This was an audio book, and the richness of the dialogue is fascinating. I really like historical fiction that concerns famous people. In this case He...moreThis was an audio book, and the richness of the dialogue is fascinating. I really like historical fiction that concerns famous people. In this case Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes among others. the story is quite engaging and I was completely caught up in the mystery. The crimes are rather gruesome and it reminded me very much of the movie 7. Also the ending was a bit of a let down in some ways, but still a very creative and well written book.(less)
Can i say this book is TOO good? and mean it in a negative way. It is exquisitely written, So much detail and characterization, and social honesty and...moreCan i say this book is TOO good? and mean it in a negative way. It is exquisitely written, So much detail and characterization, and social honesty and biting analysis. And I seriously give it 4 stars. But on some level I wish it had ben a little simpler.
It is a brilliant wide open door into the life of Domincan Immigrants and pulls no punches wahtsoever. He clearly exposes the horrors of one of the most despicable tyrants of the western hemispehre. Of course an ally of the US. It shows the underbelly of how a bad environment specifically leads to anti social behavior, but that it cannot kill the humna spirit, at least in some. I have never read writing like this before, and maybe I will learn to apprciate it more. The story and the characters are so exquisitely drawn however that I highly recommend it to anyone willing to be disturbed by osme of what goes on in the book(less)
A well written and step by step using a specific approach to show how rock solid the proof of evolution isl i especially liked how he use the evidence...moreA well written and step by step using a specific approach to show how rock solid the proof of evolution isl i especially liked how he use the evidence of decay of unused genes tied to the development of parallel genetic evolution for specific traits. the idea that evolution sometimes uses the almost identical solution genetically and the other possibility that evolution uses completely different genetic routes for the same practical effect are very powerful. My only complaint would be that if one was Not interested in the nuts and bolts of genetics he gave more technical explanations than necessary for the lay reader.
I was also VERY glad that he discussed the importance of understanding the role of genetics in evolution regarding the devastation that we are wreaking on the oceans(less)
**spoiler alert** This is a devastatingly detailed book about how we are raping, pillaging, and destroying the oceans, and have been for a long time....more**spoiler alert** This is a devastatingly detailed book about how we are raping, pillaging, and destroying the oceans, and have been for a long time. I have known about this for quite awhile, but this book just lists fact after fact after fact about almost every category of seafood. This is one reason I don't eat fish, and now I have a book to recommend to others.
This book is a MUST read. As I said I have known about this for a long time but i was unaware of the incredible extent of the devastation. if I wasn't so numb about all the other things that are ruining this world and our country and that the vast majority of citizens are unwilling to take a few minutes a day to stop the most heinous crimes being perpetrated by the human race I would be in tears.
Roberts goes into detail describing not only how western capitalism is totally destructive when it comes to resource utilization, but he puts in clear context why, in each case the arguments that economic forces will make sure that total devastation of particular fish populations will not occur are almost always proven false. he also shows how easy it is for fishing interests to lie and wait out restrictions in order to maintain short term profit that ulitmately puts all their employees out of work, location by location. The most common argument is that at some point stocks will be so low that the cost of fishing that particular species will not be economically feasible, It will stop being targeted and then stocks wiil rebound. This doe NOt take into account biological factors such as mating> and it doens;t take into acoount the wholesale gratuitous killing of millions of fish in nets that are just considered. it also deosn't consider the degree of demand that can exist at exhorbitatly high porces by the rich, amking it increasingly worth the effort to catch down to literally the last indivudual. He sites case after case where this happens and has happend since the 10th century Ad
he also points out how much of the great increases in fishing catches in recent years have been because of increased capacity, exploiting the the last and most populous habitats ans the rapacious competition between countries based on fishing.
He saves the most horrendous accounts fot he end of the book, in case you start geting sanguine about all the billions of fish that have been wiped out by describing moderm methods of fishing that involve 100 mile long "fishing" lines with 10's of thousands of hooks that catch all sorts of sea life (including devastating Albatross and other seabirds) and drift nets up to a hundred miles that kill almost all forms of life to get the small percentage that are the target fish. THEN he goes into detail about the trawlers that basically scrape the bottom of the ocean and destroy the entire habiat that much of ocean life is based on. A huge percentage of the ocean sea floor has basically been ripped apart almost always destroying ecosystems that take hundreds or thousands of years to mature.
