Cosmic Calendar: The Big Bang to Your Consciousness

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Cosmic Calendar is a graphic modern science guide that relates science to a teenager's world. Our bodies, our minds, our world, our universe-where they came from, how they work, and how desperately we need to understand them to make our own decisions about our own lives. This guide includes physics-no equations except for E=mc2, natural history, physical laws of the universe, evolution and the origin of life, websites and links for all sciences, and a teacher's guide. This is the graphic edition of the award ...
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Overview

Cosmic Calendar is a graphic modern science guide that relates science to a teenager's world. Our bodies, our minds, our world, our universe-where they came from, how they work, and how desperately we need to understand them to make our own decisions about our own lives. This guide includes physics-no equations except for E=mc2, natural history, physical laws of the universe, evolution and the origin of life, websites and links for all sciences, and a teacher's guide. This is the graphic edition of the award winning In and Out of Your Mind: Teen Science, Human Bites, a New York public library Best Books for Teens award.
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VOYA - Ruth Paget
Labeled as a science book, this book makes many mistakes, including citing scientist Fritjof Capra as Fritzof in two places; Schrodinger is listed as Schrodinger, with no umlaut or alternative spelling of Schroedinger; Steven Pinker is referred to as Stephen whereas Stephen Jay Gould becomes Steven; and Oliver Sacks's last name is misspelled as Sachs. Mistakes like these raise doubts about the theories attributed to the various scientists and their association with the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, whose theories appear throughout the book. Editor Khairnar writes that "the aim of science education is to bring about this kind of religious mind" referring to "liberation that comes into being when the individual completely understands himself." The editor and writer deliver on this promise, but the book should be classified as philosophy. The author presents her facts using words attributed to physicists and brain scientists, but psychologists are lacking in a book featuring consciousness. Any discussion of consciousness without reference to Freud and Jung appears incomplete. The author asserts that Krishnamurti's theories of consciousness rank him along with spiritual leaders such as Jesus, Buddha, and Lao Tzu. Despite the book's graphic novel format, teens will notice the lesson plans and deem it a textbook. Teachers, however, might question whether to use it as science or introductory philosophicy text as Krishnamurti's theories are stated as fact without naming them as theories or attributing them to Krishnamurti in some cases. Reviewer: Ruth Paget
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–This work is described as a graphic adaptation of Carlson’s In and Out of Your Mind: Teen Science, Human Bites (Bick, 2002). However, something seems to have been lost in translation. Though the majority of the space is devoted to cosmology, paleontology, genetics, and neuroscience, the author also brings in psychology and even meditation without discussing any of it in enough depth to be useful. The science is rough, with some errors in fact as well as a number of imprecise assertions and graphics (one spread shows an atom emerging from a cell emerging from the Earth, seeming to suggest, as cells are ultimately made of atoms, that the Earth is ultimately made up of cells). Carlson’s discussions of the brain, mind, and consciousness aren’t helpful, either. What are teens to think when discussions of the nervous system are followed by assertions that there is no such thing as a “self”? The question of God’s existence is raised on a few occasions but then dropped. The black-and-white sketches are passable, but the layout can be confusing and the questions asked by the teens pictured don’t always get answered in the text. Larry Gonick’s The Cartoon History of the Universe (Broadway, 1997) is dated but still handles cosmology better, and Mark Schultz’s The Stuff of Life (Hill & Wang, 2008) is a great graphic look at genetics.–Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884158346
  • Publisher: Bick Publishing House
  • Publication date: 9/14/2009
  • Pages: 130
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Carlson has been award three ALA Notable Books, the Christopher Award, three New York public library Bests Books for Teens, YALSA award, three Book of the Year Awards from Foreword Magazine.
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