Origin

Origin

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever". The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence. But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385514231
0385514239
Branch Call Number: FICTION Brown Dan 09/2017
Characteristics: 461 pages ;,25 cm

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DebWingert
Nov 20, 2017

I'm taking Dan off my authors to read list. This is the second one I've left unfinished (the third in the series), and didn't even bother to try the fourth. Clearly he's not evolving as a writer. His characters are lifeless, his plots are adrift, and on the whole his writing lacks substance. I loved the first two, but he's become a hack.

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carolsonder
Nov 20, 2017

was looking forward to another fast paced Robert Langdon book as the previous ones. this one is not like that. I actually had to push myself to the end of this one. although the purpose of this story is finally revealed at the end and is very thought provoking, it seemed like a very long slow road to get there. as a whole was disappointed in this book.

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daysleeper236
Nov 19, 2017

A thought-provoking, call-to-action thriller that follows Dan Brown's now-familiar formula (science vs. religion).

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dwlueth
Nov 18, 2017

I bought this book without knowing anything about it as I think Dan Brown is a very talented author and the research for his books is unmatched. I was strongly hoping for something besides another Robert Langdon book - he has a couple others outside of the series are quite good.

This book definitely falls into the same story arch as the other books in the series, especially Inferno. But that being said it is still a great read with an intriguing underlying concept.

On a side note, I hope they find someone other than Tom Hanks to play Langdon in the movie. He is amazing - but just not what I think of for this character.

Jlderdall Nov 18, 2017

This one drags a bit. I skipped a couple of disks, and didn't feel like I really missed anything.

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dcoelho19
Nov 13, 2017

A very slow book at the beginning, middle and for most of the end. Mr Brown loved describing locations in detail while letting his story drag along.

I have enjoyed his other books but this one was almost not worth finishing.

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lilamolly
Nov 13, 2017

Typical Dan Brown story line. Beautiful girl,religious and government subterfuge, hero and friend on the run. Still it was his usually exciting good read.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Docent author Brown/Langdon took us on another adventurous road trip through Spain and Budapest while offering the modernistic view on the origin of man. An exceptional stimulating read thanks to his years of meticulous research in writing this novel. From the epilogue:
Over the past four years, a wide array of scientists, historians, curators, religious scholars, and organizations generously offered assistance as I researched this novel. Words cannot begin to express my appreciation to all of them for their generosity and openness in sharing their expertise and insight.

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cknightkc
Nov 09, 2017

Okay, author Dan Brown’s writing may never win critical acclaim, his characters are not well-developed, and his plots don’t always make a lot of sense, but his books can be darn entertaining. ORIGIN is not his best (in my opinion ANGELS AND DEMONS belongs at the top), however Brown does incorporate relevant subjects and hot topics from today’s news into the plot line. I consider Brown’s books as glorified travelogues and ORIGIN does not disappoint. Keep your iPhone or iPad handy as you read so you can look up all the fascinating locations and attractions featured in his stories… my bucket list of “places to visit” just got longer. So suspend belief for a while, grab a bowl of popcorn, dive into ORIGIN, and enjoy the ride.

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writermala
Nov 07, 2017

Origin is an attempt at answering the questions "Where did we come from and where are we going?" So is this book fiction, faction, thriller, or Sci-fi? I would have to say all of the above. Dan Brown's Professor Langdon once more is caught in the middle of an intriguing plot and sets out to solve Edmond Kirsch's puzzle and yes as always with a pretty woman in tow. Will religion triumph or science? We don't find out till the end and it's worth reading to find out.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Extensive quotes in goodreads. These were collected independently:
Historically, the most dangerous men on earth were men of God … especially when their gods became threatened.
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What was your famous quote? ‘At thirty-three years old, I am the same age as Christ when He performed His resurrection.’
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“I’ve read your books on Kabbala. I can’t say I understood them, but I’ve read them.”
“I have read your predictions on the future of mankind. I can’t say I agree with them, but I have read them.”
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The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, looked like something out of an alien hallucination—
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THE LARGEST SYNAGOGUE in Europe is located in Budapest on Dohány Street. Built in the Moorish style with massive twin spires ...
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“… when we learned that the tides were caused by lunar cycles, Poseidon was no longer necessary, and we banished him as a foolish myth of an unenlightened time.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

…if there is one thing I have learned in my long life, it is that faith always survives, even in the face of great hardship.
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“By the end of the eleventh century,” Edmond said, “the greatest intellectual exploration and discovery on earth was taking place in and around Baghdad. Then, almost overnight, that changed. A brilliant scholar named Hamid al-Ghazali—now considered one of the most influential Muslims in history—wrote a series of persuasive texts questioning the logic of Plato and Aristotle and declaring mathematics to be ‘the philosophy of the devil.’
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“Where do we come from? Where are we going? ... Tragically, on account of religious dogma, millions of people believe they already know the answers to these big questions. And because not every religion offers the same answers, entire cultures end up warring over whose answers are correct, and which version of God’s story is the One True Story.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

THE SZÉCHENYI CHAIN Bridge—one of eight bridges in Budapest—spans more than a thousand feet across the Danube. An emblem of the link between East and West, the bridge is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
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“I’ve been taking confessions for fifty years. I know a lie when I hear one.”
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“… just remember the wise words of Disney’s Princess Elsa.” Langdon turned. “I’m sorry?” Ambra smiled softly. “Let it go.”

