Since I moved to Maine six years ago, I’ve heard a fair number of people tell the story that Somali immigrants have turned Lewiston into the most crime-ridden city in Maine. Two years ago, I decided to stop listening to stories and start looking at actual crime statistics. The truth is that the city of […]
This year, I have taken on the responsibility of giving my 13 year-old son some exposure to science in addition to what he gets at school. So, I was excited when I saw a copy of Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home – But Probably Shouldn’t by Theodore Gray. What a great title, […]
I was upset when I saw this afternoon that my children had taken a favorite book about 20 allergy from my own childhood and takend it into the woods, where it was forgotten, left to molder.
But then, as I stooped to see a slug crawling across a page about the difference between […]
I have never understood why so many academic books have abstract, irrelevant pieces of artwork on their covers, when it would not be difficult to add a photograph or sketch related to the topic of the book.
This book, for example – The Cultures Of Work Organizations, by Harrison Truce and Janice Beyer – […]
I might have bought The Decision Book if its authors had themselves demonstrated the ability to be decisive. […]
On the first page of the new book Independents Rising, author Jacqueline Salit offers a fair warning: the book is “based on my personal experiences, rather than dictated by a single illuminating and unifying idea.” Independents Rising is not a book about ideas or even about people who are pursuing an idea. It is a […]
Part of Byatt’s use of Ragnarok is as an ecological warning of the human destruction of life on Earth. That’s all well and good, but this ecological interpretation seems itself to be a metaphor for a deeper, more honest mourning of the open fields of childhood, and its relevance to the eventual devolution of the pure and beautiful into a black inky nothingness. […]
Last year, everybody was raving about the new Game of Thrones TV series, calling it J.R.R. Tolkien, but subtle. So I picked up the first book from George R.R. Martin (yes, R.R.) and read it. Dishier than Tolkien, to be sure: lots of sex in that book. Easier to read than Tolkien? You bet: no […]
The word that Karen Armstrong translates as “God” is actually a phrase: “ho theos” (in Greek lettering, of course). “Ho theos” is translated into English not as the name of a deity, but as a referral to the realm of deity in general or as a reference to one particular deity without naming that deity. In Metaphysics, Aristotle argues for “ho theos” as an impersonal cosmic source of creation. Aristotle’s use of the term “ho theos” does not refer to Yahweh, the prime deity of the Jews. […]
Big waves, earthquakes, volcanoes, rockslides and avalanches can become more common because of global warming. It’s not just about the heat. […]
The Grand Design has been particularly helpful in revealing how the quantum world can be comprehensible to those of us who live in the macroscopic world. […]