Best books about nervous system diseases according to redditors

We found 254 Reddit comments discussing the best books about nervous system diseases. We ranked the 68 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Nervous System Diseases:

u/josephsmidt · 52 pointsr/askphilosophy

> What proof have we that mathematics exist?

My favorite defense of the existence of mathematics comes from Roger Penrose.

The short version of his argument (which you can read more of with greater detail in the book linked above) is that mathematics contains truth that seems to be independent of human minds.

For example, let's take pythagorean's theorem. The proof of this theorem goes back at least as far as Pythagoras in ancient Greece. And yet, unlike changing political views and fashion trends since ancient Greece, this proof and theorem has been just as valid in every generation and culture. The exact same proof works no matter where or who you are. In fact, one could argue that these mathematical truths would be true even if there were no humans to consider them. Does man really have to exist for a^2 + b^2 = c^2 to be a true statement for triangles?

Also, there are examples of mathematical theorems that have been independently arrived at which suggests further there is something independent of man that different humans are discovering. The odds of someone coming up with the same play as Shakespeare is incredibly low as Shakespeare's plays are products of his mind. But in the case of math, theorems do get arrived at independently as if the truth of the theorem is something real to be discovered independent of the mind of the mathematician.

Again, read Penrose for a better explanation but I hope you get the point.

u/IndigoFlyer · 29 pointsr/MensLib

From my (doula) husband: "the birthpartner" by Penny Simkin

I had a lot of anxiety about reading the pregnancy books, so he did a good job at reading EVERYONE IN EXISTENCE and tossing me the best.

u/themeanferalsong · 17 pointsr/Lyme

you want everything we know? I have a giant notepad full of info...

u/FoxJitter · 14 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Not OP, just helping out with some formatting (and links!) because I like these suggestions.

> 1) The Magic Of Reality - Richard Dawkins
> 2) The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
> 3)A Brief History Of Time - Stephen Hawking
> 4)The Grand Design - Stephen Hawking
> 4)Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari (Any Book By Daniel Dennet)
> 5)Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker
> 6)From Eternity Till Here - Sean Caroll (Highly Recommended)
> 7)The Fabric Of Cosmos - Brian Greene (If you have good mathematical understanding try Road To Reality By Roger Penrose)
> 8)Just Six Numbers - Martin Reese (Highly Recommended)

u/[deleted] · 12 pointsr/science

Buy a book by Roger Penrose called The Road To Reality. He explains pretty much our current understanding of the universe, and spends the first third of the book explaining the mathematics.

It's worth looking at before you spend seven years (as I did) at university studying physics.

u/rmarden · 11 pointsr/NoFap

Work out 3 days a week with HEAVY weights. None of that high rep, pussy weight shit. Do the big lifts. I'm talking benching, squatting, deadlifting. Do cardio the other two days. Your body doesn't want to change naturally. All it wants to do is keep you alive. That's why you've gotta force it. It's like pushing a boulder up a hill. If you need a good strength program, start with Bigger Leaner Stronger by Mike Matthews. Go on and read some of the articles. Get the book. Lean muscle will increase your testosterone, which adds to your energy and assertiveness. It's a feedback loop and an upward cycle. The rich definitely get richer.

Start eating healthy if you don't already. Lots of greens. Juice them if you can. It tastes nasty at first - but it will get better with time. Eat calorically dense food. I'm talking lean chicken breast, broccoli, mixed veggies, etc. You can eat healthy at a cheap cost, don't think you can't. Skip the sugars. Skip the junk food. Minimize your grains. You're not eating only for your physical health - but for your mental health as well. Read Brain Maker to see how food affects your brain. I attribute a lot of my depression and "brain fog" to eating a shitty diet for 3 years in school. Jerking myself senseless didn't help either.

Don't smoke weed, especially if you have an addictive personality. I wasted a lot of money and a lot of time smoking weed.

You can never replace time. You can replace money. If you can, always choose time over money. Speaking of money, start saving 10% of anything you earn. You will thank yourself later.

Don't fall into petty bullshit. Always think long term.

Drop anyone who is lame, negative, or petty like a hot coal. I don't care if they're the President. You shouldn't have any space for that in your life. No drama. No negativity. Surround yourself with like minded individuals who want to conquer.

