Aeschylus’ Oresteia: Part 1, Agamemnon

It’s still the holidays, so I have way more free time than usual, but I’ve managed to read my first “book” in the Great Books collection: Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, the first part of his trilogy the Oresteia. Trilogies aren’t just a modern phenomenon: according to this informative introduction to Greek theater, trilogies were regularly performed as part of Athen’s annual … Continue reading “Aeschylus’ Oresteia: Part 1, Agamemnon”

A 5-Year Plan for Reading the Great Books

I’ve decided that 2016 will be the start of my life plan to read all of the Great Books. There have been several plans for reading the whole set floating around, but none which have the criteria I need: Lasting for 5-6 years, so as to finish concurrently with my PhD in physics. I regard reading the … Continue reading “A 5-Year Plan for Reading the Great Books”

Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 2: The Seven Days of Creation

We shall now begin proper with the review of Walton’s views of Genesis as delineated in his book The Lost World of Genesis One. Genesis 1 as a Functional Account of Origins Walton self-styles his views as the “cosmic temple inauguration view” (CTI), but its central piece is really the interpretation of Genesis 1 as an account … Continue reading “Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 2: The Seven Days of Creation”

Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 1: My Spiritual Journey in Evolution

In the next post, I am going to talk about John Walton’s reading of Genesis, as expressed in his books The Lost World of Genesis One  and The Lost World of Adam and Eve. I plan to also read his The Lost World of Scripture at some point. Walton’s work has been heralded as a truly innovative, groundbreaking entry in the … Continue reading “Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 1: My Spiritual Journey in Evolution”

Review: A PhD Is Not Enough

Since I decided to become an aspiring physicist back in high school, looking for tips and advice on what to do has been a valuable resource to me. One of the first guides I read that I think is still very valuable today, is ZapperZ’s So You Want to Be a Physicist. It gives extremely practical … Continue reading “Review: A PhD Is Not Enough”

Review: The Portrait of a Lady

After slogging through it for an entire semester, I finally finished reading Henry James’ monumental novel The Portrait of a Lady. This is the fifth major Victorian novel that I have read – in the last few years I have gone through Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Pride and Prejudice as part of my plan … Continue reading “Review: The Portrait of a Lady”

What is Liberal Learning For?

In my last post, I outlined a bit of my personal history, including my fixation on the importance of being a polymath – one who knows something about everything. I argued that learning in the tradition of the Great Books – and not necessarily limited to the book collection, but more generally the entire Western intellectual … Continue reading “What is Liberal Learning For?”

An Intellectual Commitment

I’ve just finished my first semester as a graduate student in physics at Harvard, and it’s been an exhilarating 3 1/2 months since I arrived in Cambridge at the end of August. At Amherst College, I did a lot of physics and math, including doing a lot of research and spending at least a few … Continue reading “An Intellectual Commitment”