Mr. J. Hastings

"John Hastings"
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The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and fo&hellip by Professor A.C. Grayling
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed, 29 Jun 2014
This book, as suggested by its sub-title, is divided into two parts. In the first part Grayling demonstrates (to his own satisfaction) why religion is false; in the second part he outlines the ethos and morality of Humanism and how the "good life" is to be achieved.

It is difficult to critique a book like this without writing a complete book in reply. However, it is possible to indicate some of the weaknesses of Grayling's arguments as well as some factual errors and misleading statements that he makes.

Grayling outlines the origins of religion; beginning with animism, he suggests that as nature was better understood the gods were banished first to mountain tops,… Read more
The Book of Universes by John D. Barrow
The Book of Universes by John D. Barrow
John Barrow describes the development of Cosmology over the last hundred years and the array of possible Universes (and their pasts and futures). As usual with Barrow, the text is clear and lucid, although there are so many universes that it is impossible to keep track of them all. However, it appears that the generally accepted model of a Big Bang followed by inflation, with a multiverse of continuous inflation, is not so certainly established. Cosmology has a long way to go before it finds a wholly satisfying and observationally verifiable theory.

However, there are (it seems to me) some annoying errors in the book.

For example; in Figure 2.7a, illustrating… Read more
The Bulldog Breed by Westerman Percy F.
The Bulldog Breed by Westerman Percy F.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Yarn, 29 May 2014
It is some years after the First World War and Commander Geoffrey McAlastair has been axed from the Royal Navy as part of the defence cuts (does that sound familiar?). His uncle owns a copper mine in Valdoria (a fictional country on the west side of South America) and has invited McAlastair to help run this mine. The commander decides to take with him two protégés, Chris and Toby, former midshipmen, also axed.

Their adventures begin when their Valdorian steamship runs into a storm. McAlastair and his companions, with their Royal Navy training and experience, are able to save the ship from disaster. Eventually they reach Santa Euralia and begin to learn the… Read more