Why I Sometimes Wear a Rock Necklace

2,200 words Read time @ 250 words/minute: 9 minutes I wrote this essay because I often wear a rock necklace, and am sometimes asked why I do so. In addition to responding to the general question, the purpose of this essay is to differentiate between blind faith in some mystical “powers” of rocks and crystals, and […]

Quantum Nutrition: A Short Introduction

In 2013, in my first semester of graduate school, I had an idea: “What if we could trace the effects of a single nutrient from physics/chemistry/geology up through biology, past neuroscience and behavior, through all other areas of the university, from economics and art history to geopolitics and beyond?” Not until 2017 did I realize […]

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology, Johnjoe McFadden, 2015

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology, Johnjoe McFadden “Dig deeper and you will always find quantum mechanics lurking at the heart of our familiar reality.” Remember this. This is probably the most intellectually challenging book I’ve ever read, but it was worth it, and I’m as excited to review it […]

A Letter to My Unborn Daughters, or: Why American Women Aren’t Leading Anymore

4,200 words Read time @ 250 words/minute: 17 minutes   Dearest young ladies, Throughout your lives, you may notice more principals, presidents, pastors, and other leaders from all walks of life as men, rather than women. Surely we will have a thousand conversations on this matter, and shall often remind ourselves that life is not […]

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body Jo Marchant (2016)

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body Jo Marchant (2016) “AS INDIVIDUALS, rather than putting our faith in mystical rituals and practices, the science described in this book shows that in many situations, we have the capacity to influence our own health by harnessing the power of the (conscious and unconscious) mind.” […]

The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science (TED Books), Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2015

The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science (TED Books), Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2015 “Is medicine a science?” ““Doctors,” Voltaire wrote, “are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.”” I read this book because of a […]

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, 2015

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari, 2015 The best history book I’ve ever read. In his first of four sections, on the cognitive revolution, Harari traces humans past their success out-competing other hominid species. Whether deliberately or proximally (and likely both), we eliminated all our competitors. This revolution came about perhaps because […]

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach (2013)

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach (2013) Mary Roach’s Gulp was everything I’d hoped for, and a wonderful book for me to read. To call it interesting would be a massive disservice – the content is rich in story, wild yet grounded facts, and prose colorful enough to stimulate any sense while reading. […]

The Demon-Haunted World

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagan “The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.” The Demon-Haunted World is nothing shy of a manifesto for science, reason, and wonder. Indeed, the balance (required!) between both healthy skepticism and wonder is Sagan’s introduction to […]

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