Sorry folks, but these posts are now gone. These were extremely unfiltered rants that were written at a time when I was having serious doubts and frustrations with life. Writing them was a very therapeutic exercise at the time, but now that my blog is starting to get some public attention, it is my professional judgment that these posts should no longer remain up. The blogosphere is a funny place; many a public blogger has been bitten for less than what I said in these posts, and I don’t need that.
In this book anthropologist Brian Fagan makes the contention that climate has had a profound effect upon human civilization. His thesis is that we have traded up in vulnerability by moving away from a nomadic hunter-gatherer existence to an agriculturally based existence. We may have insulated ourselves from the effects of minor, short-term climatic disruptions (such as a couple of years of lower-than-average rainfall or cold winter), but we have made ourselves much more vulnerable to the effects of major climatic disruptions which only come along once every thousand or ten thousand years. Continue reading “Book Review: Brian Fagan, The Long Summer”
Pride and Prejudice is perhaps the best-known and best-loved book by Jane Austen. Set in early 19th century England, this is the story of one family’s attempt to marry their daughters in an advantageous fashion, as seen mainly through the eyes of the second daughter, Elizabeth Bennet. The story moves through many surprising twists and turns, including a surprise breakup and a scandalous elopement which is almost the ruin of the entire Bennet family, before arriving at its resolution.
(What’s this? A guy reading and reviewing a girls’ book? Quick, somebody call Focus on the Family and tell James Dobson about this!!!) Continue reading “Book Review: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice”