February 9th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Another Sleepless Night

and sleeping through the day. I couldn't sleep for a couple hours after I went to bed, so I decided to try the recliner (with the heat and vibration), but the kitties were noisy for long enough that I only got about 90 minutes of sleep. I moved back to the bed and got 5.5 hours more, waking up about 5pm.

I'd planned to watch a DVD last night, but it was also too scratched, so I dropped it off at the post office and got groceries. Now I'm washing cat blankies and thinking it's been about 23 hours since I ate or drank (other than meds), so I should really do something.
20111112, Marilee

What We Believe But Cannot Prove edited by John Brockman

John Brockman runs a scientifically-oriented site called The Edge, which he planned as a networking place for scientists and similarly-minded folk. He asked this question on the website: What do you believe that you can't prove? and then made it into this book.

It's a series of short (average two pages) essays by scientifically-minded folk, and nowhere in the book does he say or indicate that he's grouped them into topics. When I read the first five or six and they were all about believing in god, I thought "What the heck did I buy?" Fortunately, other topics turn up: consciousness, language, physics, human behavior, etc.

I read a few essays each night before reading my real book and I think you'd have to read it that way. It would be very boring to read all at once. The book was published in 2006 and some of the things the folks believe (lots more men than women) have since been proved or disproved. You would want some basic science education to understand the essays.