Brilliant food for thought. Loved the book, made me think, but never gave me a headache. An economist who can speak in layman's venacular, as well asBrilliant food for thought. Loved the book, made me think, but never gave me a headache. An economist who can speak in layman's venacular, as well as practical terms, is a rare and lovely find indeed.
I'm certain I will re-read this book -- a concept virtually unheard of for someone with at least half a dozen books on the go at any given time....more
After once again encountering serious digestive issues despite years of choosing healthy options (very little wheat, virtually no dairy, no caffeine,After once again encountering serious digestive issues despite years of choosing healthy options (very little wheat, virtually no dairy, no caffeine, no soft drinks, choosing whole foods vs. packaged, limiting sugar etc.) and several cleanses, I'm intrigued by the idea that part of the key to my challenges may be to understand how blood type affects digestion. I'm willing to give it a go -- am in fact giving it a go -- but do so with some caveats to D'Adamo's approach.
The information on blood type evolution is fascinating (see my review under Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia) and makes a great deal of intuitive sense, as well as being backed up by plenty of research. No problem there.
However, I do feel like the food recommendations are dated. For instance, they don't take into consideration what we now know about the non-food-like chemical composition to genetically modified foods, which surely must also affect how things like soy and wheat affect one's blood. I find it disturbing that a doctor of naturopathic medicine doesn't focus at all on discussing the quality of the food being chosen. Not once do I see any mention of the dangers of choosing non-organic soy products, for example, or the value of pesticide-free foods.
It's also concerning that there is no focus on maintaining one's overall digestive system as a key element in maintaining one's health. It may be that some people already know about that, but it bears repeating for the countless people who will not take the time to educate themselves and will buy the book as the next great quick-fix.
I feel D'Adamo's research is also outdated in its fanfare around the genetic basis for disease. We all got excited about the idea that once the DNA code was cracked we'd be able to eradicate disease. I don't know if you've noticed, but there hasn't been a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. It turns out that DNA does not, on it's own, solve the mystery and is not the miracle discovery everyone thought it would be. Dr. Bruce Lipton (The Biology of Belief) and others' subsequent research in epigenetics shows that DNA provides a response to its environment but does not in fact control which genes are turned off and on.
All in all Eat Right 4 Your Type may be a piece of the puzzle, but like any other packaged solution it is not THE answer. We need to become knowledgeable about our bodies, how they work, and bring together knowledge from many disciplines to support our body in healing and maintaining health.
Love this book for anyone inventing or manufacturing a product or service of any kind. ALL engineers should read it, study it, and internalize it.
InLove this book for anyone inventing or manufacturing a product or service of any kind. ALL engineers should read it, study it, and internalize it.
In a nutshell, your perspective doesn't matter nearly as much as the user perspective matters. What is "obvious" to you as someone in the field who lives/breathes your area of expertise is not obvious to your end user. If you want the product, process, method, idea, or whatever to be adopted and/or sell, consider how it works for the end user (not you!).
Reading this book will make you notice how many times a day you encounter non-intuitive and non-functional design. Form before (or without) function needs to be banned and penalized as a design concept! ...more
We could all use a little extra grace in our lives, don't you think?
What a great antidote to the idea that we are better, stronger, more, when we striWe could all use a little extra grace in our lives, don't you think?
What a great antidote to the idea that we are better, stronger, more, when we strive for "success" at the expense of those around us. Instead, there is power and soul in acts of compassion. We bring grace into our own lives when we listen and are compelled to act on our heart's advice to help others.
I gained insight in understanding how different kinds of acts of kindness align with different chakras. I had a friend once who used to make extra for holiday dinners, then pile up pie plates with the leftovers and take them out to street people. I used to admire that, but always felt awkward doing it myself. Nice to know that the giving that came naturally to her is just different than the ones that come to me.
The sections dealing with the first three chakras were most impactful. Oddly, the 4th one, Gifts of the Heart, seemed incompletely edited and a bit disjointed....more
Best laugh out loud, light read I've had in long, long time. Rachel's Holiday was my first, accidental introduction to Marian Keyes -- I now read herBest laugh out loud, light read I've had in long, long time. Rachel's Holiday was my first, accidental introduction to Marian Keyes -- I now read her whenever I'm stuck in bed sick, depressed with the weather, or need a lighter take on life. Much more depth and personality than the Shopaholic series, while guaranteed to make you LOL....more
Excellent book, I love McConnell's explanation of the science behind how emotion works in humans and animals. Very digestible. We are so very similarExcellent book, I love McConnell's explanation of the science behind how emotion works in humans and animals. Very digestible. We are so very similar (from the physical structure of our emotional centres to the chemicals that create them, to the ways we express them) only the most narrow-minded can continue to believe humans are not animals. We are, and we behave very much like them. (Even with our much larger cortex.)
The more I come to understand about animals, the more I appreciate them and what they gift to the people who allow them into their lives.
