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”

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”

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”

27th March – The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen

This book gives the real science behind the weird behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up we humans and the universe. There’s some difficult passages to read, mostly when the authors refer to winding clocks backwards and forwards, but in general I believe this book is pitched at a level where the majorityContinue reading “27th March – The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen”

27th February – Newton by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd demonstrates the unique brilliance of Isaac Newton’s perceptions, which changed the understanding of the world. Having read this book, I’m startled by how much Isaac Newton was able to do during his life not only in science, but as an MP, as the Master of the Royal Mint overseeing the re-coinage of England,Continue reading “27th February – Newton by Peter Ackroyd”

20th February – Shambhala

I am reading Shambhala : The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa. In the chapter on Authentic Presence are written the following words. The way of exercising inscrutability is that you don’t spell out the truth. You imply the truth, with wakeful delight in your accomplishment. What is wrong with spelling out theContinue reading “20th February – Shambhala”

19th February – Pythagoras

The book Pythagoras – His Lives and the Legacy of a Rational Universe by Kitty Ferguson is far more than a biography of Pythagoras and his followers. This book traces the influence that Pythagoras has had on important thinkers throughout the last 2,500 years ranging from Plato to Bertrand Russell via Copernicus and Kepler. FromContinue reading “19th February – Pythagoras”

16th February – Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Some points that resonated after my reading of this book today: 1 – Casualness has become increasingly popular, because people think in terms of efficiency rather than appreciation. 2 – In some religious traditions, sense perceptions are regarded as problematic, because they arouse worldly desires. However, in the Shambhala tradition, which is a secular traditionContinue reading “16th February – Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior”

15th February – John Steinbeck

Well-written satire that is still as funny today as it was when it was published. I believe this is Steinbeck’s only satirical novel and although it does poke fun at French politics, there’s more to it than that. The book, a fabrication in case you weren’t sure, is about Pippin Héristal, an amateur astronomer whoContinue reading “15th February – John Steinbeck”