A painless introduction to the primarily American philosophy of "the smell test". In brief "ideas must stand the practical scrutiny of rational people...despite historic dogma.
Why do you remember what you do from childhood? This is a question that I had never thought to ask, but according to this author is important in determining who I am today. Theories abound...but many of his insights do make you think.
An excellent summary of recently released secret documents...but not much more.
A confirmation and deepening of my understanding of why people accept the drivel which is the currency of American politics. However, in my opinion the author would have better served my needs, and his own, if he had omitted the political analysis. One other comment is that the treatment of the research results was too narrowly applied to American politics, and greater contrasts with international actors would have been very welcome.
This unpretentious overview of the rules of rhetoric, although tedious at times, has been a true delight. I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in more effective writing and conversation. I have used some of the techniques to improve my more animated discussions, especially with my over-educated family.
A commercial phobic's nightmare. We think we know what we want, and don't appreciate being hustled. Unfortunately we are very limited by our perceptions, and our willingness and ability to quantify. One man's rational choice, is the end result of the limits of his rationality, and the skill of the hustler.
As a Gladwell fan I took away a lot of interesting perspectives about success. The context of a person's life versus the content of his genetics...seems to be his central theme. His examples demonstrated the myriad failures of arbitrary distinctions. But his central hypothesis was not satisfactorily proved, at least from my perspective.
Tribalism has evolved from the genetic, to the regional, to the religious, to the national...to the brand. A good book, but he should have hired a better narrator.
The easy lives, and the easy choices that draw people to Jesus...salvation, hope, and righteous seem hollow, when you view the message of Jesus through the tragically heroic eyes of Bonfather. His hope was goodness as our debt for salvation. No simple priest, a German who helps to remove the demonization of an entire people and their church.
Easy and affably aimed at the autodidact...but not the dilettante. A good thinly comprehensive overview for the undergrad majors.
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