Are You Conscious, and Can You Prove It?: Short Science Essays

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iUniverse, Sep 1, 2003 - Literary Collections - 212 pages
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This book came about because there are scientific "controversial matters" that gnawed away at my peace of mind. So when I "retired," I finally had time to write about biomedical topics, about some of the weird phenomena of physics, about the minds of suicide bombers, and about less serious subjects such as the condominium swimming pool. My original intention was to have some of this stuff published in a "recognized journal," but one can die (and authors frequently do exactly that) while waiting for publication. Then, my daughter Alice suggested a Web site. What a brilliant and politically-correct idea! Eventually, I filled the Web site with 22 short essays. So instead of scientists who are relatively impervious to change, I managed to attract some "intelligent laypersons." Many of them urged me to assemble a book out of the essays, but this required expansion: figures, tables, equations, references. The equations are (mercifully) hidden as appendixes at the back of the book. I started to extract an Index, but abandoned it as being unnecessary, in the hope that the title of each Chapter hints at its contents.
 

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Contents

Shut Off That Heater or Air Conditioning
9
How to Acquire a Magnetic Personality
17
That Nefarious Word Somehow
25
The PRD Polly
35
Mars Explorers Abandoned to a Certain Death
50
Unidentified Flying Interstellar Nonsense
60
Life in an Engineering Bay 15 Sep 1953
68
The Case for LargeSize Mutations
84
The Break Period 15 May 1954
136
Of Big Bangs and Small Fizzes
138
Astray Amongst Multiple Universes
153
Of Mice and Traps 15 July 1954
161
What Makes Suicide Bombers Tick?
163
Suicide Bombers and Their Deity
169
Of Deities and Rubbish
180
Appendix
185

Are You Conscious and Can You Prove It?
96
On Buying a House 15 Mar 1954
106
Entangled Physicists
125
About the Author
201
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