Writing Style for a Book


“Leaves are of course designed to snare lights energy and put it to work. They do this by deploying light-harvesting molecules that catch sunbeams and turn them into excited electrons. These electrons are whisked away, and their sparkle is used to power the plants’ food making machinery. But when too much light hits an unprepared leaf, energizing electrons cannot be processed fast enough, and they wash around the delicate light-harvesting molecules, overwhelming them with their undirected agitation.”

p. 142, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature, David George Haskell

If only I could emulate this writing for a book on social media, bipolar disorder, neurochemistry, and religious states of mind.

A sample phrase emulating the style of Haskell to describe mania as a result of bipolar disorder I is:

The brain is designed to capture and interpret stimuli from the peripheral nervous system and direct the body to respond accordingly.  It does this by deploying ion permeable cells called neurons that catch stimuli and turn them into electrical excitations (action potentials).    These action potentials traverse the length of neurons, quickly being whisked away from their site of generation.  In the brain, dense networks of neurons, hierarchically organized into distinct loci, employ action potentials to perform computations.  But when too many stimuli hit an unprepared (and as in the case of bipolar disorder sensitized) brain, energizing action potentials cannot be processed fast enough.  The result, a brain state where delicate neural networks are drowned in undirected agitation.  For patients that have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, this narration describes a condition know as “mania.”

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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