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Gaiam Sol Sure-Grip Yoga Mat, Cranberry, 4mm
Gaiam Sol Sure-Grip Yoga Mat, Cranberry, 4mm
Price: $69.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent All Around Mat, April 21, 2015
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Like many others have noted there is a rubbery smell to this mat at first. Hopefully it will go away. Other than that it is a good overall mat for the price. You can get better if you want to pay more. Very good grip, good size, and decent cushioning. Recommended for the price.


Getting What You Want: The 7 Principles of Rational Living
Getting What You Want: The 7 Principles of Rational Living
by Robert J. Ringer
Edition: Hardcover
69 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ideas But Horrible Examples, April 20, 2015
I really want to give this book 5 stars because in some ways it is even better than the same author's Looking Out For #1. I can't say enough about the principles in this book and I highly recommend them. However, Robert Ringer loses some credibility with his terrible examples of non-rational thinking. He manages to promote both creationism and bogus cancer cures in this otherwise excellent book. His knowledge of evolutionary theory is non-existent and his attempt at criticizing it is rather pathetic. However, the book is still highly recommended because the ideas he is trying to demonstrate with these terrible examples are still spot on.


The Horse That Won't Go Away
The Horse That Won't Go Away
by Thomas Heinzen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $26.69
34 used & new from $7.26

5.0 out of 5 stars This is an Excellent Book on Wishful Thinking, April 20, 2015
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This is a very small and short book and can be read in a couple of hours. I wish it could be read by everyone but unfortunately it will probably mostly be read by the existing choir of clear thinking individuals. Maybe we could give it to every teacher in the U.S. instead. I have heard of Clever Hans before and I think it was a brilliant idea to use that story as a basis for comparing to modern delusions such as facilitated communication. I bought this book from a third party seller for $10 rather than the list price of $26.80 and I recommend you do the same. That is way overpriced for such a small paperback but that is unfortunately a common practice in academic publishing. It's too bad because this is such a good little book. Get it but look for a good price.


Looking Out For #1
Looking Out For #1
Price: $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great Book, April 18, 2015
I bought this book as a teenager back in the late 70's. I reread it every 5 or so years. It is still one of the best personal freedom/philosophy books ever written. Highly recommended to anyone.


The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain
The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain
by John Kounios
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.01
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Well Written Presentation, April 17, 2015
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This book is well written, organized, and logical. It does not try to do too much but presents with clarity the research on what happens in the brain which lead to insights. The practical advice on improving insight is there but is not particularly suprising. This is a fairly short book, not a lot of fluff and was well done. I thought it was good and I could easily recommend it.


The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom
The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom
by David Boaz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.13
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Good Introduction to Libertarianism, April 15, 2015
I was surprised at this book. As a lifelong libertarian I thought I would check out what one of the "leaders" of mainstream libertarianism had to say and I wasn't expecting much. However, I have to admit that I was very surprised at how well the author captured what libertarianism is all about. The book is called "The Libertarian Mind" and I thought it described very well how a libertarian views things and thus provides as good a picture of the libertarian mindset as one can probably do in a book like this. There are major differences in viewpoints among libertarians - there are right-wing and left-wing libertarians as strange as that may sound, but in the end they all view the state as the major problem in modern society. Very well done and highly recommended.


The Stranger She Loved: A Mormon Doctor, His Beautiful Wife, and an Almost Perfect Murder
The Stranger She Loved: A Mormon Doctor, His Beautiful Wife, and an Almost Perfect Murder
by Shanna Hogan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.09
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done, April 15, 2015
This is an excellent true crime book about a truly evil man. It's hard to believe someone as strange as the killer described in this book could get away with what he did his whole life. The writing is excellent and the story is compelling. It's hard to believe that two people so different could end up together and of course the good one ends up dead. The way the daughters in this story fought for their dead mother is heartening and tragic at the same time. Recommended.


How "God" Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
How "God" Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
by Marshall Brain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.77
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book on Critical Thinking About God and Religion, April 7, 2015
This is an easy book to understand and it seems that was the whole point of the author. Someone criticized it for not being about philosophical arguments for God. Never mind only a tiny percentage of people can follow those arguments and obviously those people weren't the target audience. The author does a good job of laying out why believing in the Christian God (and other gods) is irrational. In some ways I think he beats a dead horse. For example he spends about 1/3 of the book on the futility of prayer. While the "argument against prayer" is undoubtedly effective and important I think it could have been done more concisely. Otherwise this is just a really clearly argued book. It's interesting and easy to understand. Not a great book but a really good book nonetheless. Recommended.


STAINMASTER Medallions Area Rug, 5 by 8-Feet, Gray/Gold
STAINMASTER Medallions Area Rug, 5 by 8-Feet, Gray/Gold
Price: $169.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Soft and Doesn't Slide, April 5, 2015
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The rug itself looks paler than the photo at least on my computer. However it looks perfect in our living room. It is very attractive and very soft to the feet. The description says "unbelievably soft" and that has it about right. It has a rubber back and so unlike our previous rug it does not slide and so you don't have to get pads for it. As soon as we put it down our cat threw up on it and it cleaned right up. That's the only experience I have so far with the stain resistance. This is an excellent buy and highly recommended.


Cold Vengeance (Agent Pendergast series)
Cold Vengeance (Agent Pendergast series)
by Lincoln Child
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $9.00
58 used & new from $4.62

4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars for Another Wonderful Pendergast Novel, April 2, 2015
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This is a really good book. Pendergast is only slightly less than superhuman and that is the only reason I take off 1/2 stars for this book. I wish the authors would make him a little bit more human and with more flaws. However, that takes nothing away from the very fast pace and compelling story telling in this book. You don't want to put it down because you can't wait to find out what happens. Recommended.


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