The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day by James Kakalios - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780770437756
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Published: Broadway Books - May 15th, 2018

Physics is sometimes summed up as "the study of real things." No artificial categories, no assumptions. Kakalios takes us through what is for many a fairly ordinary day, describing the physics of items we routinely encounter: toasters, smart phones, motion sensors, etc. There's a lot that goes on in these mundane devices. So much so that the mechanics of a routine day are more remarkable than we think. ~ Reviewed by Nate George

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan does it again! This book is a fascinating view into the world of psychedelics from the vantage point of a skeptical journalist. Part science, part history, part personal journey, Pollan weaves a narrative that is both highly entertaining and deeply interesting. The therapeutic potential of psychedelics is revealed in depth. Anyone who is interested in the science of the mind or the experience of psychedelics will enjoy this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by Fritjof Capra - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781590308356
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Published: Shambhala - September 14th, 2010

Do you agree with the conventional wisdom that religion (or spiritual practice) and science are fundamentally opposed perspectives, never to be reconciled? Frijof Capra challenges this modern notion in this wonderfully readable and fascinating book, and in so doing offers a new and urgently needed perspective capable of building bridges of understanding in an increasingly polarized culture.

Recommended Book Pairing:
The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by the Dalai Lama ~ Reviewed by Sam Baker

The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures by Antonio Damasio - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307908759
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Published: Pantheon - February 6th, 2018

In this important book that synthesizes a lifetime project aimed at challenging conventional wisdom in consciousness studies, Damasio helps us reconcile two of the great conundrums in Western thought: 1. how we can understand human culture and mind as simultaneously unique yet ordinary in the grand scheme of evolution. and 2. how we can understand body and mind as fundamentally complimentary rather than dualistic.

Recommended book pairing:
The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber
~ Reviewed by Sam Baker

Six Nonfiction Picks for People Who Don’t Think They Like Nonfiction

Textbooks don't usually top the list of fun reading. Most of us can recall the dry prose and formal style from our high school and/or college textbooks, but few of us recall them fondly. This is a tragedy. The world is an interesting place and a lot of really amazing things have happened (and continue to happen). Fortunately, not all nonfiction writing is textbook-dull. These six exciting titles will entertain as well as smarten you up. (Read More...)

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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316051637
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 6th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780307277459
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2009

This is Your Brain on Parasites by Kathleen McAuliffe

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ISBN: 9780544192225
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 7th, 2016

A fascinating look at the pioneering work of parastilogists and the link between parasites and human/animal behavior. We like to think we are in control of our actions but we may be under the influence of a staggering number of wee invaders manipulating us for their own purposes. If you aren't already familiar with toxoplasma gondi you'll soon be deeply acquainted! ~ Reviewed by Nate George


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