كتاب جدا جميل وممتع بغض النظر عن رتابة الموضوع المتناول. يتحدث الشيخ بكتابه عن رؤيته لدبي ويشرح اسباب تميزها وكيفية التغلب على المصاعب لتحقيق هذه الرؤكتاب جدا جميل وممتع بغض النظر عن رتابة الموضوع المتناول. يتحدث الشيخ بكتابه عن رؤيته لدبي ويشرح اسباب تميزها وكيفية التغلب على المصاعب لتحقيق هذه الرؤية. 4 نجوم وليس 5 لرتابة الموضوع....more
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
Excellent read on the rise of emerging economies, what the US needs to do to maintain a competitive edge and how to adapt to a changing world. AlthougExcellent read on the rise of emerging economies, what the US needs to do to maintain a competitive edge and how to adapt to a changing world. Although I disagree with some of what is presented, so much to be learned from Fareed Zakaria....more
First time reading in experimental psychology! I found this book equally enlightening, fun, and thought-provoking. I experienced both light-bulb as weFirst time reading in experimental psychology! I found this book equally enlightening, fun, and thought-provoking. I experienced both light-bulb as well as I-do-not-buy-this-c$#* moments. Here's one paragraph that I "believe" it sums up the main tenets of the book: "...all of us are trying to make sense of the world, and nature has gifted us with a double-edged sword that cuts for and against. On one edge, our brains are the most complex and sophisticated information processing machines in the universe, capable of understanding not only the universe itself but also the process of understanding. One the other edge, by the very same process of forming beliefs about the universe and ourselves, we are also more capable than any other species of self deception and illusion, of fooling ourselves even while we are trying to avoid being fooled by nature."...more
Incredible science story! Wapner takes us on a journey painstakingly describing the conception, development, and deliverance of the world's first drugIncredible science story! Wapner takes us on a journey painstakingly describing the conception, development, and deliverance of the world's first drug that treats cancer at the genetic level. Gleevec is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that effectively treats chronic myeloid leukemia. Her painstakingly thorough treatment of the subject acquaints the reader with not only the disease etiology but also with the history and science behind CML and what medicine has done to address it. Truly inspiring. A must read!...more
I picked up Jeffrey Sachs’ The Price of Civilization mainly because I opted for economics this time as opposed to science and philosophy (what I read,I picked up Jeffrey Sachs’ The Price of Civilization mainly because I opted for economics this time as opposed to science and philosophy (what I read, mostly). I had to decide between the Nobel-prize winner in economics Paul Krugman’s End This Depression Now! and this book. I picked Sachs’ for 1) his substantial experience in macroeconomics and shaping/reforming economies abroad (though I disagree – or does not know how I feel – about shock therapy as a solution to hyperinflation); 2) his background in development, sustainability, and developing political economy/economic theories; 3) being a globalization guru when talking about economy and politics; and, lastly 4) where he stands politically, socially, and environmentally (I did not sense any glaring biases in his analysis towards any party – he equally criticized both as argument demands).
In part one of the book, he diagnoses the economic crises, addresses Washington’s disconnect from the public, dissects “the free-market fallacy” in light of globalization and its effects on American society, politics, and good citizenship. Part two of the book is titled “The Path to Prosperity.” Prosperity that is lost in today’s economy. He argues that it is only with a mindful society, informed citizenry, and politically active public that we can move forward. He is very optimistic with the change our generation, The Millennial generation, will bring about. One that I personally look forward to.
Apart from that, he brings up an interesting point that the government, or various administrations, is not the only one to blame (though it’s got the lion’s share) for the economic mess we inherit; the public also shares some responsibility. The public has long lost its trust in the government, disengaged and polarized politically and socially; one argues for more government while the other argues for little to none. This left us fragmented, distracted, and simply unaware of powerful lobbing at work. Corporatocracy has distractedly and wrongly told the public that over-commercialism, over-consumption, low taxes, and short-sightedness are the solutions to our problems. These “solutions” augment our problems rather than remedy them, and he explains why.
The not-so-economics-savvy me found this book enlightening on so many levels. While I recognize America’s economic plight, I did not know, or was simply oblivious to, the core problems that spiraled us down (aside from those on the surface such as Wall Street market collapse of 2008, housing bubble, etc.). In a nutshell, the book strongly argues for a mixed-economy (the middle path as one may put it), one that has the private sector as well as the government wheeling the economy forward. Sachs recognizes, however, that the current government and political system, corporatocracy as he puts it, are not only incompetent but greatly corrupted by lobbies vested interests. It is imperative then that the reforms he puts forward include reforming the government through “honest, open, and transparent problem solving,” taking money out of politics, etc. I wholeheartedly agree that we need to move from short-term planning with little execution, to long-term planning and actually execution. America’s infrastructure is deteriorating, so as its healthcare system, science and engineering sectors, and its standing as the world’s leading economy. I think it is important to note that Sachs is not socialist, but a hardcore capitalist who believes that economic forces are not sufficient to run a marketplace.
My views resonant with those of his in that in order to live a healthy, sustainable, and happy life we need “to be ready to pay the price of civilization through multiple acts of good citizenship: bearing our fair share of taxes, educating ourselves deeply about society’s needs, acting as vigilant stewards for future generations, and remembering that compassion is the glue that holds society together.” He beautifully explains the challenges, and solutions, surrounding taking this route.
So, all in all, Sachs’ book gives us a clear, honest, and socially-responsible diagnosis of our political and economic crisis. It also provides a road-map, if you will, that walks us through how to get out of the pit.
Recently, two weeks ago specifically, I started reading Deborah Amos’s “Eclipse of the Sunnis.” This book has been one of the best books I've read thiRecently, two weeks ago specifically, I started reading Deborah Amos’s “Eclipse of the Sunnis.” This book has been one of the best books I've read this year about Iraq. I recall shedding a tear or two reading the first ten pages. It talks about post-war Iraq, the large refugee crisis followed, and the spill of Iraq’s war into the region. The book focuses more on the geopolitical transformations and security vacuum followed the US-backed invasion, than talking about the refugee crisis itself. She focuses more on the politics associated with the refugee crisis, Iraq's sectarian violence, or the current politically and religiously fragmented Iraq. She definitely uses personal anecdotes from Iraqi exiles in Damascus, Jordan, Sweden, and London, raising questions about the future and quality of life of these exiles, as well as, implications in shaping Iraqi’s nationstate. Here's my blogpost about the book.. http://anexile.wordpress.com/2012/12/... A MUST READ!...more