Book Reviews

Book Reviews

A Guide to Black Holes

“Black holes are the ultimate prisons; what happens inside their event horizons stays inside the horizon. But their physics is as rich as that of the entire Universe. The various chapters of the book edited by Kenath Arun offer a fascinating journey through the facets of black hole physics, which are at the frontiers of modern physics. From quantum black holes to the biggest classical black holes, the book’s perspective encompasses the entire Universe.” – Avi Loeb, Professor of Science, Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard University

Authoritarian Disaster: The Duterte Regime and the Prospects for a Marcos Presidency

Authoritarian Disaster: The Duterte Regime and the Prospects for a Marcos Presidency, a collection of scholarly but academically engaged essays on Duterte’s fascist rule and its continuing grip on Philippine society, is a long overdue book but is very timely. What makes the book different from other similar anthologies on Duterte’s regime, is that it embraces the polemical label of fascism with all its ideological ramifications while remaining historically faithful to the current Philippine class constellation. The essays of “engaged scholars” who contributed to this anthology will definitely be part of hauntological literature about Duterte’s so-called “authoritarian populism” and will provide a historical starting point to situate the past, present, and future fascist development in Philippine society from much needed class analysis. I would happily recommend this book as a primary reference for those who are teaching and studying the current prospects for the continuing persistence of Duterte’s fascist spectre under Marcos, Jr.’s regime of disinformation and historical denialism. But more than a reference, this book is a weapon of criticism, that if applied correctly to our current situation, will shed light on what is to be done.” – Dr. Gerardo Lanuza, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of the Philippines Diliman

“There are those who claimed that the ex-President, Rody Duterte, was the best President the Republic of the Philippines ever had. But, on the other hand, a segment of the country’s population vilified him as an authoritarian dictator with no regard for human rights, gender sensitivity and climate justice. Books written on Duterte have reflected this binary opposition. Comes now another book with, Authoritarian Disaster: The Duterte Regime and the Prospects for a Marcos Presidency, which is an anthology of essays written by Philosophy Professors of UP Diliman, UP Cebu, USC, VSU and Silliman U. Collectively, they challenge the product of the disinformation campaign to put Duterte on a pedestal. Through rigid research and comprehensive analysis using philosophical theories, they provide a profile of a fascist President ensconced in a populist mode of governance characterized by adopting a reign of impunity to wage a drug war, resorting to red-tagging to silence critics including media and church personnel, empowering the military to suppress the rights of indigenous communities, while protecting the interests of mining companies with no regard to protect the integrity of creation. This is a must-read book to debunk the Duterte mystique and place Duterte’s reign in its rightful place in our country’s history.” –Brother Karl Gaspar, CSsR, PhD, Author of Diwang Balaan/Banal: A Decolonial Discourse on Pinoy Spirituality

Applications of Traditional Equestrian Sports in the World

“Through 20 chapters and 416 pages, this book, published by Nova Science Publishers Inc., provides a detailed description of traditional equestrian sports from a historical point of view and also shows current applications. History, anthropology, sociology, education, cinematography, and archaeology are some disciplines that dialogue harmoniously in this work….I hope you all enjoy reading this book as much as I have. ” To read the full review, CLICK HERE>>>. – Dr. Pere Lavega, President of the European Association of Traditional Games and Sports (AEJeST), Professor at National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), University of Lleida, Spain; President of the Worldwide Network of Teachers and Researchers in Traditional Sports and Games

