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Interesting and ambitious work...
on 6 May 2015
I found this a very interesting subject and the author tickled my interest on many occasions. While reading this ambitious work I found myself questioning some of my own beliefs. On the one hand I am a confirmed "materialist" , with no time for anything I have read, up until now at least, on Idealism or Intelligent design. On the other hand i have often experienced Telepathy and the power of Prayer - which means that I am open -minded about the presence of Angels and spirits.
I agree with another reviewer - the stories told about Lincoln, Hitler and the Dalai Llama, for example, seemed unfinished. The chapter on Hitler especially was especially disturbing. It suggests that there are great Satanic 'influences' out 'there' - as well as good and well-meaning ones. I personally do not like to dwell on this as it is unsettling and negative - unless some sort of tool ( meditation/prayer for example) is discussed to help fight off these demons ( that are apparently gathering their forces as I write…) The description of the Jewish girls and their angels were uplifting - but in the end they were abandoned by these spiritual helpers and all murdered by the Nazis anyway … what was the actual point of telling this and other similar stories ? I may have missed the punchlines ...
Several other details left me feeling frustrated - for example, the author talks about plants not undergoing sexual reproduction but this is entirely untrue for plants that produce flowers . He states that they undergo Parthenogenesis instead. Year 4 biology should set him right on this point - flowers are nothing else other than flagrant sexual organs. As a biologist this annoyed me and made me a bit skeptical about other things he stated with absolute dogmatism.
The book is , however, an admirable attempt to make us all think about things we may not often think about. For this reason I did enjoy many parts of it.