by Supreme Understanding and C'BS Alife Allah
review by Dan Tres OMi
I encounter so many young people, particularly young black and brown boys, who lament at how history and science does not speak to them. When teachers discuss the history of the world, evolution, biology, or any other topic, many of them find it difficult to convey to young people. For many of us, and I remember this especially well, that story of how the universe came out in some insidious way is put together to keep us out of it. This explains why so many of us cling to religion since that story at least puts the downtrodden inheriting something at one point.
If you read the synopsis it says "The Science of Self is a dynamic tour of reality, covering the formation of our universe, the development of life, and the laws that govern these processes and personify themselves as Man." It sounds ambitious. It is a tremendous undertaking especially for the first volume to come under 327 pages. When the introduction started off discussing Tyrian purple being rediscovered by George Washington Carver, I was hooked.
While I have a general familiarity with biology and basic sciences, I found "Science of Self" to be very simple to read. Both Supreme Understanding and C'BS Alife Allah write in story form so it is easy to digest. While having a rudimentary understanding of evolutionary science as well as physics might make it easier, it's not necessary. Several appendices are provided to help the reader. If it does prove too tough, any search in wiki or google will help out. The authors provide a wealth of resources such as websites, documentaries, charts, and others that are easy accessible.
If you are expecting the authors to discuss magic, conspiracy theories, or alien invasions, you are in the wrong place. With the title, many are probably expecting that. The authors make it clear throughout the book that they will be dealing with science and mathematics. Astrology, conspiracy theories, floating yogis, and secret alien invasions are debunked. This is tremendously important since too many of us look for comfort in those false ideas.
The authors cover so much ground. They discuss quarks, the Big Bang, dark matter, evolution, extinction level events, and ecology. There seems to be a few college courses crammed in there. As stated above, its an ambitious first book but they manage to pull it off with flying colors. It is something that is digestible for all ages. Anyone from the age of 12 on up, could get a grasp. This writer looks forward to the subsequent volumes.