce you as an ignorant fool. How dare you? Everyone knows that Hawking is published and what about all of those other papers? And storm out. Worse may be to come; other guests, particularly if they are on the same payroll, may follow suit … possibly leaving your wife in tears and you wondering why you didn’t buy that bag of compost and just go off and do some gardening.
You see … you will have violated what the author calls the First Law of Academia: Don’t contradict anything that has already been published in a peer-reviewed journal!”
So, that’s it for black holes… dealt with in one and half pages in the first chapter of Part One. Next up is the contribution of vapour trails—from all of those jet aircraft—to global warming. Gareth Morgan explains how whosoever publishes first sets the gold standard … the scientific position … even if their findings are flatly contradicted by subsequent experimental data derived from careful measurement. He quotes his sources and—at this stage—introduces what he calls a ‘Quibbler’s Corner’ to allay one’s shock at discovering that cherished beliefs on ‘the greenhouse effect’ and subsequently on a whole range of other subjects are open to question and by no means certain. I mean I always thought that you couldn’t drink seawater without going mad … wrong! Read what Gareth Morgan has to say about the matter in a later chapter of Part One.
You get the idea.
In Part Two—‘Applied Genius’—the author gives a detailed account of a highly practicable and very interesting schema for addressing the perennial problems besetting humanity in which he calls for the application of its collective genius. I had originally intended to go into this area in some detail but have come to the conclusion, whilst writing this review, that it is better to recommend the purchase of a copy of ‘The Art of Science’ and read what he has to say without the dubious benefit of a set of pre-conceived ideas. You may not agree with what he proposes … it may be too radical for your liking … but I guarantee he will set you thinking and … who knows … he may be right. In any event, I am impressed by his approach in this book. Criticism is the currency of our world; it’s easy and as cheap as chips to slag off the efforts of others. It’s far harder to put forward original and workable ideas of your own as an alternative. Gareth Morgan has plenty of them and he’s clearly put a great deal of careful research and effort into compiling his.
Unusually for a work of non-fiction, the ‘The Art of Science’ does not have a bibliography; the author takes the pragmatic view that there was no need to include one as nobody ever reads the references, let alone follows them up. Be that as it may, he does invite his readership to contact him to discuss any issues and welcomes reasonable dissent.
One final thing … if you do decide to splash out and buy a copy of ‘The Art of Science’ and end up agreeing with the author … be careful who you invite to dinner!


One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
Price: £8.54

4.0 out of 5 stars A most interesting book on the all encompassing subject of consciousness, 29 Jan. 2015
The One Mind is the most interesting book on the all encompassing subject of consciousness that I have recently encountered. From the outset, the author points out that there appear to be so many levels of human awareness and so many states of mind ... which one do we mean?
He then attempts a definition in terms of the Indian spiritual tradition which holds that, in truth and despite of appearances to the contrary, there is but the Brahman ... the One Mind, a singular universal consciousness which alone exists. Dossey then proceeds to present a considerable amount of evidence to support this position across a wide spectrum of human evidence, including just amount everything from modern quantum physics to near death experiences and the possibility of re-incarnation. He firmly positions himself in the school of thought which regards the human as a reducing value for the universal consciousness in order to create the illusion of individuality. He takes a side swipe at the materialist view--popularised by the so called 'Four Horseman of the New Atheism: Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens--that human consciousness is nothing more than a by-product or epiphenomenon arising from brain activity.

The final chapters of the book are, to my mind, the most interesting in which Larry Dossey has much to say about the subject of spirituality. In particular, he raises the point that it is not sufficient just to know the theory but rather to struggle to achieve a practical realisation of it in one's life.
All of this may be too much for those of a conventional scientific persuasion but nevertheless I would recommend that this book deserves a wide audience and to be read with an open mind if nothing else.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


