Number Builder - Book Reviews
Here are some books that I have
Anyway, it was so long ago that I
read it that I don't recall a lot of the details. Suffice it to say it was good -
and it made sense that the physically separate societies would only come up
with similar stories if, indeed, the events actually occurred.
Graded German Reader
- Excellent book to get you started in reading & speaking German. It
starts out by introducing a whole slew of cognates (there are many) and then
slowly progresses you into more advanced vocabulary. Contains many
short stories - often with a moral or an entertaining twist.
Beginners - This was a great one. Every one should read it. It
describes the details behind E=mc^2 using only cartoons and a minimum of
math. I remember thinking, after I finished it, that I could derive the
formula using little more than the Pythagorean theorem as a starting
The Dilbert Future
- another good one.
As a Man Thinketh
- An excellent book - also very short.
- The Success Formula
That Really Works (Homer Surbeck) - Another truly excellent short book.
Contains a Christian / scientific explanation of why the karma-idea works -
i.e., "give it all that you've got and you will be rewarded". Very
Response- This was a best-seller back in the Seventies. I liked it bcz
it gives you the science behind the folk wisdom that says that meditation
is a good thing.
- Man's Unconquerable
- Las Joyas Robadas
- (Spanish) I read this one about 12 years ago. I only vaguely remember
that the plot had to do with stolen jewels in Mexico or some other Central
American country. This book, like the "Graded German Reader" is
a good example of a book that can help a person (who already has a fairly
good grasp of the fundamentals of a foreign language) to get over the
"hump" of fluency.
Clutter's Last Stand
- This one was great - I read about 65%. It has a lot of funny
cartoons, too. The premise of the book is "get rid of all of the junk
in your closets and drawers that you don't use and don't need."
The author goes over many of the ridiculous "reasons" that we give ourselves
for why we need to keep all of that stuff. Personally, I have gotten
rid of a lot of my junk & I intend to get rid of a lot more. 4 Stars.
Traipsing Into Evolution
- Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Decision. This
is a good one. I was reading at the gym while working out on an
elliptical machine. It is concise - which is very nice. Covers
stuff like "What is the definition of science?" when it comes to the law.
In The Beginning - This is an
excellent book - which you can also read online for free at the same link.
It explains in detail how a global flood might have occurred and how it
would explain many otherwise difficult to reconcile scientific observations
about the world. Includes an explanation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
(next to the oceans, this is the largest continuous feature of Earth),
multiple stacked layers of very thin sedimentary and fossil-bearing stone,
Wooly Mammoths encased in dirty ice, wave-like layering in sedimentary
stone, the origin of icy comets (and why they may contain
biological material), the origin of 100 ft thick coal seams (a stack of
fresh vegetation 1000 feet high), an amazing discussion of
etc, etc. Personally, I have been thinking that I would like to do a
test - either mechanical or computational of the liquefaction idea.
Books That I Am Currently Working On
References & Modules I am in the middle of reading this one. It is
about using classes in Perl programming. It is mercifully short
(about 220 pgs or so?) - but it covers what you need to know to get started.
goal is to become a good Perl OOP (Object-Oriented Programming) programmer.
Get a Financial Life - Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties.
This one is pretty good. The upshot is: 1) Payoff your credit card
debt and 2) Invest in mutual funds and 3) eventually you will be able to
Reason in the Balance - The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law &
Education. This one is very good. The upshot is that the
philosophy of atheism is dominant among scientists and this philosophy
colors their interpretation of (otherwise) empirical data.
Specifically, Darwinism, can be considered true by deduction (whether you
look at the data or not) simply because, in a materialist word view, there
is no other way to account for the origin of the species. Thus, it
must be true. BTW,
Materialism is the
metaphysical belief that mater, energy, and natural laws are the only things
that exist in the universe. Specifically, this is in contrast
with Theism, which is the
belief that God or god(s) exist outside of the natural order.
Darwin On Trial - (Also by Philip E. Johnson.)
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