Get up EARLY on weekends and get shit done. Don't sleep in until 3pm. That's fucking lame. Get up early and learn how to do a new skill, like start a business. Work HARD on your school work but get it out of the way as early as possible so you can work on what really matters - YOURSELF.

READ outside of class. Most of what you'll read in class will be bullshit. Read Self-Development books. Read Biographies. Read good Fiction. Read business books. Some of my favorites are Think and Grow Rich, 48 Laws of Power, Teddy Roosevelt's biography, and the 10X Rule.

Throw yourself into as many social activities as possible. I cannot emphasize this enough. You will be around tons of different people and you won't get locked into one worldview. You'll also increase your social skills.

Get as much experience with women as possible. I don't necessarily mean sexual, but if it progresses that way - fine. Have as many girl friends as possible. Not only will you be around feminine energy, but you have a higher chance of meeting other girls who you connect with on a deeper level as well.

Continue with NoFap. 99% of the men (if they can be called that) do not do this. You will be at a supreme advantage if you do. The only time you can ejaculate is with a girl.

u/arikr · 11 pointsr/slatestarcodex

Some thoughts:

  1. Highly recommend skimming through the 'Driven to Distraction' book and taking the linked adult ADHD self report test

  2. My read of Scott's post and other things on the internet is that Ritalin is perhaps better than Adderall from the perspective that you're talking about: e.g. comedowns and euphoria. I've read that Ritalin has less of a euphoria. Also you can start super super low with dosages. Like 5-10mg Ritalin per day, which is about 2.5-5mg Adderall per day and titrate as needed. This has info on dosing:

  3. I felt similarly to you, I always had this perception of Adderall and Ritalin as scary drugs, then I read a lot into it after reading the 'driven to distraction' book and felt very reassured.

    Overall, seems like you would benefit from looking further into it. That's what I wish someone would've told me if I was in your situation.
u/QuiltingPi · 9 pointsr/BabyBumps

FTM so no personal experience, but a lot of people recommend The Birth Partner for their partners to read.

u/mortonsmerrymount · 9 pointsr/BabyBumps

Sorry you had a bad experience with doulas in your area! That's a shame.

BUT! A good book for you and your hubby is The Birth Partner

It details what the woman in labor will be feeling and what you can do as a partner to help her. Really good read. Good luck!

u/xNovaz · 8 pointsr/conspiracy

1 more thing to say then I’m out.

> "There is a huge difference between the scientific establishment and established science." Nice

You must be new to the vaccine debate. I recommend checking out OP’s profile and sift through his vaccine-related threads.

RFK is one of the runner ups in the discussion. You can read about him from the astroturfer/shills/bloggers online. Google RFK jr. search under news. Google ‘RFK anti vaxxer.’

RFK wrote this book about Thimerosal (mercury) and compiled the entire scientific studies vs what the medical establishment says. “Consensus.” Anything relating to vaccines is safe even if it’s not.

Thimerosal is safe according to CDC and Wikipedia. I wonder if pharma pays anyone to edit wikipedia. Hm.

> Anti-vaccination activists promoting the incorrect claim that vaccination causes autism, have asserted that the mercury in thiomersal is the cause.[1] There is no scientific evidence to support this claim.[2]

Really? Then what is this?

I want CDC to explain to me why injecting mercury into my body, hell into a babies body is “safe.” How is that safe. Is this an irrational question? Am I an anti-vaxxer for not wanting to inject a toxin into my body? Lmfao.

Watch Dr. Haley destroy Paul Offit in a debate.

u/guyfaceddude · 7 pointsr/Lyme

Here is the book that kicked off this whole investigation:

Here is the Rep Chris Smith(Republican-NJ) calling for the investigation in the H.R. 2500 meeting.

Here is Kris Newby - author of the book:
She is a science writer at Stanford School of Medicine

u/zlhill · 7 pointsr/medicine

You would appreciate anything by Oliver Sacks. He was a celebrated neurologist who wrote a bunch of great books about consciousness and fascinating stories about conditions he saw in his practice from a very philosophical rather than strictly clinical point of view. You could start with The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Hallucinations, or Awakenings. He gave a nice TED talk if you want to get a taste for it.

u/bonkly68 · 7 pointsr/conspiracy

Funny that Kennedy's 2014 work Thimerosol: Let the Science Speak that this article references, has been so thoroughly buried. BTW the typical response from the apologists is "we're not using thimerosol anymore."

u/R_damascena · 7 pointsr/TopMindsOfReddit

This is the book they're talking about.

