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Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us about Health and the Science of Healing

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In 2005, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz consulted on an unusual patient: an Emperor tamarin at the Los Angeles Zoo. While examining the tiny monkey's sick heart, she learned that wild animals can die of a form of cardiac arrest brought on by extreme emotional stress. It was a syndrome identical to a human condition but one that veterinarians called by a different name--and treated in innovative ways.
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Joining with science journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs case studies and scholarship to present an understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind. In Zoobiquity the authors describe a new species-spanning approach to health. Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary science, and zoology, they break down the walls between disciplines, redefining the boundaries of medicine.

Still recovering from Catholicism, I turned first to the chapter Roar-gasm - An Animal Guide to Human Sexuality and found that unlike the education (yet) of medical doctors, the education of veterinarians is free from Victorianism's woman-hateful and hurtful moralisms.
Some other chapters are titled The Feint of Heart, Scared to Death, Fat Planet, Grooming Gone Wild, Fear of Feeding, and Leaving the Nest.

Though not in the medical field, I'm looking forward to an interesting read.

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Worlds in Collision, by Immanuel Velikovsky

Started by tom sarbeck Nov 4, 2016. 0 Replies

Why are this book and its now-deceased author so passionately attacked by Standard Model cosmologists (more compactly Big Bangers or Bangers)?Why was this book found open on Albert Einstein's desk…Continue

Tags: origins, astronomy, science, history

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 18, 2016 at 9:49pm

We shouldn't forget the classics. I pulled Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian off the shelf to help cure the post-election blues. It contains a 1930 essay titled Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? The first three pages contained these gems:

My own view of religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.
. . . Churches may owe their origin to teachers with strong individual convictions, but these teachers have seldom had much influence on the churches that they founded, whereas churches have had enormous influence upon the communities in which they flourished. . . . the teaching of Christ, as it appears in the Gospels, has had extraordinarily little to do with the ethics of Christians. . . . consider such a text as "Judge not, that ye be not judged," and ask yourself what influence such a text has had upon the Inquisition and the Ku Klux Klan.
. . . There is nothing accidental about this difference between a church and its founder. As soon as absolute truth is supposed to be contained in the sayings of a certain man, there is a body of experts to interpret his sayings, and these experts infallibly acquire power, since they hold the key to truth. Like any other privileged caste, they use their power for their own advantage. They are, however, in one respect worse than anyother privileged caste, since it is their business to expound an unchanging truth, revealed once for all in utter perfection, so that they become necessarily opponents of all intellectual and moral progress.
. . . It is not only intellectually but also morally that religion is pernicious. I mean by this that it teaches ethical codes which are not conducive to human happiness. . . . The churches, as everyone knows, opposed the abolition of slavery as long as they dared, and with a few well-advertised exceptions they oppose at the present day every movement toward economic justice. The Pope has officially condemned Socialism.

If there were such a thing as a secular saint, Bertie would certainly be one, in my book anyway.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 14, 2016 at 2:34pm

Cat, a modern library needs a section for Historical Political Fiction. Put the Trump stuff there too.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 14, 2016 at 2:28pm

Bert, the reply a nun told her class many decades ago, you can but you may not.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 14, 2016 at 12:41pm

A man in a library finds the Holy Bible in the Fiction section. “An outrage!... Who shelved this here?!” He moves it to the Historical Fiction shelves. “Ahh... that's better”

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 14, 2016 at 10:31am

So, we can't talk about The Bible in this group.

 

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