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 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.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 3, 2019 at 12:00am

The Vatican’s Closet?

I read the Kindle sample, Bert, and 62 years after quitting RC’ism I’m wondering if the chief vice of straight C’lics will be denial.

Having avoided biology in high school and college, I found Nature’s  Nether Regions (mentioned in my Dec 9 post) more interesting.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 30, 2019 at 7:22am

Here's a couple of good books I just finished: Pandemic 1918, by Catharine Arnold, and A Mind Unraveled, by Kurt Eichenwald.

I didn't know much about the influenza epidemic 100 years ago (the year of my parents birth). Reading about the tragedy saddened me. Many more soldiers died from the virus than died in the war.

The other book was written by a (now) N.Y. Times writer about his lifelong battle with epilepsy--his seizures and misdiagnosis (and treatments). Again, I learned a lot.

My next book(s) will be a little more uplifting!

Comment by Craigart14 on December 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

I'm just re-reading James Carroll's Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews. Detailed study of Catholicism's mistreatment of Jews, which Carroll argues not only culminated in but led inevitably to the Holocaust.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 9, 2018 at 4:18am

Joan, about Trump’s sowing chaos:

Naomi Klein is right, but the people at MSNBC were S-L-O-W to see his chaos as a tool for getting power.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 9, 2018 at 4:09am

Plinius, thanks for the ‘Darwin Comes to Town’ tip. At Amazon I bought a different one by the same author.

I always get a book’s sample and look at its TOC, but in DCtoT it’s out of reach, somewhere after Chapter 1.

I checked the author’s ‘Nature’s Nether Regions’ to see if he put its TOC out of reach. He did not. I liked the sample, and....

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2018 at 3:17am

'Darwin comes to town' is a book about urban ecology. The things we observe around our neighbourhoods come together in a pattern of evolution. Very readable and interesting!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 9, 2018 at 6:48am

"We might be able to restore order...". I'm not holding my breath.


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