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Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
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Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life by Massimo Pigliucci
Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life

DANE, July 28, 2014

I've been listening to Massimo Pigliucci's podcast for years now so was very excited to read this book. There has been a great deal of back n'forthing between scientists and philosophers in the past couple of years over the question of whether or not philosophy is relevant today so I wasn't surprised to see this come out. Philosophy certainly can't answer ALL the questions but it certainly has a place and a few brilliant scientists (who shall remain unnamed but you know who they are) need to accept this. And seeing as we're each responsible for finding our own meaning in life, this is even more true than ever. Definitely worth a read!!
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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (P.S.) by Mi Csikszentmihalyi
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (P.S.)

DANE, July 27, 2014

You may not be able to pronounce the author's name but don't let that put you off. Flow is an extremely readable and fascinating book. You've probably heard the term "getting in the zone" ... well, this will explain exactly what that means and why it's so beneficial to discover your own zone. Being fully immersed an activity to the point of losing track of time is something most of us have experience at one time or another. This book explores this phenomena and suggests reasons we should seek it out.
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50 Simple Questions for Every Christian by Guy P. Harrison
50 Simple Questions for Every Christian

DANE, July 26, 2014

Another winner from Guy P. Harrison. This time he turns his skeptic's eye towards religion and has come up with 50 reasons Christians often supply for believing in a deity. One by one he shows how flawed each is. Best of all though, he's not at all "in your face" about it ie. he specifically goes out to NOT offend believers ... unlike some atheist writers. We need both approaches and for those interested in a softer version, this is the book for you.
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50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy Harrison
50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

DANE, July 25, 2014

Guy Harrison's books are always excellent and "50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True" is a perfect example. His book takes a skeptical look at beliefs ranging from alien abductions to homeopathy to famous conspiracies. Each of his sections explains a popular belief, explains why there is actually no evidence for it, suggests logical reasons for why it's actually believed and then adds suggestions for further reading. A wonderful book to have in your collection that you can quickly reference when a friend brings up a wacky belief!
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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. by Scott O. Lilienfeld ... [Et Al.] by Scott O Lilienfeld
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. by Scott O. Lilienfeld ... [Et Al.]

DANE, July 23, 2014

There are so many aspects of human psychology that, for one reason or another, we just believe are true. The fact is though, many of them are simply myths. Scott Lilienfeld's book will straighten out your thinking on many of these. Using only 10% of your brain? Worried you have "repressed" memories? Thinking about hypnosis? Think again!
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