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The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life Paperback – Illustrated, July 22, 1998
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0688069711
- ISBN-13 : 978-0688069711
- Dimensions : 6.42 x 0.92 x 9.29 inches
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (July 22, 1998)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My only advice is to take the second-to-last chapter with a pillar of salt. It's easy to understand from where the author speculates about such doom and gloom, and there are important points that can be learned from it, but keep in mind that the human being is ever growing, evolving and adapting, and the power of the mind can overcome all adversity.
I love this book because it speaks our modern-day language and brings ancient, esoteric conceptions down to a level most people can at least attempt to grasp. Otherwise, you would have to spend a lot of time, research, and soul searching to come to similar conclusions about our physical and spiritual composition.
Here are the areas of the book that stood out for me:
1) The writer found that you can put an animal to sleep by running a current through its head. There's no need for anesthesia. You just flip off the current to wake the animal up. The animal literally feels no pain during the time the current is being used, and there are few to no side-effects once the animal wakes up.
2) The military industrial complex has been gobbling up fringe research like what is found in The Body Electric for completely different purposes. Imagine putting to sleep an entire legion with a giant ray gun? It sounds like science fiction now ...
3) Peer review is flawed and riddled with sleazy people who steal ideas and find ways to back stab. This really isn't new information if you work in the "publish or perish" workforce, but it's refreshing to see another brave soul blow the horn on this bureaucratic creature from the black lagoon that repeatedly gets love letters from universities across the globe. In today's world with GMOs even insects won't eat, rapid rates of cancer (namely brain cancer from cellphones), so-called "genetic pandemics" of autism, and rising cases of infant mortality in our "advanced" society, you have to be a complete idiot not to see that our technology is killing us. The Body Electric spells it out for you.
4) Kirlian photography was debunked. The aura you're seeing around plants, hands, people ... is created by the machine itself. What I love, though, about the book is that it doesn't take that fact as an opportunity to condemn auras and say they are all folklore and mythology. The author makes a very open-minded observation that auras are still very real and he produces other research and investigations to show just how that's possible.
5) What happened to the author of the book is still going on today. Yes, the book was originally published in the 1980s, but researchers are being blacklisted far more today. If you stand outside the status quo in your thinking, you are thrown out, your research is stolen, and somebody privately uses the results to produce things for self-serving industries. The world was a scary place; it's even scarier now. It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better, and people centuries from now are going to look back at 21st century societies and wonder how we could ever be so-so-so stupid.
Science without philosophy is a dangerous thing. That statement sums up the spirit of The Body Electric quite well.
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I love first-person narratives of scientists' thinking and engagement with experimentation. It addresses the historical research and the newer work.