Over the weekend I finished Bernardo Kastrup‘s book Why Materialism Is Baloney : How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to life, the Universe, and Everything, and I have to say that I really, really enjoyed it. Much like Daniel Ingram’s MTCTB this book feels like a massive game changer in how I view the Universe. Or more correctly, this fits a lot of the sporadic ideas and intuitions I had about how this all works into a nice and well packaged paradigm.
“Star.Ships addresses the question of who we are now by tracing where we come from, and by drawing out the stories and the spirits that have journeyed and evolved with us. The goal is the restoration of context.”
At some point we have just taken someone’s word for a lot of the things we all take for granted as fact. Usually it’s because we believe and agree with them, it seems logical or it doesn’t look like anyone credible is refuting them. So we accept it as written and move on. This is necessary as we just don’t have the time or interest in doing all the fact checking, doing the maths or going through all the research and studies to see if all the facts we take for granted are actually legitimate. So, we take someone’s, usually a scientist’s or someone in the position of authority’s, word on it.
I was a bit shocked when I finished Peter Grey’s Lucifer: Princeps as I really wasn’t expecting it to end so suddenly. It’s obvious that this book is meant to lead directly into the forthcoming Lucifer:Praxis and as a result this feels like a really extended prologue. It feels like half of a conversation.
There is very little Lucifer in this book. It is almost like he is a character on the fringe of the stage trying his best to get a word in but being talked over every time. Finally just when you think you will hear him talk, the book ends.