"We may be special, and we may represent the most remarkable of all creatures, but, whether we like it or not, we are still animals. That the mental experiences of dogs aren't as complex as ours is no reason to dismiss those experiences altogether. It's true that when there are great differences between things it is tempting to think of them as differences in kind rather than differences in degree. I wonder whether dogs believe that we are completely unable to smell, given how impoverished our ability is compared to theirs. We can use our noses, but it might not seem like it to dogs. Accordingly, just because dogs don't think the way we do, it doesn't follow that they can't think at all." - PB McConnell, For the Love of a Dog ...more
I started off greatly enjoying A General Theory of Love and it's poetic cadence. The concepts were so beautifully and cleverly described, and many resI started off greatly enjoying A General Theory of Love and it's poetic cadence. The concepts were so beautifully and cleverly described, and many resonated with me, articulating into words what I've often felt about the approach of science to the human experience.
Early on I particularly enjoyed the debunking of the concept of humans as intrinsically flawed, driven by unseemly sexual desires, as Freud so emphatically though un-empirically promoted as “truth” and which continues to live on, embedded in our culture.
I dove into the logical explanation of each brain, felt there were many important points raised, however, once I got to the technical bits, I struggled with the writing I had originally enjoyed so much. I suspect this has to do with the different writing styles of the various authors.
I began to feel cheated when I realized the apex we were reaching was attachment theory. “That's it? That's all you've got? Nothing on the energy of resonance?” And I began to notice a growing scepticism as page after page put the responsibility for a child's mental health and adult emotional success squarely on the shoulders of mothers. Uhhhm, wasn't the idea that it's all the mother's fault supposed to make it's way out the door with the other bricks that built the Freudian “castle in the sky”?
I had such high hopes that the book would, based on the research about the importance of emotions, crack open some doors to new ideas or maybe bring some emerging ideas to the mainstream. I was very disappointed to see no real solutions, ideas or even suggestions offered.
In the end, after a few days, I got over my initial disappointment but am left with a feeling that the book opens the door a crack, but doesn't let in a lot of light. There is a great deal of information and insight I'll take away from A General Theory of Love and it's definitely a book I'll re-read and use a resource, particularly for the research cited.
PS: I appreciated the cover as a visual depiction of seeking out connection, the photographer/artist found a clever way to convey the idea. And the fact that the book is well researched got big points. ...more
A love story set in the early days of a turbulent Middle East, the book provides a backdrop of history on current issues without being remotely politiA love story set in the early days of a turbulent Middle East, the book provides a backdrop of history on current issues without being remotely political or biased. Well-crafted, thoroughly enjoyeable....more
I believe animals do have the capacity for rich emotional lives. What, after all are emotions? Nothing more than feelings. And while animals cannot spI believe animals do have the capacity for rich emotional lives. What, after all are emotions? Nothing more than feelings. And while animals cannot speak, anyone who has spent time observing them closely and without judgment will tell you, they can certainly communicate and express what they feel. To say they can't because they don't express themselves like humans is to compare frogs to antelope, which is simply ridiculous.
The anecdotes and research in the book are well detailed, though he takes some liberties and makes some leaps in logic. I don't personally like Jeffrey Masson's style with it's rambling and rigid, moralistic stance. It comes across as preachy and that since he believes it, isn't it obvious. No. It's obvious when you look at the information impartially, without Masson's personal opinion. And it's obvious when you have personal experience of close bonds with animals.
There are still some people stuck in the self-serving, mechanistic worldview that says animals are just like machines and adding anything so subjective as emotion to the equation just messes up the scientific facts. Yeah, we used to think that about humans, too, but it's become very clear we are much more than the sum of our tangible parts. It's high time we acknowledged that it's also true of (other) animals....more
I'm torn between liking the book and feeling a bit let down that it doesn't answer more questions about the why and how of emotions. It's true I was eI'm torn between liking the book and feeling a bit let down that it doesn't answer more questions about the why and how of emotions. It's true I was expecting a lot and Pert's research opens the door to a whole new view, it's not the definitive answer. Though I sure wanted it to be!
I did enjoy the weaving of her personal story into the scientific one, and honouring her feminine perspective in how she works. I certainly admire her strength in working within an ego-driven, male dominated environment, particularly standing up for herself when she was not credited for the work she's done. (Would YOU like to see someone else get a Nobel prize for work you did?)...more
True mastery of a skill (of any kind) doesn't happen overnight, it takes dedication and consistent practice. Much of our learning actually happens inTrue mastery of a skill (of any kind) doesn't happen overnight, it takes dedication and consistent practice. Much of our learning actually happens in plateaus where it FEELS like nothing is happening, but where our brain is embedding information and shifting from having to think about the actions to transforming to automatic reflexes.
Excellent antidote to the mistaken belief that success in any endeavour is a quick-results proposition. Whether you intend to master business skills, a sport, or your personal relationships, this book is a dose of reality and break from the relentless drive to be better faster, right now.
Lesson for me: the value of the plateau, where it feels like nothing is moving but is in fact learning is being solidified and internalized....more
Think you know the story of the three little pigs? Think again. You've only heard the pig's version. Brilliant book for anyone not afraid to encourageThink you know the story of the three little pigs? Think again. You've only heard the pig's version. Brilliant book for anyone not afraid to encourage kids to think independently. ...more