We are clear-cutting the ocean in a way that would never EVER be tolerated by ANYONE if it was above ground, but because people like fish and will pay for it, our grandchildren may never know what an incredible universe of life the oceans holds. Or held
A major and depressing point of his book is that what people, even well informed marine biologists and fishery experts consider to be the base standard for what are normal populations are off by 900% or more because people emotionally consider the quantity of fish they are used to seeing as being what is the normal carrying capacity of the sea, and then he presents historical evidence to show just how incredibly rich the seas were before 1000 years ago. So that efforts to support sustainable populations of fish, are, at their stating point often 1/10 or less what was actually historically the norm. So even conservation plans that are being considered, and are being broken are woefully inadequate from biological point of view
This turned me onto looking at spirituality through the lens of Physics. I have read so much from people purporting to use the modern understandings o...moreThis turned me onto looking at spirituality through the lens of Physics. I have read so much from people purporting to use the modern understandings of physics to support their views of spirituality. it has become cliché . And many many people do so innapropriately. But this is by a physicist who was seriously trying to make valid connections.(less)
this totally changed my understanding of Quantum mechanics. I do not know enough to make judgments about the various different theories, but each was...morethis totally changed my understanding of Quantum mechanics. I do not know enough to make judgments about the various different theories, but each was such an interesting and provocative explanation of reality, that it really made me think. I hope there is a subsequent volume that looks at how the "string" crumbles so to speak.(less)
Ok, I just watched the movie. And while it was good, I felt it was a little too simplistic until the end. Not that the end wasn't simplistic or totall...moreOk, I just watched the movie. And while it was good, I felt it was a little too simplistic until the end. Not that the end wasn't simplistic or totally expected but it totally reengaged me. I did enjoy the whole thing and I thought Javier bBadem was fabulous. there is something about the romanticism that bothers me though. The two protagonists did not really know each other very well, so the idea that he would hold onto his feelings so fully and that it would be justified strains credulity. However, the ending was beautiful and and glides into a heartwarming finale.(less)
This has some great stuff in it. But he doesn't quite get it. For example he says that while there is a strong correlation between people who don;t cr...moreThis has some great stuff in it. But he doesn't quite get it. For example he says that while there is a strong correlation between people who don;t cry and developing ulcers, he contends that this is not indicative of a causal relationships. he takes the strictly scientific view that Both lack of crying and ulcers could be symptomatic of the same problem.
It is possible, but it would be prey easy to find out. There are numerous items like this that clearly point to the correlation being rather iron clad, but in his quest to be objective, he refuses to look systematically at the evidence.(less)
as with almost any book about reggio Emillia it is brilliant. not because the authors or ideas are themselves something special( though they usually a...moreas with almost any book about reggio Emillia it is brilliant. not because the authors or ideas are themselves something special( though they usually are) but because the ideas of Reggio are so beyond what just about anyone else is doing in practical terms. This isn't just theory to them it is reality and they are trying to show us that we actually can live in a world where everyone is good!. You just have to raise children so that they accurately learn to understand reality and how valuable positive communication is. including such ideas as conflict is actually valuable to communication and to building real intimacy.
These are such PC ideas, but I know almost no americans, certainly almost none of my friends who really understand this. And of course none of my friends will actually read these books, because they are about kids. And also because they think they know this stuff already. yet when there is conflict in relationships almost all of my friends get defensive rather than look at it as a place to learn.
I don;t mean to pick on my friends, this is across the board. these ideas are given lip service all over the place among progressives, yet very few actually pracitce them in their personal lived. End of rant
An excellent book by a very insightful psychologist. I have met him at Transformative learning conferences and he is both open and willing to acknowle...moreAn excellent book by a very insightful psychologist. I have met him at Transformative learning conferences and he is both open and willing to acknowledge mistakes.
he is one of the psychologist who understadns the importanc eof childhood development. so that gives his view much more credence in my view
he focuses partly on the difficulties on getting people to really communicate honestly. How there coems a point where things get hard emotionally and someone decides it is not worth it.
