Friday, May 27, 2016
Narrated by Bill Nye himself, the audiobook is packed with his personality and wit. Religious people may find themselves challenged as he directly approaches the idea of intelligent design from multiple angles. Entertaining and educational this is an excellent book serving as a primer or review of our current knowledge of earth and its species.
The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
The Dragons of Eden - Carl Sagan
Friday, May 20, 2016
Sociology of Menstrual Meanings, Part II, explores how taboos effect society as a whole. Menstrual Politics: Women and Pigs in Rural Portugal by Denise L. Lawrence explains the complex challenges that arise when menstruation keeps women from participating in certain activities, but are unable to talk about it openly. Vieda Skultans interviews a number of women to explain the Menstrual Symbolism in South Wales and the surprising theme that arises in individual women's attitudes towards menstruation and their lives. Emily Martin visits a commonly pondered topic with Premenstrual Syndrome: Discipline, Work, and Anger in the Late Industrial Societies.
Part III are fascinating studies in Exploratory Directions: Menses, Culture, and Time. Thomas Buckley, one of the editors, Menstruation and the Power of Yurok Women, which speaks of the more commonly known pollutant nature and power of menstruation in women and how those in the same household would cycle together. Frederick Lamp tells of Heavenly Bodies: Menses, Moon, and Rituals of License Among the Tmene of Sierra Leone complex set of rules and traditions both sexes learn upon reaching the right age. Menstrual Synchrony and the Australian Rainbow Snake by Chris Knight is a fascinating study into the practice surrounding menstruation and the religious tales of this people.
One of the more interesting points to me that was brought up in the introduction is that our ancestors were unlikely to have menstruated monthly, due to nutritional needs (fat percentage). It also notes that women menstruating with the moon is actually a fairly new concept as of the writing in 80s. Because this was written in the 80s there are also multiple references to an old study with college students' cycles syncing over a period of time that subsequent studies have determined is merely coincidence.
The majority of the studies were firmly expressed in the words of the peoples themselves, with the exception of Lamp, which presented a lot of conjecture for his part. This particularly bothered me with how the introduction implored readers to listen to the words of the people, rather than through the lens of our own ideas.
Even with its age, this is an excellent collection because it speaks of in specifics, rather than generalizations, like so many books of this nature do.
Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister - Susan Starr Sered
Friday, May 13, 2016
Throughout the book, Lewis emphasizes to be on the lookout for the universe offering means of achieving goals through avenues unconsidered. Sometimes clinging hard to a preconceived notion of how things should happen will keep people from recognizes their true goal. Lewis provides ample examples to assist the reader in understanding these concepts throughout the work.
Despite its age, this work continues to be a fantastic guide for those who want to invite abundance and health into their lives. This is one of the best books I've read with instruction on how to best use the power of will.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Then there are, of course, lessons on how to manage the troubles in your life with chapters like "Your Own Personal Gollum", "Dealing with 'The Big People', and "Bearing the Burden of Your Ring".
These are only the few bits awaiting readers who wish to delve deeper into Tolkien's philosophy and ideas with this book. Whether a fan of Tolkien's books or Peter Jackson's movies, readers will enjoy this Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life.
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy