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Review: Mathematics in India
October 8, 2011 – 4:33 pm | No Comment
Review: Mathematics in India

Plofker’s book fills a huge gap: a detailed, eminently readable, scholarly survey of the full scope of Indian mathematics and astronomy (the two were inseparable in India) from their Vedic beginnings to roughly 1800.

Review: Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions
August 1, 2011 – 12:03 pm | 4 Comments
Review: Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions

Patanjali and other early authorities on the Yoga tradition assert that ahimsa, nonaggression, is as integral to yoga as meditation is, and Rosen’s contributors cite all the right sources, making this clear and obvious.

Review: Krishna’s Other Song
May 8, 2011 – 9:45 pm | 13 Comments
Review: Krishna’s Other Song

Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) is one of the most prolific of our modern Gaudiya Vaishnava authors, with innumerable books and articles to his credit. In Krishna’s Other Song, he attempts something new: scriptural commentary.

Review: American Veda
May 1, 2011 – 12:05 am | 21 Comments
Review: American Veda

For Goldberg, it all adds up to the slow “Vedicization” of American spirituality. By this he means that Americans have become more comfortable with a view of the world ultimately found in the ancient literature of India—the Vedas, the Upanisads, and the Bhagavad-gita.

Review: The Hidden Reality
April 2, 2011 – 12:42 am | 3 Comments
Review: The Hidden Reality

“And what a delicious irony it is that science, that model of sober investigation, is inexorably returning us to vistas so peculiarly like the deranged imaginings of our ‘superstitious’ past.”

Review: Examined Lives
January 23, 2011 – 3:52 pm | One Comment
Review: Examined Lives

In his book, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Neitzsche, James Miller

Review: Holy Ignorance
December 26, 2010 – 7:10 pm | 3 Comments
Review: Holy Ignorance

It is true that conservative religion is growing. But any talk of a religious revival is “an optical illusion.”

Review: The Power
November 17, 2010 – 8:13 pm | 17 Comments
Review: The Power

Byrne describes a methodology: First, imagine yourself having it. Second, feel yourself with it. Third, receive it. If you don’t receive it, that must be because you messed up steps one and two.

Review: Being Wrong
November 11, 2010 – 11:37 pm | 9 Comments
Review: Being Wrong

“The brilliance of the phrase ‘I told you so’ derives from its admirably compact way of making the point that not only was I right, I was also right about being right. In the instant of uttering it, I become right squared, maybe even right factorial…”

Review: The Moral Landscape
October 7, 2010 – 12:42 am | 19 Comments
Review: The Moral Landscape

Harris puts himself at odds with a principle put forward by philosopher David Hume and regarded as inviolable by many: the idea that statements about how things ought to be cannot be derived from statements about what is true.

Review: Long for This World
July 18, 2010 – 12:21 am | 25 Comments
Review: Long for This World

To slow down or stop aging , today’s longevity scientists have been trying to figure out how to manage deadly cellular gunk by re-engineering either its production, a cell’s repair system or the garbage itself.