1. Origin - Dan Brown : Years ago I used to read books and write all the quotes that I liked from the book in my little journal, if I was doing the same till today then I would be writing a lot while reading this book. A good read. 3/5.
2. The Nest - It is an award winning book - didn't work for me. 2/5.
3. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell - I hearby swear to never read Rowell's books again. 2/5.
4. Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson - A story of a girl who is bullied. Liked it. 3/5.
5. Twisted -Laurie Halse Anderson - Teen fiction - It was alright - 2/5.
6. The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty - I tried, I promise, to like Moriarty's books, truly madly guilty or be it big little lies and this was my third attempt, but I never get involved in her characters and I nor do I care the secrets that drive the plots of her books, the women characters in her books are too stereotypical (my opinion) or may be it's just that I don't like serious chick-lit even though they are bestsellers. Anywhooo, this was my last attempt at reading her books. (I loved the TV show Big Little Lies, it was short and crisp, unlike her books) 2/5.
7. Parallel Worlds - Michio Kaku - In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own. 4/5.
8. Lies she told - Cate Holahan ........ 1/5
9. Don't let go - Harlan Coben ....... 2/5
10. Surprise me - Sophie Kinsella - Yawn! 1/5.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Book Review -
The Varieties of scientific experience: A personal view for the search for God - Carl Sagan
***Disclaimer - Strong opinions - ignore if you disagree... as simple as that
When I look around me I feel in awe of this advanced world. There is so much intelligence around, I feel honored to even coexist the Earth with people like Elon Musk, and then I see the over zealous, religious fools who believe in very many things, and I wonder, how can that be? How can a bunch has an evolved intellect and a bunch doesn't. Why do a bunch of people follow the thousand year old traditions/scriptures/customs/rituals/gods and superstitions without ever questioning why...
It is quite perplexing.
How can people have beliefs... if they do then what do they have the intellect for? How can people live without curiosity... how can there be agnostics... either you have faith or you don't...
How can a part of the world believe that Brahma is the creator of the world and then there is a god with an elephant head... and the rest of the world has no clue about these so called creators... if they are gods then how come they didn't make themselves be known everywhere around?
Our toes, thumbs, eyes everything is a result of evolution... so how can the deities that people worship look like us? If people can believe that god created everything... and when asked what created god their answer is god doesn't need a creator... if they can believe this then why can't they digest the idea that the universe created itself... it didn't need a creator. How can people believe that there is an entity who created everything and also answers to prayers....
Did god create man? I think it is the other way round...man created God.
Very good arguments by Carl Sagan in this book, still better books are available on this topic... like the God Delusion and for that matter all books by Richard Dawkins.