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review 2018-12-22 09:36
Life Is but a Dream: "Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain" by António R. Damásio
Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain - Antonio R. Damasio



(Original Review, 1994-11-17)




Dave Chalmers did a great job of making consciousness popular but his own view was 400 years out of date. Descartes is the real rigorous physicist here - he was after all one of the people who devised physics. What he meant by the soul and God being 'spirit' is that they caused matter to move. Matter for Descartes was just the inert occupancy of a space (extension). So physics consisted of the interaction of spirit and matter. We now call spirit 'force' or 'energy' and Descartes was quite right because thinking is all about electromagnetic fluxes - which in themselves do not occupy space or have mass. His mistake was to think that there had to be one special spirit unit. Leibniz sorted that out in 1714.

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-11-06 15:30
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Reason (The Dreughan #2) by Lena North
Reason (The Dreughan #2) - Lena North

Reason is the second book in the Dreughan series, and this time it is Sannah who is the main character. This follows on from Courage and should definitely be read as part of the series, rather than a standalone.

She has said she doesn't want Kee, but we all know she is lying. Through this book, we learn just why she lied, plus how they overcome that and become the happy couple we want them to be. Although this is Sannah's book, and she tells a magnificent story, I will admit to holding Valerian in my heart! He played a part in Vilda's story, and certainly plays a part here. He is kind and considerate, whilst also being firm when needed. He is the General after all.

Vilda and Drake are still going strong, and I love the jokes that happen between this close-knit family by bond.

Once again, I will say there were a couple of errors in this book. But as before, the writing was so good I am more than happy to overlook those as they definitely didn't impact my enjoyment of the story at all.

I am going straight into Joy. I am LOVING this series, with its amazing characters and world building that is good enough for the reader to see, and can't recommend it highly enough. Absolutely fantastic.

* Verified Purchase ~ July 2018. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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text 2018-04-19 10:13
Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 576 pages.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress - Steven Pinker

What is really the Enlightenment? It is a humanist movement when  reasonable persons get rid of religious dogma and choose instead. 

 

Still, because the science discovery and knowledge has no match for the present time, the enlightened thinkers still believe a whole lot of bullshit. 

 

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review 2018-04-07 05:21
A Reason to Believe (Audiobook)
A Reason To Believe - Jack LeFleur,Diana Copland

Still just as good as the first time I read it way back when I was first getting into M/M. I always worry that those "older" reads won't live up to my initial impressions of them, but this one does. It's even been long enough that even though I remembered the gist of mystery (the motive mostly) I didn't remember the whodunit, so it was fun to try to figure it out all over again. 

 

Kiernan is fun and full of energy, and he's such a great balance to Matt, who is more even-tempered and still grieving the loss of his last boyfriend. It was a bit on the insta-love side, the story takes place in barely a week, but they go through enough and actually talk to each other about things instead of just lusting after each other (which they really don't do much of, actually). It makes their connection feel more real, instead of the shallow "he's so hot I MUST have him" nonsense you get in a lot of other romances. 

 

Sheila and Aiden weren't as annoying as I remembered them being, even if they are a little too gushy over the guys finding love. 

 

The narrator is pretty good. He did sound a little "the number you have called is not in service" at times, but when he was reading dialogue, he really got into all the characters and shined.

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review 2017-10-24 07:51
A Reason To Stay (Heroes #1) by R.J. Scott
A Reason To Stay - R.J. Scott

In a slight change to R.J. Scott's writing style, A Reason to Stay is a mystery first and foremost, with romance coming in second. Now, don't get me wrong, there is romance here. Viktor and Aiden have known each other for years, and definitely have a history between them - with Viktor being the one who leaves every time. Aiden is the one who stays behind, nursing a broken heart, and determined that it won't happen again. However, when Viktor's nephew gets hurt, Viktor is pulled back home, to everyone he left behind, and becomes neck-deep in intrigue and mystery.

 

With characters and situations given from the Sanctuary series, you get an idea of what might happen, if Viktor stops being such an arse. Instead, he focuses on protecting his nephew, even if it means going against what everyone says, including others in his family. I have to say though, I'm not sure if kudos deserve to be given to Aiden or not! lol The first time Viktor left, put it down to youth. The second time, painful. I don't know if I would have given him a third time!!! However, Aiden did, and it becomes a gripping part of the story.

 

There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The story is fast-paced, with plenty of characters and situations to keep your attention. I loved the epilogue, that gives you a hint of what happened next. I'm hoping to catch up with these two in the next book in this series, although I'm not sure if they are all standalones. Definitely recommended by me.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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