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I have been fascinated by what kinds of things can motivate political perceptions and decisions. I bought this after reading a small sample of chapter 2 online. At times he is overly pedantic; repeats the same concepts a lot as if his "teacher hat" i ...more
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"I gave this engaging novel only three stars for three reasons: (1) I thought it demonized Christian fundamentalism/evangelicalism. I am no supporter of fundamentalism, having written a book titled "Fed Up with Fundamentalism" (2007). Still, the “b..." Read more of this review »
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I have been fascinated by what kinds of things can motivate political perceptions and decisions. I bought this after reading a small sample of chapter 2 online. At times he is overly pedantic; repeats the same concepts a lot as if his "teacher hat" i ...more
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Fugitive from the Cubicle Police by Scott Adams
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Entertaining, as always. Was funnier to me when I worked in a cubicle setting, some 15 years ago. It has aged pretty well.
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1st Treasury of Herman by Jim Unger
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A blast from my past. I found these collections when I was in high school and browsed them a couple of times each....maybe 25 years ago. Today I finished a new read from cover to cover. Just brilliant stuff: universal and funny, clever and relatable. ...more
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Moral Politics by George Lakoff
“As a consequence, it should be true that if you just get the facts out to people, they will reason to the right conclusion. And so year after year, decade after decade, liberals keep telling facts to conservative audiences without changing many minds. This behavior by liberals is itself a form of science denial—the denial of the cognitive and brain sciences. It is simply irrational behavior by many people proud of their rationality. It”
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It's been a long, long time since I've purchase a new hardcover from the best seller list; this was a splurge purchase for me. I'm so glad that I did. Very helpful to put some of today's national political landscape (in the US) in context of past pre ...more
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“Music lives only in performance; only then does what we hear become real. Performing reveals everything we are able to show, and yet for this reason, the first time through, we often perform badly. And we yearn so deeply to go back again and correct our mistakes. Few yearnings are as profound in us, because the truth is, we cannot go back. Yet the fiction of practicing makes it seem as if we can, and this is enough to change our lives. Practice lets us grow in our own time, protected from the demands, the vitality and mortality, of each moment. Within the practice-room walls it often seems as if time really does stand still, as if we could always remain protected, practicing and improving forever. This illusion holds transformative power—but also a dangerous seduction. Practice, by itself, is a dream of perfection. Only performing can turn practice into shared life, where our own time may join with others’, becoming musical. Yet practicing is the necessary lie that lets us pause to collect ourselves. It is the inner life of performance, the inward turn that allows us to develop, to grow, to move forward having learned.”
Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music

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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

George Lakoff
“As a consequence, it should be true that if you just get the facts out to people, they will reason to the right conclusion. And so year after year, decade after decade, liberals keep telling facts to conservative audiences without changing many minds. This behavior by liberals is itself a form of science denial—the denial of the cognitive and brain sciences. It is simply irrational behavior by many people proud of their rationality. It”
George Lakoff, Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, Third Edition

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