This past week I checked off a big source of stress from my schedule. After missing deadlines due to everything from clerical errors to significant distress, I completed and submitted my application for graduate school. It’s a massive weight off my shoulders so in celebration I’ve spent the majority of yesterday and today outside, breathing in nature, and reading. I finally finished an absolutely brilliant book I started several months ago titles “Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind” by Annaka Harris.
My bachelors was in biology with a concentration in neurobiology, I’m seeking a masters in the same with ambition to attain a PhD in neuroscience to study consciousness. This subject is my morning coffee, it’s my jump into warm blankets on a cold night my marshmallows over a camp fire. Analogies aside, I love it, I admire those studying it, and I find it all simply fascinating. Annaka Harris wrote this book, in such detail, and yet also in such a clear understandable way that I still don’t understand how it’s only just over 100 pages. For anyone interested in science, consciousness, your own mind, this book is definitely on the must read list.
After finishing “Conscious” and fan-boying to my friends and family about it, I picked up a new book called Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World”, (instead of one of the other dozen books I’ve started and haven’t yet finished) but I think I have a solid reason for this one, hear me out. If all goes as planned, I’ll be teaching Earth Sciences for at least a few months! Now, I’m a biologist, I study life, living things, brains, neurons.. not rocks.. But I love rocks. I think anyone who enjoys hiking and camping, or just loves this beautiful rock soaring through space we call home, has to have some love for the Earth Sciences. Now that my graduate school application has been submitted, it’s an ideal time to start brushing up on my Earth Science skills and what better way then by reading a book, written by a geologist, about geology, and saving the world? That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Here’s to hoping this one ends up along side my other top favorites and I can add it to my Good Reads list. I’ll be sure to let you know once I finish it.
..which wont take me several months this time..