If I hadn't been reading this on a train, I think I would have flung it across some room.
The subject is exhilarating to me, as a city dweller obsesseIf I hadn't been reading this on a train, I think I would have flung it across some room.
The subject is exhilarating to me, as a city dweller obsessed with leaving the fumes behind and going to live in the countryside, but there is the issue of the writing itself: Emerson's wit is most apparent in short sentences, as in the famous "consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds", yet he mostly prefers to write long sentences that I had to read and re-read as they weren't really making a point, and the logical conclusion was in some other bit of crowded paragraph. Nietzsche or Plato are a breeze compared to Emerson, I thought.
As he says, our eye is drawn and most relaxed by the horizon. There are many such aphorisms that made me pause and look at the scenery outside my train window while turning thoughts over in my head, but I felt it hard to concentrate on those more winding passages that came in waves, drowning out the good bits- and that's why I give the book 3 stars and not more.
A good primer regarding the ethics of cloning and the use of ESC (embryo stem cells) as opposed to ASCs (adult stem cells), why cloning would be doneA good primer regarding the ethics of cloning and the use of ESC (embryo stem cells) as opposed to ASCs (adult stem cells), why cloning would be done in the first place, and where we're headed if it becomes legal everywhere ("mixing in a hawk's DNA to improve eyesight" being the least of our worries, egg-harvesting farms in poor countries one of the major concerns).
I appreciated the first 90 pages or so of the book, the writing is very engaging and the science explained clearly and thoughtfully. Afterwards it gets a bit tedious. So. Smith does a good job of exposing how biotech is manipulating terminology to make headway in legalizing cloning. This takes a great deal of thought, as it means defining life itself (in this particular case, where life begins for an embryo), and what can be expected from most biologists, who are just as fanatical as any religious fundamentalist about experimenting on what they see as progress. Smith also looks at the psychology of would-be parents of cloned children, concluding that "it's striking how uniformly their desire to clone is based on a "me" mindset" - no surprises there.
Smith has a conservative bent, and is obviously pro-life. However his arguments about banning the practice of cloning for child production will weigh heavily on anyone's mind....more
Thrive has some of the best vegan recipes ever- like those lemon-dates-coconut oil energy bites- yum! Its focus on food as a source of energy, and whaThrive has some of the best vegan recipes ever- like those lemon-dates-coconut oil energy bites- yum! Its focus on food as a source of energy, and what kind of foods you require depending on the extent of your exertion, made me understand what I need as fuel, and when. Though some of the ingredients may be hard to come by in certain places, you can always omit or switch with something else. And you always have the internet. Just don't go buying everything at once. Check out some of the recipes you might like and start from there, and get algae e.g. chlorella, cacao, and goji berries out of the superfoods. Sprouts (lentils, beans, wheat) are easy and cheap too.
I was surprised to find that the writing had style, and it kept me turning the pages. Now that anyone can understand the reasons, both ethical and health-wise, to become a vegan, *and* you get to make yourself tasty food, there's hardly any excuse not to do so....more
I guess the euphonic qualities that are supposed to give us readers happiness while reading the book have been lost in translation. I've always felt lI guess the euphonic qualities that are supposed to give us readers happiness while reading the book have been lost in translation. I've always felt like I wanted to live in the forest somewhere. Although I love cities as well, I feel myself more of a human being, if that makes sense, in places with less people and more trees.
This is the least New Agey contemporary book that I could find, and while I can't say it has changed my life, it has given me perspective, and the determination not to let a job, money, or commodities lead my life.
The writing style got irritating in certain parts, but I reminded myself the author is supposed to be a city-slicker, with some inherent prejudices. In their discussion of man vs technology, what most got me thinking was how a computer is like a prosthetic brain.
This is a book that most urban dwellers will scoff at, and it's maybe preaching to the converted, but overall it was a good reading experience, and delivered some insights. I don't care if Anastasia is for real or not, that's the least of my hang-ups. ...more
Anyone who plans on reading The Omnivore's Dilemma should skip on over to this book directly. It demystifies lots of preconceptions about nutrition usAnyone who plans on reading The Omnivore's Dilemma should skip on over to this book directly. It demystifies lots of preconceptions about nutrition us modern folk have, and although the author has been accused of having a "vegan agenda", I find he speaks with all the sincerity of a person who has achieved better health via a plant-based diet.
The fact that this is not a vegan book makes it better- just as informative, and can't be accused of being one-sided. This is someone who's researched protein all his professional life. I like the way Campbell breaks down concepts like animal vs plant protein, and exposes the status quo re: meat that keeps us in the dark (for instance, people are wary of cholesterol and fat, but don't realise that eliminating meat will eliminate these problems). After reading the book, people can judge for themselves what a healthier diet actually implies.
It's not a matter of turning vegan, like there are food camps or something... It's a matter of realising that we were meant to eat plants, seeds, and the like, not animal carcasses or stolen milk.
I have to say, that once you question your diet, and how you're being manipulated by food, you'll question everything around you, critical thinking will just blossom on its own.
I've been on a mostly raw diet for several weeks now, and this book among others validated my choice. ...more