Quick primer on the whole Chronic Lyme deal.

u/sloanerose · 7 pointsr/BabyBumps

I don't think it's necessary. I watched a 3 part YouTube series by a midwifery group and read The Birth Partner and through those I felt very prepared. We didn't take a birth class because the schedule was very inconvenient and for the one that was convenient it was too expensive. I felt completely confident during my labor and my husband was a great partner because I had sent him things to read online and parts of the Birth Partner.

u/DevonianAge · 7 pointsr/Feminism

Maybe it's a bit below your level as a neuroscience student, but I thought the recent book Pink Brain Blue Brain did a good job on sex differences. Basically, the author's premise is that neurological sex differences are very small (but measurable) initially, but then differentiation occurs during early childhood development, mostly as a result of social reinforcement/ influence. And that of course, due to the nature of brain development (neuroplasticity), those differences eventually become hardwired, eventually resultling in larger measurable differences in older children and adults.

In the process she revisits a lot of the literature on innate sex differences. For much of it, she calls either the data or the methodology into question, and her conclusion is that the differences are generally smaller than is often claimed (or at least that the data is not very conclusive). She also has harsh words for many self-help psychology/sex difference popularizers (like Robert Bly or Louann Brizendine), who she claims accepted the inconclusive science and ran with it.

That book is not exactly about gender in the Judith Butler sense-- she's more concerned with differences in cognition that impact parenting/ academic issues (like social/communication skills, spatial reasoning, etc). Still, I found it to be very provacative and interesting, and if nothing else it's a reminder that the popularized notions of scientific discoveries don't always align very well with the data.

Edit: damned autocorrect

u/pintoftomatoes · 7 pointsr/BabyBumps

Take your vitamins, eat your protein, try to stay active even if it's just walking a few times a week. Don't be afraid to call your OB if something is bothering you or if you are worried. 99% of the time they'd rather you call over something minor than to not call at all and be anxious. Get some books and sign up for child birth and parenting classes. We did ours though our hospital and they were pretty affordable and really educational. As far as books go, I am reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and my husband is reading The Birth Partner. These were both recommended by our child birth educators. I'm 30 weeks right now, and I would say as you get closer to the end, don't feel bad about not being able to do as many things as you could before you were huge and uncomfortable. Ask for help, take breaks, nap, relax as much as you can.

u/tashabaker11 · 6 pointsr/CsectionCentral

I also wanted to offer an alternative view.

I will be the first to admit that labor and delivery is scary especially for a first time mother. BUT I think it would be incredibly helpful for you to learn more about the process. The more you know the less fear you'll have.

I originally subscribed to this sub because I thought I needed a scheduled c-section due to low lying placenta. It moved up on its own and I was able to have a vaginal delivery. I chose to do it naturally with no pain medication and honestly, it was an awesome experience. Yes- it hurt, yes- it was hard, but I would do it over again in a heartbeat! I ended needing an episiotomy which I know scares a lot of people but they gave me a local anesthetic first and I couldn't feel it at all. My recovery was so easy!!! I just felt a bit bruised down there for the first little while and that's it. Full disclosure, I know not everyone has this kind of experience, but statistically the vast majority of births are complication free.

So long story short, I would suggest you look into vaginal delivery more in-depth. Look into the stages of labor. Definitely research the potential risks and side effects of a c-section. Also with this being you're first, c-sections can have negative risks for subsequent pregnancies.

This book is designed for support people during labor, but honestly it was the best resource for learning the stages of labor. It's a very empowering book. I highly recommend it!

I'm not specifically saying you shouldn't go for a c-section, I just think giving your self the knowledge of the pros and cons will be a huge help!

Best of luck to you!!

u/Zethley · 6 pointsr/BabyBumps

Order The Birth Partner off amazon for your husband. Great book! I read through it and my husband is almost done with it. I plan on passing it down to the next friend who gets pregnant which is how it came into my possession.

u/lvl_5_laser_lotus · 6 pointsr/Buddhism

> you've got a real way with words :)

You take that back right now! It's not true at all.

