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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

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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 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 tom sarbeck on November 21, 2017 at 2:13pm
Randall, re the books
Churchill/Orwell: I downloaded the sample.
27 Psychiatrists: shrinks slept in on Nixon, too.
Grocery: did it name Kroger Grocery & Baking, (where my dad worked)?
Comment by Plinius on November 21, 2017 at 9:29am

Why isn't there a test for people in important jobs? Those 27 psychiarists could also have spoken before the campaign started and have Trump carted off to a nice quiet room in a nuthouse.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 21, 2017 at 8:04am

3 books worth reading: 

Churchill and Orwell, The Fight for Freedom , by Thomas E. Ricks. It's a different look at two Brits--their roles before, during, and after WWll.

The Dangerous case of Donald Trump, "27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President". (Bandy Lee, et.al) They all agree, Trump is delusional, paranoid, psychotic, sociopathic, a narcissist, hypomanic, tyrant, and dangerous. After reading about half the book, I was so sickened, I had to quit. More sickening is the fact that Pogo was right. "We" were suckered in and voted him into becoming our president. We're to blame.

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman.  Loren would like this book, since it focuses on Cleveland's Heinen's supermarkets. Good read.

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 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. ;)
 

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