7th May – Pandemic – Covid-19 Shakes the World

The first book of Slavoj Zizek’s I’ve read and it won’t be the last. This is a very thought-provoking, funny, and accurate book, recommended for all and don’t be put off by the headline that this man is the most dangerous philosopher in the west. An example of what Zizek writes:In the last couple ofContinue reading “7th May – Pandemic – Covid-19 Shakes the World”

2nd May – The Covid-19 Catastrophe by Richard Horton

This is a brilliant book and it’s enlightening to read the truth about recent events free from the bias of the right-wing media, right-wing politicians, and the conspiracy theorists. The author is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, which has published much of the research describing the human impact of Covid-19. The author looks at the actionsContinue reading “2nd May – The Covid-19 Catastrophe by Richard Horton”

16th April – Finntopia

Finland was until very recently poor and had been historically a country of extreme poverty for centuries. It is quite remarkable to see what a people and their politicians have achieved by caring for each other and being clever. Finland ranks at or near the top in air quality, education, happiness, honest government, opportunities forContinue reading “16th April – Finntopia”

5th April – The English Rebel

The English Rebel by David Horspool is a glorious book to read through for high-level information about the various plots, revolts, and rebellions that have taken place in England since 1066. The English appear to have never been entirely happy with their king and have frequently decided to try and do something about it, withContinue reading “5th April – The English Rebel”

31st March – Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information

Hermeneutics is the theory of interpretation. It is the theory that everything is a matter of interpretation. Including this definition presumably, which is one of the reasons I found this book infuriating, because if this definition is true then how are we supposed to know what to do and think? What is a fact? HowContinue reading “31st March – Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information”

30th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton invented calculus, discovered the binomial theorem, explained the rainbow, created a reflecting telescope and explained gravity. He was Master of the Royal Mint and oversaw the updating of the English coinage. He was an MP. Most of these items should be known to most people. What is less well-known is that he spentContinue reading “30th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton”

17th March – Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

Nicolaus Copernicus lived from 1473 until 1543. He was born in Torun now located in Poland and died in Frombork, also in modern day Poland. Copernicus proposed the following: 1) The planets in our solar system (only Mercury to Saturn had been discovered in Copernicus’s life time) have the Sun as the fixed point toContinue reading “17th March – Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres”

14th March – Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe is a classic story by Daniel Defoe inspired by the experience of Alexander Selkirk marooned for 4 years and 4 months on the largest of the Juan Fernandez Islands 400 miles off Valparaiso, Chile. This is a story that builds up slowly and becomes more and more readable as the time passes. ItContinue reading “14th March – Robinson Crusoe”

12th March – The Left Hand of Darkness

I finished The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guen. Genly Ai, a lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice where gender is fluid. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion into a intergalactic federation called Ekumen. Winter is also referred to as Gethen.Continue reading “12th March – The Left Hand of Darkness”

9th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton: Alchemy, Prophecy, and the Search for Lost Knowledge

This is a book I’m reading at the moment and it is fascinating because I had no idea that this famous scientist spent so much time becoming an expert on the biblical texts. Isaac Newton was a heretic, he was a follower of the Arianism heresy which holds that the Son of God was createdContinue reading “9th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton: Alchemy, Prophecy, and the Search for Lost Knowledge”