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At some point in our lives, we must have questioned the purpose of our existence, why the things that happen around us happen the way that they do and if there’s a mystical force guiding us. These were the sorts of questions Jaime A. Pineda tried to answer in his life review Piercing the Cloud: Encountering the Real Me. If you have ever had such existential questions, then this book deserves to be added to your bookshelf.
Jaime sets to adapt to life in the United States after leaving his birthplace in Honduras in search of a better education. He was one who had a heightened level of curiosity about things happening around him. Questioning the human mind-brain coalition wasn’t out of the picture. After years of dabbling in different fields like computer science, poetry, cognitive science and psychology, the author had been exposed to different perspectives of viewing life. With the wealth of experience Jaime Pineda has garnered, he is convinced that he has discovered and separated his true self from his virtual self. Does this entail that he has gotten the answers to all his inquiries?
Arguably, no one could have written a life review better than an academic with over six decades of living. What I liked the most about this piece was the vast and profound nature of the lessons conveyed. For one, I enjoyed the guide to self-realization presented in the form of attaining a scarcity mind and a fulfilled mind. The scarcity mind indulges one to be more curious and open than ever. However, the fulfilled mind complements this by enabling one to have a certain level of complacency in oneself.
While this book was stunning and compelling to read, some of the reminiscences played little to no role in advancing the theme of the story. The extent of the description used was laudable up until the point where postdoctoral theses were being discussed. Only one of the research works carried out had a practical explanation attached to it. I found it difficult to consume the plethora of neuroscience jargon in the text, which inadvertently slowed down my pace. I encountered only a few grammatical errors. I believe another round of proofreading would clear it off.
I rate Piercing the Cloud: Encountering the Real Me 3 out of 4 stars. I removed one star because of the remarks made in the previous paragraph. There isn’t any instance of profanity or sexual content in the book. I would recommend this life review to people with relentless curiosity, especially those who feel that there’s more to life than just the body.
Piercing the Cloud: Encountering the Real Me
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