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Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2020, 12:32:12 AM »
Read that one not that impressed there are so many better historical authors.

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Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2020, 09:42:28 AM »
Andy Cope with The little book of emotional intelligence and Stephen Law with The philosophy files.
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Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2020, 12:48:19 PM »
I've just finished 'I Spy: My Life in MI5' and am now reading 'First Into Action,' a personal account of an SBS commando. Mostly this is research for the novel I'm writing now, but really interesting too.

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Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2020, 10:51:22 AM »
Just began James Kalat's Biological Psychology last week. As the title suggests, it's an account of what it is to offer biological accounts of behavior. I was keen to find out how (if at all) this approach might differ from the behavioral approach. Interestingly enough, the approach draws from certain aspects of monism, which sets it apart from behavioral psych. Yet, we must remember that monism is a very broad concept--it ranges the whole spectrum from questions of origin to specific shared characteristics among given species, or even things. Interesting read so far. Looking forward to more of this during this week.

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Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2020, 11:17:26 AM »
I'm reading Invisible women, by Caroline Criado Perez.
It's a super interesting book, based on data (or lack thereof) about the impact that normal policies, planning and other stuff have on women, and how even the people with best intentions, if they don't have the right data and knowledge end up making things way harder for women (even when it's supposed to be gender-neutral).

It's not man bashing in any way, even I am learning new things, as even my life as a woman is biased by my own experiences.

For example, who knew that just by adding more entrances to a play area, and sub-dividing it in smaller spaces, hugely increases the proportion of girls using it?
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Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
« Reply #20 on: Today at 11:20:36 AM »
I'm reading Invisible women, by Caroline Criado Perez.
It's a super interesting book, based on data (or lack thereof) about the impact that normal policies, planning and other stuff have on women, and how even the people with best intentions, if they don't have the right data and knowledge end up making things way harder for women (even when it's supposed to be gender-neutral).

It's not man bashing in any way, even I am learning new things, as even my life as a woman is biased by my own experiences.

For example, who knew that just by adding more entrances to a play area, and sub-dividing it in smaller spaces, hugely increases the proportion of girls using it?

I've finished this one, and it made me feel better for having read it but also really angry for all the stuff that goes on.
From safety tests in cars not taking into account women drivers to the way doctors are trained (did you know that the usual heart attack symptoms are only valid for men?), to the fact that refugee houses are built without kitchens because nobody thought to ask women what was needed, and many other things fully supported by data... or not, because in some cases gender-disaggregated data doesn't exist because it's "too difficult"
People think of 'human rights' as different from 'women rights', as if 'women rights' are some sort of minority afterthought...

@J.R. Darewood, I think you'd really appreciate this book (at least a few chapters, they match what you normally talk about)
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Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
« Reply #21 on: Today at 01:28:58 PM »
I'm reading Jane Eyre at the moment, and greatly enjoying it; great lush detailed description, a Victorian-era voice, spooky happenings in large houses. Couldn't ask for more! :)
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