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Book Review – Hogfather

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Hogfather-2I thought there couldn’t be a more philosophical Terry Pratchett book than Small Gods. It was so deep, so… right, that I thought that no other book could make the same impression on me.

I was wrong.

Hogfather is filled with insights into the inner workings of human belief, and how they affect our daily actions and society itself. Even when I sometimes felt some scenes spread over to many pages, this was quickly corrected with a short conclusion that just blew up my mind.

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May 29th, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Book Review – The China Study

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How much does food affect our health? And how does traditional medicine work with this relation? From my experience, it is hard to know. We all think we know, but how much does science really know about this?

The China Study is a book that deals in the first part with the statistical relation between food and all kind of health problems. And I rewrite statistical because with all the advancements in science and technology we still know very little about how the human body works as a system. The basic conclusion og the book? Eat a whole-grain vegetarian diet and your chances of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer, dementia, and many others will be drastically reduced.

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April 15th, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Book Review – Thinking, Fast and Slow

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51oXKWrcYYLContinuing on the subject of human behavior (started with this book), I finished reading Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman. What a great book!

 

His main idea is that our cognitive functions are executed by two different systems: The first one (system 1) is automatic, fast, doesn’t require much energy, and isn’t very exact (to say the least). The second one (System 2) has to be called explicitly, takes a lot of energy, and its results are much more accurate than those of system 1. This by itself is very interesting, but on top of that, we are limited by the amount of time System 2 can be used until it becomes tired and starts making mistakes. And system 2 can concentrate on only one thing at a time, as is shown by the “Invisible Gorilla” experiment. Are we really that dumb???

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February 14th, 2016 at 9:08 pm

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