The Reality Library @cong23
Finding inspiration or even reference points for CongRegation submissions can be difficult. This year is no exception except the theme of ‘Reality’ forces us to really think a big deeper. This is not something that is easy to instantly activate and my own experience is that in devouring books on the topic I am not only enriched but also leave with new and unexpected questions or mental ‘itches’ on aspects I would like to explore further.
With this in mind I have curated recommended books on the ‘Reality’ and will add more as we inch closer to CongRegation in November. I am offering these books on loan to anyone who would like to read them. The rules are simple and self explanatory but I am happy to post them to you.
I will be adding new books and will replace the order format with a simple form over the next few weeks.
- Only request a book if you really intend to read and can attend #cong23
- Please set yourself a tight deadline of 2/3 weeks.
- Request only one book at a time.
- Be willing to forward on to another person if requested.
- Please add notations and notes to future readers – just don’t tear out pages or redact words.
Simply email me with your postal address quoting the book you are interested in (note this will be changes with a simple form in the coming weeks).
The Reality Bubble by Ziya Tong
What are we not seeing? Our naked eyes see only a thin sliver of reality. We are blind in comparison to the x-rays that peer through skin, the mass spectrometers that detect the dead inside the living, or the high-tech surveillance systems that see with artificial intelligence. And we are blind compared to the animals that can see in infrared, or ultraviolet, or with 360-degree vision. These animals live in the same world we do, but they see something quite different when they look around. In The Reality Bubble , Ziya Tong illuminates this hidden world and takes us on a journey to examine ten of humanity’s biggest blind spots. What she reveals is not on the things we didn’t evolve to see but, more dangerously, the blindness of modern society. Fast-paced, utterly fascinating and deeply humane, this vitally important new book gives voice to the sense we’ve all had – that there is more to the world than meets the eye.