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Seven Dragons
Seven Dragons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great hybrid of card games and board games, February 8, 2016
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Excellent combination of strategy, skill and luck of the draw; easy to learn and fun to play.


Capitalist The Game
Capitalist The Game
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's not the real game., February 8, 2016
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My son was fooled into downloading this lame game while looking for Adventure Capitalist.


Adventure Capitalist The Game Free
Adventure Capitalist The Game Free

1.0 out of 5 stars It's not the real game., February 8, 2016
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My son was looking for the real game, and downloaded this lame thing by mistake.


New Balance Men's MX623 Cross-Training Shoe,Black,10.5 4E US
New Balance Men's MX623 Cross-Training Shoe,Black,10.5 4E US

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, September 15, 2015
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They work for exercise, but also pass as business casual.


Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted
Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, easy read with an interesting perspective on the court, July 4, 2015
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A well-written, easy read with an alternative view of our venerated Supreme Court that gives historical context to some of the frustrating, seemingly random or political decisions of recent decades.


This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Cap ital
This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Cap ital
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light and Fun in Tone, but Tedious in Content, October 3, 2013
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News Flash: Politicians are corrupt! As a news junkie, nothing in This Town surprised me, and much of it I already knew, albeit without the anecdotes and tedious details. The incestuous doings of Washington DC get reported on a lot already, so except for the specific characters that Mark Leibovich chooses to profile -- seemingly at random rather than for some special significance -- reading This Town felt like deja vu all over again. I came away with the impression that he organized the book as a series of chapters covering distinct topics, and then compiled lists of people he had reported on who fit into each topic -- underlining the ones he wanted to please, and crossing out the ones he wanted to displease by leaving them out or was afraid to displease by putting them in. Clearly, he's an exemplar of the corruption he portrays -- he will take his licks and spend some time in exile for profiting from dirty laundry, and then "lunch in This Town" again like every other member of The Club.


Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best live album ever, August 25, 2013
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A ton of Talking Heads classics in an energetic, live setting. I always skip the Tom-Tom Club intermission, but some people might like it.


Thinking, Fast and Slow
Thinking, Fast and Slow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Systematic, Clear and Intriguing, March 11, 2012
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Anyone who has ever wondered why they have trouble getting motivated, jumping to the wrong conclusions or making the best decisions should read Thinking Fast and Slow. Our minds evolved for adaptive fitness and survival, not to make us happy, healthy, wealthy and wise, but if we really understand how our minds work we have a much better chance of reaching those goals too.


Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
by Robert Wright
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying answer for meaning of life, July 21, 2008
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Whenever I encounter someone who struggles with the question of "Does life have meaning?" I recommend they read Nonzero. Usually they are not-yet-religious, but have become seekers, which worries me because seekers usually end up being ensnared by organized religion with all its supernatural mumbo jumbo unless they can find emotional satisfaction within the world of reason. Wright's Nonzero provides a rational, compelling antedote by explaining the complexity and apparent intentionality of life using completely natural, undesigned, undirected mechanisms that allow plenty of room for spirituality without religion.

Robert Wright's earlier (and excellent) book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, ends with the author as a confirmed determinist. I've always suspected that he wrote Nonzero in reaction to his own later struggles with reconciling the barrenness of determinism with his own feelings of spirituality and desire for meaning.


Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought
Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought
by Pascal Boyer
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A serious effort to get to the real roots of religious thinking, January 19, 2007
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Pascal Boyer goes deep in his effort to explain belief in the supernatural. As a result, some of the reading is a bit dull, but it is ultimately rewarding. He goes well beyond the "people are a afraid of death" and "social approval" sorts of explanations in his wide-ranging survey of current and historical supernatural beliefs. Most people today take monotheism as the norm, and Boyer shows how and why we got to this point, as religion came to mesh with an increasingly complex web of human intuitions and emotional needs, showing the edifice of religion to be nothing but a cultural artifact.


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