Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Dogs , Science / October 12, 2016

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know,  by Alexandra Horowitz, is a nonfiction book that investigates our most loyal companions from a unique perspective: the dog’s. Alexandra Horowitz constantly reminds the reader that we must look at the world through the dog’s eyes rather than our own if we are to truly understand them.  Her refocusing of our perspective leads to many surprising and fascinating discoveries about dogs that often run counter to conventional “wisdom.” Despite our natural disadvantage of being human, there is a lot that can be learned about canis familiaris when we avoid anthropomorphism (treating the dogs like they are little humans) when determining what a dog’s life is truly like. Horowitz really hits the nail on the head when she acknowledges that people tend to study dogs through human eyes rather than through dog eyes.  We ascribe their actions to human motives. When we throw out these preconceived notions biology, scientific observations, and even psychology become our guides in understanding the dog.  Horowitz makes use of her own research, as well others, to study the dog from many angles. Inside of a Dog thoroughly investigates how the sensory organs of the dog work: the eyes, ears,tongue, paw pads and whiskers, and especially…

The God Delusion: Book Review
Religion , Science / October 10, 2016

I am very glad I read this book, although I must point out at the beginning that I do not agree with Richard Dawkins in his preference for atheism.  However, I have to thank Dawkins for this book because it really and truly made me think. and I respect his obvious intelligence (although at times his tone is a bit condescending, which is a shame.) *Before I go any further with this review, I want to get the obligatory apology for discussing religion and/or plea for mercy out of the way.* In all seriousness, it is very difficult for people to control their emotions when it comes to religious topics, and I recognize that.  However, I am a “truth-seeker” in the sense that I am always questioning my beliefs and reading about the beliefs of others.  One thing that I have learned is that it is not healthy to sit on your beliefs without questioning. Questioning is what ultimately leads us to greater understanding and truth, whether we end up changing or beliefs or solidifying them. Questioning is not the same as abandoning. Now that my public service announcement is done, let us return to the book review! Dawkins really rests his…