Category Archives: Book Reviews

Why Do We Need Words To Think?

Every so often I see a questions that brings me up short.  For example, we need words to talk, but why do we need words to think? Durham University psychologist Charles Fernyhough has been studying this.   Fernyhough thinks approximately 20 to 25 percent of our waking time is spent with language directed at ourselves.  Why? 

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Between Two Cultures

What is it like to be caught between two cultures, not completely identifying with either and not completely being accepted by either?  I’ve met people who are the offspring of mixed-race marriages, but two distinct cultures? If you’re wondering, too, one insight into a European-Middle Eastern dichotomy is a published series of comic strips entitled

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Are You Ready For Some Good News?

During this political silly season, it’s easy to think this country is in serious trouble, that we’re not great anymore, that we have serious problems, especially with crime and race relations. Well, I lived through the 1960s and 1970s, which means I saw firsthand the civil rights struggles and the Vietnam protests, and anecdotally I

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The Post-American World?

From the “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover” department — Awhile back I received an email from a conservative friend with a picture of President Obama getting off Air Force One with a book under his arm.  You could just read the title: The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria.  Apparently my friend was offended

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How Egalitarian a Society Are We?

We like to have a positive view of ourselves and our country.  But every so often we find something that jars us into rethinking our complacency. I just ran across a review a book with the rather shocking title White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by historian Nancy Isenberg.  It proposes

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