Nonsense

nonsense

How do you make sense, handle ambiguity, or embrace uncertainty? We make decisions everyday without having all the information we need – or even know that we need. NONSENSE: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes explores how being able to “deal with what we don’t understand” affects how we manage uncertainty in our daily lives. For some, decision-making is simple and clear cut. For others it is an agonizing process.

In an increasingly complex, unpredictable world, what matters most isn’t IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know [but rather] how we deal with what we don’t understand.” Life is not what it seems and the author painstakingly presents examples that expose out human weaknesses, our humanity or lack thereof. For example, too many doctors over test their patients with ambiguous (or unnecessary) tests, mainly to avoid potential lawsuits.

NONSENSE is a book that examines what we do “when the information we need to make sense of an experience seems to be missing, too complex, or contradictory . . .[because] this is where ambiguity resides.” The examples are too many to cite, but after a few chapters a pattern emerges, you start to see things often taken for granted from another perspective. As a reader, there are plenty of obvious opportunities to experience epiphanies  . . . only if you know they exist.

Thoughts for your Soul:

  • When our need for closure is high we tend to revert to stereotypes, jump to conclusions, and deny contradictions.”
  • “New ways of seeing aren’t necessarily clearer ways of seeing, and sometimes, the illusion of knowing is more dangerous than not knowing at all.”
  • “Urgently fixating on certainty is our defense mechanism against the unknown and unstable. However, what we need in turbulent times is adaptability and calculated reevaluation.”

NONSENSE disappointed me not because the book wasn’t good, but because it wasn’t as engaging as I had hoped – sometimes the examples/stories were dry as toast!  The book reminded me of the Malcolm Gladwell books (but they were more engaging) and I believe NONSENSE would have been more interesting if I had not read them first. With that being said, I learned a lot of “NONSENSE” facts and information that helped me connect some ambiguous dots.

If you are looking for a book to take on a trip, snuggle up with in a cozy chair, etc. this is not the book. However, if you like knowing what makes people tick, “what happens when we’re confused and the path forward isn’t obvious” then this is the book for you. NONSENSE may not change the way you make decisions, but it will change how you approach the decision-making process . . . you will probably not look at things the same way again.

Disclaimer: BONDing over Books received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review

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Tuesdays with Morrie

tuesdays with morrieWE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES every day to give back that we simply (for whatever reason) just don’t take advantage of. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIEan old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson by Mitch Albom. This book reminds us of the level of humanity that is within all of us. As readers, and observers we tend to forget the simple acts of kindness that can soften the hardest of hearts or the toughest of people, especially those living out their final days.

 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is about relationships. Those relationships that develop naturally over time not those forced by situational powder kegs. The give and take, being open to receive from those we feel have nothing left to give but their truth. The author, Mitch Albom, is the younger man who was given another chance and took the opportunity to give back to his college professor and friend, Morrie. Morrie suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease;  although the disease ravaged his body, it could not touch his mind and/or his spirit.

 MITCH ALBOM INTERLACES sound words of wisdom with practical common sense which enables TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE  to draw you in as an active participant rather than an observer watching an episode from a television show. The author’s way of retelling the story enables you to super-impose yourself into the storyline and get caught up in the life lessons being taught about Morrie’s unselfish sharing of his life, those people who touched him and those whom he touched. He was so grateful for all the sweet intangibles that made up his unconditional friendships.

A THOUGHT for your SOUL:

  • So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

AS YOU FINISH READING the final page, we are well reminded of the many “Morries” in our own lives. Those powerful connections that transcend age. How many opportunities do we have to get it right? . . . You really only need just one to make a difference in your life.

Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE  as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs) . . . just the right mixture of content and pages.

*Originally posted on August 28, 2013

Headstrong

HeadstrongIF “SCIENCE IS PART OF THE REALITY OF LIVING; it is the what, the how, and the why of everything in our experience.” Then why have the pages of history selectively or conveniently been minimized and/or omitted the accomplishments of women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field? HEADSTRONG – 52 Women who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby.

