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  1. Avatar Of Frank D'Andrea, M.d

    Frank D'Andrea, M.D

    says:

    Dear Ralph,

    Didn’t realize this was a public post — my intent was NOT to use your site to promote my book — rather I included the table of contents as validation. Your consideration will be very much appreciated !
    Thanks !
    Frank : )

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    Frank D'Andrea, M.D

    says:

    Dear Ralph,

    Would love to use this text in my book soon to be published, ONE PHYSICIAN’S SEARCH FOR THAT WHICH MAKES US HUMAN. My book is dedicated to my wife Lisa who I lost to breast cancer last year.
    we still and always will have our companion, Katie, a Havanese

    Happy to give you in-text credit and acknowledgement and/or pay a royalty fee for its use. Just let me know .
    Would VERY much appreciate this !
    Thanks and God Bless
    Frank ( D’Andrea, M.D. )
    [email protected]
    Cell 206 669 6523

    Here’s the book’s. Table of Contents :
    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    DEDICATION

    INTRODUCTION

    CHAPTER 1. SO MANY QUESTIONS–SO LITTLE TIME– FOR THE ANSWERS ! 8
    The “Answer To The Ultimate Question Of Life
    The Universe, And Everything ” — The Number, 42 !?
    What Is The Meaning Of It All ? Nobody Really Knows !
    “ Life,The Universe And Everything ”( As The Story Goes ) .
    We’re All Truly ” The Salt Of The Earth ”
    As Formed From The Earth, Are We More Like Dice Or More Like Prisms ?

    CHAPTER 2. “ WHAT IS MAN THAT YOU ARE MINDFUL OF HIM ”-PSALM 8:4 16 Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Dust
    So What Is It Exactly That Makes Us Human ?
    I Believe. I Don’t Believe. I’m Really Not Sure What To Believe. —-Your Pick !
    “ So Atom To Adam, What’s It All About ? ”
    I Am Certain Of My Uncertainty
    DNA, Genes And Chromosomes–Back to the ( Real ! ) Basics
    ” Me Tarzan, You Cheeta ”
    Well I’ll Be A Monkey’s Uncle !

    CHAPTER 3. THE BLUEPRINT OF LIFE. 21
    A Grand Master Plan
    Bring On The Infinite Number Of Monkeys On Typewriters !
    Don’t Monkey With Me ! Just Give Me The Odds
    How About Those “Designer Genes”?
    Strings and Spaghetti and Psalms, Oh My !
    Some Interesting Plans From Ameba To Man
    Intelligent Design —A Smoke Screen Or The Smoking Gun

    CHAPTER 4. A UNIVERSE IN ONE CELL ? 36
    The Life Of A Cell
    One Cell (estial) Hymn To Him ( And Her Too ! )
    All The Books In Over Two Thousand Libraries Of Congress !
    Some Of My Best Friends Are Microbes !
    Now For The “Bad Guys”
    The Top Ten “Wanted List” Of Human Killers !
    The Top Worst Diseases.

    CHAPTER 5. THAT WHICH MAKES US HUMAN–THE BODY, THE BRAIN, THE MIND, AND THE SOUL 42
    The Smarter We Get, The Smaller It All Gets
    Good Vibes
    Our Body — Talk About A Piece of Work !
    ” Eat, Drink and Breathe Merry ! ”
    Our Brain–Helping To Keep Body And Soul Together
    The Brain’S Pineal Gland– “The Third Eye“
    Our Mind–“The Ghost In The Machine”?
    Our Soul, The Psyche And Spirit –Or May The (Life) Force Be With You !
    The Mind’s Eye–Can You Envision This Concept ?

    CHAPTER 6. CONSTRUCTS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE MIND. 54
    Our Unconscious, Subconscious, And Conscious Mind
    “Mind Trinity”-Really Only One Mind And Three Perspectives Of It ?
    The Mind And How It May Function As To Input And Output
    Mind Reading Really Isn’t That Hard To Do !
    Where Would We Be Without Our Dreams ?
    There Are No Coincidences in Life

    CHAPTER 7. “ I THINK, THEREFORE I AM ”— WHAT AN INTERESTING THOUGHT ! 61
    Concept, Meaning, Muse, Memory And Inspiration
    Our Emotions – The Very Heart of The Matter
    Have A Heart
    Affect, Mood, Feelings And Emotions

