“There is no good or evil. We classify things into good and evil because we are currently unable to solve the two problems of the world: death and dearth. If there ever comes a time when we can solve these problems, we won't be required to do this anymore.”
― Andreas Laurencius, Genesis
“If we can conquer death and dearth, evil will be no more.
We see that matters are able to evolve and redefining the concept of good and evil shows that we are, and the holy scriptures are no words of God, they are outdated references.
We observe order and patterns within the universe because some parts of the chaos that is the universe are something we love while actually order is not self-existent and the universe doesn't care for us, thus the concept of free will that is vital to its constituents. The universe lets its constituents write what they know, believe what they believe, do what they do, regardless of whether they are true or not.”
― Andreas Laurencius, Genesis
“I'm not against the concept of Creators/God, I'm against the antiquated beliefs that there are evil things, which are merely axioms we concocted out of our inadequacy as mortal beings, primitive brain, and underdeveloped technology.”
― Andreas Laurencius, Genesis
“I, on the other hand, am very concerned about how word choice will affect my readers. For instance, in the description of Genesis, I chose the term 'good and evil' instead of 'right and wrong', which are basically two same terms. I wanted to use 'right and wrong' because it definitely will ignite more controversies than 'good and evil', but I chose to use the latter because I was afraid of the social influence that can come from reading my book, and although there is no adult material at all in the book, I could risk getting my book banned.”
― Andreas Laurencius, Genesis
This book is very different than what I have read before. I think this book has given me some things to think about. I think it was an interesting book. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
"Amazing ... never seen anything like this ... Seriously, this is good work."
I received this book for free in exchange for a discussion of the ideas with the author.
It appears that your early reviewers are giving it a general thumbs up. Indeed, the storyline was interesting and certainly eventful.
The book combines many current scientific ideas with the authors personal philospophy and spins a story around them.
The main protaginist, undergoes an epic journey into an alternative reality and discovers 'truths' about the nature of love, free will, good and evil and the self.
I have a number of issues with some of the ideas expressed in the book, but accept that as a work of fiction, anything is possible.
I liked the author's positive view of love.
I have problems with the idea there is no absolutes in 'good' or 'evil' ie. moral relativity. However, in a godless universe, I accept that this must be so.
Sci fi is a great medium to explore ideas, but we are left with the questions about what the author is suggesting to be right/true and what is fiction. I believe the author to be making arguments about the true nature of reality, and remain a little skeptical.
All in all it was an interesting read and was quite beautiful at some points.
For example, the very first opening chapter, about viewing the world with the eyes of a child, was beautiful but...
the author has adopted some non standard punctuation. I find that other reviewers not mentioning this to be very suprising. The book really requires a proofread.
The author frequently adopts elaborate language with words that I seldom hear, some with which I was unfamiliar and some that were arcane. I suspect that he has been repeatedly using a thesaurus and his native tongue is not english.
If you can overlook these issue, then you could well enjoyn this book.
Firstly, let me thank Dr. Laurencius for having given me a free copy of his work. Our meeting in the US had made me curious about his book.
I'm extremely satisfied with this book. The ideas are truly original and are new to me, a science professor. For the first time I can understand what love is, what fear is, what sin is (and why it is inevitable), what order is, what time is, what matter is, and these ideas are presented in the book in such a beautiful, concise, and clear way.
I can't talk about the hypotheses proposed in this book because they will need verification. The book doesn't offer any mathematical models for these hypotheses so the author and I must have a lot of things to talk about should we meet again in the future. Dr. Laurencius has a lot of interesting insights and if they are true, then this work is truly revolutionary. I'm really glad that we can make such a big progress but on the other hand I'm a little mad of myself for not being the one who came up with these hypotheses because they sound very true.
I'd like to add that the book is also brilliantly written. Notes about the Yellowstone National Park, The Starry Night, and the Monalisa clearly show that the writer had spent a long time to ponder upon his work.
This is a book with a purpose, a book that I've been waiting for all my life. This is the work that will liberate humanity.
Firstly, I would like to start by thanking Dr Andreas very much for sending me a free copy of his new book, with the promise I would do an honest review in return.
I found 'Genesis' to be a difficult book to review, largely because it was predominantly of a science fiction genre, one I don't normally read. I found these elements of the book to be confusing, beyond my comprehension. However, I have no doubt those sections would appeal to readers of that genre as they did seem to be well written.
There were sections of the text I really did enjoy, particularly the chapter 'Tibet'. In this chapter, we see the main character, Junhuan, travel to Tibet to seek the guidance of his spiritual mentor, Aedan. Many excellent pieces of advice are provided here, on the purpose of life and what life's values should be.
