Saturday, January 28, 2023

Jurassic Park Series

 The Jurassic Park film series began in 1993 and ended in 2022. There are six major films in the series.

1. Jurassic Park 1993

2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997

3. Jurassic Park III 2001

4. Jurassic World 2015

5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 2018

6. Jurassic World: Dominion 2022

About the Series

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Origins: Jurassic Park is a novel created by Michael Creighton. John Hammon is a wealthy investor whose company, InGen owns Jurassic Park with animals created by geneticist, Dr. Henry Wu.

Jurassic Park Trilogy

  1. Jurassic Park 1993

Novelist: Michael Crichton (1990)

Film Director: Steven Spielberg

Some Characters: Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil). Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong)

Location: Isla Nublar - T-Rexes and velociraptors on the loose.

  2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997

Novelist: Michael Crichton (1995)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Some Characters: Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), Dr. Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore)

Location: Isla Sorna - a family vacations on the breeding grounds

  3. Jurassic Park III 2001

Director: Joe Johnston

Some Characters: Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil). Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Paul Kirby (William . Macy), Amanda Kirby (Tea Leoni)

Location: Isla Sorna - rescuing a boy trapped among roaming dinosaurs

Jurassic World Trilogy


  4. Jurassic World 2015

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Some Characters: Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong), Owen Grady (Chris Piatt), Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard)

Location: Isla Nublar - a new park and a new creation to attract new guests

  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 2018

Director: J. A. Bayona

Some Characters: Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong), Owen Grady (Chris Piatt), Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard)

Location: Isla Nublar - rescuing the animals from extinction

 

  6. Jurassic World: Dominion 2022

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Some Characters: Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil). Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong), Owen Grady (Chris Piatt), Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard)

Location: The world- humans and dinosaurs living together 


1. Jurassic Park 1993



2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997



3. Jurassic Park III 2001



4. Jurassic World 2015



5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 2018



6. Jurassic World: Dominion 2022



Sources: I've read the two books and watched the six films.

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Code name: Lise - A True Spy Story

 



Code Name: Lise: 

The True Story of the Spy Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Woman

By Larry Loftis

Reviewed by

Geoffrey W. Sutton

Lise was the code name for Odette Samson. She's living in Somerset England with her children at the outset of World War II. Her husband is off at war. Because she was raised in France, her language and experience make her a potential candidate to help the resistance organised by Britain's War Office referred to as SOE (Special Operations Executive).

The story moves quickly from training to deployment. Relying on a trove of records that include interviews and official communications, Loftis creates a vivid thriller of a determined young woman focused on carrying out her risky responsibilities as a courier under threat of the Nazi boot. As the story progresses, she falls in love with her commanding officer, Peter Churchill.

Despite many thrilling escapes, she and Peter are eventually captured by Hugo, Germany's master spy catcher. Disgusting accounts of excruciating torture challenge us as we sink into the depths of Nazi prison cells. Will she and Peter survive? 

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Code Name: Lise is a well-written spy story that reads like a thriller as the heroes face near death experiences bolstered by loyalty and love. After the World War II story ends, Loftis fills us in on what happened to the legacy of this woman who eventually appeared on a UK postage stamp. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys reading true stories about courageous women in times of war.

What's missing? As a psychologist, I wonder if all the interviews and reports would offer us insights into the character of this woman who survived so much before, during, and after World War II. She was in her sixth year when her father died. She survived some serious health challenges during childhood. Like many in Britain, she was alone with her children when her husband headed to war. Then there's was the separation from her children during her war service and horrific torture along with exposure to the multiple severe traumatic events of others. She was a witness after the war. And there were two divorces plus postwar public battles.

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About Odette

Odette Marie Léonie Céline Brailly was born in Amiens France 28 April 1912. Her father died at the battle of Verdun in 1918. She married Roy Sansom in 1931. They had three daughters. Her World War II service was recognised by the British awards of the George Cross and an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). France awarded her the Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur. Odette and Roy divorced. She married and divorced Peter Churchill and later married Geoffrey Hallowed. (Wikipedia)

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Saturday, January 14, 2023

Sagan’s Demon-Haunted World- A Review

 


THE DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD

Science as a Candle in the Dark

By  Carl Sagan

 

Reviewed by

  Geoffrey W. Sutton

Carl Sagan injects readers with two treatments followed by booster shots throughout the 25 chapters of The Demon-Haunted World. In the end, enlightened readers will see science, not as a mere candle, but as a brilliant search light in the murky world of opinions, conspiracies, and myths. The first repeated treatment is a healthy dose of skepticism aimed at beliefs that led so many of our ancestors astray or worse, led to horrendous unnecessary deaths. The second treatment is the inspiring and hope-filled vial of scientific discovery catalyzed by curiosity and wonderment and guided by the light of the scientific method.

