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    The Second Machine Age – Book Review

    by  • May 11, 2014 • reviews • 0 Comments

    The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress And Prosperity In A Time Of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee The first machine age was the Industrial Revolution which ran from about 1760 to the middle of the 19th century. It changed everything, disrupting the agrarian-based life of most people and hurling everyone into...

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    The Stories We Need To Tell Ourselves

    by  • January 11, 2014 • Rant • 0 Comments

    There is a shiny red apple filled with poison and a crone with eyes like steel. There is a virginal girl as pure as snow, a sleep like death, and a kiss that wakes her into a new life of Happy Ever After. The tale has survived from ancient times because it was always...

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    2014 – In With A Bang

    by  • January 9, 2014 • Book News, ebooks • 6 Comments

    Happy New Year. Lots of new stuff on the go. I know I promised all the ebooks would be available by now, but there’s a reason – several, in fact – why ebook approval got shoved down the to-do list. I’ll get to some of those announcements in forthcoming posts. Today I just wanted...

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    Proof Of Heaven – Book Review

    by  • October 26, 2013 • Books, Mysteries, reviews, Symbols and Archetypes • 2 Comments

    Near Death Experiences (NDEs) are a fascinating topic. They affect people regardless of cultural background or religious belief, or lack of it, and they’ve been recorded from the earliest days of civilisation. For years science has suggested explanations for the tunnel, the white light, the dead relatives waiting to greet you, and all the...

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    The End Of Big – Book Review

    by  • October 3, 2013 • Books • 0 Comments

    This is an important book. We’re going through the fastest period of change in human history and one that’s accelerating – everything we’re used to is going to alter in some way, and if you want to survive with your job, finances, health and sanity intact, you have to be prepared for what’s coming....

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    Can Google Solve Death?

    by  • September 23, 2013 • science • 0 Comments

    A couple of posts back, I opened a review of Ray Kurzweil’s book Transcend with the line, ‘Want to live forever?’  Seems that quite a few people do, and some are prepared to put a big heap of cash up front to make that happen. Google has just announced the launch of Project Calico, an...

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    White Gold Magic And Deep, Dark Tunnels

    by  • September 11, 2013 • personal • 3 Comments

    Coal dust covered the land of my youth.  I grew up among the mining villages in the old Kingdom of Mercia, where everyone knew someone who worked in the deep dark.  My grandfather had missing fingers and a crumbling spine from the days he spent up to his neck in deep water after a...

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    Live Forever – Book Review

    by  • September 10, 2013 • Books, science • 0 Comments

    TRANSCEND by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman Want to live forever? This is the book for you. That may sound like a fatuous statement to accompany some woolly, magical thinking guide, but everything here is based on the latest scientific studies (all referenced, if you don’t want to take the authors at their word)....

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