The book then moved deeply into science fiction territory with discussion of a posthuman world, cryogenics, cloning and the like. This, as said before, is likely to appeal strongly to fans of science fiction but, unfortunately, was too deep for me and I could not comprehend the key messages on life that the author was trying to provide.
Having said that, I would certainly recommend the book to readers of sci-fi.
This was an interesting book, and unlike anything I have ever read before. I particularly enjoyed the chararcters' discussions around the topics of physics and philosophy. An original and unique story, and one that has given me food for thought.
I'd like to thank the author for offering me a free copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. And I'd like to say sorry because it took me forever to read and review this book.
Anyway, this was quite a surprise. The book has several profound words which I believe isn't exactly necessary. If it were written in simple prose, it probably would have been better. The philosophical concepts discussed in a book don't necessitate highfalutin words. Also, I think it needs a bit of proofreading.
That aside..Well, I loved the concept of love. I think the character is interesting, and so is his journey. It's one of those books which will leave you pondering about life and its purpose..and your purpose in life. There are several concepts pitched in this book that I can't simply grasp its entirety.
It covers quite a vast scope - from the birth of the universe to your sci-fi fantasies. I think it's not everyone's cup of tea. But do read this book, again you're in for a surprise. Certain parts will pull you in.
I don't normally read fictions, and it's good that I didn't find this book as a work of fiction. I'm from the business world and I mainly read business books. This book was recommended by my economics professor, she said that it's "an outstanding book that has a potential to revolutionize the economic system of the world by providing an exceptional insight into the core problems of the world."
This book is not at all about economics. I was surprised to see how well the explanations were given about the exotic world of physics. And it's not even the most insightful part of all. I wonder which is right: this book or the bible. I mean, I still don't know.
This book has the potential to be the most important book in the world. You have to read it. You should read this book before you read anything else.
Don't judge this book by its cover
The rather not-so-professional cover made me wonder at first whether it is just another of those 'meh' sci-fi books. But I am glad I did not let that cover stand in the way of my grabbing this book. The cover would make you think that the book is filled with kids' stories. However, the actual content of the book runs so deep that forget about kids, even adults might find the information overwhelming at times, especially if they speed read it. I highly recommend that you read this book in 'bite sizes' or small chunks at a time, sleep over it, and then resume reading. It is gonna take some time to finish the book in this manner, but the great thing is that you will be able to ingest the information in a much more comfortable manner. Have you ever tried gobbling too much food at once only to puke later? Well that is exactly gonna happen if you read this book too fast.
Now as for the book itself, it was like a godsend to me (forgive me the pun). For years questions such as what happens to us after our death (where do we go), who created the world, is Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed real or fictional figures, etc., have plagued me. I am quite sure that if you are a man of science rather than a religious fanatic, you would want to get some straight and honest answers on that too. Often, due to lack of proper information, even a lot of otherwise intelligent people have no choice but to remain attached to old, superstitious beliefs that their parents have taught them. The book resonates with at least some of my beliefs such as, in the way the world or universe was created or that of the reality of the notions of heaven or hell. But much of the rest of the information covered in this book was virtually unknown to me.
Should what the book says be taken as a gospel truth then? Sure it is 'science fiction' rather than a a non-fiction book, however I feel that the story is merely a basis that the author uses to propagate the truth about the world as he knows it; in this sense I might call it a didactic fiction because at times it gets too close to that:
""The ride’s name is not the Wagon of Fear," Vlad said, "but the Wagon of Punishment.
"Fear begets sin, and sin incurs punishment," he added. "It is ironic because it is not the occurrence that we fear, it is the consequences of that occurrence, the punishment, and yet to slake our curiosity, instead of running away, we keep going, fueled by hope which is a mere justification for our own destructive force that is curiosity. Punishment induces fear, fear begets sin, and sin incurs punishment. How to break this cycle of consequences? How to stop the Wagon of Punishment?"
A boy replied, "Do not fear. We should know. Only from knowing comes the power over a thing, the authority to create or to destroy.""
It is quite a creative way to do what the author intends to do, nonetheless. Speaking of creativity, there is plenty of it (along with a fair dose of humor) in the dialogs:
""Yes, I’m finishing my paper on selective breeding," Cordelia said, staring at him. Everyone laughed."
The ending made me quite emotional.
In the end, I would only say that if you are looking for answers to your burning questions and prefer them to be solved by a scientist rather than a religious preacher (some of them might even call this work ' egregious' lol), then this book is for you. Don't expect to read a Pulitzer Prize winning story here by the way (but now that you have read this review, you won't because you already know what to expect from the book). Highly recommend to anyone who has an open mind.