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Rossdavidh and 16 other people liked David's review of The Last Days of the Incas:
The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie
"After traveling to Peru last spring, and visiting several of the historical, archaeological sites, I really wanted to understand the history. One of our guides, most definitely of Inca descent, became very saddened and nostalgic when discussing th..." Read more of this review »
Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge
"This book is like a made-for-TV movie. Not a terrible one, not bad enough to force you to walk across the room to get the remote and change the channel, but not engaging enough to keep you from scrolling down Facebook on your phone. The Wikipedia-..." Read more of this review »
Dot-to-Dot in Colour by Shane Madden
" Aha! My mistake, somehow I missed that. "
Rossdavidh and 37 other people liked karen's review of One Who Saw:
One Who Saw by A.M. Burrage
"this holiday season, i am going to read through 'seth's christmas ghost stories' line on biblioasis, and i encourage you to do the same. the books are so cute and tiny, you can stuff someone's stocking or dreidel with 'em! the cover art and interi..." Read more of this review »
Murder Aboard the Flying Scotsman by Lee Strauss
" Well the 1920's was more liberal (in the classic sense) than the 30's or 40's or 50's, in regards gender roles, so who knows. Many countries had a sho ...more "
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff
" That's probably his best, but I also liked "The Happiness Hypothesis". "
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The Mind Club by Daniel M. Wegner
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This book opens with a pretty heavy piece of news. One of the authors, Daniel Wegner, died before it was published. What is more, he died of ALS, and towards the very end of his life, he was essentially a mind only, with his body able to do little mo ...more
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Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt
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Patrick Ness
Stories are important, the monster said. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.
Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

“In conclusion, I would like to say why I think the question of what constitutes a pseudoscience is important. Unlike the logical positivists, I am not grinding an anti-metaphysical ax, and unlike Popper, I am not grinding an anti-Freudian or anti-Marxian one. My concern is social: society faces the twin problems of lack of public concern with the advancement of science, and lack of public concern with the important ethical issues now arising in science and technology ... One reason for this dual lack of concern is the wide popularity of pseudoscience and the occult among the general public. Elucidation of how science differs from pseudoscience is the philosophical side of an attempt to overcome public neglect of genuine science.”
Paul Thagard

Sylvia Plath
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Fredrik Backman
“One of the most painful moments in a person’s life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead. And when time no longer lies ahead of one, other things have to be lived for. Memories, perhaps. Afternoons in the sun with someone’s hand clutched in one’s own. The fragrance of flowerbeds in fresh bloom. Sundays in a café.”
Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Karl Popper
“The two psycho-analytic theories were in a different class. They were simply non testable, irrefutable. There was no conceivable human behav­iour which could contradict them. This does not mean that Freud and Adler were not seeing certain things correctly: I personally do not doubt that much of what they say is of considerable importance, and may well play its part one day in a psychological science which is testable. But it does mean that those ‘clinical observations’ which analysts naively believe confirm their theory cannot do this any more than the daily confirmations which astrologers find in their practice. And as for Freud’s epic of the Ego, the Super-ego, and the Id, no substantially stronger claim to scientific status can be made for it than for Homer’s collected stories from Olympus. These theories describe some facts, but in the manner of myths. They contain most interesting psychological suggestions, but not in a testable form.”
Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

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