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A Universe from Nothing
A Universe from Nothing
by Lawrence M. Krauss
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars out of date science, 27 Jan 2014
Review of ‘a universe from nothing’.

A rendering of the history and development of physics and its application to cosmology over the last one to two hundred years or so, to enlighten ourselves on how the universe came into being. The author, scientist Lawrence M. Krause, bombs us along on a journey of discovery, exploring his personal understanding of how the universe may have come about from absolutely ‘nothing’, using both quantum physics and the theory of relativity. Incidentally, these two separate theories have never been proved to actually work together but nevertheless he thinks they could, somehow, eventually, maybe. Anyway, he then explains how astrophysics has determined our universe to be ‘flat’, meaning in a trillion years or so of increasing expansion it will be so dispersed no astronomer living then will ever hope to see the same galaxies we see today. Neither will they have any notion of the ‘Big Bang’ ever happening. This is all fascinating stuff providing a picture of the universe’s inevitable depressing and lonely end. Having said that, much of what is written here is a little out of date now, even packing off the poor old ‘Creator’, which seemed unreasonable, for surely a ‘Creator’ could have come from ‘Nothing’ also. Mr Krause unfortunately loses the argument here, ceasing to be scientific and running off into fantasy land. The book’s main objective suddenly seemed to be about dispensing with belief in any creative force. Yes, you have it, Mr Krause is an atheist and to back the crusade invites along fellow atheist Mr Richard Dawkins, to review the book in a supportive afterword.

This is all very well, one atheist supporting another but the point to be made here is that scientifically, the Big Bang theory remains only a theory even today, still under revision by the scientific community on the basis the old views have changed somewhat because of relevant new findings. It is still unclear how the universe started and if whether the universe is flat or not. Embarrassing for a scientist to use immature unproven platforms to try justifying atheist views. That is not scientific and I am not impressed, not that I am a member of any Christian or religious community mind, so judge these comments without bias or prejudice, finding his challenge remarkably pathetic and churlishly arrogant. This is not unlike how the Catholic Church once attacked science back in the 14th century.

As the scientist Max Planck, founder member of Quantum Physics, pointed out, ‘Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve’. Another way of expressing this is how Buddhist scholar Alan Watts expresses problems of attempting to define the mystery of consciousness, ‘A bit like trying to bite your teeth with your teeth.’

Science should not be used to employ dogma, surely it is there to learn with open mind and decide nothing is fact until absolutely proven? On the basis given I cannot really recommend this book, especially to science undergraduates.


How the World Is Made: The Story of Creation According to Sacred Geometry
How the World Is Made: The Story of Creation According to Sacred Geometry
by John Michell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.89

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU KNOW IT ALL MAKES SENSE, 8 Jan 2014
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If you are a mathematician, a gardener, a person like any other who finds great wonder and beauty in the world, then you will indeed find a special place for this beautifully illustrated book in both your mind and on your book shelf. Here, the world is presented in all its remarkable glory through the most amazing geometric designs, delicately produced, found in nature and all material existence and like a magical mirror reflects to us the the great mystery of existence and of all things. Like many of the scientists who study physics have come to realise, there is much evidence to suggest our universe is both intelligent and spiritual. Believe me, you will delight in owning this remarkable study.


Revelation of the Holy Grail
Revelation of the Holy Grail
by Chevalier Emerys
Edition: Paperback
Price: 21.52

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DISSOLVING MYSTERIES NEEDS WOMEN, 8 Jan 2014
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If you are interested in the esoteric, including Legends of King Arthur, early Christianity and how the Templars and others helped protect gnostic thought then this is a very interesting catch-all, with much information in one book. It will certainly enlighten the mind to some of histories hidden twists and turns right up to the present. It is a great read, inspiring from its amount of knowledge on so many avenues of thought and mystery, it's hard to put down. Criticism - physically it's a large clumsy book, difficult to take to work, read on the tube, bus, even your armchair but apart from that, well worth it and I fully recommend it to anyone who isn't satisfied with conventional convenient explanations by both Establishment and so-called education. Here we find a very clear precise explanation of alternative history and how various sects, societies, including the Free Masons, once controlled and established western culture. Not to be missed but don't forget - the male perspective dominates here, whereas, a better balanced gnosis/knowledge, etc, should always include the equally important role of women. Balance of the male/female impact on history is absolutely necessary these days if we really want to understand our amazing past.


