Guy Murchie. · Rating details · ratings · 51 reviews. “All life in all worlds” -this was the object of the author’s seventeen-year quest for knowledge and. Song of the Sky has 47 ratings and 8 reviews. Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea said: What an interesting read–this WW2 navigator uses his memories of navigating the. Guy Murchie Biography – – Guy Murchie Biography and List of Works – Guy Murchie Books. Guy Murchie Is the author of books such as Music Of the Spheres.
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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See jurchie Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Seven Mysteries of Life: In a manner unmistakably his own, Murchie delves into the interconnectedness of all life on the planet and of such fields as biology, geology, sociology, mathematics, and physics.
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He offers us what the poet May Sarton has called “a good “All life in all worlds” -this was the object of the author’s seventeen-year quest for knowledge and discovery, culminating in this book. He offers us what the poet May Sarton has called “a good book to take muurchie a desert island as sole companion, so rich murdhie it in knowledge and insight. Paperbackpages. Published June 16th by Mariner Books first published June 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Seven Mysteries of Lifeplease murchiie up. Be the first to ask a question about The Seven Mysteries of Life. Lists with This Book. Mar 13, Todd Hansink rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can’t remember how I first heard of this book–probably from reading book reviews on Amazon. I must have been impressed with the reviews because I bought one but when I received my first copy I was disappointed to find that the murhie was dated and every third or fourth page was illustrated with detailed, hand-drawn sketches that reminded me of my high school Biology class where I made similar drawings of cells and plants.
My first reaction was that the book was a little less than cutt I can’t remember how I first heard of this book–probably from reading book reviews on Amazon.
My first reaction was that the book was a murchiee less than cutting-edge. Nevertheless it was a new book and I started to fuy it. I had a hard time finding the rhythm of the book for many pages.
After several nights of reading the book in bed, I distinctly remember that one night I stopped reading, opened my eyes wider, looked at the cover of the book, and I said out loud, very slowly and deliberately, “This is a good book.
I could pick any page of this book at random and really enjoy reading each page. Every page, even every sentence was a work of art, thought provoking, and delicious. I reconsidered my opinion of the hand-made illustrations and instead of seeing them as low-tech productions I saw them as the careful drawings of a masterful philosopher, scientist, poet, or artist–I wasn’t sure which. Guy Murchie began his book’s preface with these words: But I have to go ahead in the faith that any such seemingly impossible, if not harebrained, project on such a universal theme could hardly help being worthwhile–largely because of its rarity.
Murchie’s book is more densely packed with great ideas than anything I had ever read before. Unlike many popular science books that spend pages restating the same three ideas, or unlike other science books that are impenetrable because of a masochistic writing style that heaps abuse upon any would-be reader, Murchie’s book is a sheer delight to read and constantly surprises the reader with insights about life, the universe, and what it all means–insights that are expressed so freshly that they seem new.
Murchie took seventeen years to write this magnum opus and “averaged less than one finished sentence a day during all this time,” he said in his preface. He called his writing, “painstaking” which must be true because I can’t imagine any poet laboring more over word choices than Murchie obviously did. His writing flows, is enchanting and reveals a universe that is more beautiful, rational, and caring than anything I had ever heard from science before–although later I would discover similar joy from guys like Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman.
Unlike a magician who astounds by what he does not reveal, Guy Murchie astounds by what he does reveal that we have not been seeing but which has always been in plain sight. Murchie is, then, in this sense, a revelator.
Toward the end of his book, on pageMurchie wrote some kind words about the prophet Baha’u’llah. I immediately started to worry that the author of this great book that I had been falling in love with would suddenly reveal himself to be an unbalanced follower of yet another cult leader. I researched the Baha’i Faith religion that Baha’u’llah founded and encountered what seemed to be a peace-loving-enough community.
After reading a list of their core beliefs and after reading Murchie’s bookI honestly felt that I had never read a one-page list of beliefs written by someone else that I could agree with more than this one. Nevertheless, I knew that what looks good on paper may not necessarily be so beautiful when practiced as an institutional religion.
So I haven’t attempted to learn much more about the Baha’is except to find out they conduct mrchie in San Diego that I would like to attend once just to get an idea about how successful they have been at putting their wonderful ideas into the messy realm of organized religion.
