Interesting read, though I'm not close to be sold on the thesis of the book. The author essentially argues for the idea of mental force as a way for mInteresting read, though I'm not close to be sold on the thesis of the book. The author essentially argues for the idea of mental force as a way for mind to alter the brain. His main example is treating OCD patients through conscience, willful effort to change the neural circulatory of their brain. Attention, he argues, is mind's way of changing the brain. Attention gives rise to free will which is another word for volitional force! The author uses quantum theory and a long list of experiments to build his case. Towards the end I felt like I was reading for Deepak Chopra!
For better or worse, the book gives a great summary, though a little biased, of neuroscience and neuropsychiatry through the past hundred years or so. That summary earns the book three stars!...more
I know I didn't comprehend it all, but the one thing that I know for sure is Marquez uses great way of writing that keeps you enchanted to it! His senI know I didn't comprehend it all, but the one thing that I know for sure is Marquez uses great way of writing that keeps you enchanted to it! His sense of imaginary is good and the complicity of characters is also a point is his side... A good read!...more
Unlike many other historians who tell the history in a page or so, William Polk, takes you through the Iraqi history in an interestingly and excitinglUnlike many other historians who tell the history in a page or so, William Polk, takes you through the Iraqi history in an interestingly and excitingly approach! First he divides the book into substantial chapters: ancient Iraq, Islamic Iraq, British Iraq, Revolutionary Iraq, and American Iraq and he dedicated the last chapter to 'whose Iraq?' Indeed he opens the books with the people who inhabited the Mesopotamia and takes you all the way to civilizations, wars, coups, to modern Iraq. As you go in reading the book, you will see the connection between Iraq back in the 1920s, under the British occupation, and Iraq now, under the American occupation, and seemingly the American administration has not read the Iraqi history pretty well!
For those who wonder what's going on in Iraq now, I recommend this book to read. For those who want to excel the American and British greedy politics, I recommend this book. For those who want to know how Iraqi people think, I recommend this book!
In the first chapter he talks about Ubaidans and how they brought about to what was known as 'The Fertile Crescent' and how they developed the world's first agricultural society and how they brought about the more complex form of society among Arab and, later, non-Arab people. Also brings the notions of different invaders: Mongols, Ottomans and so forth. The second chapter is about the First World War, the Arab revolt, and the British mandate. By reading the lines of this chapter you get the sense of what was really going on. How British, Iraqis, the government and Arabs thought. The third chapter is the revolutionary Iraq: coups! The many coups Iraq had during the short period of time. From a monarchy to a republican government, Qasim, the Arif brothers, AlBakir and Saddam. He illustrates, in details, the Iraqi streets at that time – especially the evolving of pan-Arab parties and ideologies. The fourth is called The American Iraq: basically the period of 1990 up to 2005. 1990 because obviously, unfortunately, America was controlling Iraq and neighboring countries along with its allies – so Iraq wasn’t free, economically and politically. And then, he dedicates the last chapter to give his opinion on what is going on and what will happen in the future and talks about the pros and cons of the two choices that America has to make.
It's a comprehensive, thorough reference to Iraq. As he, himself, William Polk, lived in Baghdad 50 years ago, and went back and forth up till February, 2003, he knows exactly in details the secret dealings between Americans, the British and the Arab world. It’s a must read....more
Well, if I wanna write a review I need another one or two books to do so. The book is thorough, includes almost every single thing that happened durinWell, if I wanna write a review I need another one or two books to do so. The book is thorough, includes almost every single thing that happened during the past thirty years. It also recorded historical events and stuff to back it up! Although Mr. Henry used fancy vocabs and various types of structures of sentences, but it was easy to understand, to learn a particular concept such as why some contries are using foreign policy as a reflect to their domestic policies......more
Suzie was murdered and she narrates her story from Heaven as she watches the livings on Earth.
A touching story about, love and lust to get into life,Suzie was murdered and she narrates her story from Heaven as she watches the livings on Earth.
A touching story about, love and lust to get into life, a 13-year-girl who her science curiosity got her rapped and killed in a hole down in the Earth in the cornfield. She is telling the story of how she got murdered and also walking us through her life before and after the accident. How happy she was on Earth; how much she misses her family and friends; how much did she want to help the living by watching them from up above. Lots of people are taking life for granted - Suzie missed her life - she is not growing up, not getting older, not able to talk to her loved ones and actually nothing to do. She also conveys the message that when someone die, their spirit still floating around walking between the living trying to help or warn them - they simply cannot. And also life goes on - whether you dead or not, life will go on after you.
I personally enjoyed her descriptive way of writing. How she pictures every single detail, as if I'm there. What I didn't like about her story is that she is not talking about her killer that much like what he will do, will he kill again? The killer is one of the elements of they story, yet, the end doesn't include him that much.