(See, now that would be an example of the aggressive humility Frosh was speaking to.)

In my study, I'm actually trying to steer away from the Sanskrit and Pali terminology. I understand the concepts are most expressive in their original language, but it is not my original language. And I'm not really interested in learning another language; I'm very much interested in the concepts, though. So it is necessary to understand the original to a degree. One certainly shouldn't cling to the original out of some extreme nostalgia or deluded preference.

I might know the varied meanings and deep expression of the English word 'feelings', and even the Sanskrit/Pali 'Vedanā', but I also understand how difficult and off-putting the language could be to beginners (and even the more advanced.) So, I'm turning more and more to neuroscience and psychology to supplement my study. E.g. the book Feelings above was checked-out for the purpose of better understanding one of the skandhas.

I recommend Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain for an excellent description of the concatenation of neural processes that result in a mind capable of self-consciousness.

Edit: On Suffering: I like the tripartite definition. There are 3 kinds of suffering that mark this world:

  1. The suffering of change. Even happiness is suffering because it must end.
  2. The suffering of suffering. Pain and sorrow, etc. are obviously forms of suffering.
  3. The suffering of the cycle of uncontrollable rebirth.

    a la Berzin
u/FunkyFortuneNone · 6 pointsr/quantum

Friend asked for a similar list a while ago and I put this together. Would love to see people thoughts/feedback.

Very High Level Introductions:

  • Mr. Tompkins in Paperback
    • A super fast read that spends less time looking at the "how" but focused instead on the ramifications and impacts. Covers both GR as well as QM but is very high level with both of them. Avoids getting into the details and explaining the why.

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution (Great Courses lecture)
    • This is a great intro to the field of non-classical physics. This walks through GR and QM in a very approachable fashion. More "nuts and bolts" than Mr. Tompkins but longer/more detailed at the same time.

      Deeper Pop-sci Dives (probably in this order):

  • Quantum Theory: A Very Brief Introduction
    • Great introduction to QM. Doesn't really touch on QFT (which is a good thing at this point) and spends a great deal of time (compared to other texts) discussing the nature of QM interpretation and the challenges around that topic.
  • The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces
    • Now we're starting to get into the good stuff. QFT begins to come to the forefront. This book starts to dive into explaining some of the macro elements we see as explained by QM forces. A large part of the book is spent on symmetries and where a proton/nucleon's gluon binding mass comes from (a.k.a. ~95% of the mass we personally experience).
  • The Higgs Boson and Beyond (Great Courses lecture)
    • Great lecture done by Sean Carroll around the time the Higgs boson's discovery was announced. It's a good combination of what role the Higgs plays in particle physics, why it's important and what's next. Also spends a little bit of time discussing how colliders like the LHC work.
  • Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time (Great Courses lecture)
    • Not really heavy on QM at all, however I think it does best to do this lecture after having a bit of the physics under your belt first. The odd nature of time symmetry in the fundamental forces and what that means with regards to our understanding of time as we experience it is more impactful with the additional knowledge (but, like I said, not absolutely required).
  • Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics
    • This is not a mathematical approach like "A Most Incomprehensible Thing" are but it's subject matter is more advanced and the resulting math (at least) an order of magnitude harder (so it's a good thing it's skipped). This is a "high level deep dive" (whatever that means) into QFT though and so discussion of pure abstract math is a huge focus. Lie groups, spontaneous symmetry breaking, internal symmetry spaces etc. are covered.
  • The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
    • This is your desert after working through everything above. Had to include something about string theory here. Not a technical book at all but best to be familiar with QM concepts before diving in.

