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iMonk contributor and Liturgical Gangsta Daniel Jepsen stopped by the iMonastery today to share some thoughts on science. I told him his ideas were quite timely as I am hoping to explore this topic more fully this month. Daniel agree to share his thoughts with us all. Read and comment as always, but remember, he is not speaking against science, only to its limitations. Five Things Science Cannot Prove (but are necessary for science to work) | internetmonk.com Five Things Science Cannot Prove (but are necessary for science to work) | internetmonk.com
Essays
The Good Book: A Humanist Bible (9780802717375): A. C. Grayling
Religion

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (9781594202292): Joshua Foer Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (9781594202292): Joshua Foer Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011: Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer's compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship. As a science journalist covering the competition, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors, like how the current world memory champion, Ben Pridmore, could memorize the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour. He met with individuals whose memories are truly unique—from one man whose memory only extends back to his most recent thought, to another who can memorize complex mathematical formulas without knowing any math. Brains remember visual imagery but have a harder time with other information, like lists, and so with the help of experts, Foer learned how to transform the kinds of memories he forgot into the kind his brain remembered naturally.
amazon amazon From Publishers Weekly Two of France's most polarizing writers give free rein to their intellectual preoccupations, caprices--and egos--as they spar, in a fiery exchange of letters, over Judaism, morality, political commitment, postcommunist Russia, and their own celebrity. Philosopher Lévy (Barbarism with a Human Face) and novelist Houellebecq (The Elementary Particles) draw on an array of sources for their discussions, such as Celine, Comte, Spinoza, and Hugo, but repeatedly throughout the book it is the correspondents themselves who emerge as the preferred subject matter. Both discuss at length their apparent vilification at the hands of the media and this self-absorption threatens to capsize more interesting discussions about writing and the relationship between art and life.
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amazon amazon From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Sacks, a neurologist and practicing physician at Columbia University Medical Center, and author of ten popular books on the quirks of the human mind (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) focuses here on creative people who have learned to compensate for potentially devastating disabilities.
Economics

Politics/Anarchy

amazon From the Back Cover What can Kyle, Cartman, Kenny and Stan teach us about imagination, logic and reason? Is South Park anti-religion? Is this tiny town in the Rockies democratic, anarchic, or something else? Will Mr. amazon