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Mock Turtle
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Mock Turtle

Silent Generation - so don't expect much, Male, from UK

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    1. dybmh
      dybmh
      thanks for the frube :)
    2. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Instruments to love or hate?
    3. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the funny frube on Testimony, oral or written, is not evidence.
    4. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Woke Marxist-Intersectional Politics Make You Miserable
    5. Revoltingest
      Revoltingest
      And for the events leading to human life ending frubing.
      And for flurbing the Ennio Morricone thread.
      And for the John Ugo obituary froobuary.
      And for furballing the bet with the date.
      And for flurballing improvement over perfection.
    6. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Revenge: A dish best served cold
    7. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thank you for the winner and the like on Putting it in perspective
    8. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the like on Insight: Why some people don't wear masks

      And cheers for the funny frube on Classic banter - between two or more parties
    9. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for frubaling Poll: What are the major motivations/drives in your life?
    10. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the like on People who can't wear masks
    11. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Music for an exit - to life
    12. Revoltingest
      Revoltingest
      Thanx for the alien luck at poker fruber.
      And for flurbing Alice's Restaurant.
      And for the Dollar trilogy frubogy.
      And for foobling The Day The Earth Stood Still.
      And for the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy fruby.
      And for furballing being unshackled by The Man.
      And for the people bent on erasing offensive history frubory.
    13. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the winner frube on My Mother was Kind to Me...
    14. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the funny frube on Martial Law?
    15. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thank you for the funny frube on Coronapocalypse humor
    16. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Of birds and men. Covergent evolution.
    17. Revoltingest
      Revoltingest
      Thanx for the winning smile of Christine frubal.
      And for floorlbing her not looking a day over 10,000.
      And for the Harvard vs MIT froolbe.
      And for furballing prosecuting the cops who killed Floyd.
      And for the immediate arrest froulbe.
      And for fluurlbing 4 songs with stories.
      And for the living impaired furball.
    18. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the pair of frubes on Are Atheists More likely to be serial killers?

      And for the useful frube on Does everyone have their price?
    19. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Cheers for the frube on Tired of winning yet?
    20. ChristineM
      ChristineM
      Thanks for the frube on Re-Inventing the Wheel
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    UK
    Occupation:
    Irreverent/irrelevant old git
    Religion:
    Fellowship of the Mutable (agnostic atheist)
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    • Abrahamic Religion DIR
    • Dharmic Religions DIR
    • Non-Theistic/Non-Religious Beliefs DIR
    Some useful reading (for me at least), and in no particular order of merit (but with some recommendations) - many read a long time ago by the way:

    General:

    Life 3.0 (2017) by Max Tegmark - an exploration into how AI might develop and the likely problems associated with such
    Factfulness (2018) by Hans Rosling - why one should get the facts to inform one's opinion, which is often just not the case (must read)
    Future Shock (1970) by Alvin Toffler - arguing effects of rapid change and the possible societal consequences of such
    Maladies & Medicine: Exploring Health & Healing, 1540-1740 (2017) by Jennifer Evans & Sara Read - an exploration of health and healing in England during this period
    10 Billion (2013) by Stephen Emmott - pessimistic appraisal of population growth and what the implications are (must read)

    Religions and such:

    The End of Faith (2005) by Sam Harris - exploring the negative effects of religious beliefs
    Breaking the Spell (2007) by Daniel Dennett - an explanation as to why religion might be seen as a purely natural phenomena
    The God Argument (2013) by A C Grayling - the case for Humanism as opposed to what religions offer
    The God Delusion (2006) by Richard Dawkins - one atheist's view as to why religious beliefs are delusions

    Human behaviour and history:

    Behave (2017) by Robert Sapolsky - attempting to explain why we behave as we do, involving so many aspects of being human (must read)
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2015) by Yuval Noah Harari - from insignificant and more primitive ape to being the one exceptionally advanced ape (must read)
    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016) by Yuval Noah Harari - following on from the previous book, where we might be headed (must read)
    A Million Years in a Day (2015) by Greg Jenner - the origins of so many things we take for granted
    A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived (2017) by Adam Rutherford - what our genes, and the history of such, reveal about us (must read)
    The Bonobo and the Atheist (2014) by Frans de Waal - exploring any biological basis for morality (must read)
    Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) by Jared Diamond - proposing how geographical and environmental factors have shaped the modern world (must read)
    The Blind Watchmaker (1986) by Richard Dawkins - an argument for why the Theory of Evolution is a better one than any design being involved
    The Selfish Gene (1976) by Richard Dawkins - the unique role of genes in human life
    Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975) by E O Wilson - attempts to explain much of human behaviour from our biological past (must read)
    The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are (1994) by Robert Wright - an approach to such via evolutionary psychology. Much to learn about Darwin here too (as a person and his struggles), as his work is used as context to explain and discuss much human behaviour. (must read)

    The Mind:

    Logically Fallacious (2015) by Bo Bennett - as stated, crash course in logical fallacies
    The Art of Failure (2010) by Dr Neel Burton - designated as the anti self-help guide and what actually is seen as success
    Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (2015) by Jeffrey A Lieberman, MD - an account of the painful history of psychiatry and associated treatments
    Against Empathy (2016) by Paul Bloom - how empathy is too often local and/or based upon what appeals, and why this might not be so beneficial overall
    The Remembered Present (1990) by Gerald Edelman - developing a theory concerning consciousness
    Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind (1992) by Gerald Edelman - theory that the mind has arisen through evolutionary morphology
    Consciousness Explained (1991) by Daniel Dennett - argues how consciousness arises from interaction of physical and cognitive processes
    Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind (1987) by George Lakoff - argues for a model of cognition on the basis of semantics
    The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1982) by Julian Jaynes - argues for a bicameral mind being in existence until recent times (must read)
    The Myth of Irrationality (1993) by John McCrone - some thoughts as per title concerning the workings of the human mind
    The Society of Mind (1986) by Marvin Minsky - a theory concerning how the mind is constructed through simpler processes
    How the Mind Works (1997) by Steven Pinker - how the mind works from an evolutionary psychology perspective
    The Language Instinct (1994) by Steven Pinker - argues that humans are born with an innate capacity for language
    The Blank Slate (2002) by Steven Pinker - arguing for human behaviour being shaped by evolutionary psychological adaptations rather than any 'blank slate'
    The Origins of Virtue (1996) by Matt Ridley - explores the issues surrounding the development of human morality
    The Red Queen (1993) by Matt Ridley - explores the evolutionary psychology perspective of sexual selection
    Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty (1999) by Nancy Etcoff - argues that our concept of beauty is in our biology rather than being a construct
    The Beauty Myth (1990) by Naomi Wolf - proposing that societal pressures have much to do with our concept of beauty
    From Bacteria to Bach And Back: The Evolution of Minds (2017) by Daniel Dennett - a possible explanation for the evolution of consciousness (not finished yet)

    Books not read yet or only partially read:

    The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails (2010) Ed by John W. Loftus - a collection of essays by various authors, as per title
    Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought (2001) by Pascal Boyer - approaches the subject via evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology
    The Authoritarian Dynamic (2005) by Karen Stenner - an exploration into why we tend to align ourselves with certain political perspectives and as to why we might display certain attitudes, like intolerance for example
    The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? (2012) by Jared Diamond - Advancing the view that there is still much to learn from earlier societies that might have been ignored in the rush for progress
    The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (2021) by David Graeber and David Wengrow - New perspectives as to such from an anthropologist and an archaeologist, and seemingly throwing out many of the old ones

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