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March 6th, 2014

March 6th, 2014
10:14 am

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Recent Reading: The Duck That Won the Lottery: 100 New Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher
The Duck That Won the Lottery: 100 New Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher by Julian Baggini

This is a fun, useful, and quick-to-read book with a lousy title. The Duck part is fine because it's intriguing, but what are "experiments for the armchair philosopher" when they're at home? I had no idea what I was going to read when I picked this one up. Read more...Collapse )
A good book for those who enjoyed Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer, Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner, and How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff. And if you haven't read those, read them too.

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10:18 am

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Recent Reading: Lamaze: an International History by Paula Michaels
Lamaze: An International HistoryLamaze: An International History by Paula A. Michaels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I quite enjoyed this book. Although written by an historian and published by an academic press, it's very accessible. The author came to write it because she was surprised to find out during her first pregnancy that the Lamaze method of prepared childbirth, which she had always assumed was developed in France, was in fact imported by Dr. Lamaze from the Soviet Union. She was particularly surprised because her field of specialty is Russian medical history and she didn't know this!

I have no such credentials but was also surprised that Lamaze, also known as psychoprophylaxis, is not French in origin. That was the hook that got me into the book, but I stayed for the really intriguing take she has on childbirth and culture and how they interact.Read more...Collapse )

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