What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Jason » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:21 pm

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The marxist academic left has been in denial for a long while about the implications of human evolutionary history
I don't understand what these implications may be. Maybe I'm just daft;l but could you expand a little on that?
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by laklak » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:31 pm

Whenever I hear the term "Marxist academic" I reach for my Makarov.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by JimC » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:10 pm

Śiva wrote:
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The marxist academic left has been in denial for a long while about the implications of human evolutionary history
I don't understand what these implications may be. Maybe I'm just daft;l but could you expand a little on that?
That certain aspects of our behaviour are influenced by genetic factors attributable to natural selection during hominid evolution. Note that I said "influenced" - clearly, childhood experiences, learning and socialisation are major factors as well, with complex interactions between the factors. Generally, sociologists and psychologists, and left-leaning academics in general, have tended to focus almost entirely on the latter, hence the name the "Blank Slate" model. Often, they have not just ignored evolution, but actively attacked any mention of it in connection with the human condition, possibly because of its inappropriate use by right-wing theorists in the past.

I'm not really so much interested in the political nature of the debate, as in looking for the best scientific explanatory model for human behaviour; ignoring millions of years of selective pressures in the past is rather ostrich like, IMO...
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Jason » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:21 pm

Ah Tabula Rasa then. Thanks Jim. :tup:
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Clinton Huxley » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:45 pm

Simon Sebag-Montefiore's The Romanovs.

300 years of beheadings, conspiracies, insatiable lusts, rectal impalings and Princes dressed as chickens.

It's very good.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Svartalf » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:39 am

I just got my mitts on two (French translation) collection of boxing stories by Robert E Howard... dangit One of them is dedicated to the character Sailor Steve Costigan, and does not cover half, or maybe even a third, of what Howard wrote on the character, and that's not even counting Costigan's alter ego Dennis Dorgan... and the other, I don't even know who it's about.

I knew Howard to be a prolific author in many genres, but damn, he had to love boxing to write that much on the subject.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Jason » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:39 am

The Book of Lillith
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Svartalf » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:58 am

the one by Barbara Koltuv? what's it about, the Amazon blurb did not even let me know if it was a novel or an analysis of the myth.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Jason » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:08 pm

The one by Robert G. Brown. It's a larf.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Svartalf » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:15 pm

yeah, looks like fun.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Tero » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:32 pm

The shorter popular book on Monty Python. Barsanti et al. The idea is to read and not stop to see ”someting on the smart phone.” I even have a paper dictionary, the only Webster left in the house, on hand. I have learned what ”plinth” is.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Clinton Huxley » Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:04 pm

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss.

Experimental archaeologists go a bit Lord Of The Flies...

A slim, poetically written book featuring very toxic masculinity and some rabbit heads.

It's very good and by a woman!
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by JimC » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:22 pm

Clinton Huxley wrote:
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It's very good and by a woman!
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by laklak » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:15 pm

A woman writer? Waste of time. Read Kipling or H. Rider Haggard, old boy, that's the stuff! King Solomon's Mines was a corker. Rollicking good read. None of that mushy female stuff.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Svartalf » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:43 pm

You can read Hazel Heald and Zealia Bishop, their stories were ghost written by men lik HP Lovecraft... or you can read real man's stuff like that written by Robert E Howard...
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