The Age of Culpability
Children and the Nature of Criminal Responsibility
By Gideon Yaffe
Review by Gabriel De Marco, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 19th 2019.
The Age of Culpability by Gideon YaffeKids, that is, those who are under the age of 18, should be treated more leniently than adults by the criminal justice system. One of Gideon Yaffe's main goals in this book is to offer a rationale for this belief. The claim to be explained is not simply that the state should generally be lenient towards kids, but rather, that the state should be lenient towards all kids. This does not mean that kids should, in every instance, get less severe punishments than adults who, outside of age, are identical to the kids. Leniency can be manifested in various ways; e.g., different limits on the sentence
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EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology
Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment
By Arielle Schwartz and Barb Maiberger
Review by Roy Sugarman, PhD on Tue, Mar 19th 2019.
EMDR has been around for a long time now, and although initially it had its critics, ("what works is not new, and what is new doesn't work"), it nevertheless has acquired an evidence base and hence credibility as a first-line treatment for PTSD and other conditions. Somatic therapy has been around in various guises for some time and involves bringing the body into an otherwise talking-cure dominated field. Given Damasio's and others work around somatic markers, and the understanding, over time, that emotions are physiological entities, as opposed to feelings, which are more mentation-experienc
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EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology by Arielle Schwartz and Barb Maiberger

How to Be a Patient
The Essential Guide to Navigating the World of Modern Medicine
By Sana Goldberg
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Mar 19th 2019.
How to Be a Patient by Sana GoldbergSome people trust their doctors and take their advice. But that's not always a good idea. Different doctors can have different opinions and they make mistakes. In the USA especially, patients go through a great deal of unnecessary testing and treatment (source). Even more alarming, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the USA (source). As most people also experience, dealing with billing and health insurance in the USA is a nightmare. Trying to make a rational decision about treatment options is made much more difficult when providers refuse to be upfront about costs ahead of t
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Doing Harm
The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick
By Maya Dusenbery
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Mar 12th 2019.
Maya Dusenbury argues that medicine is deeply sexist all the way through. She sets out evidence that medicine has been based on men's biology, that women have been ignored, and that women continue to be ignored. This is especially important when women present with symptoms that doctors can't explain, because then they are dismissed as having a psychosomatic or trivial problem. She focuses especially on women's heart disease, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, and diseases that get labelled as women's hysteria. Dusenbery is a medical journalist, rather than a physician or an academic. She write
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Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery

The Existential Drinker
By Steven Earnshaw
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, Mar 12th 2019.
The Existential Drinker by Steven EarnshawLet us start at the end. In the Conclusion, Earnshaw writes: In these particular works meaninglessness, self, authenticity, death, and alienation are brought to the forefront of consciousness by the commitment to drink. Throughout the twentieth century psychological and biological explanations have proliferated to capture such orientations, but from the Existential drinker's perspective they are wrong every which way. For such figures, the reasons for drinking are ultimately metaphysical. A means to think, experience, and exist through profound Existential questions. [245] Tho
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Asymmetry
By Lisa Halliday
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Mar 5th 2019.
There are two main stories in this work. The first is called "Folly." Alice is in her twenties, working at a publisher in Manhattan, when she starts an affair with a famous novelist near the end of his career, hoping to get a Nobel Prize before he dies. The relationship happens without fanfare and apparently without thought on her part. Alice seems blank and if not naïve, then certainly lacking in sophistication. She does her job and she sees the novelist. He is affectionate to her and she seems to enjoy being with him, but there are no emotional depths examined. She provides a foil for h
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Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Body Mindful Yoga
Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship with Your Body
By Robert Butera and Jennifer Kreatsoulas
Review by Beth Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 5th 2019.
Body Mindful Yoga by Robert Butera and Jennifer KreatsoulasBody Mindful Yoga presents a  novel consideration of body image, combining awareness of language and social factors with self-reflection and yoga.  Authors Robert Butera and Jennifer Kreatsoulas suggest that the book is designed to assist readers with cultivating a more affirming relationship with their bodies.  The techniques described are largely based on a system developed by the first author, The Butera Method of Personal Transformation.  Both authors have a background in yoga therapy, an individualized approach which utilizes application of yoga practices towards
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The Nature of Moral Responsibility
By Randolph Clarke, Michael McKenna, and Angela M. Smith (Editors)
Review by William Simkulet on Tue, Mar 5th 2019.
The Nature of Moral Responsibility:  New Essays is a collection of exciting essays on moral responsibility, written in the analytic tradition by influential authors working in ethics, notably including articles from Derk Pereboom, Gideon Rosen, T.M. Scanlon, and Michael Zimmerman.           This collection consists of twelve essays, grouped in sections of four, preceded by an excellent introduction from the editors that surveys some of the best and most influential recent work in the field.  This introduction was, no doubt, written f
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The Nature of Moral Responsibility by Randolph Clarke, Michael McKenna, and Angela M. Smith (Editors)

 


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