3 out of 4 stars
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The Origin of Awareness, written by Patricia Yunghanns, is an intriguing novel that attempts to blend science and philosophy. In the book, Derrida Eramus, a young man in search of enlightenment, takes a year-long break from university to travel the world while deepening his knowledge of science and philosophy.
Throughout his journey, Derrida exchanges emails with Professor Rousseau, who is trying to mentor and provide him with high-quality scientific discourse. He also receives help from Professor Confucius, who provides him with much-needed knowledge on the U.S. Constitution. The Origin of Awareness, therefore, is a collection of the emails between Derrida and his professors.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the philosophical discourse in the novel, as it was quite refreshing. Personally, I am a big fan of philosophy, and so I am quite biased on this. Nevertheless, I believe The Origin of Awareness provided philosophical discourse that was both stimulating and thought-provoking.
Furthermore, the scientific discourse was rather detailed and well-researched, which caused me to imagine the sheer amount of effort the author put into writing this book. Certainly, lovers of science would appreciate the author’s effort.
Nonetheless, I had some issues with The Origin of Awareness. Firstly, I felt as though it had no specific focus, as it was just a discussion of certain scientific and philosophical topics. I also felt as though the philosophical and scientific discourse did not blend well, as it was often hard to shift gear from the heavy science talk to the relatively light philosophical one. In short, I would have appreciated it if the author stuck to one discipline — either philosophy or science.
Further, some parts of the book read like a research paper, which made it quite boring. Indeed, the novel is not a light read, as the reader would require deep focus to understand the concepts discussed in it. Consequently, I would not recommend The Origin of Awareness to readers looking for a light or entertaining read to pass time. Rather, I would recommend it to science and philosophy aficionados, as they are the perfect audience for this novel.
Considering the aforementioned points, I rate The Origin of Awareness 3 out of 4 stars. Although the novel was highly stimulating, I did not give it a full rating because of the issues that I mentioned above. Lastly, I believe it was professionally edited, as I found just a few errors in it.
The Origin of Awareness
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