Book Review: Big questions, or, Asomatognosia : whose hand is it anyway by Anders Nilsen


Author: Anders Nilsen Title: Big questions, or, Asomatognosia : whose hand is it anyway  Publication Info: Montréal : New York, NY Drawn & Quarterly ; Distributed in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2011. ISBN: 9781770460478 Summary/Review: This massive graphic novel grapples with some deep philosophical issues through the stories of a flock of tiny birds, a mentally…

Book Review: God After Darwin by John F. Haught


Author: John F. Haught Title: God After Darwin Publication Info: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2000. ISBN: 0813367239 Summary/Review: This is a complicated book which I didn’t thoroughly comprehend so I may not be able to justice to it in a review.  Nevertheless, it tackles an issue near and dear to me that is how to reconcile the theory of…

Book Review: The lost art of walking by Geoff Nicholson


Author: Geoff  Nicholson Title: The lost art of walking : the history, science, philosophy, and literature of pedestrianism Publication Info: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008 ISBN: 9781594489983 Summary/Review:   Geoff  Nicholson takes on the quotidian topic of walking, something just about everyone can do, although there who some who can who fail to exercise the ability regularly….

Book Review: On Deep History and the Brain by Daniel Lord Smail


Author: Daniel Lord Smail Title: On Deep History and The Brain Publication Info: University of California Press (2008) ISBN: 0520258126 Summary/Review:  Smail’s concept is that there is an artificial divide between pre-history (what he calls deep history) and history and that the biological and evolutionary history of humanity can be better understood by bridging the…

Book Reviews: Out of our heads by Alva Noë


Author: Alva Noë Title: Out of our heads : why you are not your brain, and other lessons from the biology of consciousness Publication Info: ISBN: 9780809074655 Summary/Review:  I thought I’d like this  much more, but I was disappointed.  Noë’s premise is a philosophical examination of the science of the mind and posits that we…

Book Review: The Architecture of Happiness


The Architecture of Happiness (2006) by Alain de Botton is as much a philosophy book as it is a treatise on architecture. Instead of the who, what and how, this book explores the rarely asked why of architecture. In a short, lyrical work that is a delight to read, de Botton questions why some types…