Terminal Philosophy Syndrome – Ecology and the Imponderable

Terminal Philosophy Syndrome (TPS) is the latest piece of masterwork in the extensive literature of Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison’s deep ecological universe. It is the culmination of the Authors’ timely, methodological, visionary, radically compassionate and highly attuned thinking. Their rarified yet informed treatise explores the sobering, if terminal nexus between ecological conscience and our historical incapacity as a species to meaningfully reconfigure the nature of who we are, who we’ve become and perhaps who we are destined be remain – uncontrollable biodiversity and earth destroyers…This profound work, Terminal Philosophy Syndrome: Ecology and the Imponderable, seeks to break apart the tendency towards resignation, insufficient incremental change, and habituated depression that appears to be so rife within the earnest eco-philosophical community. Tobias and Morrison challenge these largely failed domains of future prognosis and open the reader to a new way of thinking, beyond the terminus of our faded hopes and grief in this, the diminishing age of the Anthropocene.” To read the full review, CLICK HERE>>>> – Michael S. Bostick, Senior Climate and Environmental Professional, Artist and Freelance Writer, San Francisco, CA, USA

“A phenomenally thorough and insightful book that deserves to be read and re-read by everyone who has seriously contemplated the possibility that we are at the threshold of our own species-extinction…This is not an easy book to read, and it is even harder to put it down once I started reading it. But reading it is worth the effort. Not because it tells us what our fate will be, but because it clears the deck of our inquiring mind so we can try to find our way toward an answer we can reasonably believe in. I am grateful to Michael Tobias and Jane Morrison for a seminal book.” – Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Author, Philosopher and Systems Scientist

Terminal Philosophy Syndrome – Ecology and the Imponderable is an important book. It provides us with a clear roadmap of what we are doing to the world, what we are doing to each other, what we are doing to Nature. But the roadmap is couched in a velvet glove of intellectual delights about the views of philosophers, religious leaders, and power-hungry rulers who have placed human interests first, above Nature which sustains us and makes our lives possible. The book can be read on two levels. One is the level of admiration for the depth of scholarship and complex thought. The other level is a wake-up call: We can all change, or we can all die. A great book!” – Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, Author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals (St. Martin’s Press, 2012); Professor Emeritus of Biology, Northern Arizona University, CEO of Zoolingua, CEO of Animal Communications Ltd., Director, Animal Language Institute; Lead Author, Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society (Harvard University Press, 2009)

“Reading Tobias’ and Morrison’s tome brought to mind the English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley’s words, “Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.” Cancel your appointments, avail yourself of a comfortable chair, and appreciate it as you might a slow walk in a dense forest, the ground of which is thick with acorns and buds, the air filled with the sound of birds talking about their experiences, each an “Other” that carries inside their being wisdom about life and how to live it as a part of the whole. It’s an awe-inspiring read.” – Ingrid Newkirk, Founder and President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and its international affiliates. A Forbes Person of the Year, Ms. Newkirk is the author of 14 books on animals, their abilities, language, and sentience, and the subject of the HBO Documentary, “I Am an Animal.”

“This staggering work of erudition and passion, Terminal Philosophy Syndrome – Ecology and the Imponderable, points the finger to the human as catalyst for countless ways of self-destruction and devastation of innumerable forms of non-humans. What can be done? How can we even recognize our complicity in so many tragedies, from the Holocaust and the many events before and since including the invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing slaughter of billions of animals each year to slake unquenched human hunger? Tobias and Morrison call for a mind shift, a radical move from passivity to bold changes in thinking and lifestyle. By itemizing the scope and scale of our current global emergency in the context of a long and brutal history, this book serves as a powerful incentive to stand up and be counted, and to commit oneself personally to be part of the needed solutions. Tobias and Morrison’s encounter with Putin underlines the fragility and limits and urgency of human agency. The question remains: will the examples of Jain austere living and Bhutan’s good government be enough to provide a roadmap into an uncertain future?” – Dr. Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Founding Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA

Terminal Philosophy Syndrome is a timely work of genius – a culmination of the brilliant, methodological, visionary but most importantly, radically compassionate, highly attuned thinking of Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison. Their rarified yet devastating treatise explores the sobering, if terminal nexus between ecological conscience and our historical incapacity as a species to meaningfully reconfigure the nature of who we are as uncontrollable biodiversity and earth destroyers. Tobias and Morrison have, like the Webb telescope, implored the farthest reaches of an imponderable possibility for human consciousness to “exceed its grasp,” innovating paradigms beyond atavistic linguistic and philosophical bounds, and enjoin ourselves with Nature in selfless, biosemiospheric immanence. A must read for the deepest of deep ecologists!” – Michael Bostick, Artist, Freelance Writer and Senior Climate and Environmental Professional, San Francisco, CA, USA

