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The Meaning Of It All

The Meaning Of It All

Thoughts Of A Citizen-scientist

  • Author: Richard P. Feynman
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 9780738201665
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 133
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In a series of previously unpublished lectures given at the University of Washington in 1963, one of the century's leading physicists reveals his thoughts on religion, life, politics, and science

The Meaning of It All

The Meaning of It All

Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist

  • Author: Richard P. Feynman
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0786739142
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 192
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Many appreciate Richard P. Feynman's contributions to twentieth-century physics, but few realize how engaged he was with the world around him—how deeply and thoughtfully he considered the religious, political, and social issues of his day. Now, a wonderful book—based on a previously unpublished, three-part public lecture he gave at the University of Washington in 1963—shows us this other side of Feynman, as he expounds on the inherent conflict between science and religion, people's distrust of politicians, and our universal fascination with flying saucers, faith healing, and mental telepathy. Here we see Feynman in top form: nearly bursting into a Navajo war chant, then pressing for an overhaul of the English language (if you want to know why Johnny can't read, just look at the spelling of “friend”); and, finally, ruminating on the death of his first wife from tuberculosis. This is quintessential Feynman—reflective, amusing, and ever enlightening.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

  • Author: Jonas Jonasson
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN: 000815208X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
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The bestselling novel from the author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Making Sense of It All

Making Sense of It All

Pascal and the Meaning of Life

  • Author: Thomas V. Morris
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780802806529
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 214
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An instructive and entertaining book that addresses basic life questions. Relating numerous personal anecdotes, incorporating, intriguing material from the films of Woody Allen and the journals of Leo Tolstoy, and using the writings of the seventeenth-century genius Blaise Pascal as a central guide, Morris explores the nature of faith, reason, and the meaning of life. His lucid reflections provide fresh, fertile insights and perspectives for any thoughtful person journeying through life.

The Meaning of It All

The Meaning of It All

A Selection of Poems from the Eight Books

  • Author: Tovah
  • Publisher: BalboaPress
  • ISBN: 9781452504971
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 96
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Bad things don't happen to us because we are bad. It's not like we are being punished. This book is for anyone who has ever asked themselves the question, 'Why me?', or has ever found themselves wondering who we truly are, why we are here and what we are meant to be doing... Taking almost 40 years to record, this intriguing compilation of insightful one-liners, is meant to get the reader contemplating the seemingly intuitive wisdoms that most people rarely slow down enough to notice, much less reflect upon. The reader is encouraged not to read the work from cover to cover (or simply scroll down from one saying to the next) but to dwell on, ponder or contemplate each of the sayings so that they can internalize the wisdom found within this book.

The Word Detective

The Word Detective

Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary

  • Author: John Simpson
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN: 0465096522
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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"A charmingly full, frank, and humorous account of a career dedicated to rigorous lexicographic rectitude. . . .[John Simpson] is an absolute hero." --Lynne Truss, New York Times Can you drink a glass of balderdash? And what do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? The answers to these questions can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary. There is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments than its former chief editor, John Simpson. In The Word Detective, an intensely personal memoir and a joyful celebration of English, he weaves a story of how words come into being, how culture shapes language, and how technology transforms words. A brilliant and deeply humane expedition through the world of words, The Word Detective will delight and inspire any lover of language.

What's It All About?

What's It All About?

Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

  • Author: Julian Baggini
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780198041023
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 224
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What is the meaning of life? It is a question that has intrigued the great philosophers--and has been hilariously lampooned by Monty Python. Indeed, the whole idea strikes many of us as vaguely pompous, a little absurd. Is there one profound and mysterious meaning to life, a single ultimate purpose behind human existence? In What's It All About?, Julian Baggini says no, there is no single meaning. Instead, Baggini argues meaning can be found in a variety of ways, in this life. He succinctly breaks down six answers people commonly suggest when considering what life is all about--helping others, serving humanity, being happy, becoming successful, enjoying each day as if it were your last, and "freeing your mind." By reducing the vague, mysterious question of meaning to a series of more specific (if thoroughly unmysterious) questions about what gives life purpose and value, he shows that the quest for meaning can be personal, empowering, and uplifting. If the meaning of life is not a mystery, if leading meaningful lives is within the power of us all, then we can look around us and see the many ways in which life can have purpose. We can see the value of happiness while accepting it is not everything. We can see the value of success, without interpreting that too narrowly. We can see the value of seizing the day as well as helping others lead meaningful lives. We can recognize the value of love, as perhaps the most powerful motivator of all. Illustrating his argument with the thoughts of many of the great philosophers and examples drawn from everyday life, Baggini convincingly shows that the search for meaning is personal and within the power of each of us to find.

Rambling Thoughts on the Reason for Being Or the Meaning of It All

Rambling Thoughts on the Reason for Being Or the Meaning of It All

How One Scientist Became a Partner with GOD for Mercy

  • Author: Thomas G. Roberts
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • ISBN: 1412034051
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 167
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GOD is defined and in so far as possible has described creation, communications between GOD and mankind, life, reincarnation, cosmology, commandments, prayers, virtues and sins, morals, and how many other facets of GOD are treated. Closure is reached, the possible results for the future are predicted and a religion, church and world government is proposed to promote and bring about the best possible results.

What Does It All Mean?

What Does It All Mean?

A Humanistic Account of Human Experience

  • Author: William A. Adams
  • Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
  • ISBN: 1845406052
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 293
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As a young man Bill Adams travelled the world teaching US citizens abroad on behalf of a large state university on the East Coast. Back home he reflected that if there were answers to the great questions of life, then he’d not found them - not in India, in Europe, in China, or Japan. In time he came to see that his lifelong interest in how the mind works could be the clue to the meaning of life. Socrates had been right all along: Know thyself. Adams now sets out a new reasoned argument, based on his experience as a cognitive psychologist and as a human being, to show why Socrates was right: the purpose of life is to recognize ourselves - in each other and in all things. The mind is looking for itself: that is how it works, that is what it does for a living.

God and the Meanings of Life

God and the Meanings of Life

What God Could and Couldn't Do to Make Our Lives More Meaningful

  • Author: T. J. Mawson
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1474212573
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 240
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Some philosophers have thought that life could only be meaningful if there is no God. For Sartre and Nagel, for example, a God of the traditional classical theistic sort would constrain our powers of self-creative autonomy in ways that would severely detract from the meaning of our lives, possibly even evacuate our lives of all meaning. Some philosophers, by contrast, have thought that life could only be meaningful if there is a God. God and the Meanings of Life is interested in exploring the truth in both these schools of thought, seeking to discover what God could and couldn't do to make life meaningful (as well as what he would and wouldn't do). Mawson espouses a version of the 'amalgam' or 'pluralism' thesis about the issue of life's meaning – in essence, that there are a number of different legitimate meanings of 'meaning' (and indeed 'life') in the question of life's meaning. According to Mawson, God, were he to exist, would help make life meaningful in some of these senses and hinder in some others. He argues that whilst there could be meaning in a Godless universe, there could be other sorts of meaning in a Godly one and that these would be deeper.