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  •  Three great books, Crashing. "Origins of (5+ / 0-)

    Conscious" is a complete hoot as an example of creative theorizing -- although nobody believes Jayne's ideas, a lot of people in neurology and neuropsychology have a great affection for his book.

     Becker's book, IMO, is a VASTLY under-rated masterpiece, maybe because of what I consider one of its great strengths -- unlike most writing of the various founders of psychoanalysis, it's clear and straight-forward.  

    And, IMO, "Gravity's Rainbow" is one of the great novels of the 20th century -- funny as hell and terrifying by turn.  

    •  To me, the strength of "Origins" is that (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Brecht

      Jaynes defends, at every step, each and every point that he makes.

      Even if there's no there there, it is a great exercise in academic rigor.

      "Metaphrand?" Really?

      Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

      by Crashing Vor on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 05:29:54 PM PST

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