      Blending the line between pop-sci and mathematical (these books are not meant to be read and put away but instead read, re-read and pondered):

  • A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Intro to GR
    • Sorry, this is GR specific and nothing to do with QM directly. However I think it's a great book acting as an introduction. Definitely don't go audible/kindle. Get the hard copy. Lots of equations. Tensor calculus, Lorentz transforms, Einstein field equations, etc. While it isn't a rigorous textbook it is, at it's core, a mathematics based description not analogies. Falls apart at the end, after all, it can't be rigorous and accessible at the same time, but still well worth the read.
  • The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
    • Not QM at all. However it is a great introduction to using math as a tool for describing our reality and since it's using it to describe classical mechanics you get to employ all of your classical intuition that you've worked on your entire life. This means you can focus on the idea of using math as a descriptive tool and not as a tool to inform your intuition. Which then would lead us to...
  • Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum
    • Great introduction that uses math in a descriptive way AND to inform our intuition.
  • The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
    • Incredible book. I think the best way to describe this book is a massive guidebook. You probably won't be able to get through each of the topics based solely on the information presented in the book but the book gives you the tools and knowledge to ask the right questions (which, frankly, as anybody familiar with the topic knows, is actually the hardest part). You're going to be knocking your head against a brick wall plenty with this book. But that's ok, the feeling when the brick wall finally succumbs to your repeated headbutts makes it all worth while.
u/ikinone · 6 pointsr/Damnthatsinteresting

It's questionable whether he had any real option to patent it, but it seems he tried to, realised he couldn't, and decided to play up the story as if he was supremely moral.

> As pointed out by Robert Cook-Deegan at Duke University, “When Jonas Salk asked rhetorically “Would you patent the sun?” during his famous television interview with Edward R. Murrow, he did not mention that the lawyers from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis had looked into patenting the Salk Vaccine and concluded that it could not be patented because of prior art – that it would not be considered a patentable invention by standards of the day. Salk implied that the decision was a moral one, but Jane Smith, in her history of the Salk Vaccine, Patenting the Sun, notes that whether or not Salk himself believed what he said to Murrow, the idea of patenting the vaccine had been directly analyzed and the decision was made not to apply for a patent mainly because it would not result in one. We will never know whether the National Foundation on Infantile Paralysis or the University of Pittsburgh would have patented the vaccine if they could, but the simple moral interpretation often applied to this case is simply wrong.”

u/OrdinarySeesaw · 6 pointsr/Parenting

You might find these [three] books interesting:

What's going on in there?

Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready

Phonemic Awareness in Young Children

Every child will be different, and it does depend on what they are exposed to.
Building vocabulary (by reading to a child, not lessons or flashcards), phonemic awareness, problem solving and building skills, creativity, and physical agility and strength through play are all more important than learning facts right now. Think of it as creating the sponge that lets a child be ready to learn when they are ready. Knowing an alphabet at 2 isn't that useful, but being able to identify individual sounds in a word is a fundamental pre-reading skill. Knowing what architect designed a building is cute at 4, but problem solving and building things with blocks and such is more important.

Just keep playing, talking, and reading, and it will all be OK.

u/loosepajamas · 6 pointsr/BabyBumps

Absolutely no issues with flying during pregnancy. Some airlines restrict pregnant women from flying past ~36 weeks, but I think that's because they don't want you going into labor in their airplane cabin at 32,000 feet. After getting thru security, buy a bottle of water for your wife. I was on a 2-hour flight over Christmas and was dying of thirst waiting for the drink cart to come down the aisle. Also, give her the aisle seat if possible so she can walk the aisles periodically to keep the blood moving and access the bathroom quickly if needed.

As for books, I've read a lot of good ones. I've liked the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, and Elisabeth Bing's Six Practical Lessons for an Easier Childbirth and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth for info on labor and delivery, and The Happiest Baby on the Block and the Wonder Weeks for infant care. Also The Birth Partner is a great book on delivery for both pregnant women and husbands. If you can find a secondhand bookstore near you, check it out--a lot of people sell off these types of books once they're done with them.

u/Mooshaq · 5 pointsr/TheRedPill

Yes, there are lots of studies about the addiction patterns in the brains of video game players. I don't think he is implying that massive amounts of video gaming is healthy either. But 303030... is right. It is an addiction that affects a lot of things about you. If you want to read a layman's explanation by great neuroscientists, read The Brain That Changes Itself (there's a section specifically about porn) or The Compass of Pleasure (touches on masturbation, orgasm and I think porn).

u/abby621 · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

Oh! I also have loved The Birth Partner. I feel like it had by far the best explanations of labor and what labor might feel like both for me and for my husband.

