Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Array of subjects and ideas

We are catching up on bills, meetings, and general living. I am sending this out in the afternoon but I will soon get back to composing for the next day and sending around 6 AM, central time.

Over the past weeks, I have gotten into several books that may be of interest.  




How We Learn

Benedict Carey

Learning takes place all the time thru life.  It is not as dull as we tend to think.

Weapons of Math Destruction

Cathy O'Neil

Algorithms dominate modern Am. life and they need to be examined and tested

Homo Deus

Y.N. Harari

Not out yet. His "Sapiens" is one of the best I have read in years.


St. Augustine

Free on Kindle, an important classic, maybe the 1st autobiography, first-rate mind, complains about school and lessons, very pious

How the Irish Saved Civilization

Thomas Cahill

Really excellent, much deeper, wider and faster read than I expected

Lab Girl

Hope Jahren

Listening to Audible version, great voice, super langauge, real woman scientist making her way thru life and science

Re Weapons of Math Destruction, it can be helpful to read Robyn Dawes and Paul Meehl on the subject of best decisions and to reflect how much we actually know what we are doing when buying a property or selecting a college or other big decisions.

We attended an excellent overview on breathing, yes, the action you first took when you emerged from your mom and are still doing!  I recommend deliberately taking five minutes a day to take deep belly breaths.  Try lifting your arms along with the inhale and closing them with the exhale.  Uplifting!  If you do it enough, you will be able to fly!  See "The Breathing Book" by Donna Farhi and "Conscious Breathing" by Gay Hendricks.  Many people leave their natural breathing way of using their diaphragm and abdomen and rarely breathe deeply and fully.

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