An ambitious, often intriguing attempt to show how New-Age spirituality reflects the mysteries of physics by an author whose...

A PATH TO PERSONAL FREEDOM

A Texas architect offers his second book, a blend of contemporary physics and New-Age beliefs that abridges his first work on the same topics.

This volume cites some of the amazing and mysterious findings of contemporary physics to facilitate an understanding of spiritual principles and ideas undergirding New-Age beliefs. While this may sound like an arduous undertaking, the Austin author’s engagement with his subject and his ability to write of these complex and demanding issues in clear and appealing prose make for a usually stimulating read. Cross (The Architecture of Freedom, 2014), whose background includes teaching high school physics and being an ecologist, goes beyond the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics to discuss the possibility that there may be many more than four dimensions. But because of limited perceptions, humans can see their experiences only through their own “viewports.” These cannot detect the magnificent scope of seemingly infinite possibilities for personal growth and understanding that align with the truths unveiled by science. Other worlds just like this one may exist: “In this universe, all worlds lie together within a unified, multidimensional soup, where everything is so deeply enfolded that all possible outcomes are instantly adjacent and available.” Cross writes with enthusiasm about the incredible and magical potential of the universe. The author attempts to convert the astounding and difficult-to-grasp insights of physics into New-Age beliefs that in many cases seem to pale in comparison to ideas that constantly challenge common perceptions and convictions about humans’ experiential reality. Cross lays out his argument with lucidity, especially when talking about physics, but he fails to make true rhetorical bridges from the scientific principles he examines to the various New-Age spiritual beliefs he explores. But because his subject matter is so varied, he perhaps prefers to let the reader make the conceptual connections from the evidence he cites. He discusses such topics as Taoism, Buddhism, gnostic Christianity, manifestation, channeling, out-of-body experience, and precognition—a great swath of subjects that he uses to support his thesis.

An ambitious, often intriguing attempt to show how New-Age spirituality reflects the mysteries of physics by an author whose understanding of science and religion underscores his argument. 

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9888344-6-0

Page Count: 350

Publisher: One River Press

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2017

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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