Mind Games
Determination, Doubt and Lucky Socks: An Insider's Guide to the Psychology of Elite Athletes
By Annie Vernon
Review by Finn Janning on Tue, Jul 16th 2019.
Mind Games by Annie VernonFor some, sports is a field with very little on the mind. For others, it's completely different. Annie Vernon, a former Olympic rower and now a sports journalist, has written a book about what takes place between the ears of elite athletes. Called Mind Games, it has a clear premise: "Everyone has the physical tools—it's the mental tools that separate the good from the great." The book is not a practical guide on how to train or toughen your mind, nor is it an academic contribution to the field of sport psychology. Instead, it is like being inside a locker room, full of anecdotes f
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Dementia Reimagined
Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End
By Tia Powell
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 16th 2019.
Tia Powell's book on dementia is important and useful. She is a doctor, an academic, and someone who has a great deal of experience with dementia herself, and her book is a discussion of how to live with the expectation we will or might develop dementia, how to behave with people who have dementia, and what policies we should adopt regarding dementia. Both her grandmother and mother had dementia, and she says she expects to develop dementia herself. She has thought a great deal about both the medical aspects and the personal aspects. She sets out some of the science of dementia and the history
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Dementia Reimagined by Tia Powell

Chimpanzee Rights
The Philosophers’ Brief
By Kristin Andrews et al.
Review by Silke Feltz on Tue, Jul 16th 2019.
Chimpanzee Rights by Kristin Andrews et al.Tommy and Kiko are two chimpanzees kept in conditions not fit for their cognitive and emotional abilities. Both chimpanzees live a secluded life in New York State. Tommy spends long and lonely days in a cage in a shed (Barlow, 2017). Kiko is currently housed by himself near Niagara Falls (Andrews et al., 2019, pg. 1). In order to change this, laws need to be changed. Granting chimpanzees fundamental legal rights, like the right of personhood, would "mark a huge step toward stopping our unfettered abuse of them" (Wise, 2000, pg. 237). If granted personhood, Kiko and Tommy would be taken out of
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The Right to be Loved
By S. Matthew Liao
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 16th 2019.
Matthew Liao argues that children have a right to be loved by everyone. He had papers on this topic published in 2006 and he has written several articles since then on the topic. This book, published in 2015, offers an extended defense of the claim. Liao has a concise and straightforward style of writing that makes it appealing since one can see the structure of his arguments very clearly. Often, his arguments appeal to moral intuitions and existing practice, so they are somewhat conservative in the sense that they are not aiming to undermine prevalent moral ideas shared by most morally t
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The Right to be Loved by S. Matthew Liao

The Darkening Age
The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
By Catherine Nixey
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 9th 2019.
The Darkening Age by Catherine NixeyOriginally published in the UK in 2017, The Darkening Age presents a case against Christianity's self-image. Author Catherine Nixey was raised in a Catholic household by deeply religious parents and she studied ancient history as an undergraduate. (She tells the story of her parents' meeting as a nun and a monk in an online article.) Nixey sets out her case in this popular book that is full of dramatic stories. There are 22 pages of notes and 18 pages of bibliography. Her claims are that the early Christians were extremely intolerant of other religions and ways of life, to the e
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Purgatory
Philosophical Dimensions
By Kristof Vanhoutte and Benjamin W. McCraw (Editors)
Review by Andreea-Maria Lemnaru-Carrez on Tue, Jul 9th 2019.
This is a collection of sixteen exciting essays on the notion of Purgatory, not a from historical or cultural but philosophical point of view, unlike the other essays published on the subject in the last years. Due to space constraints, this review shall linger on only some of the papers. The book is divided in three parts. Its first part is dedicated to a philosophical contextualization of the concept of Purgatory, mainly in regards to ethics and the idea of time. The first chapter of the volume, written by K.K.P. Vanhoutte and B.W. McCraw addresses the definition of Purgatory as "the state,
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Purgatory by Kristof Vanhoutte and Benjamin W. McCraw (Editors)

The Diversity Delusion
How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture
By Heather Mac Donald
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 9th 2019.
The Diversity Delusion by Heather Mac DonaldThere is a lot to like in Heather Mac Donald's The Diversity Delusion. She is a punchy writer who cuts through nonsense with funny put downs. She presents a scathing critique of modern US universities, focusing on affirmative action, requirements that student and faculty populations be diverse, sexual assault policies, required education on sexual correctness, multicultural requirements, gender balance in the curriculum, the huge administrative bloat in higher education, and the departure from the traditional conception of knowledge and the importance of the Western canon. There are many
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How to Do Nothing
Resisting the Attention Economy
By Jenny Odell
Review by John Mullen on Tue, Jul 9th 2019.
First things first. This book is not about how to do nothing, as the author is at pains to point out on several occasions. It's about how to stop doing something, to wit, falling victim to the "attention economy." What attracted me to the book was the promise of an analysis with recommendations of the threats of universal digitalization in general and social media in particular. That expectation was fulfilled. The author has an impressive background as a Stanford University faculty member and a working artist-in-residence at such places as a police department, a dump, and internet archive
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How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

 


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