Post Tagged with: "HUMAN NATURE"

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The Truth About Grief

The Truth About Grief

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s theory of the five stages of grief may be among the most powerful received ideas of our era. But in this well-researched, illuminating book, Ruth Davis Konigsberg uses both science and sympathy to argue against the five stages and toward a more rounded understanding of this fundamental human emotion.

Posted by × March 4, 2011 ×

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The Man Who Lied to His Laptop

The Man Who Lied to His Laptop

Stanford’s technology maven Clifford Nass dissects the curious web of emotions and expectations that bind man and machine, discovering that hardwired components of our brains, evolved to deal with organic beings, adapt themselves instinctively to creatures of silicon and plastic, too.

Posted by × November 16, 2010 ×

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Framing Innocence

Framing Innocence

In 1945, Life magazine could print a frontal picture of a topless, six-year-old Natalie Wood. In the year 2000, loving mother Cynthia Stewart was prosecuted for snapping a candid shot of her eight-year-old daughter in the shower, intended solely for family viewing. Poet Lynn Powell smartly ponders this telling change in attitudes and laws.

Posted by × September 20, 2010 ×

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Becoming Animal

Becoming Animal

Anointed by Utne Reader as one of a select hundred transformative visionaries, ecologist and philosopher David Abram here attempts to imaginitively engineer the reunion of contemporary man and his animal-respecting ancestors, seeking in near-shamanistic terms a new perspective on where we fit in the vast web of life.

Posted by × September 6, 2010 ×

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The Philosophical Baby

The Philosophical Baby

By ALISON GOPNIK

Alison Gopnik pulls profound questions out of the minds of babes.

Posted by × July 29, 2010 ×

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How Pleasure Works

How Pleasure Works

Is there a unifying engine of desire behind the variegated affections of humanity? Yale psychologist Paul Bloom attempts to parse the hidden mechanisms underlying our preferences, be they sexual, musical, or literary.

Posted by × July 21, 2010 ×

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Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier

The virtual reality pioneer and author of You Are Not a Gadget talks with Andrew Keen about the problem of “digital humanism.”

Posted by × July 1, 2010 ×

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Extra Lives

Extra Lives

By TOM BISSELL

A dedicated gamer’s reflections on the power, the potential, and the price of ever-multiplying virtual worlds.

Posted by × June 8, 2010 ×

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The Thoughtful Dresser

The Thoughtful Dresser

By LINDA GRANT

“Changing styles not only mark time and help us hide its ravages but also satisfy an innate desire for the new.”

Posted by × May 27, 2010 ×

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Sex

Sex

Mark Doty unforgettably remembers his early marriage and the awakening sexuality of the affair it engendered; Jeanette Winterson concocts a wickedly irreverent modern myth; James Lord, Robert Bolaño, Tom McCarthy, and Jennifer Egan are among the rest of the contributors to Granta’s — dare I say it — orgy of good writing on the subject of sex.

Posted by × May 13, 2010 ×

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The Shaking Woman

The Shaking Woman

By SIRI HUSTVEDT

A novelist’s unique investigation into the mysteries of brain and body.

Posted by × April 8, 2010 ×

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Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness

Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness

By ARIEL GORE

Ariel Gore’s new book looks at the complex, sometimes unhappy, relationship modern women have with…happiness.

Posted by × March 3, 2010 ×

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Psycho Too

Psycho Too

By WILL SELF; Illustrated by RALPH STEADMAN

Will Self and Ralph Steadman go on another head(y) trip.

Posted by × February 15, 2010 ×

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The Routes of Man

The Routes of Man

By TED CONOVER

The award-winning author of Newjack looks at how roads all over the globe serve to bind together — and divide — those who use them.

Posted by × February 12, 2010 ×

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Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland: More Personal Ads from the London Review of Books

Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland: More Personal Ads from the London Review of Books

By DANIEL ROSE

“This advert may well be the Cadillac of all lonely hearts adverts…”

Posted by × February 10, 2010 ×