The difficulty of people taking risks in relationships that might cause them to change in ways they are scared of.
he talks a lot about stages of development, and that is all fine and good, but it is n the places where there are difficulties that he really shines(less)
An excellent analysis of the reacion against feminism in the United States. She gives many specific examples that support her argument that media and...moreAn excellent analysis of the reacion against feminism in the United States. She gives many specific examples that support her argument that media and popular culture were used to undermine important elements of equality fro woman. it is well researched and well written.
I only give it four stars because I don't think she looked fully enough at the ways feminism has been misunderstood and abused feminists who were reacting against oppression and distorted valuable elements in ways that could be effectively used against the idea. the rigidity in some peoples assertions of correctness, "PCness" , made this backlash much easier to gain tracion.
Granted, now the country is in general much more open to a broader range of gender roles, But there is still much that is missing in terms of really understanding what masculine and feminine mean. I see little conscious probing of what characteristics are valuable natural ones and which are dis-empowering conventions that are easy for people to fall into. (less)
After reading the Tao Te Ching, I discovered Chuang Tzu and it blew me away. This was an actual historical person that is documented and these are his...moreAfter reading the Tao Te Ching, I discovered Chuang Tzu and it blew me away. This was an actual historical person that is documented and these are his writings.
The main thing is that his points are made in a style that is completely n harmony with the philosophy. Some of the passages are very funny, and the emotional connection fo the humor makes the point being made affect you. It is the connection to the idea, and the making it a part of oneself, rather than the intellectual understanding that is key.
I just realized that there is a parallel in sufism. Lao Tzu turned me onto a new way of contemplating reality and human nature, but Chuang tzu made it possible for me to make the ideas a part of who I am..
similarly Rumi showed me that love and treating the divine as precious were not antithetical to my atheism/agnosticism. But Hafiz made it an irresistable emotional imperative that I make love a central part of my relationship to the world and to the people around me (less)
I remember being 14 or 15 talking to an older teeneager , and after talking a while he said I should read this book. I did and I think I tiwas my firs...moreI remember being 14 or 15 talking to an older teeneager , and after talking a while he said I should read this book. I did and I think I tiwas my first semi adult revelation about what it might mean to be more than I had previously imagined I could be.
THis changed how I looked at philosophy and how i looked at myself. The first time I had encountered the diea that being fully human was not a totally rational endeavor. And that in fact reason and logic interfere with that process. (less)
A very powerful book about the importance of being aware of your feelings.
His view, that I totally agree with is that american culture teaches people...moreA very powerful book about the importance of being aware of your feelings.
His view, that I totally agree with is that american culture teaches people to act in rigid ways. that being nice and polite are just masks that e use to fit in, and that make it so that most people don;t really know how they really feel. As such they don;t know how to pay attention to their human awareness that can pick up of subtle cues in peoples behavior to determine what their motivations are. The author is an national expert on security and has designed security filters for Government agencies regarding threatening mail. he has also provided security for major celebrities.
he has found over and over that people who are victimized had enough information to be wary, but overode their natiral instincts because socially they felt they should respond in a certain way ( helpfuul kind, etc). Con men and vicitmizers play off these pretensions and manipulate people into do ing what they want , by making people feel guilty .
In order to understand your real feeligns you need to express them and feel them and acknowledge them. We are complicated perceptive creatures with a tremendous capacity for analyzing what situations meen. he shows over and over again that social conditioning causes us to deny our true natures in order to be percieveded as good citizens
he also says that every single case of a violent criminal that he is aware fo came form a seriously abused background. that people learn how to victimize people as a strategy for survival. So they actually have honed these perceptive skills BECASUE they are willing to operated outside acceptable social bounds
this is a crucial book, that every woman should read. And something everyone should think about(less)