“A central question Tobias and Morrison ask and seek to answer as it relates to the course of human thought and ecological outcomes is, “Instead of habituating ourselves to what we do and think, might we have thought and done differently?” Because they ask and ponder so many more thoughtful deep questions, this book is especially satisfying to read, e.g., “. . . How does one species commandeer [a planet] . . . 29.2% of which is land, the rest ocean? Why would we do that? Can philosophical traditions mean anything against the forefront of this unimaginable swath of pathologies that mark our kind?” The sweeping character of Terminal Philosophy Syndrome is stunning, engaging, and fulfilling, making it a mind-expanding tour de force worth reading.” – David J. Wagner, PhD, Author, American Wildlife Art; Guest Curator, and adjunct faculty at colleges and universities, and Curator of over fifty art exhibitions

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“The sobering new book, Terminal Philosophy Syndrome, will likely be discomforting. Climate change, while important to reduce and stop as soon as possible, is but one of many things that need close attention. An important message of hope: Everyone, no matter who you are or where you live, can do something to help our troubled planet right now.” – Marc Bekoff PhD, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
To read Dr. Bekoff’s full interview with the book’s authors, Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, that was recently published in Psychology Today, CLICK HERE>>>>

Neogene Deep Water Benthic Foraminifera from the Indian Ocean – A Monograph

The monograph provides a rich resource for all future students and experts, who use deep-sea benthic foraminifera from the Indian Ocean in paleoenvironmental studies.” To read the full review, CLICK HERE>>> – Gerhard Schmiedl, PhD, Professor, Universität Hamburg, Centrum für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit, Institut für Geologie, Hamburg, Germany

Sustainable Production: Definitions, Aspects, and Elements

“This is an excellent introductory book to give comprehensive insight and indispensable basic information for readers about sustainable production. For each specific activity, readers need to study more materials about that activity to identify and follow the path of sustainable production for that activity. Therefore, this book provides a motivating text for students who want to learn, researchers who want to investigate, producers who want to produce, and all environmentally friendly people who want to evaluate sustainable production to walk on the path of world sustainability.” To read the full review, CLICK HERE >>>. – Digvir S. Jayas, Distinguished Professor, Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada

Pharmaceuticals: Boon or Bane

“I am happy to recommend the book Pharmaceuticals: Boon or Bane for all because it is based on the current environmental issues related to the release and accumulations of pharmaceuticals and their toxic effects on human health, environment and ecology. The entire contents of the book are highly useful not only for the researchers, academicians and students but also for general public. The book also covers harmful post effects of extensive use of antibiotics during COVID-19 pandemic and proposes the possible ways of removal of these pharmaceutical contaminants from the environment” – Dr. Namrata Rastogi, Principal Scientist, CSIR-Cental Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India

Pharmaceuticals: Boon or Bane is a very informative, understandable, and useful guide full of important information for researchers, academicians, and students to understand the repercussions behind the extensive production and usage of pharmaceuticals. I am sure this book is going to be of great interest among the scientific community and to create awareness for prescribed and rational usage of drugs for a healthier life and safe environment.” – Brijesh Pare, President, Association of Chemistry Teachers, India

“It’s my great pleasure to write an endorsement for the book “Pharmaceuticals: Boon or Bane” which addresses most of the issues, risks, and concerns related to the release of pharmaceuticals into the environment. This is an interesting book for the readers who want to learn about the role of pharma-related contaminants, their exposures, and possible solutions to degrade these contaminants efficiently to save our environment and health. As a pediatric cancer biologist, I highly recommend this book to readers to enhance their knowledge as these contaminants affect our infants and young children.”  – Ranjana KM Kanchan, CSIR-SRF, Toxicology Division, CDRI, Lucknow

