I'm sure John Drewe will be reading this book earnestly and recalling his deeds... while smirking at all these fools he has duped in the high society....moreI'm sure John Drewe will be reading this book earnestly and recalling his deeds... while smirking at all these fools he has duped in the high society. This book just idolized him as a criminal mastermind.
But 6 years for the crime he did? Surely that's a short penalty in exchange for a substantial pension fund.(less)
Americans are fighting to make a better Iraq... misguided mindset that they will achieve it if they build enough parks, hot dog stands, and introducin...moreAmericans are fighting to make a better Iraq... misguided mindset that they will achieve it if they build enough parks, hot dog stands, and introducing elections.
Iraqis are fighting to make a better Iraq... knowing that they cannot do it themselves without the money of the Americans. Yet wishing every minute that the occupants will leave their soil.(less)
Suffering is defined by the context of the time the chapter of the bible was written.
Initial reason: people suffer because they need to pay for their...moreSuffering is defined by the context of the time the chapter of the bible was written.
Initial reason: people suffer because they need to pay for their sins. (think.. Adam, Eve) But it does not answer why innocents are being murdered by other beings.. often more powerful and evil (think Egyptians, Romans). So the theory evolved.
Suffering can be caused by others who do not believe in God. (Most notedly written in the period where Jerusalem was invaded by Babylon and Assyrians). But why do believers have to suffer just because someone else doesn't? Because the believers do not preach enough? So the theory evolved... again.
Suffering is a form of redemption. You may remember the existence and beauty of God through suffering. (think... Jesus). Till this point, there wasn't the idea of Eternal Life... or Heaven and Hell. (Stated in Ecclesiastes).
And a more modern view: Suffering was created because God wanted a perfect world, and the only way to achieve that is through free-will. The reason we do all the bad stuff we do... is because we are tempted by Satan. Suddenly it seems like God has lost control to Satan, and perhaps isn't all empowering. Still Free-Will does not justify natural disasters that takes the live of many innocent children as well.
So..... basically, it's about how contrary the Bible can be when addressing Suffering. It seems to be tailored to address and "ease" the anxiety of believers during the time that it needed it to be.(less)
**spoiler alert** While sometimes we cannot change the hand that we are dealt with, we can still influence the outcome of the game,.. given enough tho...more**spoiler alert** While sometimes we cannot change the hand that we are dealt with, we can still influence the outcome of the game,.. given enough thought consideration, enough love and attention, enough self-awareness.
One have to acknowledge Jamison's courage to own up to her illness and deal with it, to take on all the emotional tides and burden. Instead of continuously fighting it (pills to numb feeling) or submitting to it (conformity), she made the best out of her illness by working out a successful schedule that utilizes her different emotions, while continuously seek treatment to tame her illness.
Through Jamison's poetic writing, I could really feel the desperation and panic, the jubilance and the ecstasy from someone suffering with manic-depressive disorder. The emotional rollar coaster change my perspective of patient diagnosed bipolar illness... I challenge myself to learn to sympathize while reminding myself not to be condescending.(less)
**spoiler alert** Once awhile we chanced upon a book that really altered the way we look at things. The every-day things.
Learning from machines to bec...more**spoiler alert** Once awhile we chanced upon a book that really altered the way we look at things. The every-day things.
Learning from machines to become more human. Doesn’t it sound odd?
Brain Christian rightly pointed out that computers are tool designed without a specified purpose initially, and tons of applications were designed after computers (tools) were constructed. Now, we can see the power of computing applied to almost every mundane activity.
With computers seemingly invading all territories of our daily activities, taking over human jobs, and with our ever-increasing reliance on computers to manage our schedule and tasks, it is inevitable that we question just how much has machines become human.
To answer that question, Brian Christian goes on to explore what really make a human.... human?
The differentiating factor is our unique ability to "communicate" with each other.
Most languages are designed around a very structured system, yet we adopt an unstructured way to deliver our ideas, thoughts and feelings everyday. Our tendency to add in conversational fillers (uhh, umm), having unique slang, ability to have our own point of view, having a 'stateful' identity, adding in emotions, all are contributing factors that add depth and flow into conversation that makes us human. Something computers just isn't quite there yet.
By creating new thoughts and ideas, and selectively choosing words, every conversation in itself is a poetry. Conversations with machines are repetition and a mimic of ideas that are after all... inputs.
Without those 'human' elements, we will never get the form of satisfaction and fulfillment in a conversation with a computer.
The duels of arguments and counter-arguments. The gamble of approvals and rejections. The power of anger and encouragement. The emotional energy that bounces off two people. Conversation with another human being is very much rewarding. Something that computers will never take away from us. And i'll start to treasure the one thing that make me uniquely human.(less)
They key about informational book is the delivery. Although some of the information are indeed fascinating by itself, but it lacks the depth and histo...moreThey key about informational book is the delivery. Although some of the information are indeed fascinating by itself, but it lacks the depth and history that made A Short History of Nearly Everything so enjoyable and so captivating.
Throughout the read, I had the impression that this book was written as a transcript for the popular TV series - QI.(less)
The hardest thing I did for this book.. was deciding if I should categorize this as fiction or non-fiction. Initially it was pretty convincing due to t...moreThe hardest thing I did for this book.. was deciding if I should categorize this as fiction or non-fiction. Initially it was pretty convincing due to the story telling manner in which Mr Gladwell deployed to substantiate his premise.
But after countless stories... I realized there isn't anything deep with his theory of 'blink' AT ALL.
So here's what 'blink' is all about...
Trusting your Gut feelings... but only if 1) you have enough domain knowledge and experience... and 2) as long as we know we are not being bias (which contradict his premise of willing our subconscious mind, since prejudice is something our conscious mind need to warn us about).
Two statements mr Gladwell, two statements. (less)
**spoiler alert** Does the end really justify the means?
Amy make is sound like an honourable thing to sacrifice a precious daughter-mother relationsh...more**spoiler alert** Does the end really justify the means?
Amy make is sound like an honourable thing to sacrifice a precious daughter-mother relationship as long as they succeed in life. But quite honestly, how do you measure success? And who determine this success?
Living in Singapore and being a 3rd generation immigrant family, I have seen this form of parenting being leashed out on my fellow schoolmates. Any form of rebellion against their parents are condemned.. Growing up too afraid to break or bend rules, sticking to norms, and making decisions to appease their superior.
All of them hold a common stigma, a successful life is to become either a doctor, a lawyer or an accountant. Does memorizing the winning formula of every damn musical concertos = success?
This methodology of learning is flawed and sadly, it has become imbedded in our school system. Just memorize formulas and definition. Creativity and exploration are stamped out of every individual, and curiosity are often condemned. Whatever happened to "Learning to Learn"?
This boils down to the fundamental questions: Are we breeding workers? or thinkers? Yes, Amy's so called "Chinese" parenting style of systematic drilling does bring results and discipline.
It isn't wrong. Just extreme.
This book certainly add to my belief that early childhood isn't about results... it should be about building principals, mannerism (discipline) and having creativity freedom. I like to believe results will come naturally.(less)