    CHAPTER 8. THE MIND AND BODY— SO WHAT’S THE CONNECTION ? 71
    Our Minds Making Sense(s) Of It All
    Our Mental, Emotional, And Physical Health — Here’s The “Whole“ Story
    The Interplay Of Body, Brain, Mind And Soul — “Let The Music Play On” !
    Music–“The Universal Language”

    CHAPTER 9. THE UNIVERSE IN A HUMAN– OUR PERSONAL MATTER AND ENERGY. 75
    E = MC Square–Energy “Matters”!
    Human Matter
    Human Energy
    Power To The People – Mechanical Energy
    Body Heat. (No Relation To The Movie)
    The Shocking Truth !
    You Really Have A Magnetic Personality !
    Our Human Energy Field
    “You’re Looking So Radiant — And You Have Such An Aura About You !”
    The “Human“ That Is Made By Man In Man’s Image
    Computer Vs. Brain – So Who Is Smarter ?
    Welcome To The New “Almost Human” Race !
    Are We Humans More Than A “Thinking Animal” ?
    Animal Instincts
    Our Human Nature And Instincts.

    CHAPTER 10. HAPPINESS –BOTH A UNIQUE HUMAN INSTINCT AND “ ILLUSIVE BUTTERFLY ” 85
    Don’t Worry —Be Happy !
    ” All You Need Is Love ” — The Beatles 1967
    This Is Our Happily Ever After
    You Have All Of My Love All Of My Life
    A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step.

    CHAPTER 11. THE ETERNALLY ASKED QUESTION –WHY IS THERE PAIN AND SUFFERING ? 88
    We’ve All Attended The Masquerade “Bawl“
    So What’s The Point Of Pain And Suffering ?
    What About The Pain And Suffering Of Mental Illness ?
    In The Library Of Life, We All Have “The Book Of Pain”
    Human Pain And Suffering ? — It’s All Still Greek To Me !

    CHAPTER 12. THE PROBLEM OF EVIL. 95
    So What’s So Bad About Evil ?
    So Who Planted ” The Garden Of Good And Evil ” ?
    So What’s The ” Moral ” to this story ?
    Gambling Or Nude Beaches Anyone ?
    The Golden Rule — Back To The Basics
    License To Kill
    Right Or Wrong, Or Should I Say, ” God Or Evil ” ?
    Sorry Mrs. Smith, But The Dog Ate My Homework
    Free Will Or Not, It’s Really Your Choice !

    CHAPTER 13. THE EASTERN AND WESTERN CONCEPTS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF 106
    “My Karma Just Ran Over Your Dogma“
    So Is It Really “East Versus West”, Or ”East AND West ” ?
    As The Hymn Goes, “ …… There Is No East Or West“
    The Common Threads Woven Through The Fabric Of Faith
    The One Fabric All May Share—The Golden Rule
    The Common Fibers Making Up The Threads
    The Humanness Of Humanists
    Religious Humanism — Closing The Chasm ?
    The Evolution Of The Human Concept Of “God”
    Forget the Applause And Listen To The Sound Of One Hand Clapping
    Have Buddhists Found Inner Peace Beyond All Understanding ?
    It’s A Miracle That There Are So Many Miracles !

    CHAPTER 14. IS LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING ONLY SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION APART ? 117
    And The “ Strings” Played In The Orchestra
    The Quantum Mind-Body Problem
    So What Does This All Mean ?
    It’s Ok To Make Waves In Life
    “To God There Is No Zero–I Still Exist”
    Einstein Got It Right – It’s All Relative
    The Speed Of Light–The Common Denominator As To Time, Space, Energy And Mass.
    Dark Matter — A Universe Full Of ” Black ” Magic

    CHAPTER 15. “ WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE ! ” 128
    The Elephant And The Six Blind Men
    The Gift Of Sight–”In The Land Of The Blind, The One-Eyed Man Is King“
    ”Am Blind, But I Still Can See“ ” ( Anton’s Syndrome )
    Don’t Put Your Reasoned Beliefs In “Blind Faith”
    A Sixth Sense ?–“ I See Dead People”
    Harvey Go Again , “I See Spirit Rabbits”
    Getting Into “The Spirit” Of The Thing
    “It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson”
    Reincarnation–“It’s Deja Vu All Over Again.”
    Is “Extra” Sensory Perception ( ESP ) Real ?–How Would I Know, I’m Not A Mind Reader !

