REALITYis enough: We don't need belief to know what's true and what's not
'REALITY is enough' consists of more than fifty essays - chapters - bundled into three themed sections: 1. Thinking about Thinking, 2. Wondering about Religion and 3. Defending Science.The author dissects the mind, exploring what it is to be an atheist in a religious world, and shows how science - particularly biology - is under attack from extreme religion. He explores aspects of brain behaviour that have interested him as he sorted out his own life and explored the extraordinarily baffling phenomenon of religion, paying special attention to its interaction with science.With reference to science as it really is and a dash of good humour, he demonstrates how religiously driven pseudo-scientists are, more often than not, just plain wrong when they prattle on about science they don't or won't understand. His arguments are based on the inadequacy of beliefs to explain anything, whilst he wisely avoids the valid but hazardous topic - wherein lies irreconcilable dispute - of which out of religion and science is true or false. Instead, he shows how the anti-science case relies on nonsensical reality-contradicting beliefs and incorrect, skewed, bogus, made-up versions of scientific ideas and facts - not what scientists ever actually thought, said or published.James Merryweather explores belief versus reality and what different people mean when they refer to 'truth'. He maintains that when belief agrees with reality it makes no difference and when it doesn't, it still makes no difference - to reality.FIRST REVIEW by Chris Gutteridge: "James Merryweather's book of essays, Reality is enough, is an engaging and well-researched one. His writing is authoritative and amusing, and he has thought deeply. He mercilessly exposes the inner workings of his own mind, and tells us candidly of the experiences that have moulded it, and of his journey towards repairing the damage that life has done it. His description of how he sees numbers and dates (a sort of magical mystery tour) gave me an astonishing insight into how someone else sees the world."I have personally experienced on many occasions the power of his delight in and extensive knowledge of the workings of nature, and equally the strength of his feelings concerning mankind's many follies, and both come over clearly here. The conclusions he draws in his essays on various subjects are inarguable but, unfortunately, even if he manages to get beyond preaching to the converted, I'm fairly certain that he will not change the closed minds of those he so wishes to enlighten."JAMES MERRYWEATHER has been fascinated by natural history since the age of five and has always studied and taught biology. When he retired (relatively young) and moved to the Scottish Highlands he encountered, for the first time, apparently sane people who earnestly told him that the experimental and field biology he knew so intimately was untrue. Far from persuade him to recant his precious understanding of reality, he was inspired to learn his subject in greater depth so that he could defend science against the legions of tomfoolery. This he does!
Mexico in Crisis: May 31, 1995
This study examines the development of the crisis in Mexico, with the primary focus on the 6-year term of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari and the first few months of his successor, President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon. It poses the question of how a country with such seemingly bright prospects as Mexico in the wake of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) approval by the U.S. Congress could so quickly plunge into crisis. The answer is that these problems had been festering for some time. By 1994, a combination of factors-including recurrent economic crises, a failure to introduce meaningful political reforms, the social devastation wrought by neoliberal economic policies, continuing corruption and mismanagement by Mexican political and economic elites, human rights violations, and the growing power of narcotraffickers-was sufficient to destabilize what had long been considered one of the most stable countries in Latin America. The prospects for the future are mixed, at best. While some substantive political, judicial and police reforms have been belatedly made, serious doubts remain as to how far President Zedillo will be willing/able to go in challenging the power and perquisites of the traditional government/Partido Revolu- cionario Institucional (PRI) elite and the narcotraffickers. A major threat to these elements would probably in itself be destabilizing; it could also be personally dangerous for Zedillo at a time when political assassinations are becoming increasingly commonplace. Moreover, corruption and inefficiency are so ingrained in the political institutions and practices at all levels of Mexican society that nothing short of a wholesale cultural revolution seems likely to solve the basic problem. Such fundamental changes in values are notoriously difficult to carry out and would take years, indeed decades, to accomplish. Thus, while the economy may pick up in a year or two and significant advances in democratization may occur, political violence and social turmoil will continue, at least in the short-to-medium run. In turn, this will pose serious problems for the United States, especially in the areas of illegal immigration, narcotrafficking, and all the costs and dangers they pose for American society.
Corinthians The Book
We thank Our Heavenly Father, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and The Holy Ghost, for keeping His Word when He Said, So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11. We dedicated this book to the family. You know who you are! We continue to love you! We continue to pray for you! We will see you in Heaven! Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.