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The Origin of Satan by Elaine Pagels
"My senior year of college, I actually took a class with Professor Pagels on the history of early Christianity. We started with other break-away Jewish sects at the same time as the beginning of Christianity (such as the Essenes), continued through..." Read more of this review »
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Ancient Empires before Alexander by Robert L. Dise Jr.
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I wish I counted how many times Dise said how so and so CRUSHED so and so, or how they were ANNIHILATED, it was always said was such emphasis. haha.
If you want to learn about the people of old who obliterated, massacred, expunged, slaughtered, wiped
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Win Bigly by Scott Adams
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A unique book from a very unique individual. I like how self-reflective and honest he was throughout it. It was a very interesting look at persuasion, confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, delusions and mental filters. I especially enjoyed his ref ...more
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Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"I am a huge fan of Dostoyevsky’s two great novels – The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment. Though it is always tempting to reread such books, I decided it was time to move on to some of Dostoyevsky’s lesser-known work. It seems his “tier..." Read more of this review »
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Becoming a Critical Thinker by Vincent Ruggiero
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I have gone through a number of Critical thinking textbooks, and most contain a politically left of center perspective, so the examples of bias, bad reasoning and logical fallacies are almost always of republicans and Fox News. Interestingly, this, f ...more
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Tribe by Sebastian Junger
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It was interesting going through this book shortly after reading two other books about the dangers of tribalism and the toxic US vs. THEM mentality that arises from it. This author does more to emphasize positive elements of tribalism.

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Tribe by Sebastian Junger
"Tribe begins with a narrative hook. It examines a phenomenon that perplexed settlers on the American frontier: people would sometimes leave their civilized lifestyles behind to join Native American tribes, yet Native Americans would never leave th..." Read more of this review »
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Political Tribes by Amy Chua
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While listening to an interview of Jonah Goldberg on his book "Suicide of the West" he mentioned he was reading Political Tribes, so I checked it out and found it to be a great book.

Chua points out the uniqueness and paradoxes of America when it come
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Political Tribes by Amy Chua
"Amy Chua doesn’t mince her words. But she is very insightful and this is a good book that will make a significant contribution to the debate over the state of America and our collective future.

For me, actually, it is really two books. In the first..." Read more of this review »
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Would You Kill the Fat Man? by David Edmonds
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Niels Bohr
“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”
Niels Bohr

C.S. Lewis
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Thomas Merton
“The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers most.”
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

G.K. Chesterton
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”
G.K. Chesterton

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