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Post by vnatale » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:13 pm

What book are you reading now? Do you recommend it?

What recent books have you read that you recommend?

I read a lot of books but tend to stay with strictly non-fiction. I thought I created the following phrase but I later discovered others had been using it: "Truth is Stranger Than Fiction." I regularly use this in a discussion with someone who reads nearly a book a day when I say, "If someone had ever written a fiction book ten years ago that described exactly how the Trump campaign / presidency has gone so far, it'd be roundly criticized as too far fetched. Too unbelievable for someone to imagine anything like it taking place."

The other reason is if something piques my interest like what happened on 9/11/1857 in Utah, I can follow it up (like I did) by reading four or five more books about it. With fiction you are generally at the mercy of the author actually writing another book in the series. For certain historical events, the numbers of books regarding it is endless.

So, here is the book I just picked up to read tonight and it seems like it will be excellent. And, seems like it would appeal to the intellect of several here: https://www.amazon.com/Factfulness-Reas ... l_huc_item.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

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Post by Kriegsspiel » Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:04 pm

One I just finished is Slow Apocalypse by Varley. Set in California amid earthquakes, wild fires, loss of electricity, it's a really good work of fiction, or as it's known in California, "holy fucking shit this is really happening aaaggghhh." Other good novels include the Three Body Problem trilogy by Liu Cixin. Science fiction from China, translated into English in the last several years, and Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann; an older book about a family's fortunes in 19th century German Confederation.

For non-fiction, I focused mostly on Roman history and genetics/biodiversity this year. Good books were
  • Rubicon by Holland
  • The Fall Of Rome by Lafferty
  • The End Of Empire: Attila The Hun And The Fall Of Rome by Kelly
  • The Roman Search For Wisdom by Kellogg
  • The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Duncan
And in genetics
  • The Bell Curve by Murray
  • The Male Brain by Brizendine
  • The Female Brain by Brizendine
  • The Sports Gene by Epstein
  • Before The Dawn by Wade
  • A Troublesome Inheritance by Wade
  • Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors by Sagan & Druyan
  • Genome by Ridley
  • The Red Queen by Ridley
Boyd, by Coram, is a fascinating biography of John Boyd.
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Post by sophie » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:30 am

Gary Taubes, Good Calories Bad Calories. It's incredibly well written and thoroughly researched, and will turn a lot of your thinking on nutrition upside down.
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Post by technovelist » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:31 am

I've recently read Unfreedom of the Press by Mark Levin, which is an excellent expose of the Democrat party press (most of the lamestream media).
I'm just starting Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Why the Democrats Must Not Win by David Limbaugh (Rush's brother).
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Post by vnatale » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:04 pm

I did start reading that one when it first game out. If I remember correctly, it was a quite lengthy book and one of a long list of books that I have started and not finished.

The only things I seem to remember from it was that eating fat does not cause you to be fat and no matter how much some people try they are not going to be normal weight.

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Gary Taubes, Good Calories Bad Calories. It's incredibly well written and thoroughly researched, and will turn a lot of your thinking on nutrition upside down.
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Post by sophie » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:47 am

vnatale wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:04 pm
I did start reading that one when it first game out. If I remember correctly, it was a quite lengthy book and one of a long list of books that I have started and not finished.

The only things I seem to remember from it was that eating fat does not cause you to be fat and no matter how much some people try they are not going to be normal weight.

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Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:30 am
Gary Taubes, Good Calories Bad Calories. It's incredibly well written and thoroughly researched, and will turn a lot of your thinking on nutrition upside down.
I'll let you know when I've finished it, but I gather that it's eating carbohydrates that trigger fat storage, like this: carbs -> sugar -> increased insulin -> lipoprotein lipase -> fat storage. The USDA guidelines are actually tailor-made for inducing diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease etc. Very elegantly described in the book.
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Post by vnatale » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:08 am

Now that I check my book reading records I see that it was over 10 years ago (August 2009) when I started reading the book! Therefore, my memory should be quite shallow on what I remember of it. Looks like I'd only made it to page 109. Thought I had read more than that.

And, USDA guidelines are, of course, what the corporations say they should be.

That is one of the few things in which I am in agreement with Bernie: That the corporations run our country. However, that belief was shaken somewhat by the election of Trump because neither those corporations or the Republican establishment wanted him elected. Maybe that was just a major outlier in their control of our country?

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Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:47 am
vnatale wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:04 pm
I did start reading that one when it first game out. If I remember correctly, it was a quite lengthy book and one of a long list of books that I have started and not finished.

The only things I seem to remember from it was that eating fat does not cause you to be fat and no matter how much some people try they are not going to be normal weight.

Vinny
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Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:30 am
Gary Taubes, Good Calories Bad Calories. It's incredibly well written and thoroughly researched, and will turn a lot of your thinking on nutrition upside down.
I'll let you know when I've finished it, but I gather that it's eating carbohydrates that trigger fat storage, like this: carbs -> sugar -> increased insulin -> lipoprotein lipase -> fat storage. The USDA guidelines are actually tailor-made for inducing diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease etc. Very elegantly described in the book.
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Post by dualstow » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:18 pm

vnatale wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:13 pm
What book are you reading now? Do you recommend it?

What recent books have you read that you recommend?
Non-fiction:

*Midnight in Chernobyl. Excellent book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/405 ... -chernobyl
*Sons and Soldiers. Very good, but I got overwhelmed by other books and shelved it 2/3 of the way through.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/326 ... d-soldiers
*Savage Continent. Great, but there are a lot of stats in it which might bore some people.
*Sapiens. Had to return the library book and now I'm working my way through the audio version. I like it.
*There was a history of Iran, but I don't recommend it.

Fiction:

*Children of Men: very, very different from the film. Good use of language, but I think I prefer the film just the same.
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Post by dualstow » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:20 pm

Kriegsspiel wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:04 pm
Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors by Sagan & Druyan
My favorite non-fiction book of all time.
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Post by jacksonm2 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:29 pm

According to library records the last book I checked out was "The Mandibles". I think it might have been recommended by somebody on this forum.

I don't remember reading more than a few pages, however, and I can say the same of the prior three that I checked out.

I just keep them on the lampstand in the living room in case there is nothing good to watch on television.

I think the last one I actually read or at least skimmed all the way through was "Why Buddhism is true". As I recall, the author made a good case based on modern psychology completely ignoring the religious/spiritual aspects.
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Post by Kriegsspiel » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:58 pm

dualstow wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:20 pm
Kriegsspiel wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:04 pm
Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors by Sagan & Druyan
My favorite non-fiction book of all time.
Did you read it a while ago? If you thought it was good, you should try out some of the recent books that include the newer research!
There's this very disturbing set of studies where about half the articles printed in Science and Nature magazines, the two leading publications, involved experiments that could not be repeated by anybody.
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Post by dualstow » Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:58 pm

I read it in 1996.
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