Writing and Reading
I've written quite a few papers, essays, etc. down through the years. Now-days, all I ever write are boring old reports for my college classes. However, once upon a time I did actually used to write for fun. Below you'll find a list of some of my best stuff (which isn't saying much) - enjoy!
- The Christmas Elf
Here's a funny little poem I wrote in 7th grade English. Probably the best thing I've ever written.
- The Big Bang Theory
This is a technical research paper I wrote in college English composition II. We were also required to build a website around our paper. I've always been interested in how Christianity meshes with science.
- Psychology Journal Entries
If only all college writing assignments were this fun: "Write about anything you want."
- The Interview
I came back from my January '05 buisness trip to Sweden and gave this interview about the experience. At least, I think I did. Or did I?...
Everyone has favorite books. I'm no different. Here's a listing of them along with a short description.
- The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
This is, in my humble opinion, the greatest work of fiction ever written. To explain why would be audacious and redundant; there are many persons more qualified than I who have written extensively about The Scarlet Letter. This might have been required reading in high school or college, but I would greatly encourage you to re-read it at your own pace in your free time. It is not an easy read - few classics are - but it is an intense, telling look into human nature which is just as relivant now as when it was first published in 1850.
- The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
I'm quite picky when it comes to science fiction. I like the stories to be completely believable as opposed to fantastic. In that regard, you can't go wrong with Crichton's novels. The Andromeda Strain is about a killer germ brought back from space by a man-made satallite. The novel is relatively short and doesn't waste any time in getting to the heart of the matter; how can this extraterrestrial germ be erradicated? I won't say any more since the novel is as much of a mystery story as it is science fiction.
- The Great Train Robbery, by Michael Crichton
Best...Heist...Story...Ever. This isn't science fiction but Crichton somehow manages to give the reader a history course on Victorian-era London while writing an exciting crime caper.
- About Time, by Paul Davies
Forget A Brief History of Time. Well, maybe not but I like Paul Davies' style of writing better than Hawking's. It's a little less dry and he's not afraid to discuss the philosophical and even (gasp!) theological implications of science. About Time probably should have been entitled About Anything Remotely Related to Time (too long I guess). Davies touches on such topics as relativity, brain surgery, quantum mechanics, philosophy and astronomy.
- Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, by Michael J. Behe
The stupidity of evolutionists is a subject near and dear to me and one which I will be forever interested in to the end of my days. This book lays out why pure athiestic evolution is IMPOSSIBLE. Lest you be confused, let me say I strongly disagree with 'creationalists' who say the earth and/or universe is less than 10,000 years old. I am a firm believer in the big bang and in the Bible. I have come to accept both as truth based on a little bit of faith (as all things require) and a lot of facts. Darwinian evolution, however, does not stand up to facts. Read this book to see why.
- 1984, by George Orwell
Animal Farm was good, but 1984 is better. At least if your a skeptical pessamist like me. The ending of this book vividly illustrates the machabre phrase, "There are worse things than death." What's the book about? In a nutshell, it's about Big Brother who is watching you.
- Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis
This book simply and matter-of-factly explains the reasonableness of Christianity. But it's also a personal and challenging book to read, especially if you're the average luke-warm American Christian.
- Watership Down, by Richard Adams
Why is a novel about rabbits so darn exciting and heartwarming? (And did I just say 'heartwarming'?) I don't know why, but this book is a modern classic. Deliciously down-to-earth, Watership Down is a fun and exciting read for the inner child in all of us. And for those of you who've already killed your inner child, read the book anyway.
- Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Everyone should at least know about the existence of this definitive masterpiece on artificial intelligence. It was first published in 1979 and has not only passed the test of time, but is more relevant now than ever before, thanks to the exponential growth of computer speed and complexity we've witnessed since then. The majority of the book explores the fascinating mathematical concepts proposed by Kurt Gödel during the early 20th century and how those concepts might help us understand the workings of the human brain and intelligence in general. Thankfully, all this rocket science (or is it brain surgery?) is supplemented by multiple examples of M. C. Escher's art, digressions into the brilliance of Johann Sebastian Bach's compositions, and even stimulating and entertaining discussions between Achilles and the Tortoise (first created by Lewis Carroll).
- Intelligent Design, by William A. Dembski
I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that the authors of Darwin's Black Box and
Intelligent Design are the first of many scientists who will be able to loosen the death-grip of materialistic atheism
that permeates main-stream science. Creationism (the theory that the Earth is a few thousand years old and created in six
literal days) will not work because it is bad science. In Intelligent Design, Dembski methodically argues for a statistical-based way of determining whether or not a systems in nature has been designed. His arguments are compelling and, most importantly, Dembski does not dodge specific questions relating to the validly of Christianity and the Bible.