Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite
Gotcha!: The Subordination of Free Will by Eldon Taylor, true to its title, enchanted me completely. This book tells me that what iconoclast Karl Popper has been in science, Eldon Taylor is being so everywhere else. The quirkiness that escapes the notice of all of us is collected together and presented in a manner to evoke subtle humor. Beginning with our beginnings, the affairs of our gametes, where he poses the question ‘when does an embryo become a person?’, he goes on to examine the nonconformity in all that is around us. The book ends also in a remarkable way with one of the most profound questions ever asked, ‘What is the meaning of Life?’ From electro magnetic energy to GM Foods, from religious freedom to video news, there is no topic that has not been examined for something amiss.
The relevance, I think, of books like Gotcha! is becoming more and more clear as we progress in our research, in areas like quantum life or quantum biology. Latest results from these areas show the border between things that we used to consider as black and white becoming rather hazy, promoting a rethink on many of our early notions. This book is in that direction; today the ideas presented here may evoke good humor, but in time, they might be more than mere ideas. This is a good book; it prepares one to be in step, philosophically too, with the changes taking place everywhere.