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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on, Dark Scarlett!, January 16, 2010
Wow, awesome straight-ahead rockers. Their singer has a fabulous voice. Very tight sound, excellent guitar work.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent instrumental jazz/new age fusion, November 7, 2009
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One of the great things about Amazon's CD on demand program is that you get a chance to hear excellent artists who have not necessarily signed to a traditional record label.

Mike Abraham's EP "Solo" is a jazz/new age fusion, but not the generic pap you hear in the local coffee shop.
The tunes are memorable, with very catchy, funky riffs. Production values are great--the engineering on the album is very good and the sound isn't compressed.

I found out on Mike Abraham's MySpace page that he played all the instruments on this CD, which makes it all the more impressive. I highly recommend this EP, and hope to hear more from Mike in the future.

Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
by Daniel T. Willingham
Edition: Hardcover
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, practical book on how to optimize teaching, April 8, 2009
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Teachers and parents: Imagine you could sit down with a cognitive scientist and ask him to explain how students' brains learn, so that you could better teach them. Dan Willingham has written a book which achieves that very effect.

In an engaging and conversational style, the author brings cognitive science results to bear on our "common knowledge" about teaching, and turns our common assumptions upside down. For instance, the brain is not designed to think. Furthermore, the popular concept of visual-auditory-kinesthetic learners has no basis in fact.

Dr. Willingham explains cognitive research findings, and discusses how teachers can practically apply these results in the classroom. He peppers his book with illustrations and real life examples, which prevent the material from coming across as dry.

Some of the most profound ideas come in the final chapters: we should not praise a child for being "smart", but rather praise effort. Why? Because intelligence can be changed through sustained hard work. Children who are slow learners can often overcome shortcomings through harder effort. This has important implications for both teachers and parents.

He also gives practical advice for improving your teaching [because, like intelligence, teaching skill--and performance--can be improved with practice]. A great example is to find another teacher to work with, and videotape yourselves in the classroom. Then, you can both analyze teaching performance (in a supportive way).

For anyone who is interested in becoming a better teacher, or for parents who are interested in having their children learn optimally, I highly recommend this book. I am already buying copies for friends!

Sacra Pagina: Revelation (Sacra Pagina Series)
Sacra Pagina: Revelation (Sacra Pagina Series)
by Daniel J. Harrington
Edition: Hardcover
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38 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent scholarship, heretical theology, February 19, 2006
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Wilfrid Harrington, O.P. has written a scholarly analysis of the Book of Revelation, but his theology is heretical, and decidedly not Catholic.

For instance, Fr. Harrington denies the existence of Satan, stating, "Satan is a powerful symbol, representing the whole gamut of evil and its infectious presence in the human race".

What is more troubling, he seems to glowingly accept the teachings of his fellow Dominican, dissident theologian Edward Schillebeeckx. In an Excursus at the end of this book, Fr. Harrington states there will be Universal Salvation ("Universal salvation means that all human beings will finally be redeemed by God's gracious love"), and "There is no negative eschaton" (meaning there is no eternal hell). He agrees with Schillebeeckx's statement, "But there is no shadow kingdom of hell next to the eternally happy kingdom of God." Were there any confusion about his stance, Fr. Harrington states, "Humans, not God, have invented hell."

What these two theologians are telling us is that there will be no eternal hell, in direct opposition to the Gospels, and in direct opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

While it would be pleasant to think that no matter what we do in this life, there will be no possibility of eternal damnation, this is not what Jesus Christ himself tells us in the Gospels.

I heartily agree that the Book of Revelation is indeed a message of God's love and mercy for us; it is also a Book about God's justice. We mock the Gospels if we deny the existence of Satan, and we deny God's just nature if we deny the existence of an eternal hell.

So, while his scholarship is decent, his dissident theology casts a pall (in the truest sense of the word) over this book.

To any Catholic, I would say "Let the reader beware".

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