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In Defence of Wonder and Other Philosophical Reflections by Raymond Tallis
It would be easy to be put off a book with such a title. Not that we're not all interested in wonder, but 'philosophical reflections' can sometimes be a little introspective. Not so, this book. The thirty or so short essays cover a huge range of subjects (Time, Tense and Physics... the Theory of Everything; Reader I Sh**ed Him: Reflections on the Decline of the Asterisk..., for instance) and in each Raymond Tallis has the knack of applying just the right mix of high thought and brisk imagination. He is, thank goodness, a writer and so he knows how to spring an idea into life and when to offer a succinct metaphor or a splendid phrase. I found myself reading this book very quickly indeed, possibly too quickly, and I would recommend that readers make time to go back or even read the essays out of sequence, several twice if the mood takes. And what have I got from the collection? Well, I see the world a little bit differently, but more importantly it reminds me that nothing is obvious, we view the world too much through our own eyes and the universe is a very big place with many possible ways of looking at things.