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url 2016-05-11 11:12
Why we shouldn't protect teenagers from controversial issues in fiction

There are certain subjects – sex, drink, drugs, violence – that light fires and push buttons. So how do you write about them for teenagers?

 

Read more here.

Source: www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/may/10/teenagers-controversial-issues-fiction-chris-vick
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review 2016-01-01 19:39
A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power by Jimmy Carter
A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power - Jimmy Carter

This is a comprehensive look at the abuses of women worldwide and the justifications we find for it. While I'm sure that people will find flaws and missing topics, it's an excellent place to start, especially if you want to take action.

My favorite things:

  • religion is cited throughout the book as both erroneous justification for abuse and as a reason to not do it.
  • it covers many religions
  • it covers this topic from a global perspective
  • it covers what has worked as well as we what didn't, where, and possible reasons why
  • it also includes women's rights as human rights

There's a lot left to be done, and this book covers quite a bit of it. Let's get started.

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review 2015-07-02 22:03
Cold Case Love
Cold Case Love - Ms. T. Nicole,Brittany Walker,Treasure Malian

Title: Cold Case Love
Author: Ms. T. Nicole
Publisher: M.T.N.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Cold Case Love" by Ms. T. Nicole

What I liked about this novel....

What a awesome good book that really covers the issues of physical and mental abuse all dealing with domestic violence. This author really presents the readers a well written read that will have you on a emotional suspenseful ride with this heroine Tangy with so many secrets. The readers will be presented with a good storyline with some real interesting characters. "Cold Case Love" is definitely one of those novels that many people especially the girls will be able to relate to in so many ways. I loved how the story brought out that there is strength in the power of prayer...because truly this was why this person was able to come out of this situation. "Cold Case Love" is a well worth the read that I am sure will help many and I would definitely recommend.

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review 2015-04-02 03:19
John Gray versus Pinker on Violence: “The Sorcery of Numbers”
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker

I read Stephen Pinker books, including this one on violence.

 

So it is why I know that jerk John Gray hasn't really read the book. Or read the book but didn't really read it.

 

You couldn't browse through a book and pretended you comprehend it. Study (citation later) shows that browsing is just skipping, and part of the information loss is just lost without being filled in by the gap filling capacity of the brain. it is not the same as looking at a picture with it partially covered up. 

 

"He sees Pinkerites as similarly trying to assuage some existential angst by fetishizing data, reading into it meaning that isn't there. “Lacking any deeper faith and incapable of living with doubt,” Gray writes, “it is only natural that believers in reason should turn to the sorcery of numbers.”

There you have it. “The sorcery of numbers.” The postmodernist mentality at its worst: there’s no such thing as truth. Don’t even try to understand reality by examining evidence for what’s actually happening. Instead, place reliance on – what? – John Gray’s deeper wisdom, uncontaminated by data? Magicians and sorcery indeed!"

The more I read about postmodernists, the less I like about it, and those who wrote papers and books with that premise. 

The strong preference for scientific minded writers, who base knowledge and concepts on study of data and reality, instead of make stuff up like philosophers and called it wisdom.  

 

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url 2014-12-18 08:27
Ted recommended books
"A Room of One's Own, and Three Guineas (Oxford World's Classics) - Virginia Woolf
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Simon Winchester
Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves - Dan Ariely
From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation - Gene Sharp
Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything - Daniel Goleman
Origins of Neuroscience: A History of Explorations into Brain Function - Stanley Finger

Added to a few books that I've read and like. Which either confirmed that these books are the new list of must read, or that just are most popular books the writer could remember.

 

Nevertheless, these are really good books. Most of them I read, few are on my to-read pile.

 

A year already. And I still got a few dozens books that need to read. But these are going to jump the queue and go on the front of line.

 

Why? Human need to understand better about human and the system we live in. We could no longer afford to be ignorant. 

 

Time is pressing. 

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