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As we journey through life, we are faced with so many mysteries: the meaning and nature of our existence, the question of life's purpose, what happens in the afterlife, etc. Man has tried to answer these questions through religion and science; however, the answers to certain phenomena still elude us today. Perhaps the answers are right before us, or maybe the mysteries of life can be explained by an unacknowledged branch of physics: "sentience physics." The discoveries of science throughout the years have undoubtedly made life easier, safer, and worthwhile. Still, if scientific bodies, due to outdated laws of inquiry, stand in the way of further investigations into laws that are "unnatural," humanity will have much to lose.
The laws of nature have not been completely understood, especially in quantum physics, and this seems to be the missing link to understanding certain life enigmas that have eluded humanity. The ideas of life after death, mind control, the soul, spiritual gifts, unorthodox healing practices, etc., are not foreign concepts. They are ideas we deal with as we journey through life, and finding out the laws that govern such phenomena will open up new avenues to explore man's limitless potentials. If we are to make more discoveries and understand how life truly works, thinking outside the box is a place to start, and "sentience physics" has not only started this process but has also proven that its postulations are fundamental scientific discoveries. The fear of the unknown is quite understandable — the fear of letting go of order and the fear of chaos. But, is this fear greater than wallowing in ignorance, blindly seeking for answers where none exists?
Sentience Physics by Brian K Fitzgibbon is a perfect start for those seeking to unlock the mysteries of life. I found the concepts discussed in it exceptionally fascinating and eye-opening. It is an alternative answer that acknowledges, with evidence, that life mysteries may not be as mysterious as we make them out to be. There is a call to rekindle the spirit of inquiry that has driven science throughout the ages — a call not based on skepticism but on curiosity and a desire to find answers even in unconventional places.
This book relies heavily on meta-analysis with information from published articles, research, books, online websites, Wikipedia, New World Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia.com, and other sources. The author's thought process is organized in an engaging and informative way, with diagrams and pictures to buttress his points. Each chapter is organized, and the author sometimes explains the structure of each chapter regarding where more information can be gotten. The language of this book is simple and scientific terms are explained beautifully; the author's mastery of his descriptive skills makes this book an easy read for anyone. The content of this book in and of itself is already enticing enough, and it doesn't disappoint, as it is fascinating and thought-provoking.
I did enjoy assimilating every one of the 22 phenomena upon which "sentience science" is built. However, I found "hypnosis" and "placebos and nocebos" the most fascinating, as they have so much to do with the human mind. I liked that the author didn't use any ambiguity to present them; their explanations were simple and straightforward.
The errors in the book aren't copious, just typos and constant confusion of "its" and "it's." However, there are so many of them that I can't help but deduct a point from the book's rating. I also found that some numbers do not align in listed items, and in one case, a number was missing. There isn't appropriate spacing and punctuation of listed items. A chapter's number was also repeated twice (chapter 20), and while some subpoints are in bold, others aren't. These are a few negatives I could pinpoint.
I will recommend this book to readers curious about the mystic, open-minded, and willing to seek alternative answers rather than the traditional answers to the mysteries of life and existence. I also believe that the knowledge in this book is worth acquiring, even if readers do not believe in its postulations, as "sentience physics" does have its merits. If we aren't willing to question our beliefs, then fear drives such a belief system. Finally, I will rate this book a 3 out of 4.
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