The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-home Recipes for the Modern Table
The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-home Recipes for the Modern Table
by John Currence
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.14

5.0 out of 5 stars WELL DONE AMERICA, 8 Jan 2014
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This is an excellent cook book by a couple of on the ball southern cooks who really dish up some amazing American quick and easy meals, so tasty you want more and more. If you have no time for preparing long drawn out meals when you get in from work or those lunch snacks after an early morning shop, then this is your guide to heaven - quick and easy, tasty and delicious munching. Thank you America.


The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genes, Talent and Intelligence is Wrong
The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genes, Talent and Intelligence is Wrong
by David Shenk
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of Old Dogmas - Reductionism and Determinism, 1 Aug 2013
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Great read. A most enlightened approach to 21st century life, providing the perception and integrity that so many scientists and Science journalists are unable to consider because of misguided attitudes. The book is a breath of fresh air and puts to bed once and for all the scientific dogmas of reductionism and determinism, replacing these with a more mature perception of our understanding and perception of how we relate to the world and the world relates to us. Every science graduate should be reading this book to see the larger picture and how necessary it is to keep an open enquiring mind. The only criticism I have is that it fails to mention the renowned cell biologist Bruce Lipton and his book 'The Biology of Belief', which discusses his brilliant early discoveries during the 1980s of how our cells are affected by both our thoughts and the influence of the environment. David Shenk's book also hails the possibility of new approaches and understanding to how life began on this planet withdrawing from popular misguided ideas of evolution by those holding belief agendas rather than actual scientific facts. He cannot be praised enough and the author should be congratulated for clearly and precisely putting bad science and bad practice out of the door for good. Let us move on.


Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves
Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves
by James Le Fanu
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.98

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Le Fanu Matters, 10 Feb 2013
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This book provides a brilliant insight into the many scientific problems concerning evolution, Darwinism and The Brain, etc, discussing the underlying problems with scientific philosophy of Reductionism and determinism. The book is stuffed full of the most amazing facts to astound anyone familiar or not with these dilemmas facing modern science. Once you start reading this book you will not find it easy to put down. Le Fanu has a brilliant, razor sharp mind and intellect, which allows nothing to escape his informed insight, rigour and impatience with those who still insist on Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection, debunked at the turn of the 19th century but still kept alive by those whose careers are based on this false assumption. He will take you to many places - 20th century America, where 'Natural Selection', was actually put into practice to prevent poor people breeding - to Nazi Germany and their use of 'Survival of the Fittest', as an excuse to exterminate the Jews and others considered unfit for the master race. There are no punches held, and all through the book one is spellbound by the sheer amount, and depth, of scientific detail, especially when it comes to discussing the Brain, Mind, etc. This book should be in every school library and most certainly in all Universities. Everyone should read this book. It dispels all the nonsense spoken about evolution and puts the debate back on track, demonstrating how some scientists try to persuade the general public that The Theory of Evolution is now fact. The very philosophy of science is put firmly in the dock as not having all the answers, and although I am a fervent admirer of Science, cannot abide those who support bad science and dish out to the general public the most dreadful meaningless hypotheses and theories as truth. This man of science sets the track straight by helping readers understand the problems confronting scientific theory today. An excellent read. Well done Mr Le Fanu and thank you so much.


Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
by Michael Shermer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.78

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Shermer Doesn't Matter, 10 Feb 2013
As someone who professes to have insider knowledge of science, Shermer illustrates quite the opposite. This is a book of many contradictions, impoverished intellectual judgement and lacking any rigour or understanding towards Darwin's 'Theory of Evolution', with particular regard to those problems with 'Natural Selection'. Unfortunately, his analogies on this matter are equally inadequate and contradictory in the extreme, using the Wright Brothers and how early flight evolved to the Jumbo jet, to illustrate how nature also evolves. The odd thing is he denies nature as having being designed, so why use the Wright brothers as an example of evolution or design. His examples of the proof of evolution are not strong either, using how a species adapts to an environment to illustrate change of specification. This is a mad book and also an odd platform from which to illustrate his objection to religion, particularly Creationist beliefs. In doing this he marks the political divide between the philosophy of science and that of religion, subdividing it further, yet without justification, other than if you are on a crusade as double agent - wrecking science by leaps of imagination and justifying religion's position, which he sees as under attack. The problems involving both camps are not made clear and Shermer does not see fit to elaborate, maybe because he cannot see the blindingly obvious vulnerability of Science or Creationist philosophies. Like most other things in the book, the complexity of both these areas are flippantly glossed over. This is not a book for beginners interested in the ongoing debate concerning the ever changing views on the Theory of Evolution and this is because it lacks any in-depth scientific understanding of the debate. For the well informed, it is just a dreadful insult to the intellect.


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