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But the old navy aphorism proved false over and over. The darkest hour is not just before the dawn, he sensed. The dawn is never coming.
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The roads to salvation are many. Forgiveness is not the only path.
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This ancient symbol, Garza knew, consisted of six letters, which, when put together, spelled a single word in Latin—a word that perfectly defined Franco’s self-image. Victor.
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Ruthless, violent, and uncompromising, Francisco Franco had risen to power with the military support of Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Nietzsche: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”
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“As the old adage goes: ‘Men plan, and God laughs.’”
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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something!
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God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? —NIETZSCHE
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Apostasy had become a popular rallying cry for Spain’s liberal youth. Renounce the Church!
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‘Newton’s Third Law of Child Rearing: For every lunacy, there is an equal and opposite lunacy.’
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the eerie ghost town of El Torbiscal—a once prosperous farming village whose population had recently dwindled to zero.
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Casa Milà was one of Gaudí’s most famous buildings—a dazzlingly original “house” whose tiered facade and undulating stone balconies resembled an excavated mountain, sparking its now popular nickname “La Pedrera”—meaning “the stone quarry.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

For more than a century, Gaudí’s controversial Basílica de la Sagrada Família had been under construction, relying solely on private donations from the faithful. Criticized by traditionalists for its eerie organic shape and use of “biomimetic design,” the church was hailed by modernists for its structural fluidity and use of “hyperboloid” forms to reflect the natural world.
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He could still recall when “breaking news” was printed on paper and delivered to his doorstep the following morning.
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Any life-form with the technology to travel to earth would require no subterfuge or subtlety to dominate us instantaneously.”
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Personally, I believe that it would be perfectly feasible to seal these ‘seeds of life’ in radiation-proof, protective pods and shoot them into space with the intent of populating the cosmos in a kind of technology-assisted panspermia.
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“Any advanced life-form ... would not send a recipe for humans any more than they would send a recipe for chimpanzees.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.
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U.S. congressman Paul Broun say, ‘Evolution and the Big Bang are lies straight from the pit of hell.’
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To permit ignorance is to empower it. To do nothing as our leaders proclaim absurdities is a crime of complacency.
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The most self-righteous in life become the most fearful in death.
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Where do we come from? Where are we going? “We come from God!” Beña declared aloud. “And we go to God!”
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France, Germany, Russia, Austria, Poland, and more than fifty other countries had abandoned their crowns in the last century. Even in England there was a push for a referendum on ending the monarchy after the current queen died.
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Jesus being age thirty-three at the time of the Passion is a more likely explanation.
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… it seemed unlikely that a Spanish nun would admire a heterodox British poet. The entire story seemed like a stretch.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. —WINSTON CHURCHILL
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THE TALLEST CROSS in the world is in Spain. Erected on a mountaintop eight miles north of the monastery of El Escorial, the massive cement cross soars a bewildering five hundred feet in the air above a barren valley, where it can be seen from more than a hundred miles away.
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Life—had been invented in the 1970s by a British mathematician, John Conway.
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When life is dark, let your heart show you the way.
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T-shirt printed with the message—Ampersand phone home!—a playful allusion to the Spielberg movie about an extraterrestrial named “ET” who was trying to find his way home.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Darwin’s theory described the survival of the fittest, but not the arrival of the fittest.”
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Computer simulations are really just virtual time machines.”
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Waves never crash onto beaches and deposit sand in the shape of a sand castle.
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… physicist Jeremy England. He was tall and very thin, with an unkempt beard and a quietly bemused smile. He stood before a blackboard filled with mathematical equations.
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Jeremy England’s theory ... was that the universe functioned with a singular directive. One goal. To spread energy. In the simplest terms, when the universe found areas of focused energy, it spread that energy out..
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To efficiently create chaos, Langdon realized, requires some order.
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If blazing sunlight hit a patch of fertile dirt, the physical laws of the earth would create a plant to help dissipate that energy. If deep-ocean sulfur vents created areas of boiling water, life would materialize in those locations and disseminate the energy.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

“The truth is—we come from nowhere … and from everywhere. We come from the same laws of physics that create life across the cosmos. We are not special. We exist with or without God. We are the inevitable result of entropy. Life is not the point of the universe. Life is simply what the universe creates and reproduces in order to dissipate energy.”
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The Seventh Kingdom … TED Talk by digital-culture writer Kevin Kelly. Prophesied by some of the earliest science-fiction writers, this new kingdom of life came with a twist. It was a kingdom of nonliving species.
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“Half a billion years ago,” Edmond continued, “our planet experienced a sudden eruption of life—the Cambrian Explosion—
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“What you are seeing here is a rare evolutionary process known as obligate endosymbiosis,”
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‘The price of greatness … is responsibility.’”
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“May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies. May our compassion keep pace with our powers. And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Stephen Hawking materialized on the wall, his unmistakable computerized voice proclaiming, “It is not necessary to invoke God to set the universe going. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing.”
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson—appearing in an old clip from the Cosmos television show—declared good-naturedly, “If a Creator designed our universe to support life, he did a terrible job. In the vast, vast majority of the cosmos, life would die instantly from lack of atmosphere, gamma-ray bursts, deadly pulsars, and crushing gravitational fields. Believe me, the universe is no Garden of Eden.”
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DON’T LET THEM MAKE A MONKEY OUT OF YOU! FIGHT DARWIN!

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