Caveat emptor on this one. Dr Lipton is one of the best biology teachers I have had the pleasure to experience. His explanations of the workings of the cell, the role of DNA, and gene regulation are deeply insightful - I understood several aspects better than I did before. However, he uses this foundation to build a Gaia-esque philosophy of existence as if one followed logically from the other. He ignores huge jumps of logic, quotes favorable research while ignoring contrary views, etc.
The basic story is that we are all about energy and that we can control energy, and thereby everything about ourselves, including health. This is a viable point of view, it his belief that his formal biology science proves it that I find a 'bridge too far'. It is based on three premises: first that nature is fractal - that the cell is the elemental unit of life (fine so far), all fauna are communities of cells (intriguing hypothesis), societies are communities of people, earth is a community of communities that inhabit it, the universe is a community of planets....; secondly that the molecular processes that power the cell are based on the energy forces within the atoms that make them up (true); and thirdly, that since we can control our energy, we can control everything about us (at least open to serious debate, but probably just wishful thinking)
These are very short concise books. Per and his wife Maj, wrote a series of ten, one a year in the late sixties and seventies. They are absolutely the best procedurals ever written. They capture a time of cynicism and doubt in the so-called Swedish society perfectly. They are best savored in print, the read version is too quick and does not well translate the atmosphere of these books.
This is an excellent mystery, with character, plot and atmospherics. Well worth the listening.
I love Cara Black's books, but the reader here was impossible for me to listen too. Most of the time far too slow - listened on double speed for a while. However, beyond this, the rather flip style trivialized the heroine for me and made the story too unconvincing. Very disappointing indeed...
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