Thoughts on: “Hardcore Zen” by Brad Warner

Brad Warner is punk rocker turned Zen master. He is “controversial” because he is not part of either of the two dominating fractions of Zen in the west; the overly intellectualized one or the woo-woo New age version. —————————————— He wants to make Zen available and practical for to regular people with normal lives andContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Hardcore Zen” by Brad Warner”

Thoughts on: ”The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr

Maybe you were suppose to do something important right now, but got distracted by a notification. Or you talked yourself into that it might be a good idea to check your social media. It has been 10 minutes, something might have happened? —————————————— The internet has turned into a network of interruption, with notifications, hyperlinksContinue reading “Thoughts on: ”The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr”

Thoughts on: “My Experiments With Truth” by Gandhi

We get to follow a great man in the making in this autobiography by Gandhi. Like a mad scientist, and from an early age, he experimented with every area of his life to find essence of the soul. ——————————– Being very limited in my knowledge about Gandhi, I expected a focus on religion in thisContinue reading “Thoughts on: “My Experiments With Truth” by Gandhi”

Thoughts on: “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins

A lot of times we look at darwinian survival on the level of the organism. Richard Dawkins suggest that we instead should look at the survival of the individual gene as the driving force of natural selection. The organism, being a fish or a human body is just a vessel. A survival machine for protectingContinue reading “Thoughts on: “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins”

Thoughts on: “Food: A Culinary History” by The Great Courses

I’ve had had my ups and downs with the Great Courses series. I really want enjoy them, but the lecture format never really hook me like a regular audiobook does. —————————————— So I decided not to treat them like an audiobook and rather enjoy them the way I would do with a podcast. Casually listeningContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Food: A Culinary History” by The Great Courses”

Thoughts on: “Stuffocation” by James Wallman

In the 1920 the United States was struggling with overproduction. There where two directions we could take from there, either we produce less or consume more. We choose the latter. —————————————— Instead of building things to last we started to built to break. Advertisement started manufacturing desire. Fantastic new products came to market and amazedContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Stuffocation” by James Wallman”

Thoughts on: “Steal the Show” by Michael Port

In preparation for my second speech at Toastmasters I though if would be good pick up some more tips and tricks for public speaking and speech writing. —————————————— The book is very basic, sometimes even threat you like a baby (one of his tips is not to scold you audience or stand with the backContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Steal the Show” by Michael Port”

Thoughts on: ”The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin”

Benjamin Franklin was probably the most prominent character of the American Enlightenment. A scientist, politician, inventor, postmaster, civic activist, and one of the founding fathers of the United States of American. —————————————— The reason I like Franklin so much is his sense of wonder and curiosity about life and learning. This in combination with beingContinue reading “Thoughts on: ”The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin””

Thoughts on: “Under The Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer

The year is off to a good start with a third Krakauer book under my belt! ————— Mormonism is not a big thing here in Sweden (The are less than 10 000 Saints residing here) and this is my first close look at the Mormon faith. ————— It’s a history of Mormonism told around storyContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Under The Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer”

Thoughts on: “The Third Chimpanzee” by Jared Diamond

There is a 1.2 percent difference in DNA between humans and chimpanzees. But what is it that makes humans able to fly into space and create weapons so powerful that they can annihilate the earth as a whole? When did we separate into our own species and what triggered our evolutionary leap forward to becomeContinue reading “Thoughts on: “The Third Chimpanzee” by Jared Diamond”