The Tao of Physics (Flamingo)
The Tao of Physics (Flamingo)
by Fritjof Capra
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and ground breaking book, 28 Jan. 2015
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First published in the UK, this is an excellent, controversial and ground breaking book which explores the parallels of the traditional wisdom of Eastern Mysticism and contemporary Physics. Capra's writing style is clear and engaging throughout. It is well supported with many helpful diagrams and illustrations to the extent that he makes a complex subject approachable to the intelligent layman. Nevertheless, the 'Tao of Physics' is rather dated now. Those interested in following up Capra's more recent work may find his 'The Systems View of Life', published last year--2014-- to be more relevant to 21st century issues. The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision

Readers may also find a more up to date view on the subject as expressed in 'Quantum Creativity' by Amit Goswami to be of interest.
Quantum Creativity: Think Quantum, Be Creative

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


OneTube for YouTube
OneTube for YouTube
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Very reliant so far on my Kindle Fire FX, 27 Jan. 2015
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This is a very useful free App which enables you to view and make use of U Tube from your tablet. It has proven to work very reliably on my Kindle Fire FX. No problems so far. Highly recommended.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


National Rail Enquiries
National Rail Enquiries
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful and easy to use App, 26 Jan. 2015
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This is a very useful and easy to use App and has removed the inconvenience and annoyance of arriving on time at my local railway station only to find that the service to London has been cancelled of delayed as the result of bad weather, engineering works, a trespasser on the line, industrial action or one of a myriad of other reasons.
Highly recommended.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


BlueRigger High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet 6.6 Feet (2-Pack) - Supports 3D and Audio Return [Latest Version]
BlueRigger High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet 6.6 Feet (2-Pack) - Supports 3D and Audio Return [Latest Version]
Offered by BlueRigger LLC
Price: £14.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't settle for less .... highly recommended, 20 Jan. 2015
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Excellent value for money HDMI cables which I have found to be very reliable and well made. Don't settle for less .... highly recommended.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


NETGEAR PTV3000-100UKS Push2TV Wireless Display Adapter - Certified for Use with Kindle Fire HDX
NETGEAR PTV3000-100UKS Push2TV Wireless Display Adapter - Certified for Use with Kindle Fire HDX

4.0 out of 5 stars An essential piece of certified equipment for the KIndle Fire HDX 7", 20 Jan. 2015
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This is an essential piece of certified equipment if you wish to output your Kindle Fire HDX 7" display to a larger screen or to a projector. The adaptor connects to external display via a HDMI connector which is provided. I found the setting of the WIFI connection to my Kindle tablet to be straightforward. This arrangement offers the interesting possibility--which I have successfully tested--of giving Power point presentations from your tablet with the use of an appropriate app.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


Ring Automotive RAC600 12V Digital Air Compressor Including Storage Bag
Ring Automotive RAC600 12V Digital Air Compressor Including Storage Bag
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made and reliable product, 20 Jan. 2015
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This is a well made and reliable product. I have tested it with both front and rear sets of tyres on my vehicle and found it be easy to use. It inflates quickly and comes with an useful built-in torch just in class you need to use it at night.
Recommended.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" Standing Leather Origami Case, Black  [will only fit Kindle Fire HDX 7" (3rd Generation)]
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" Standing Leather Origami Case, Black [will only fit Kindle Fire HDX 7" (3rd Generation)]

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well made and reliable ... easy to set up, 20 Jan. 2015
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This is an excellent case for your Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7". It is easy to set up, provides access to the on/off and volume switches and enables the tablet to be stand easily in either portrait or landscape orientation. Well made and reliable ... recommended.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


Amazon Kindle Fire Zip Sleeve, Coral  [will only fit Kindle Fire HDX 7" (3rd Generation), Kindle Fire HD 7" (3rd Generation), Kindle Fire 7 (2nd Generation)]
Amazon Kindle Fire Zip Sleeve, Coral [will only fit Kindle Fire HDX 7" (3rd Generation), Kindle Fire HD 7" (3rd Generation), Kindle Fire 7 (2nd Generation)]

4.0 out of 5 stars Convenient and safe way of carrying your Kindle around away from home, 20 Jan. 2015
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This is a well made sturdy product which provides a very convenient and safe way of carrying your Kindle Fire HDX 7" around away from home. Recommended for commuters or those who like to listen to audiobooks on trains.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


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