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You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, an d 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, an d 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
by David McRaney
Edition: Hardcover
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book everyone should ready to just TRY to get a little bit smarter, October 31, 2011
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This book is one that you will breeze through quickly, and after nearly every page, want to tell every single person you know what you have learned. The citations of numerous psychology studies that really reveal an enormous amount about the way we think, why we think, and how we think, are illuminating, and I feel just a wee bit smarter by reading this book. In fact, I sincerely believe the world would be a much more incredible place if everyone in it read this book.


Fantastic Planet - Master's of Cinema Series (UK Import) [Region 2]
Fantastic Planet - Master's of Cinema Series (UK Import) [Region 2]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon listing incorrect - this disc is region 0, March 24, 2011
This disc is region 0 and can be played anywhere. And if you haven't seen this movie, get it now!


Gorillas in the Myth: A Duck Soup Reader
Gorillas in the Myth: A Duck Soup Reader
Price: $4.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and thoughtful examinations, January 5, 2010
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This collection should be read by anyone with a remotely progressive heart. With thoughtful examinations, critiques, and meditations on our lives and culture, I eagerly anticipate more collections from this inspiring man.


Battlestar Galactica: The Plan [Blu-ray]
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Edward James Olmos
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect addition to the mythology of BSG, November 1, 2009
Doesn't feel like the series, and frankly I did experience some disappointment when I wasn't on the edge of my seat and thrilled at this moment or that. However, The Plan was so well written and directed, it is really a perfect addition to the mythology. It fills in a lot of gaps, it creates some very interesting perspective, particularly of Cavill and Simon, and adds depth to their models. I look forward to future installments, and to some possible follow up on D'Anna and Torey!


Fit for the Love of It!
Fit for the Love of It!
by Uche Odiatu
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superbly motivational for life overall, with few flaws, March 6, 2006
This collaborative text from husband and wife team Dr. Uche Odiatu and Kary Odiatu breaks the mold by combining a holistic and health-driven approach to fitness with motivational and spiritual hands-on activities. The book is gratefully not a fitness quick fix, something that sets it apart from the fad diet craze which dominates the literature out there and makes nearly everything questionable.

The Odiatus' book is at its best when it is being positive and empowering in an attempt to help anyone get started. I've been nagged and nagged myself, and even work in public health, but reading this book brought me to a self-realization that fitness can be a life change to make it a solid part of who you are, and that's something that requires work. The best part about this message is that it is as true for people searching for weight loss as it is for those looking to build muscle, run a marathon, or simply be healthier.

The book is organized nicely, with inspirational quotes throughout coming from a flurry of spiritual and motivational thinkers. The book also includes many practical exercises and workbook / journal pages to help guide anyone through the content and reinforce the message of each chapter. With a clear foundation in the idea that intention can manifest reality, the book pushes readers through chapters on taking action, goals, attitude, relationships, nutrition, shopping, vitamins, body image, balance, and even spirituality.

While the book is sometimes light on the depth and could use more concrete information to educate as well as empower, the undercurrent of dedication to lifestyle change is there, and is possibly even more invaluable to people who simply can't bring themselves to change their lives. Without being "preachy," the Odiatus find a way to discuss relationships as an element of fitness, something that is rarely seen or spoken about in such illuminating terms. While the lack of complexity is a double edged sword, the book has only minor flaws, such as its assumption of heterosexual relationships and lack of content for vegetarians. The only other drawback is the great deal of personal stories from the authors themselves, something that has its place in the text but could have been pushed to the backseat in place of more stories from other real people who did not have the chance to write a book.

The book attempts to empower readers based on what they know, an excellent starting point in today's junk information saturated society. Nonetheless, the book could have used some more tangible nutritional or exercise information to guide the reader through a fundamental understanding. Either way, the messages in this book are truly empowering and while I have not found myself working out regularly yet, my intentions and frame of mind have begun to transform ever so slightly. This is the first step to the Odiatu's "TLC" - Take action, Live the lifestyle, and Create balance. This book is useful as a general life motivational lesson and could easily be found in any self help or even new age spiritual section, making it diverse and accessible to many different readers for more than just physical fitness.