For the most part, Sagan moves us quickly from one topic to another but there were times when I wished he’d cut some of the UFO stories. I get it, people are gullible and believe all sorts of things about aliens. Of course there’s more. People seek magical cures at great expense. Some still deny the scientific findings about the age and evolution of the universe and life on earth.

It's not just fanciful thinking and denial of evidence that’s been a problem for humankind. We can live with people doing their own thing. But the failure to think critically about beliefs can be incredibly painful and ultimately lethal when religious people seek to purge their territory of those alleged to be witches. Stories of excruciating torture abound. Lives were literally at stake. Fear covered the era in darkness.

Sadly, since the book was published in 1996, we still learn that many people deny the sage advice of scientists regarding the spread of disease and the value of experimentally validated vaccines and treatments. Some Christians still teach students that the universe is only a few thousand years old and deny the evidence supporting evolution. Some religious people continue to deny themselves and their children access to psychological assessments and interventions in favor of spiritual leaders who aim to relieve mental anguish by delivering troubled congregants from demons.

As scientists emerged in an atmosphere of freedom of speech and freedom from oppressive anti-science religions, astounding discoveries came in waves. I’m pretty sure even 62-year old Carl Sagan would be amazed at what we’ve learned since he left the planet the year my copy of the book was published. And we still need the skeptical tools found in his Baloney Detection kit.

 

References

Sagan, C. (1996). The demon-haunted world: Science as a candle in the dark. New York: Ballantine Books. Available on AMAZON

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Sutton, G. W. (2023, January 14). Sagan’s Demon-Haunted World- A Review. Interdisciplinary Journal of Book Reviews. Retrieved from https://suttonreviews.suttong.com/2023/01/sagans-demon-haunted-world-review.html



Geoffrey W. Sutton, PhD is Emeritus Professor of Psychology. He retired from a clinical practice and was credentialed in clinical neuropsychology and psychopharmacology. His website is  www.suttong.com

 

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Monday, January 2, 2023

Citizens of London- A Book Review



 Citizens of London

The Americans Who Stood With Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour

 

By Lynne Olson

 

Reviewed by

Geoffrey W. Sutton

 

Lynne Olson tells the exciting story of three Americans in Britain's wore torn capitol whose passionate embrace of the British solitary stand against the Nazis served as a catalyst that would eventually link America and Britain in an incredibly close fighting force against the enemy. Olson’s masterful presentation reveals how three different men— George Winant, Edward Murrow, and Averell Harriman—interacted with Churchill, Roosevelt, and a cast of other Anglo-American leaders on the world stage between 1939 and 1945. As she describes these relationships following the course of the war, we learn the crucial role of close connections and trust in the arduous melding of an international allied force to defeat the axis powers.

The three men are different. Winant is a respected diplomat with an amazing ability to empathize with, and gain the respect of, British leaders as well as the exhausted working class who were the backbone of survival whilst younger Brits were flung into battles around the world. Murrow is the authoritative American voice who brought the London Blitz to the living rooms of America. Later he became the trusted voice of America’s entry into the global conflict and the ultimate path to victory. Harriman was a businessman who inserted himself into key leadership positions in London, Moscow, and elsewhere.

As a psychologist, I appreciate Olson’s exploration of interpersonal relationships and romantic attachments that bind people together in ways only possible for people willing to immerse themselves in another culture. Each man had a sense of purpose and an awareness of what needed to be done if democracy was to survive the onslaught of the dictators. But Olson isn’t just focused on the external tensions of their assigned work and personal relationships. She looks at the toll of war on their minds and bodies where snubs hurt, stress saps intrapersonal resources, depression mixes with exhaustion, and adjusting to postwar life is far from an easy task.

 

Reference

Olson, L. (2011). Citizens of London:  The Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour. New York: Random House.


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