Sunday, May 12, 2013

Yet another backlog list ...

Well, after breaking the long period of silence, the only better post I can make is about the current backlog of books I have read, but did not write about.
There we go:

  1. "Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening" by Stephen Batchelor
  2. "Guns" by Stephen King
  3. "Zen Judaism: For You a Little Enlightenment" by David M. Bader
  4. "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons
  5. "The Fall of Hyperion" by Dan Simmons (the last two books are on this list thanks to my son, Maciej)
  6. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander
  7. "Confession of a Buddhist Atheist" by Stephen Batchelor
  8. "Rabbi of 84th Street" by Warren Kozak
  9. "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Bhante Gunaratana

plus some more books I even can't recall... well I read (and listen to) like crazy ....


Quantum Theory by John Polkinghorne ...

I do not quite understand why I decided to write this post after so many months of not writing anything on my blog...

The book "Quantum Theory. A Very Short Introduction" by John Polkinghorne  is one of these "A Very Short Introduction" series books that are simple and usually not deep enough. However, this one is much different. It simple, yet is also very deep.
One gets an intro course into Quantum Theory, but one is also faced with fundamental, philosophical problems of modern science.

Well, after so many months of silence, I can't write any good review, so I will say only some few words.

The author, John Polkinghorne is an unusual person. He is: "theoretical physicist, theologian, writer, and Anglican priest" (see this). What is extremely important, there is just NO sign in the book that could tell you that the author is ordained priest! Well, for 25 years he was absolutely secular scientist!

I guess I will end this long awaited review at this moment and at this point....


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Steve Jobs ...

I just finished Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.
I must admit it was fantastic reading experience, and it opened my mind on some decisions Jobs' has made and on his philosophy...

I must admit, I did not like, for many years, Apple product paradigm, even though I was happy to use iPad for some time. I feel I have strong arguments against many facets of Apple's (and Jobs')  views on technology - nevertheless, the understanding of their (his) motives came to me just from this book.

And, I must admit, I started to appreciate and like them and him for the courage to be as they were ...

Could Steve inspire people like myself ? Certainly yes, and if you ask me for what - I immediately could tell: for his main goal to build enduring company ...