Terbaik dan Terburuk di 2017

“How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life. Told to others, but—mainly—to ourselves.”
― Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Tahun 2017 bisa dikatakan sebagai tahun terburuk sepanjang karir saya sebagai seorang pembaca buku, penonton film, dan pendaki gunung. Atau malah, dilihat dari sisi lain, salah satu yang terbaik? Continue reading “Terbaik dan Terburuk di 2017”

Terbaik dan Terburuk di 2016

Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.
― Voltaire, Candide

Betul, kamu sudah saya peringatkan sejak sekarang. Tulisan berikut pada dasarnya hanya berupa rangkuman daftar-daftar bacaan dan tontonan yang sudah saya saksikan sepanjang tahun 2016 kemarin. Tetapi tentu saja, akan diselingi oleh banyak omong kosong dan lanturan tak jelas. Kamu, sudah saya peringatkan. Haha. Continue reading “Terbaik dan Terburuk di 2016”

Quanology: Evolution & You (John Khoury)

“Seen in the light of evolution, biology is, perhaps, intellectually the most satisfying and inspiring science. Without that light it becomes a pile of sundry facts — some of them interesting or curious but making no meaningful picture as a whole.”
—Theodosius Dobzhansky, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution

Quanology: Evolution & You
Quanology: Evolution & You book cover

This book reminds me of Dobzhansky’s brilliant classic essay, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution (1973)*. Dobzhansky clearly and beautifully stated that evolution is not only just a scientific theory that applied in biology field, but also a ‘light’ that give us new insights of our life meaning and its place in universe. It implied to not only scientific method but also philosophical method to understand our life’s meaning. You can interpret it as physical or spiritual perspective. No matter what your belief is, atheism or religion, evolution will give you an elegant way to look at life.

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