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Overview Exhilarating photographs and inspiring words take us on a microscopic tour of a miraculous phenomenon-the human body-leading to a sense that our existence is no accident. This photographic journey into inner space utilizes microscopic imagery to document the beautiful and mysterious realm of the tiniest components of human life-brain waves, nerve endings, cell structures, acid crystals-revealing a symmetry, a perfection, and, ultimately, a revelation. Illuminating quotes from the finest literary and scientific minds-Pasteur, Tolstoy, Einstein, St. Augustine, Thoreau, Darwin, just to name a few-support the idea that science may prove to be a path to God and that the human brain itself, through what researchers are now calling its "spirituality circuit," is wired to lead us to that path. With an introduction by Wall Street Journal science editor Sharon Begley, Inside the Mind of God promises to provide further insight into the abiding question: why is there something, rather than nothing? Three years ago Michael Reagan's best-selling book The Hand of God juxtaposed photographs of spiraling galaxies, shimmering nebulae, and luminous stars with the words of great scientists and philosophers to suggest the profound link between the scientific and the spiritual. Inside the Mind of God, continues this journey, now into inner space. The stunning photographs and inspiring quotes create a sense of wonder and awe in the miraculous evidence of God's hand in the smallest details of our existence.
Publishers Description Now available in paperback, this book offers exhilarating photographs and inspiring words that take the reader on a microscopic tour of a miraculous phenomenon--within the human body and elsewhere. This journey utilizes microscopic imagery to document the beautiful and mysterious realm of the tiniest components of life, revealing a symmetry, a perfection, and, ultimately, a revelation.
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Studio: Templeton Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.72" Width: 8.68" Height: 0.44" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN 1932031901 ISBN13 9781932031904
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More About Michael Reagan & Sharon Begley
Michael Reagan is the president and founder of Lionheart Books. Before that, he was the head of Turner Publishing, where he was responsible for a number of bestsellers such as "Moonshot, Dinotopia, "and "Lady Cottington s Pressed Fairy Book. "He is a graduate of Georgia State University. He and his wife live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their three children.Sharon Begley is an editor at "Newsweek "magazine and was previously the science editor of the "Wall Street Journal. "She has won the Aviation/Space Writer s Association Premier Award, a Global Award for Media Excellence, and the Educational Press Association s Distinguished Achievement Award."
Reviews - What do customers think about Inside The Mind Of God: Images and Words of Innter Space?
Beautiful book Jun 27, 2007
This book has beautiful pictures of various kinds of cells. I only wish that I had known that some of the pictures are of life threatening diseases.
Outstanding Visuals and Inspiring Quotes Feb 24, 2005
Upon seeing the title and cover of this book, I picked it up from the bookstore. It is lovely eye-candy! It has a colorful picture of a human brain on the front cover. Always curious as to what is in the mind of God, it was a have-to-have it book.
It combines for the most part beautiful images (and some stunningly beautiful) of the inner body processes blown up to mega-size and, in some cases, resembling a kind of impressionistic art. Even cancer cells have a certain beauty blown up many times their actual size.
Among the many images, with carefully chosen quotations that match each picture so well, are adrenaline crystals; synaptic connections between neurons (brain cells), the flu virus, normal white blood cells, and so much more!
What this kind of compilation does is to bring home the resounding truth that we are a living universe---each of us. We are not so different than the grand Hubble shots of deep space that have become so sought after. While we metaphysicians "knew" this truth intuitively, it is now verifiable by photography. It is a bit like when aura photography came into vogue and made the electromagnetic field accessible visually to the masses.
This is a book of inspiration, and it succeeds grandly in its intent. I highly recommend it to those of you who can be fascinated by your inner workings and inspired by the wonderful quotes which accompany each picture.
Beautiful photos, great quotes Oct 31, 2004
Beautiful photographs of brain cells, brain imaging, molecules of neurotransmitters and much more, with exquisitely chosen quotes of scientists who sit on both sides of the divided opinions about whether the brain is the source of mind, or whether spirit embodies itself in the brain (mostly emphasizing the latter).
Here are a few:
There are a limitless number of different sciences, but without one basic science, that is, what is the meaning of life and what is good for the people, all other forms of knowledge and art become idle and harmful entertainment." --Leo Tolstoy (p. 33)
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. --Pope John Paul II (p. 84)
I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much. --Mother Teresa (p. 95)
In the final analysis, the question of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened. --Rabbi Harold S. Kushner (p. 124)
An excellent holiday gift.
Beautiful and poetic ... and that's just the pictures Jan 9, 2003
Pairing startlingly beautiful photographs of the most minute aspects of life -- neurons, cancer cells, adrenaline, anthrax bacillus, embryonic stem cells, sperm and egg, DNA and more -- with great thoughts of scientists, clergy, philosophers, writers, political leaders and artists is utterly ingenious in this book.
For example, a gentle blue photograph of a breast cancer cell appears beside a quote from Mother Teresa: "I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much."
This book not only offers a glimpse inside the human body and related "landscapes," but also a glimpse of great thinking. I found myself marveling at the photographs and mulling the ideas that appear with them.
Beautiful pictures, lovely words, but . . . Dec 14, 2002
The idea of this book, if I understand it, is "to suggest the profound link between the scientific and the spiritual" through the juxtaposition of beautiful pictures of "inner space"--in this case of cells, organs, and crystals--with quotes about faith, mystery and belief.
The book starts with a fine essay by Sharon Begley, science editor of the Wall Street Journal. She discusses the thesis that God must exist because of the perfection of the workings of nature--the famous argument from design. She presents some of the arguments for and against it with considerable balance. She also writes about the concept of "biological evil"--the implications of the existence of "evil" things such as disease-causing organisms and cancer cells. She goes on to describe brain-scanning experiments that may help explain how the brain of a meditator or Sufi dancer might create a sense of loss of self and unity with the universe. She concludes by inviting the reader to "see the sacred in the science of life," hoping that the book's microphotographs will bring life's "sacred depths ... to the surface for everyone to appreciate."
The photographs, of neurons and sperm cells, DNA molecules and chromosmes, stem cells and embryos, are remarkable and beautiful. To me they made many of the scientific findings I read about far more real. And the quotes, from spiritually minded scientists like Einstein, poets, philosophers, writers and mystics, were also beautiful. I particularly liked one from Annie Dillard. "The extravagent gesture is the very stuff of creation... The whole show has been on fire since the word go!"
I consider myself to be fascinated with science, and more than casually interested in the great questions that religion addresses as well. I'm as prone to feeling awe at the night sky, the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada or the inner workings of a cell as the next person. Still, for reasons I can't quite figure out, this book didn't bring those two areas any closer for me. I almost feel apologetic, as if I should have felt the awe and mystery that Begley and editor Michael Reagan set out to evoke. In the end, I found the book more puzzling than enlightening, more frustrating than inspiring.
It seems like such a good idea, however, that I hope it will work better for other readers than it did for me.
Robert Adler, author of Science Firsts: From the Creation of Science to the Science of Creation (Wiley, 2002).