Books:- Non-fiction


Books:- Non-fiction

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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.
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.

Discussion Forum

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 Tom Sarbeck on June 23, 2020 at 10:06am

Tower of Skulls - WW2 in Asia and the Pacific. Vol 1 of 3 filled the almost total gap in what I knew of Japan vs China, USSR supplying China, and Japan almost attacking USSR. Far more about Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor than I knew. I want to read Vols 2 and 3.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 23, 2020 at 7:04am

Finishing reading a biography of Winston Churchill. I really never knew much about him and have, for some reason, ignored him all these years. His war years were particularly impressive. Reading about WW11 from a British perspective was especially enlightening. He was truly and amazing man in so many respects.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 12, 2019 at 6:57pm

Joan, where do you see DCtoT? I don’t see it in anything I wrote.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2019 at 4:40pm

Tom, I understand TOC is Table of Contents, but I am not able to discover what  DCtoT means. Help me outy, please 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 12, 2019 at 4:05pm

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey will tell you what academics know. Few others know the story because monks destroyed most of it.

Comment by Plinius on December 12, 2019 at 8:24am

I finally found a book about transgenders' partners and their experiences. In Dutch. Een bijzondere liefde.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 12, 2019 at 7:23am

Here's another good book to add to your "must-read" list: Sacred Liberty (Americas's Long, Bloody, and Ongoing Struggle For Religious Freedom), by Steven Waldman.

I think it's a fair assessment of the subject. I learned a lot. Google it for more information/reviews, etc.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 31, 2019 at 7:38am

Just finished a fascinating book: Unfollow (A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church), by Megan Phelps-Roper.

You might remember this church as the one that demonstrated with signs and taunts at soldier funerals, mass shootings, and gay demonstrations ("God hates fags", etc.).

Megan was raised on religious fanaticism and sectarian hatred, but "saw the light" in her mid twenties. I won't give away the climax, but from start to finish, this is a most compelling story. I strongly recommend reading her memoir.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 26, 2019 at 8:25am

Randell, I reread some of what I read decades ago, partly to see how my take now differs from what I took then.

Politically, I was more idealistic or cynical, less pragmatic, than I am now.

I like pragmatism better; I take dissent calmly, sometimes agreeing to disagree.

Re the Catholicism I quickly tossed but less quickly unlearned:

Today’s Catholics are being indoctrinated with “Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.”

In recent months I’ve heard it twice. I replied with “Once a Catholic, always helpless.”

Comment by Randall Smith on July 26, 2019 at 7:06am

I ran out of library books to read, and have been too busy (i.e., lazy) to return for more, so I've been pulling old books off my own library shelf to read (or more like peruse).

I've been enjoying rereading the "classics" by Sagen, Hichens, Harris, Dawkins, and Dennett, atheists all (of course). It's good to bet back to basics. I sometimes forget this blog site is for non-believers only.


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