“This book is written in a very simple and easy language and is suitable according to the needs of the present scenario. This book adequately focuses on environmental issues due to accumulation of pharmaceutical contaminants, human health hazards due to continuous and over usage of pharmaceutical compounds and its side effects. Furthermore it is also focused on the possible ways to degrade these compounds after their release into the environment and obtain robust and cost efficient techniques. The contents of this book are of high quality and the entire syllabus is based on pharmaceutical compounds. This book will also be very useful to those who are doing research on pharmaceutical compounds.” – Dr. R. R. Awasthi, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti University, Lucknow, India

Qualitative Research for Organizational Scholars: Reflections on Current Developments

This book explores the large domain of qualitative research in social sciences in a modern way, with a specific focus on organization studies. It has the merit to remind organization studies scholars that there is more to qualitative research than just case studies or interviews. Through an examination of older and newer ways of conducting qualitative data collection, data analysis, and reporting within and outside the discipline, this book provides organizational researchers with a plethora of approaches to choose from. An insightful, yet compact book which points to new (methodological) directions in research pursuits” – Luca Giustiniano, Professor, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy

“As a scholar who does mixed methods research and with a great passion for rich and thick data, I find this book a very useful guide that will give organizational scholars a clear picture of what qualitative researchers do and what can be done more (better). This is a very useful book for researchers who prefer an evidence-based approach over normative guidelines. It shows that qualitative templates can be transformative and flexible rather than as a strict formula. A must have for new researchers and anyone interested in research without numbers.” – Yanto Chandra, Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, (Incoming professor in City University of Hong Kong), Hong Kong

“This book goes beyond the “how to do” recipes for conducting qualitative research which are available aplenty in the market. Instead, it holds a mirror to organization studies and discusses how published authors have actually conducted and reported qualitative research in the disciplinary area. Furthermore, the book acknowledges how organization studies can still adopt and adapt new methodologies and data collection techniques from other, related disciplines. Subsequently, the book facilitates methodological advancement in organization studies through roadmaps and suitable examples.” – Michael Gibbert, Professor, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

The Pathway Towards Low Carbon Schools: Criteria, Targets and Solutions

“The Pathway Towards Low Carbon Schools is a relevant publication in current times when we need to help schools to reduce their carbon footprints. The publication not only provides a list of the technological or infrastructural solutions but also explains the project-based learning approach involving students in this transformative process of learning for a low-carbon economy. The areas identified for interventions are relevant for most schools and adequately supported by tools to take decisions with suggested Key Performance Indicators. The publication will help any school to identify and prioritize actions to improve its performance. Chapter 5.1 is an important section that explains the role teachers and students play in this transformation. The identified actions no doubt requires an investment that can range from almost zero to some thousand Euros, the methodology presented will help schools to identify some low-hanging fruits and have a vision for the long term to be a net zero institution.” – Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma, Senior Director of Education, Foundation for Environmental Education, Eco Schools Global

The Growth of the Christian Church: A Search for Faith, Form and Freedom (AD 30-2000) and The Growth of the Christian Church: A Search for Faith, Form and Freedom (A Reader)

The Growth of the Christian Church: A Search for Faith, Form and Freedom (AD 30-2000) and The Growth of the Christian Church: A Search for Faith, Form and Freedom (A Reader) are being reviewed together as they are substantial works which complement each other, or as Letellier puts it, “supplement each other.” Nevertheless, they each make worthwhile reading as individual scholarly works…These two substantial books, beautifully illustrated, offer an excellent and comprehensive account, comprehensible to a general readership, of the Growth of the Christian Church. However, with its Reader and its extensive references these two books would be invaluable reading for those entering the priesthood, but it could also be worthwhile reading for those entering the Reformed ministry, and those with a secular interest in the history of religion.” READ MORE >> – Robert F. Gibson- BSc, MBA, BDiv., Retired Engineering Lecturer