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Hidden In Plain Sight 4: The uncertain universe
Hidden In Plain Sight 4: The uncertain universe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another clear concise book on the mysteries of physics, July 24, 2016
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This book picks up where the first three left off. It looks at some of the mysteries of uncertainty, and their impacts on quantum theory, gravity and cosmology. It presents this often-complicated material in the language of the everyday person.

The author discusses the difference quantum randomness and chaos. He takes on the new age idea that physical reality at the macro level is created by conscious observation.

Easy to read even as it takes on the most profound of topics. I highly recommend this book in the In Plain Sight series.


Hidden In Plain Sight 3: The secret of time
Hidden In Plain Sight 3: The secret of time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great explanation of a difficult subject, July 13, 2016
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I know of few books that can simply and clearly explain such powerful and fundamental topics as space, time, relativity and gravity. This book is probably one of the best. It may well be the most easily understood treatment of relativity I've seen. It does use a little math, just enough to show the principle. But it builds most of its picture intuitively, using analogies, stories and thought experiments.

May go down as one of the best basic books on relativity ever.


Hidden In Plain Sight 2: The equation of the universe
Hidden In Plain Sight 2: The equation of the universe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Simple and Powerful Ideas with just enough math, July 10, 2016
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Loved this book. It takes the reader on the scenic tour of the problems in present day cosmology and then offers an interesting hypothesis to explain them. The theory is as simple as it is unorthodox.

Whether this model will hold up under the weight of astronomical observations and mathematical tests is uncertain. But it seems to follow logically from the idea that the total energy in the universe (mass, motion, etc. - potential energy) sums to zero. With some simple (really) math, he derives solutions to several of the current vexing problems in physics and cosmology.

The book did have a few minor typos, and in spots was a bit dry. But given the topic it is difficult to describe in a "sexy" way. This book does better than most in making the topic intriguing and understandable

Whether these ideas turn out to be true is another question. To its credit it does propose some possible tests to prove it true or false. Ultimately, only trial by observation and evidence will make or break it. But at least for now, the ideas in this book seem convincing.

Read it and decide for yourself.


Hidden In Plain Sight: The simple link between relativity and quantum mechanics
Hidden In Plain Sight: The simple link between relativity and quantum mechanics
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and readable, June 29, 2016
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This book is an excellent tutorial on some of the most fundamental and unifying principles in physics. It takes the question of the relationship between relativity and quantum mechanics to a fundamental and seemingly obvious conclusion. After reading it you sorta wonder - so what's the big mystery.

I would have to think about his ideas a little more and see what other writers have to say. But 'Plain Sight' builds a very good case for the unification of these two branches of physics.

Ot was great that this book was readable and nearly math free. However it might have been nice to have some mathematics-details insets. It is nearly impossible to have physics without math. And while 'Plain Sight' does a good job it with what it has, showing the philosophy behind unification theory it could have had some 'extra for experts' included.


*STAR CYCLES Educational Video
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but too artsy, June 27, 2016
Watched this movie at a meeting of Theosophical Society of Minneapolis. It is primarily centered around the teachings of Pythagoreus, including his teachings on geometry, music, mathematics, etc. It presents different ideas about numerical relationships, including the numbers phi and pi.

I Learned some intriguing tidbits about these. Unfortunately I thought in spots it was way too artsy. In large portions of the film it was simply an eye candy of graphics. It flashed up a huge collage of images, glimpses and scenarios.

It also heavily plugged the electric universe theory, and other more Avant Garde theories as if they were fact. While it raised some good points and asked some good questions I thought it was too cursory on any of them.

In summary, it's a good inspirational film encouraging both wonder and critical thinking. It was neat to watch and intriguing in its ideas.

I would recommend renting it without much in the way of expectations.


The Ruins of Mars: Eye of the Apocalypse (The Ruins of Mars Trilogy Book 3)
The Ruins of Mars: Eye of the Apocalypse (The Ruins of Mars Trilogy Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cliffhanger to the end, June 6, 2016
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Loved it, a total page turner. Plot twists and surprises right up to the end. It does a great job of weaving the alien backstory solidly into the action, and only at the end revealing the true big picture.

The only thing I found hard to digest was his vision of AI. I found it, plus some of the technical details of his universe, a bit of a stretch. All told, I thought he could have done a bit better job of world-building there. I also thought that a few of the plot threads were unnecessary, though the reader can judge that on their own. Having said all that, none of these took away from the intensity of the story. Like most SF, it's best to simply suspend disbelief, hop aboard the interplanetary flyer and enjoy the story.

I found it to be one hell of a ride. I hope you enjoy as much as I did, the wonderful three-volume roller coaster winding through the ruins of Mars.


MO41: The Bombshell Before Roswell
MO41: The Bombshell Before Roswell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, Accurate and useful, June 1, 2016
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I ordered this book on the Kindle store when I found I was going to be passing through the Cape Girardeau area on a road trip. I have always been curious about that event and so I read it from cover to cover in one day. The book provides a thorough description of the crash and subsequent first response and recovery. It details the scenario as apparently experienced by Reverend Huffman. It also describes the subsequent investigations by several researchers including the author. The neatest thing was that it provided enough detail that based on the descriptions, we could locate what we think was the crash site.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in a detailed reconstruction of "the dress rehearsal for Roswell".


Wrong Town: A Mark Landry Novel
Wrong Town: A Mark Landry Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Potboiler, April 25, 2016
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Loved it. Couldn't put it down.
It develops the characters, plays the plot and keeps your attention from the first page to the very end.
Wonderful plot twists all the way through.
A story worthy of Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, etc.


The Making of a Healer: Teachings of My Oneida Grandmother
The Making of a Healer: Teachings of My Oneida Grandmother
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, wise and well written, April 5, 2016
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If Russel Four Eagles is as great a healer as he is a writer, his clients are truly in the right place. This book explores what it is like to be a healer in one particular Native American tradition. It shows how life prepares and guides the healer. Just as important, it shows what a healer is NOT.

Making of a Healer has many layers of meaning. One could read it any number of times and each time find new messages. Highly recommended.


The Field Updated Ed: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
The Field Updated Ed: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my view - again..., March 29, 2016
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I had read this book once, quite a few years ago, and just like that time, it changed my view of the life process.
While my views of how life seems to work have been evolving, Lynne McTaggart's descriptions of the scientific process, her discoveries, and her thoughts on their meaning prompted me to revisit some of my own. I loved her descriptions of the interactions between scientists, and how they met wish such resistance from those in the mainstream of the scientific community.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone beginning to look into field medicine, energy work, or wanting to see how science really works.


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