Sunday, November 06, 2011

Some Links of Note

* Anne Barbeau Gardiner reviews Susan Srigley's Flannery O'Connor's Sacramental Art.

* Eric Schwitzgebel considers a puzzle about materialistic accounts of consciousness in Is the United States Conscious?

* Kirsten Walsh on the aims of Newton's natural philosophy.

* Humphrey at "Quodlibeta" looks more closely at Pinker's claims about the An Lushan revolt.

* Beth looks at the links between Benedict XVI's environmental theology and his rejection of many themes in feminist theology. This is very noticeable if you read many of his speeches and writings on ecological issues, and it's good to see someone looking at it more closely.

* Miriam Burstein reviews Himmelfarb's The People of the Book

* A discussion of various theological themes in The Lord of the Rings.

* Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.

3 comments:

  1. Jarrett Cooper9:09 PM

    I'm certianly going to have to bookmark 'The Lord of the Rings' link. There's a small local library that I went to a couple of weeks ago. They have a little sci-fi section, I was looking at some Tolkien books, but I decided to get a book by Asimov, 'Fantastic Voyage.' Unknown to me, my brother told me that we actually have 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. So I'm going to start on them after I complete 'Fantastic Voyage.'

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  2. branemrys10:58 PM

    They are certainly worth reading.

    It has been a long time since I read "Fantastic Voyage". It's a novelization of a movie, so Asimov had only so much room to maneuver ("Fantastic Voyage II" is a much better book, since it breaks away entirely from the movie), but as novelizations go I seem to remember that it's a pretty solid one.

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  3. Jarrett Cooper12:13 AM

    It's a fun book. Fast paced, lots of things sciency, supsense, and a couple of parts that made me chcukle. There was even a small back and forth about design and biological complexity. Dr. Michaels (the doctor in charge of the human map [i.e, blood vessels, etc.]) and Dr. Duval (the esteemed surgeon whose job is to break away the clot) have their little back and forth. Something along the lines of how absolutely fasincating the body (in this case those of the lungs) can transfer over carbon dioxide and take in oxygen. Duval thought it fasicnating (said this is God's handiwork) at the precision and multitude this occurs; whereas, Michaels quipped this just follows the laws of phyiscs--nothing more than molecules interacting with molecules. Duval looks at Michaels somewhat exasperated, but given their cirucustance there was something happening that quickly ended the conversation.

    In fact, Asimov was, at first, reluctant to write the book. However, he came around and decided there was enough room where he could make it interesting. Here's the Wikipedia entry on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Voyage

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