In Brave New Universe - One Man's View of All That Is, Paul J. Salvatore shares an insightful compilation of inspirational prose, quotes, and poetry in this memoir of personal enlightenment. The book takes the reader on a journey through his very "normal" upbringing in a conservative, Catholic, middle-class family on Long Island and explores how his perspective changed radically as he was introduced to different people and schools of thought during his late teen years and, later, while serving in the government sector. He expresses his views on some very emotional topics, such as philosophy, religion, politics, mortality, social issues, and his experiences with indigenous cultures and the natural world, all of which inspired him to compose poems and write about his experiences. Along his life journey, Salvatore also developed a strong interest in seeking a higher truth and developing a comprehensive view of "all that is" and to share the wisdom he gained in hopes of raising the hearts and minds of humanity. He sends out a message of hope and unity to people of all faiths and nationalities and prompts us all to understand that we share a lot more with each other than we may think. The author also describes how he was influenced, in part, by philosopher and author Aldous Huxley and his literary works, including Brave New World, written in 1932. He warns how we might be heading in the direction of the dystopic society described in Huxley's book, if we don't change our ways and heed warnings from the lessons of history. Brave New Universe stimulates the range of human passions and is a relevant and inspiring must-read for today's world.
Cosmologists yearn to behold the unseen elements of our universe. And as new technologies become more powerful and precise, scientists are getting their wishâ€"though these tools are challenging the limits of our imagination as fast as they are answering many longstanding questions. Space is one of the last great frontiers for modern man. A never-ending source of investigation and inspiration, it beckons to scientists with an irresistible sirenâ€™s call. And in this glorious age of cosmology, astronomical measurement has never been more precise. The power provided to us by extraordinary new observational mechanisms has shattered former suppositions and stimulated exciting new visions of the universe. Using modern instruments such as the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), astronomers now have access to information about the age and composition of the universe. By providing greatly improved answers, high-resolution satellite data and novel telescopic techniques have transformed one of scienceâ€™s most speculative fields into a triumph of meticulous and rigorous detection. Yet as the technological tools grow increasingly robust and we are able to see farther and know more, we find that we have even more questions. Could there be realms beyond ordinary space? Might time, space, and matter simply be illusions? What unique blend of cosmological factors influences life on Earth? Featuring interviews with leaders in the field as well as thought-provoking descriptions of their work, Brave New Universe is a guided tour of current advances and controversies in cosmology.
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Established in 1911, The Rotarian is the official magazine of Rotary International and is circulated worldwide. Each issue contains feature articles, columns, and departments about, or of interest to, Rotarians. Seventeen Nobel Prize winners and 19 Pulitzer Prize winners – from Mahatma Ghandi to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. – have written for the magazine.
How was the standard model of the mind developed? Is it adequate? And is there a place in this model for the creative genius of artists, scientists, and mathematicians? This book looks at how scientists investigate the nature of the mind and the brain, providing answers to these important questions. It opens with a description of the historical roots of cognitive science and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the standard model of the mind, including its inability to account for the many dramatic features of human achievement. The final chapter develops the notion that human creativity and the unfolding of human consciousness demand two things: that we acknowledge the central role that ideals play in human knowledge and conduct and that such ideals have no role in the standard model. Brave New Mind proposes a new image of humankind that accommodates the place of ideals and creativity in cognition and life, without abandoning the scientific ideals of empirical soundness and theoretical rigor.
"The purpose of this book is to show that scientific discovery, far from replacing God, actually shows how marvellous his hand is in creation. The author looks at such issues as Quantum Mechanics, the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe, evolution, how the mind works, artificial intelligence, new reproductive techniques, human cloning and stem cells, and the point of pain and suffering." "In a short space the author summarises the major scientific achievements of recent times, providing the ordinary person with an up-to-date overview. Young people will find it very useful as they consider the question of science versus God, but it is to be strongly recommended for anyone of any age with a lively interest in his or her surroundings."--BOOK JACKET.
The former editor-in-chief of Details and Star adventures into the fascinating "brave new world" of cannabis, tracing its history and possible future as he investigates the social, medical, legal, and cultural ramifications of this surprisingly versatile plant. Pot. Weed. Grass. Mary Jane. We all think we know what cannabis is and what we use it for. But do we? Our collective understanding of this surprising plant has been muddled by politics and morality; what we think we know isn’t the real story. A war on cannabis has been waged in the United States since the early years of the twentieth century, yet in the past decade, society has undergone a massive shift in perspective that has allowed us to reconsider our beliefs. In Brave New Weed, Joe Dolce travels the globe to "tear down the cannabis closet" and de-mystify this new frontier, seeking answers to the questions we didn’t know we should ask. Dolce heads to a host of places, including Amsterdam, Israel, California, and Colorado, where he skillfully unfolds the odd, shocking, and wildly funny history of this complex plant. From the outlandish stories of murder trials where defendants claimed "insanity due to marijuana consumption" to the groundbreaking success stories about the plant’s impressive medicinal benefits, Dolce paints a fresh and much-needed portrait of cannabis, our changing attitudes toward it, and the brave new direction science and cultural acceptance are leading us. Enlightening, entertaining, and thought-provoking, Brave New Weed is a compelling read that will surprise and educate proponents on both sides of the cannabis debate.