HEADSTRONG shares little-known history facts about 52 women from various ethnicities and countries across the globe who changed the world we live with their trailblazing contributions. For example, these women were American, Czech, British, African-American, German, French, Italian, Austrian, Chinese, Danish, Canadian and Russian.

THESE MINI BIOGRAPHIES  “Include only scientists whose life’s work have already been completed.”  While the profiles showcase that “Opportunities for white women in STEM fields opened up before they did for women of color,”  there were still women of color who were able to make an impact.

IT IS AMAZING how many times “Other scientists profited greatly from [women’s] work, but because of [their] class and gender, the academic discussions sparked by [their] findings oftentimes excluded [them].” For all of their accomplishments “Women rarely rose to posts as prestigious as professors.” Many of their male peers recognized their worth, but society wasn’t ready in the early 20th century to give women the same respect.

THOUGHTS for your SOUL:

  • Either a woman is a good scientist or she is not; in anywise she should be given opportunities, and her work should be studied from the scientific, not the sex, point of view.”
  • Domesticity before personal achievement . . . We simply don’t speak of men in science this way…For men, scientific accomplishments are accepted as something naturally within their grasp.”

THESE WOMEN ARE  an inspiration to everyone with discoveries, such Kevlar . . . Chemotherapy . . . Pediatric Cardiology . . . APGAR score . . . Paleoneurology . . . Foundation of Modern Environmentalism . . . Mutagenesis . . . Developmental Genetics (co-founder) . . . Initiated a project that would lead to the discovery of nuclear fission . . . Element 87 . . . Earth’s inner core . . . Electrothermal Hydrazine Thruster . . . World’s first computer program . . . Abstract Algebra . . . Chaos Theory . . . Provided the foundation for COBOL . . . Secret communication system (which led to the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS) . . . Wrinkle-free Cotton . . . First American Woman in Space . . . Beginning of evidence-based medicine.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics geek, to appreciate the unparalleled accomplishments and learn more about these phenomenal women, simply click on their names: Mary Putnam Jacobi, Anna Wessels Williams, Alice Ball, Gerty Radnitz Cori, Helen Taussig, Elsie Widdowson, Virginia Apgar, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, Gertrude Belle Elion, Jane Wright, Maria Sibylla Merian, Jeanne Villepreux-Power, Mary Anning, Ellen Swallow Richards, Alice Hamilton, Alice Evans, Tilly Edinger, Rachel Carson, Ruth Patrick, Nettie Stevens, Hilde Mangold, Charlotte Auerbach, Barbara McClintock, Salome Gluecksohn Waelsch, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Rosalind Franklin, Anne McLaren, Lynn Margulis, Emilie du Chatelet, Lise Meitner, Irene Joliot-Curie, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Marguerite Perey, Chien-Shiung Wu, Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Maria Mitchell, Annie Jump Cannon, Inge Lehmann, Marie Tharp, Yvonne Brill, Sally Ride, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Ada Lovelace, Florence NightingaleSophie Kowalevski, Emmy Noether, Mary Cartwright, Grace Murray Hopper, Hertha Ayrton, Hedy Lamarr, Ruth Benerito, and Stephanie Kwolek.

MS. SWABY SHOULD BE COMMENDED  for her work. HEADSTRONG is inspiring, for this simple reason – the time has come to share the truth because “So little coverage has been dedicated to the accomplishments of women.” Whether you, or someone you know is interested in the STEM fields is not the point. It is the knowledge that was shared, the readers, aka the “informed.” HEADSTRONG debunks the numerous myths and stereotypes the society has conditioned us to believe.

EDITORS CHOICE-PAID FORcanstockphoto6036875Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates HEADSTRONG as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs) . . . just the right mixture of content and pages.

Disclaimer: BONDing over BOOKS received this book for free from the Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.