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The Eternal Child: Staying Young and the Secret of Human Success
The Eternal Child: Staying Young and the Secret of Human Success
by Clive Bromhall
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original synthesis, 27 April 2003
I've just finished Bromhall's book and am very impressed. Bromhall is a documentary producer rather than an academic and the book is more speculation than academic rigour. The supporting evidence for his theories is mostly of the semi anacdotal kind or drawn from a wide scattering of sources. This makes the book an easy read and its actually quite short (type is widely spaced).
However what makes the book special is that Bromhall sketches a myriad of ways in which the neotenous nature of humans provides a possible explanation for a wide range of mysteries such as why the brain became so large, why homosexuality is so prevalent in human societies, why females have permanently enlarged breasts etc. Bromhall provides quite plausible possible theories for these features which have attracted a wide range of not very satisfactory explanations over the years.
Bromhall, turns many of our prejudices for example that we are a particularly aggressive species on their head and has therefore managed to change the way I look at the world in a way that very few books are able to do.


The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to life
The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to life
by Prof A.C. Grayling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading, 23 Nov. 2002
Philosophy is an odd subject in that the popular conception of the subject is strongly at varience with the philosophy taught in Anglo American universities. You see this in those cultish advertisements for philsophy classes you find in London tube stations. Pandering to a need among much of the population for some philosophical guidence in life. For better or for worse, modern Anglo-American philosophy is not much to do with that at all. This has created a vacuum into which a huge number of new agist pseudo clap trap has happily inserted itself.
I think Grayling's books are best seen as a way of addressing this need. I think reviewers such as the single negative reviewer below miss the point if they are expecting hard philosophical arguments. Of course you can do no more than skate over a subject such as morality or virginity in the few pages Grayling devotes to each topic. But that is OK. There are many books available to those interested in a more in depth analysis. These thought are meant as no more than opening thoughts on an issue, from a smart and well read author, designed to get people to think avout these issues in a clear headed way. Grayling leans quite heavily on his understanding of history and Greek philosophy as an antidote to the modern analytical style of philosophy. I found his treatment of the many facets of love and romance particularly thought provoking.


Monogamy
Monogamy
by Adam Phillips
Edition: Paperback

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book, 5 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Monogamy (Paperback)
I bought this 5 years ago and havee only come back to this site as I lent my copty to someone who has not given it back. The essence of the book is to explore the tension that we find ourselves in between the constraints and stability of monogomy and the excitement and uncertainty of a single life. There are many accutely observed insights into this modern of dilemmas


The Bit and the Pendulum: From Quantum Computing to M Theory-The New Physics of Information (Computer Science)
The Bit and the Pendulum: From Quantum Computing to M Theory-The New Physics of Information (Computer Science)
by Tom Siegfried
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly light weight sweep through some vital questions, 7 Jun. 2001
This is science aimed at the layman written by a fairly competent scince jounalist. The sweep of the book is admirable and it's a useful intro to some of the key writers in the area generally with a little bit of journalistic colour, but I think the book lacks a critical analysis of just what "information" is. Still I would highly recommend the book to anyone inerested in trying to figure out how the world works.


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