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The Things We Don't Know

(A Shared Human Future #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  13 reviews
​6000 years. Six Civilizations. One ultimate goal.

From a letter, we wrote a word, then came sentences, books, epics. We asked questions that propelled the formulation of the sciences, the arts, our culture, and our philosophies. All that we know and love today was built by one daring life at a time over six thousand years.

Part historic, part scientific, and part philosophi
Paperback, 2017, 177 pages
Published July 31st 2017 by Tarun Betala
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"History creates Truth. Knowledge is Power."

Unlike any other known creature currently existing on Earth, Homo Sapiens (i.e. Human Beings) are the only creatures that can use history to their advantage. While memory, instinct and learned behavior may exist in other species, the concepts of knowledge and history is unique to humans. Some may say that the use of tools is what separates humans from beasts, but I say that it is the use of tools and the ability to keep and pass on Knowledge throug
Kaushal Gupta
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are a part of a universe, as we call it, wherein there are innumerable thoughts in our mind, questions that run through to seek answers, beliefs that are nothing more than a perspective and above of them is the fear, or whatever adjective you would like to choose, of the unknown.

It is a less of a book and more of an essay that you would like to just read through and through since it is devoid of any twist or turns like a fiction or semi-fiction book. If you had the questions similar to the au
Nayan Patel
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book by the author for an honest review.
Firstly let me put it out there that it's been a really long time that I have read a non-fiction book even though theological/historical topics deeply interest me. Being decently well versed with the religious texts of some of the major religions of the world, I definitely wanted to read another person's take on the same. I think that this is where I erred since I should have really gone into this book with a completely
For me it did not live up to the expectations I built up when I first heard about the book. It was worth the small amount of time devoted to the reading.
Andreea Daniela
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Things We Don’t Know” by Tarun Betala starts with a rather interesting premise of answering the most daring questions that ventured in the human mind. With the promise to explain, and even try to answer some of the most notorious questions of mankind (Who are we? What is the purpose of life? Who is God? What is our universe? ), the book embarks you on a journey to the past in order to explain the present. It explores history, religion, philosophy and exposes theories about the development o ...more
Alex Reneski
I commend the author for his attempt "to answer some of life's most pressing questions, but I find the answers both shallow and misleading, akin to a bull session in a college dorm. For example, several times he refers to Christianity as a "sect" of Judaism. He dates everything with BCE and CE, without referring to the "Common Event" from which the modern world dates our history.
He devotes a whole chapter on the contributions of India to world knowledge and philosophy, and sort of skips over th
Celine DePoitiers
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
First thing I have to tell you is that it had been ages since I had read a non-fictional book that wasn’t a poetry book, so I was a little afraid to dig into it.
I expected it to be slow paced, or a little boring, but this book has completely surprised me in a very positive way.

Tarun faces some of the biggest questions in life with the delicate touch of a master narrator. He never pushes the reader too far. He makes the reader think, which is the final purpose of books.
Page after page I kept wond
Hasso von Moltke
A nice introduction to some basic concepts

This book is a nice little introduction to some basic concepts like religion, science, and our acquisition of knowledge. It's got nice little refresher about the Library of Alexandria, the Qin Empire, and various eastern religions.

That said, the book is pretty eclectic. While it follows a general chronological order the different chapters are only vaguely tied together with fairly generic themes like "truth" and "knowledge." When the author gives a gener
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book like a child who has lost his past and trying to trace it from history which seemed to have been destroyed at some point along its course. Conflicting theories and beliefs all pointing to how I came into existence, all claiming to be the truth while I’m just at peace with my choice hoping someday, it doesn’t end up being false.

The book “The Things We Don’t Know”, is about history, philosophy and religion and how our opposing beliefs might tend to rob us of a beautiful globe.

Ritika Mona
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Got an advance copy of this book and couldn't stop reading it. The fluidity meant I readit in one sitting! In talking about how we’ve burned books because of our beliefs, the author actually does a pretty good job of covering our world history as well. So a reference to Chinese History, Roman and Christian history pretty much makes up about half the book.

if you're looking for a very exhaustive and indepth book, this probably isnt the book you want, but if you're looking at a general history and
Marina G
I found a lot of interesting information in the "Things We Don't Know", about lost civilizations, religions, facts. It is journey through time and space, from Alexandria to ancient China, from Buddhism to Christianity, from myths to truths. Althought there were several mentions of the greek philosophers, I expected to read more about the ancient Greece. Overall, I believe it was a good effort in giving a general view of "the things we don't (but should) know". ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Understanding the infinite with a finite brain

This is a fascinating read of man's growing knowledge of the planet and himself since the beginning of human thought. Man attempts to explain his world with ideas of his time. Both collected historical data and value ideas of man's purpose as a life form give the reader much to ponder.
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Tarun Betala is the author of The Things We Don't Know. Since 2005, Tarun has published several poems, essays and short stories.

Over the last three decades, Tarun has lived in 4 countries across the world and his passion to explore the world has brought him to to more than twenty countries.

Currently working in the Financial Data world, Tarun lives in Singapore with his wife. He writes extensively

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