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

From the book's description:

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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2017 at 1:16pm

"Jean-Paul Sartre walks into a café, and the waiter asks what he'd like to order. Sartre replies, 'I'd like a cup of coffee with sugar but no cream.' The waiter goes off, but comes back apologizing. 'I'm sorry Monsieur Sartre, we are all out of cream. How about with no milk?'"

Sarah Bakewell, in her wonderful new book, At the Existentialist Café - Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails.


There's no introduction or preface, and here are her opening and second paragraphs:

It is sometimes said that existentialism is more of a mood than a philosophy, and that it can be traced back to anguished novelists of the nineteenth century, and beyond that to Blaise Pascal, who was terrified by the silence of infinite spaces, and beyond that to the soul-searching St. Augustine, and beyond that to the Old Testament's weary Ecclesiastes and to Job, the man who dared to question the game God was playing with him and was intimidated into submission. To anyone, in short, who has ever felt disgruntled, rebellious, or alienated about anything.

But one can go the other way, and narrow the birth of modern existentialism down to a moment near the turn of 1932-33, when three young philosophers were sitting in the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue du Montparnasse in Paris, catching up on gossip and drinking the house specialty, apricot cocktails.

As an arrogant undergrad I dismissed existentialism, at least à la Sartre's crowd. as a kind of teeny bopper philosophical equivalent of bubble gum music. As an arrogant old fart I'm deciding maybe I owed them a bit more respect than that. 

Great book

Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2017 at 7:40am

While some sections of the following book irritated me (religion), for the most part, The Vanishing American Adult, by U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (NE), was a worthwhile read. 

It's primary focus is on raising adolescents (and younger) to become "producers", not "consumers". The end (adult) result is to "rebuild a culture of self-reliance".

My children are all parents themselves, so it's too late for me to change my parenting ways. I read the book with my grandchildren in mind.

Senator Sasse is a conservative Republican, just the opposite of me. However, I agree with his assessment of today's youth--mostly molly coddled, spoiled with modern technology and lifestyle.  He recommends (in general) more chores, more reading, travel. On these points, I have to concur.

I'm happy that 3 of my grandchildren (out of 6) are being raised on a farm. They will have plenty of chores, if not downright hard work, in the years to come (They're ages 2-8.).

I'll be following Sen. Sasse more closely in the future. Too bad he's a "believer".

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 26, 2017 at 12:24pm

Anyone familiar with this title?

"Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things"

https://www.amazon.com/Furiously-Happy-Funny-Horrible-Things/dp/125...

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 26, 2017 at 12:31am
Kathy, I forgive more slowly than a rock the size of a mountain becomes sand. You've given my life several millenia of purpose. Etc, etc, and etc. ;)
Comment by kathy: ky on July 25, 2017 at 8:57pm
Sorry Tom. I forgot the non fiction part.
Where would Ron Hubbard's Dianetics fall? Or the Book of Mormons? To atheists fiction I'm sure. Along with the bible.
Comment by kathy: ky on July 25, 2017 at 12:50pm
Compel, I looked it up after this discussion and reread the premise of the book. Then I looked through and read some pages.
Inferno was and is a piece of crap imo. I'm not surprised that I didn't like it the first time I read it. And I don't think I finished Paradise Lost. But I did suffer through Atlas Shrugged. I didn't like it but couldn't have told you why at the time. I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing to read books that were far about my reading level.
It was probably a good thing because I read everything with an open mind and few if any pre conceived ideas on the subject.
Comment by Compelledunbeliever on July 24, 2017 at 10:50pm

Dantes inferno and paradise lost are both absolutely painful to read. They are perhaps the most influential in terms of what the the modern Christian devil and Hell concepts are today. We must remember that religion is much like evolution, always evolving. The concepts of Hell today are much different than a garbage dump referee to by the words put into the mouth of Jesus. This garbage dump is located just out side of Jerusalem, it was always on fire. 

Comment by kathy: ky on July 24, 2017 at 9:51pm
My daughter's biological father died a couple months ago and she had to pack up his place. She gave me two big boxes of books from the early 1900s. And one from 1853 by JA James. It's a religious book. Lol
Comment by kathy: ky on July 24, 2017 at 9:40pm
Thomas, not at all. My daughter was, and the gdaughters are, straight a student's. The youngest gdaughter got a b once and it broke her heart. When we looked over the progress report it was an error her teacher had made when she typed it up. . She's still a straight a student. Odd but Bry, the youngest gchild,doesn't like to read for pleasure even though she's very good at it. There was one series of books in the fourth grade that she liked well enough to read all of. Brys passion is math.
Comment by Thomas Murray on July 24, 2017 at 7:51am

I tried reading Don Quixote but my attention span doesn't last long.

Kathy, did your daughter have trouble in class, like she was bored?

 

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