Justin’s #27 – Life By Design, Charles Detwiler, 612 pages

July 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

I recently finished a biology course required for my degree. “Life By Design” is the textbook in which we were required to read out of for the course. As far as biology textbooks goes, this one is extremely conservative. If you couldn’t guess by the name, it takes the approach of looking at the world through the perspective of intelligent design instead of evolutionary biology. And not only intelligent design, but design from the God of the Bible. So it was interesting. And by interesting I mean I am grateful that I didn’t have to memorize the different eras of evolution. Cambrian, Mesozoic and all that nonsense.. I have never been good at studying those to get them even remotely right. Interesting as well because the Bible is often times quote throughout the text. Interesting again because it has quirks within it that are… interesting. For example, there is one page that has a sperm cell with a word bubble reading “I’m predestined to win…” in the reproduction chapter of course. A little cheesy I think. Overall, I’m not very good at biology. So when you start talking about ATP and molecular Mrna etc. etc., I get a little lost somewhere. […]

Ron’s #5: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

February 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Even though this book was on my soon-to-read list, Mark beat me to it and reviewed it already. I’m glad that he did, as he has been propagating the memory palace idea in our discussions lately, and it spurred me on to read it sooner than I would have. Drew also reviewed it. I’m last on this. The book is more of an overview of memory history rather than specific techniques to help readers improve our own memorizing. Although through the narrative of having Foer report on memory and eventually winning the U.S. Memory Championship, he discusses many little tricks along the way. These were helpful in my own thinking about memory. I also found some of the case studies of memory prodigies and memory-deficit people particularly fascinating. Foer is overly critical and insulting about Tony Buzan, the granddaddy of memory techniques, an aspect about the book that I found to be mean and ungracious, as Buzan seemed kind enough to grant him an interview. I also am hesitant about how ingrained Foer is within his own story here. Unlike another similar journalist-becomes-subject account Born to Run, Foer borders on self-serving. While it starts to feel too long toward the […]

Ally’s #1: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

February 13, 2011 // 1 Comment

If you’re going to be the only woman on a blog full of men, you may as well pack a powerful, initial estrogen punch so that the 51 posts to follow seem more pleasant in comparison. Ron, you were very gracious to set up an account for me. I hope you aren’t already regretting it! Now, onto “Taking Charge.” It’s not surprising that Toni Weschler’s book is a national bestseller, as she writes intelligently and light-heartedly about issues that women are sometimes hesitant to discuss. The information packed into this 400+ page book is indispensable for women from puberty to menopause, though the majority of the material is geared toward married women.  Toni lays bare in accessible language much of what is glossed over or completely overlooked in health education courses offered at public schools.  I highly recommend this book to any women who is seeking to understand her body better as to aid family planning or who is looking for a natural method of birth control.  The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) Toni presents teaches women how to track their bodies natural processes and to chart them daily.  Included in the hefty appendix are easy-to-copy charts that are specifically tailored […]

Ron’s #44: Evidence for God by William Dembski and Michael Licona, editors

December 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Here’s a book that most Christians should read in order to understand their faith better. Evidence for God’s subtitle is “50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science.” It’s a collection of fifty short, 2-3-page essays exploring many aspects of and challenges to the Christian faith. In the introduction, we are told a story about Bart Ehrman challenge to his class, “My goal this semester will be to change everything you Christians think you know about the Bible and about Jesus.” We also hear the results of a survey stating “any evangelical Christian is an unthinking bigot and therefore a fundamentalist.” The goal of this book is to prepare the Christian to be a thinking Christian. These essays will prepare believers to understand some of the issues at hand in order to discuss them more intelligently. The four sections are: 1. The Question of Philosophy (deals with the cosmological and moral arguments for God, naturalism, suffering, etc.) 2. The Question of Science (evaluating Darwinism, role of science, Intelligent Design) 3. The Question of Jesus (Did he exist? How can we know what he did? Did the resurrection occur?) 4. The Question of the Bible (Can we trust […]

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