The Masculine Cross and Ancient Sex Worship
The Masculine Cross and Ancient Sex Worship
by Sha Rocco
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dense and a good start, with its drawbacks, December 15, 2005
A reprint from an 1874 manuscript, The Masculine Cross and Ancient Sex Worship is an only semi-useful essay that offers equal parts insight and dated convolution. The essay by Sha Rocco, the author of Sex Mythology, and a nom de plume believed to be Alisha Hudson, is a useful document for sex-interested historians, but mildly inaccessible by a mass audience. Its most notable strength is the intrigue any reader will begin to develop after going through the densely packed work reprinted here.

The text is essentially useful as a straightforward historical document, lacking in well founded research and applicable analysis. The book proves to be charged with sex positive ideologies and challenges to the late Victorian era push towards "sex as taboo" and hyper religious conservatism. The author's intention is to provide a clear shock to the system, and while Tess Roberts' introduction puts forth that the shock may still reverberate today, the text had little substance applicable to modern perspectives.

Rocco begins, at her strongest, with a breakdown of the cross symbolism inherent across most religions. While some examples of phallic imagery are scattered about with little coherence, the eventual shift into discussing the cross as a crude symbol begins to concretize the thrust of the text. The constant, allegedly academic, references Rocco makes throughout are part of the damage to her main points. Rocco continually quotes and references one main "scientist," Dr. Inman, an esoteric and hardly reputable source to base an entire case study on. These obscure references weaken Rocco's argument to the point of disrepute at moments.

Nonetheless, there is content to be gleaned from the text and accepted at face value as a premise for further study and interesting examinations. Rocco presents an analysis of biblical names as a case study in phallic worship. Rocco analyzes dozens of names as being either phallic or yonic worship, primarily phallic, with references to El the hard one (Elkoshi) and the erect On (Camon). This attempt to present the sexuality inherent in most religion is very successful here, when her information is straightforward and supportive of that main point, albeit questionably researched.

As Rocco begins to analyze the trinity, fish symbols, Fridays / holy days, mortars / pestles, arks and artifacts as gendered and sexualized, Rocco notes how "words and figures are adopted which are ingeniously vailed [sic] so as not to be understood by the multitude, yet significant enough to be initiated." This summarizes her entire essay's main point and explicitly presents the reader with the usefulness of her analysis. Rocco's text is the most appealing when it is concretely examining symbols such as these and showing how questionable mistruths can be taken like communion by the masses when it comes to religion.

"These metaphoric figures are so infinitely varied," Rocco describes of the crosses and intricate symbols of religions, "that only the learned in them will be apt to recognize their hidden meaning." This elitism in which Rocco posits that those "in the know" hold the truth to these grand mysteries and cover-ups is deflated by Rocco's own text. This work straddles the fence between colloquial analysis and academic research, and never quite ends up on either side, making each piece of evidence of the "learned" that much more questionable.

Historically, the author's challenges to religious ideologies are interesting, but would require far more in depth analysis to prove useful for a modern examination. Rocco's motivations and true knowledge base are both questionable, but her attempt to bring together many different religions and spiritual beliefs adds weight to the "sex worship" analysis, and is something that is hard to find in texts today.

Her ability to combine many minor elements of religious mythology makes this book an interesting springboard for further research. The most interesting and useful element to the text is the structure of her arguments, one that should be pursued and applied by more thorough and well researched modern day historians looking to break the religious mythos hegemony.

For those interested in breaking down religious mythology and examining ancient sexuality, this text can provide a starting point which, while not the strongest, is an easy and dense work that the reader will find provides them with even more questions and insights to begin to examine.


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