I agree with Bernard, this is deep and thought provoking material. I kept being reminded of Roger Penrose's "Emperor's New Mind" where the topics of consciousness and its relationship with reality are discussed. Similarly, Popper's insights about scientific method also came to mind. Our scientific methods don't really prove anything: "true" in the scientific sense just means 'not yet falsified'. As to the Buddhist slant, this stems from the fact that Buddhism takes a scientific approach to spirituality and has never been about doctrine and faith. Belief is never demanded (or enforced). In Buddhism, as discussed by Ken Wilber, John Daido Loori and others, the approach is always "Do the experiment yourself and see if you get the same result". Unfortunately, most people are not willing to do the experiments, especially if they involve sitting zazen for 10 years! I recommend this work to anyone interested in the intersection of science and religion. It raises as many questions as it answers but they are, in opinion, very important and timely questions.
An interesting view from inside a war. However, there is an implicit "war as a video game" feel with the blindness to the actual human tragedy and suffering of war.
The book could be made into a movie but it really would need to find a new hook as this genre has been done to death (pun intended).
The author's "don't mess with Uncle Sam" and "might is right" comments at a couple of points only serve to illustrate an ugly side of USA patriotic logic. The USA is right, and they'll kill you if you disagree and the fact that they have the military power to kill you proves they are right.
This audiobook is one of the best books about changing undesirable behaviours. It provides understanding about why we sometimes do things that we know are bad for us but do them anyway.
The last couple of chapters are filled with powerful tips on changing.
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