    CHAPTER 16. FAITH IS SOMETHING WE ALL CAN BELIEVE IN 143
    The Soul Vs. Mind-Brain-Body – “Til Death Do Us Part”
    We Humans Really Are Greater Than The Sum Of All Our Parts
    The Great Circle Of Life –So What’s So Great About It ?
    Voices (Almost) From Beyond The Grave.

    CHAPTER 17. THE NATURE OF THINGS, MOTHER NATURE AND HUMAN NATURE. 150
    Our One Lifespan- A Mere Speck Of Time And Existence
    The Cycle Of All Existence — The End Of The Beginning Is The Beginning Of The End
    Line And Circle, Disc And Sphere, You Now Do I Summon Here
    The Fourth Dimension — Spheres Of Influence
    The Grand Illusion —Here, There And Everywhere
    Strings Are Where I Draw The Line
    Planning A Vacation ? Try Booking With ” Whiz-Biz ”
    A Universe Of Rotating, Revolving Spheres
    Nature — Of Things, Mother and Human
    On The Nature Of Things

    CHAPTER 18. WE HUMANS REALLY ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE 164
    Seeing Double
    You’ve Got A Great “Person”-ality !
    Your Smile, Like One Butterfly, Can Change The Universe
    It’s A Wonderful Life When A Butterfly Can Sing A Christmas Carol.

    CHAPTER 19. “ JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED ” : LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE. 171
    We Can All Be “Physicians”–Really !
    My Prescription : Practice Random Acts Of Kindness
    Sugar Pills — Now That’s Not So Hard To Swallow
    “Doctor Bob“ , “ The Great And Powerful Wizard Of Us ! ”
    Why I Became A Pediatrician (Maybe It’s Just The Kid In Me )
    How My Patient’s Consoling ”Prescriptions” For Me Really Helped My Healing.

    CHAPTER 20. “ PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF ”. 178
    My Own Personal “Book Of Pain”
    My “Garden Angel”
    ” Dedicated To The One I Love”, My Dearest Wife And My Book’s “Ghost Writer”
    My “Steel Magnolia” And Her “Tree Of Life”
    Don’t Cry Because It’s Over, Smile Because It Happened –Dr.. Seuss.

    CHAPTER 21. MY PRESCRIPTION FOR A HEALTHY HAPPY LIFE. 184
    ” Doctor D’s” Beneficial Tonic And Healing Elixir
    ” Make Mine A Tonic But Please Hold The Gin “.
    My Body Tonic Rx For You —Weight, Diet, Exercise, Rest, Less Stress — You Know !
    My Brain Tonic Rx For You — No Bad Stuff, ” Feed Me My Brain Food ”
    My Mind Tonic Rx For You — Don’t Worry, Be Happy, And Put Your Mind At Ease
    My Soul Tonic Rx For You — Good Thoughts, Contemplation, Meditation And Prayer

    CHAPTER 22. BE WORTHY TO SERVE THE SUFFERING 200
    Alpha Omega Alpha – Both Medical Honor Society And The Eternal Circle Of Existence
    Alpha Omega Alpha ( AΩA )- The Beginning, The End, And Beginning Again.
    Eternity — ” Always And Forever More ”
    The Circle Of Life And Nature
    The Cycle Of Life, The Universe And Everything
    ” Recycling ” — Nature Thought Of It First !
    From Reunion To Communion
    The Synchronicity Of Sharing — Being A Part of Each Other

    CHAPTER 23. THE LEGACY OF OUR FOUR IMMORTALITIES. 206
    What We Leave Behind, We Pass Forward
    The Search For Immortality
    What We Leave Behind We Pass Forward
    Genetic Immortality
    Spiritual Immortality
    Memorial Immortality
    The Midas Touch Immortality
    The Midas Touch — The Helping Hand And The Power of Five
    The Power Of Five — Seven Billion In Fourteen Days
    The Cosmic Ripple
    We All Can Be Monarch Butterflies
    The “Gates” Of Heaven Open For So Many
    Spiritual Poverty–The Less You Have The “More” You Have
    Be The Change You Want To See In The World, And You Can Change The World.

    CHAPTER 24. LOVE — THE GREATEST LEGACY OF ALL. 214
    Mom And Dad, Both Visually Impaired But Still My “ Visionary ” Parents !
    Nature Vs. Nurture
    The Tree Of Life
    And Now, Words To The Wise From One So Wise.

    CHAPTER 25. THE ETERNAL CIRCLE DEFINES THAT WHICH MAKES US HUMAN

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