Eric Lawton

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 382
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (152 of 168)
Location: Ontario, Canada
In My Own Words:
I live in rural Ontario, and work across Canada and cyberspace, which leaves me little time for books, music and movies, so even less for reviews. But now and then I feel the need to share something about a more obscure work I came across.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 382 - Total Helpful Votes: 152 of 168
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go A&hellip by Rebecca Goldstein
The book presents dialogs with Plato as if he came to life today and addressed various audiences including the Google campus. (Hence the title).
There are some good chapters that are very relevant to today's moral issues. Others seemed of only academic interest to me, but perhaps that is just a personal bias as to what are "live" issues.

Although I do have academic experience with philosophy, I lost interest in the sections between the dialogs that included sentences like "Also relevant in demarcating the historical Socrates from the Socrates of Plato's Phaedo is the strong strain of Pythagoreanism...", but the book is worth it for the dialogs themselves, in… Read more
The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal&hellip by Bernd Heinrich
This is light popular science and a good introduction to migration if you don't want to be too challenged.
Although I did learn a few new facts on the subject, on the whole there was too much personal memoir for me. If you are not privileged to live in the country, you might like the stories. There is also good background on how the migration was tracked and how we learned so much so if you are not aware of the basics, this would be a good read. I regretted spending the money for the hard cover as it is not deep enough to read again.
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 by Microsoft
As a touch-typist, it took a few hours to get used to the fact that the keys were not where I expect them to be, but once I got used to them, I found that it worked very well and I'm not getting the wrist strain that I was getting with other keyboards.