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Tab for Google Maps & offline map
Tab for Google Maps & offline map
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4.0 out of 5 stars No one should be without one, 11 Jan. 2014
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There are many apps that one downloads out of curiosity this one is far more practical and a necessity for anyone who lifts their eyes to the hills that they plan to visit


13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars A confident appraisal of the scientific milleu, 11 Jan. 2014
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The writer is obviously well versed in his subject and has a confident openness in expressing his views that carries one along as one might follow a sure footed guide. It is sometimes controversial but always interesting


Humans are not from Earth: a scientific evaluation of the evidence
Humans are not from Earth: a scientific evaluation of the evidence
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bold idea, 11 Jan. 2014
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In many ways this has a similar line of thought to Fred Hoyle's panspermia in which the amino acids of organic life forms exist throughout the universe, but the claim is stretched somewhat by attributing the phenomenon of humankind to alien agents. For this to have been the case it would suggest that humankind would be fashioned in the image of its progenitors and not created for a transitory existence on the planet (70 years). As a result the book in a sense; by relating the foreignness of humankind to its environment, shoots itself in the foot. However, like all aspects of life the thesis deserves a hearing


New Science of Life
New Science of Life

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5.0 out of 5 stars 30 years on, how time flies, 11 Jan. 2014
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The first edition was published in 1981 and scurrilously attacked by John Maddox as editor of Nature. Among many others I riposted as vigorously as any but Sheldrake was hammered by a sycophantic science community (much as Daryl Bem has recently been). This revised edition has been carefully restated but in some ways lacks the vigour of the original edition. In the original there was a boldness in stating that morphic resonance must be seen as a feature of material physics: in this edition there are qualifying caveats and adverbial clauses that inhibit the claim for the relevance of morphogenetic fields and formative causation to material physics; for those who can read between the lines Sheldrake has hoisted his banner for others to be drawn to, but I am a little saddened by the loss of the original vigour because by now material physics should have realised the relevance of formative causation to the process realm of quantum mechanical events. Instead of beating the bushes of every physical law for an answer to emerge, the scientific community should recognise that morphogenetic fields must exist in an adjacent dimension to the physical universe.
The book should be read at least twice with an open mind and should be on the shelves of everyone enquiring into the nature of physical reality (this applies as much to those with an interest in matters of the spirit)


Nav for Google Maps
Nav for Google Maps
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1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work on Kindle, 30 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Nav for Google Maps (App)
It was listed as being able to be downloaded from Kindle cloud but there is no way this can be done and therefore is being mis-sold as a Kindle product


Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force, 25 Oct. 2013
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Gleick's command of his subject is extraordinary for such a complex man. Feynman's deductive intuition is phenomenal and to enter into this world of unreality yet to create a sure footed path through it is remarkable. However, Gleick's command of the subject does not end there because his insightful digressions into the characters who played a significant part in Feynman's life illuminate the whole field of early quantum mechanics. Peter Watson's "Ideas a History" vol.3 is a brilliant description of the people who played a part in this conflagration of old physics but treats them as chessmen, James Gleick has these 'chessmen' come alive with their emotional drives for recognition and the politics behind their behaviour. In this hot house conflagration Gleick, again sure footedly,grasps the new concepts and takes one through the tortuous reasoning behind the development of quantum mechanics. It is in the reasoning process that one can discern the historical turmoil, again brilliantly described.
Every student of modern physics must own a copy of this book not only for its erudition, but for the high drama of the period.


The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
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5.0 out of 5 stars The new Dickens of the post modern society, 6 Oct. 2013
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Well who'd have thought it! I thought she was just a pretty face on the book cover; a writer with an entertaining imagination. But we have before us a perspicacious observer of post modern society, a new Dickensian view of the dishonest values of our society.
I shall look forward to the next book and have completely changed my view of Rowling's intellectual capacity, she is emerging as being head and shoulders above the crowd, a person of intellectual stature


E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for a conscious cosmos, 6 Oct. 2013
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If you can accept that we are part of a conscious cosmos this is the book for you because it is a delightfully frank view of the consequences of such a condition. It sets out the experimental protocols to establish the existence of a conscious cosmos and then goes on to define experiments you can make to satisfy yourself of the fact


REPLACEMENT FORK SPADE HANDLE
REPLACEMENT FORK SPADE HANDLE
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3.0 out of 5 stars Handle, 21 Sept. 2013
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Well made of sound wood (ash I believe) and a useful way to repair sound forks and spades - there is a common manufacturing fault in that the implements heads are fixed by drilling through the shaft at a critical point of leverage and thus break, whereas a short screw is all that is needed to hold the head in place


Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities
Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing, 21 Sept. 2013
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I have admired Dean's work on psi research over the past 20 years as a fearless investigator and meticulous experimenter and find in this book a retreat from psi to psychic with its slightly woolly concepts. I can nevertheless believe it will be valuable confirmation bias for those following the psychic path - wholeness would never be complete without diversity
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