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Book review: The Moral Molecule, Paul J. Zak

The Science of What Makes Us Good or Evil! The Source of Love and Prosperity! These taglines accompany the UK and US titles of Paul J. Zak’s entertaining book. And the hype doesn’t stop there. A formerly obscure hormone called oxytocin hit centre stage and has continued to occupy it since the book’s publication last …

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Book review: The Horse Boy, Rupert Isaacson

subtitle: A Father’s Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son

Travel writer and activist Rupert Isaacson has written for an assortment of publications in diverse parts of the English-speaking world. Married to an academic psychologist and based in Texas, travel was his livelihood as well as his pleasure. But when his son was diagnosed with autism …

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Book review: West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief by Steven Kotler

Greetings from the West Coast! Appropriately enough, I found this book at the place I was staying in Santa Cruz, California. Apparently, the spirituality of surfing now constitutes a subgenre of its own, including such titles as Saltwater Buddha and Kook.

Steven Kotler’s life had gone down the drain: he had Lyme disease, his …

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Book review: Entangled, Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock has written nonfiction books on esoteric subjects ranging from the possibility that Osiris and Quetzalcoatl were in fact non-human survivors of a now-vanished, advanced civilisation (Fingerprints of the Gods) to archaeological traces of the various Great Flood myths (Underworld) to the importance of shamanism and hallucinogens in the origin …

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Too much positive thinking can be lethal

Book review: Smile or Die, Barbara Ehrenreich (US title: Bright-Sided)
Subtitle: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World

When Barbara Ehrenreich was diagnosed with breast cancer, she went through the usual stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But there was a further stage that she found many cancer patients …

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