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MannyRayner

Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

Science and Mankind

Science and Mankind - Somenath Mitra GOODREADS

In the modern Sci-Tech society all activities are connected. The so-called "social network" is a good example of this principal. First during World War 2 scientists developed the atomic bomb using Einstein's formula e=mc². Then after the war was ended they decided to use their skills for nonviolence and peace. CERN in Geneva Switzerland was founded to investigate the secrets of nuclear structure. Many researchers from all over the world, US, India, Germany and other countries come there to work together in a spirit of brotherhood and idealism.

CERN produces so much information that sharing it is a major problem. In 2004, a CERN researcher called Mark Zuckerberg developed the first social network as a way to help his colleagues communicate more effectively and the rest is history. Soon there were many other social networks on the scene. One of these is Goodreads, a network devoted to talking about literature. Just as CERN scientists talk about the world of nuclear physics, people on Goodreads discuss the world of books and post reviews. The network has become very popular with more than 20 million members.

The members of Goodreads write reviews for many different reasons. Some of the more spiritually advanced reviewers like Calliope, s.penkevich etc write beautiful essays about superior works of literature by writers like Moliére and Hamsun. In this way they help themselves achieve Peace and Harmony (P&H). But other reviewers allow themselves to be influenced by the desire for "likes" and review popular books of less value. The first books explicitly referring to sexuality were published in England in the early part of the 20th century (D.H. Lawrence, 1885-1930). Today, everything from movies, magazines, music videos and even toothpaste ads is spiced with sex. People review books like 50 Shades of Gray and collect hundreds or even thousands of "likes". They grow vain and lose contact with Dharma (right action). But their "likes" only make them want more "likes". They gain no P&H from them. Figure 1 illustrates these two processes.
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It is hard to know what to do in the modern world but I hope this short review will help members of Goodreads to reconsider their priorities.

The like that you like
Is not the true Like

- Sai Baba