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.

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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 Randall Smith on July 23, 2018 at 6:31am

Sounds like something I'd like. Thanks Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 22, 2018 at 9:57pm

This is kind of a fun historical fiction around getting The Divine Comedy translated into English. Spoiler: Harvard wasn't chuffed about it.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 22, 2018 at 2:48pm

So many n-f books; so little time.

Science, politics & history (usually in that order on a Kindle reader so I can switch w/o toting two or more physical books).

Though with age (87 yrs) I remain calm about the outrages humans perpetrate on other humans, I have yet to find the reason(s) I kept my idealistic outrage until into my 40s. Four yrs  of hardball politics and seeing the sociopathy in America’s ruling class wrecked it.

Viet Nam? When in 1978 I read of Chevron Oil negotiating with Red China for drilling rights in the Tonkin Gulf, I knew the reason for that outrage perpetrated by America’s wealthy on other Americans (not to mention millions of Vietnamese).

Chris Hedges? On the left where non-sociopaths belong but he seems close to despair.

Comment by Craigart14 on January 28, 2018 at 10:24pm

I would suggest Vietnam and Other American Myths.  An eye-opener.

Comment by Craigart14 on January 28, 2018 at 10:16pm

Inferno (1/3 of The Divine Comedy) read out of context is a tough go, but it was enormously popular in Dante's day because of its emphasis on humanism, but without a head full of mythology, (including the Bible along with the Greek and Roman classics), it might not make a lot of sense.  Then, too, there's all the Florentine politics that got Dante exiled from his beloved city.  Ditto Paradise Lost, which unfortunately supported Milton's strict Puritanism, but is nonetheless brilliant.</lecture></fiction>.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 16, 2018 at 11:39am

   Has anyone hear and read on Chris Hedges?

 There are some things he protested against such as war in Afghanistan, mass incarceration, and others which I agree in protesting against. I read some samples of his essays.

 But there is something overall about him I find disagreeable and I dunno what it is.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 16, 2018 at 7:17am

Improbable Destinies; Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, by Jonathan B. Losos is my next recommendation. The material is not too heavy and written with a sense of humor.

The book basically is about what the title says, with emphasis on convergence--how so many animals have so much in common despite evolving independently. So many examples are given. Interesting, but repetitive.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 1, 2018 at 7:50am

Just finishing up Richard Dawkins' Science in the Soul, "Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist". 42 essays and such written by our "main man", some going back to the 90's. One was about the 2012 Reason Rally in Wash.D.C. which I attended.

Good book if you're a Dawkins fan.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 22, 2017 at 6:59am
Plinius and Thomas, there is a test for people in important jobs.

Being only temporarily cynical, in America the wealthy are presumed healthy.
Comment by Thomas Murray on November 21, 2017 at 2:53pm


Thanks for the suggested books.

One book I tried reading through titled, " The meaning of belief :religion from an atheist's point of view" by Tim Crane published Oct 30, 2017.

 I dunno what to make of it. It seems that Tim Crane was being an apologist for religious people and actually had the gall to ask us atheist to be "tolerant' of them.


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