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Book Summary: The Dharma in DNA – Insights at the Intersection of Biology and Buddhism

The Dharma in DNA (2022) explores the intersections between Buddhist philosophy and biology. At first glance, these two traditions couldn’t be more different. One is spiritual; the other empirical. But there are overlaps. Both traditions are attempts to discover meaning, for one. But there’s more to it than that: both the teachings of the Buddha …

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Book Summary: Welcome to the Universe – An Astrophysical Tour

Welcome to the Universe (2016) is a mind-blowing and breathtaking introduction to astrophysics, based on the popular course the three authors cotaught at Princeton University. It takes everyone – even the nonscience-minded – on a trip through the known universe, stopping to examine stars, galaxies, black holes, and more, all while presenting fascinating theories regarding …

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Book Summary: How the World Really Works – The Science of Our Past, Present and Future

How the World Really Works (2022) tackles a paradox at the heart of the modern world: we’ve never had so much information at our fingertips and never known so little about how things actually work. Of course, we can’t be experts in everything. But, Vaclav Smil argues, it’s our duty as citizens to be informed …

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[Book Summary] The Confident Mind: A Battle-Tested Guide to Unshakable Performance

Dr. Zinsser is the director of the Performance Psychology Program at the West Point Military Academy. Dr. Zinsser helps soldiers, athletes, and business leaders win their “First Victory” before big performances. He helped quarterback Eli Manning achieve his “First Victory” before Super Bowl 42 by getting him to believe he was as good as any …

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[Book Summary] Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

Proust and the Squid (2007) tells the fascinating story of how the human brain learned to read. From the invention of the first writing systems to our brain’s amazing capacity to rearrange itself, reading expert Maryanna Wolf explains how the incredible skill of reading developed over the course of human history. That is, how it …

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Life Would Not Be Possible Without…: Book Summary of Symphony in C by Robert M. Hazen

Carbon has gotten a bad rap. Joined by two oxygen atoms, it transforms into carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that human activities are adding too much of to the atmosphere. But carbon also is the element that makes life on Earth possible. This article offers a fascinating look at the science, history, and culture of …

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