I wish them well. I searched murchid “Guy Murchie” on the internet and learned that he was a tall man and just as gracious and charming, by others’ accounts, as I had imagined him to be. Although I would love to read a little biography about him, it is not really necessary for his writing sufficiently reveals the man Murchie to be one of my all-time favorite human beings whose hand I would be honored to shake while expressing a little gratitude for creating a work so beautiful that I can only describe it as art, an odd choice of words for the book that I would most like to take to a desert island.
Mar 13, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: If I were to pick one book to bring with me before being marooned on a desert island, The Seven Mysteries of Life would be it. The first part of the book was If I were to pick one book to bring with me before being marooned on a desert island, The Seven Mysteries of Life would be it.
The first part of the book was all about hooking his readers in with interesting facts about the more unique attributes of different species. He leaves out no kingdom, phylum, or even non-organic material; everything from metamorphic rocks to dangling monkeys are covered here.
The facts might seem trivial at first, but then comes the middle part of the book, which is as mind-expanding as a DMT trip. Here Murchie writes about the psychology of different species and their extrasensory perceptions. The third part- the one about the seven mysteries- is a very poetic bridging of science and the spirit. In this part, he uses biological abnormalities to explain transcendence. Nov 21, Dean Mermell rated it it was amazing. One of my favorite books ever, and though quite a tome, I’m due for a third reading.
This book makes the connection between the natural world, physics, and “the divine”. Murchie is a scientist who cannot quite accept that there is nobody behind the curtain, and yet this book never feels the least bit preachy or pedantic. It explores the unexplainable phenomena of life and says, “this is fantastic It leaves you feeling like you are the tiniest part of a very grand event. It is, indisputably, fucking great. Mar 20, John Rogers rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The best book I have ever read, and continue to read often.
It you have an interest in restoring, growing or discovering your wonder, this is the book. Murchie is a modern day Leonardo, who has mastered so many pursuits it’s astonishing. The first half of the book is an exhaustive description of the natural world and how everything works from trees to individual cells, the life of dunes, to 26 human senses not just 5. These things are described in ways that are revelatory Then the second half is dedicated to 7 mysterious principles like Transcendance, Interconnectedness, the Omnipresence of Life, Life’s analogies on Land, Sea and Sky, Living geometry and order, the polarity principle, the germination of worlds, and divinity.
You can open the book anywhere and become fascinated in seconds. He is a scientist who writes with the heart of a poet, so even when he is describing an intricate biological function, I find myself smiling and completely engrossed. Especially great for writers, both as inspiration and reference. Aug 22, Ryan rated it it was amazing. I’ve only read a few pages of this book, but I can tell I’m going to love it.
I did some additional research on Murchie, and apparently he left Christianity to join the Baihai faith which originated in modern Persia.
I also read about that particular religion, and it’s fascinating. The basic idea reminds me of the whole point or what I interpreted to be the point of John Lennon’s song Imagine.
I’m not about to drop Christianity in favor of Baihai, but what I have read of this book makes a whole I’ve only read a few pages of this book, but I can tell I’m going to love it. I’m not about to drop Christianity in favor of Baihai, but what I have read of this book makes a whole lot of sense to me.
Jun 03, Justin rated it it was amazing. If you consider this question as classic and unanswerable, then your knowledge of science needs brushing up!
The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration of Science and Philosophy
Of course, the egg is easily proclaimed the winner by half a billion years as murchle hen has only been here for fifty million years. This is just one of the lighter gems found in one of the most wonderful books ever written: Here, a look at the first mystery which he calls The Abstract Nature of the Universe. Mu Which came first: Murchie’s writing is so insightful and provocative that any summary or analysis runs the risk of extending beyond the length of an accessible review, so I will procure brevity.
In other words, there is Indeed the fact that you can move your legs and walk, or your tongue and talk, makes you alive.
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And so does the fact that you can control the engine and wings murhie tail of your airplane when you fly. You may object that the airplane is not really alive because it is not a natural organism but only man-made and artificial. But I reply that so is a bird’s nest artificial for it is bird-made and not strictly a part of the bird’s body. And so too is coral artificial in the sense that it is made or excreted by the coral polyps.
And so is the oyster’s shell built of calcareous substances out of the sea. And so also are the shells of bird’s eggs and a bird’s feathers made of things the bird eats. And so are even your teeth and bones and your fingernails and hair, in fact your whole body. There is no definite line, you see, where artificiality begins. And there is no absolute boundary between life and the world.
Just as your house is your shell and your coat your pelt, in murcbie, so does your consciousness form your aura of personal life However, “the reason a living body can be made of such everyday stuff” as water, fat, carbon, phosphorus, magnesium, etc