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Nigel Hey

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Much of my career has been associated with science writing, the rest with other enterprises that we tend to lump together as various parts of “the media.” The media, then, are the subject of a fair amount of commentary in my latest book, Wonderment. Because it is a life story, it also includes some quite different subject material – living twin lives as an Englishman and an American; being always enticed by adventure and travel; cultivating a spiritual and philosophical life; bringing up a family; friendships with Native American people; and living since infancy with chronic asthma. There’s more about the book in my websites, http://www.nigelhey.com and http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.....

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Photo: Wikimedia/Brooklyn MuseumMy mind wandered today to thoughts of the people of Zuni Pueblo, who all year will be putting together the intricate details of one of Indian America’s most thrilling traditional festivals, Shalako, to be heldat the 2016 winter solstice. I knew I should be spending my time writing a long article... Read more of this blog post »
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Wonderment (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: I call my sixth nonfiction book a trip around the world, inside the author's mind, and, where I think there is a possibility of achieving it, beyond both. It is a lively autobiography and I believe you will enjoy it. The eventual length of the book surprised me, yet the storyline does not linger boringly in one place for long. It’s a collection of memoirs about a lot of places and things – for example the American mountain states, amateur theatre, print and electronic media, Native Americans, living (successfully) with asthma, traveling the world, and of course writing. Here and there I have sneaked in philosophical thoughts and observations about the state of humankind as well as the trials and triumphs of a family life shared between London and New Mexico. In this book as in the five previous titles, I exercise a writer’s prerogative and implore my readers to treasure and cultivate the sense of wonder -- about all things accessible to the five senses. That has been a personal goal, and my life has been both rewarded and sometimes endangered by a hard-to-control curiosity that enriched my world with adventures of mind and body.

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“Institutionalized torture in Christendom was not just an unthinking habit; it had a moral rationale. If you really believe that failing to accept Jesus as one's savior is a ticket to fiery damnation, then torturing a person until he acknowledges this truth is doing him the biggest favor of his life: better a few hours now than an eternity later.”
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“The doctrine of the sacredness of the soul sounds vaguely uplifting, but in fact is highly malignant. It discounts life on earth as just a temporary phase that people pass through, indeed, an infinitesimal fraction of their existence…the gradual replacement of lives for souls as the locus of moral value was helped along by the ascendency of skepticism and reason”
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Poet Under a Soldier’s Hat (Quillrunner Publishing, 2013) does not have the kind of title that makes me instinctively reach for my wallet. Shame about the title, because this biography is well worth reading. Imagine soldiering in Helmand and Wazirist ...more
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“An odd thing about perception is that when we identify some new thing with one or more of our five senses, it is not really, immutably real -- it is a passing will o’ the wisp, an artifact of the senses and the translations of the brain until we get used to it and we give it a home in our hearts”
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“Humankind spends so much time admiring and ritualizing the inventions of humankind! And yet humankind is such a tiny part of all there is. -- Nigel S. Hey, Wonderment(Matador, 2012)”
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“One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life? . . . From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. . . Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.”
Dalai Lama XIV

“We are as gods and might as well get good at it.”
Stewart Brand

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

“An odd thing about perception is that when we identify some new thing with one or more of our five senses, it is not really, immutably real -- it is a passing will o’ the wisp, an artifact of the senses and the translations of the brain until we get used to it and we give it a home in our hearts”
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“We are, perhaps uniquely among the earth’s creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take the idea of dying, unable to sit still.”
Lewis Thomas

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