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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby xeil » 20 May 2019, 17:46

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 29 December 2019, 11:53

Just finished reading The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray. It's perhaps one of the best books I've read in the last year or even few years. I found much to agree with even in the sections that I thought I would find completely disagreeable. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3055740443
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Jzone » 29 December 2019, 21:54

Non Zero: the Logic of Human Destiny by Robert Wright. It buoys my optimism for the future of our species, from a scientific perspective. Well thought out and well written. He has a couple of TED Talks if anyone is interested.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 10 February 2020, 14:54

I just finished reading The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt and I'm blown away by how good it was! Highly recommend.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 11 February 2020, 21:40

Brenden wrote:I just finished reading The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt and I'm blown away by how good it was! Highly recommend.

Read that a while back. I remember quite liking it, even though a lot of my comrades really didn't like it at all. Perhaps they thought he was being too... centrist *boo* *hiss*.

I agreed with them that one should not reduce politics entirely down to individual psychology, since politics deals with legitimate disagreements which can't be psychologised away, but it also seems beyond doubt to me that individual psychology plays a significant part in one's politics, since there are so many correlations with personality traits and such. I enjoyed it because it suggests that a lot of what we believe is essentially out of "our" control, This essential knowledge is, of course, one of the things that will, hopefully, get us to start engaging with one another is a more sensible manner, so I approve.

Also, I found a review on Amazon when I was refreshing my memory of the book: "Trash: This been was written with a number of leftist bents".

The man is quite clearly Centre-Right to Centrist. Come on people. Words actually mean things, you know. :lol:

OT: Deciding whether to read People, Power and Profits by Joseph Stiglitz, or The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Social History of Drugs, by Richard Davenport-Hines.

Stiglitz. Yet another they'd hate me reading...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 11 February 2020, 21:56

On Goodreads a lot of the reviews are saying it justifies authoritarianism! :lol:

I’m not a centrist, but I do often find the things that rile both leftwing and rightwing people tend to hold the most truth.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 11 February 2020, 22:04

Brenden wrote:On Goodreads a lot of the reviews are saying it justifies authoritarianism! :lol:

I’m not a centrist, but I do often find the things that rile both leftwing and rightwing people tend to hold the most truth.

How on earth? As I say, it was a while ago I read it (on an e-reader which I no longer own, so can't refer), but I do like to think that my authoritarian detector is quite good, and I don't really remember anything glaring. :shrug:

Bad ideas should be thoroughly investigated, no matter where they came from. :P
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 12 February 2020, 02:33

Red, White and Royal Blue.

I've read better-written books to be sure but it's cute and fun and very gay and a bit political and occasionally (quite often in fact) kinda filthy so it's just all of what I need right now considering my current mental wellbeing.
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