Thursday, February 26, 2015

A new reading habit

I feel that recently I haven't been that interested in science as I used to be. But at the same time I would like to pass on my love of science to my kids. They are assaulted every day with games, videos, and reading that don't give them any clue that the universe is wondrous, and won't wake any kind of curiosity in them. Well, I think, it should start with me.

I have decided to forgo reading fiction for now. I have set a goal of going through a bunch of modern science books. Hopefully, after reading all these books, I can talk to my kids about the things I've learned from books, and peak their interest a little bit.

It's a slow go, since I don't have a lot of time to read, but any time I can pick up a book it will be a work of non-fiction, and written by a contemporary scientist.

So far I have read "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking. I did it last year actually, this is what spurned me to read more books of this kind. I have also recently finished "End of Faith" by Sam Harris,and "God is not Great" by Chris Hitchens. Not a scientific book, really, but an interesting entry into the field of Atheism. I won't make any promises, but may write a brief review or my thoughts on the book later on.

At the moment I am reading Richard Dawkins' "A  God Delusion" (yes, i realize there is a theme here). I have watched a bunch of conferences with Mr. Dawkins and fellow scientists, and his debates with religious leaders, and find that he is really a brilliant man, with a quick and studied mind and gentlemanly manner.

The book is written with the intelligent and open minded reader in mind (pat on the back), however I am only couple of chapters deep. The jury is still out.

I am also planning to read in the future the works of Carl Sagan, Jay Gould, Chris Hitchens, Laurense Krauss, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and maybe even Bill Nye.

Friday, February 13, 2015

I really should start paying more attention to lyrics. - To Tame a Land

I've listened to this song a bunch of times before, but only recently (yesterday) I forced myself to pay attention to the lyrics and realized that it's about Dune. The books easily rank themselves among top 10 for me, and weirdly I liked David Lynch's version every time I watched  it.

Here is the song interposed over some of the movie.