You are reading the word now right now. But what does that mean? What makes the ephemeral moment now so special? Its enigmatic character has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from Augustine to Einstein and beyond. Einstein showed that the flow of time is affected by both velocity and gravity, yet he despaired at his failure to explain the meaning of now. Equally puzzling: Why does time flow? Some physicists have given up trying to understand and call the flow of time an illusion.
What made the experience of listening to Now the most enjoyable?
This Book is hard science written in a way that most laypeople can understand and enjoy.
The author explains many complex ideas using commonplace concepts. He gives us a practical example of what E=MC2 truly means by explaining how much money you would have to spend to buy enough gasoline to match the energy contained in one gallon of water.
He also does something very unusual, he challenges currently popular "rationalist" scientific attitudes, attitudes that foreclose consideration of ideas outside of the mainstream rationalist worldview, by strict application of the scientific method.
Basically, many leaders in the scientific world treat "unacceptable ideas" such as the relevance of consciousness to understanding the universe, as heresy, as unacceptable avenues of thinking, as if science was a religion and a materialistic rationalistic attitude was a catechism.
While he expresses certain personal opinions towards the end of the book, he challenges religion of science thinking using science.
What does Christopher Grove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I learn by listening rather than by reading and Mr, Grove's clear reading style is easy to follow.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and no. One sitting would prevent taking time to contemplate some of the ideas.
The future is here...in an adventure of cosmic dimension. In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who - or what - is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future - and our own.
If you could sum up Contact in three words, what would they be?
Fun Hard Science
Any additional comments?
Respectful and entertaining for people who have a rationalist bent and for people with a spiritual bent.