u/bookbrahmin · 5 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Was a book before it was a movie: Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

u/allofthebeards · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

Yes! The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

The Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions

He's only at the beginning of the book so I can't speak to how much of it is going to be helpful to us as individuals, but it looks like it has a lot of awesome information to arm dads with what moms may need or want during labor etc :)

u/downbound · 5 pointsr/videos

some weird stuff I've been reading (I have a 3mo) babies this age do not have the capacity for cognitive memory. Their cerebral cortex just isn't developed enough. This is why we cannot remember this stage in our lives. Babies this you DO though have associative memory as that is an entirely different part of the brain that is much more developed by then. This is why that nurse (or doctor) messed up. The reason children fear needles is USUALLY because of this. They have a associative history with them. If the nurse/doctor hid the needle and made sure the baby was not looking when they administered what looks like vaccines this would not take place and would lessen the chances of negative association with needles later in life.

This is from
by Lise Eliot Ph.D.

u/readysteadystop · 5 pointsr/autism
u/lalalababystuff · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

I really liked [The Birth Partner] ( by Penny Simkin and I'm making my husband read it now. It's a fairly easy read and I thought it gave a good overview. I'm actually holding it right now and this is the table of contents to give you an idea:

Part One: Before the Birth

  1. The last weeks of pregnancy

    Part Two: Labor and Birth

  2. Getting into labor, 3) Moving through the stages of labor, 4) Comfort measures for labor, 5) Strategies for challenging variations in normal labor

    Part Three: The Medical Side of Childbirth

  3. Tests, technologies, interventions, and procedures, 7) Complications in late pregnancy, labor, or afterward, 8) Medications for pain during labor, 9) Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after cesarean

    Part Four: After the Birth

  4. The first few days postpartum, 11) Getting started with breastfeeding
u/metanat · 5 pointsr/math

Roger Penrose holds the Platonist view. He discusses it in this ever interesting book The Road to Reality.

u/Fauzlin · 4 pointsr/women

I wonder if this study, once published, will be yet another "boys are this way always" and "girls are this way always" book or if it will actually examine the social constructs that lead to that divide-- things such as expectation, conditioning, archaic gender roles, etc.

We definitely don't need more of the former floating around out there. It's great to know things as they are, but it's better to look at the actual "why"s that make them that way.

A great example of the latter would be Pink Brain, Blue Brain. We need more books like that around.

u/Gu3rr1lla · 4 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

Parents are responsible for their childrens behavior. This could be a blind spot preventing you from holding your own parents accountable. If you can't emotionally understand this you wont logically understand this following argument.

If a parent needs to get their children to do something or not to do something out of fear of punishment then it's not a relationship. It's dictatorship and you'll never get respect or compliance from your children when you act like you know what's best for them - and this is the reason why abuse escalates.

It's the parents responsibility to teach their children right and wrong by talking and listening to them, helping them understand, and ultimately modelling that behaviour themselves.

Before you have children, it's important to work on yourself because everything you experienced as a child from abusive parents thats lingering in your unconscious will come to the surface when you have your own children.

It seems you area already projecting some of this by thinking experimentation like smoking in the room or lying about homework is bad. Wouldn't it be better to foster a relationship where your children can you tell they tried a cigarette or don't want to do their homework? That way you can actually be involved in their lives.

If you raise your children correctly I wouldn't worry about most bad activities because you'll give them the skills to know better. The science shows that addictions, victim of bullying and peer pressure are all caused by child abuse and an unstable home. If you want to know more about this look up Gabor Mate (I have more resources).

Actually as children get older they become easier to parent when you raise them peacefully and being involved because you have built up a relationship.

Here are books I'd recommend:
Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self

The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self[2]

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence[3]

Stefan Molyneux: Real-Time Relationships: The Logic of Love

On Truth: The Tyranny of Illusion

Between Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication

Playful Parenting

Unconditional Parenting

Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves

Parent Effectiveness Training

The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life

What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

Becoming the Kind Father: A Son's Journey

Connection Parenting

u/brokenloop · 4 pointsr/cogsci

As an aside, Neurologists Oliver Sacks's Awakenings is a fascinating book where you can explore the the relationship between Parkinsons, dopamine, and its precursor L-DOPA.

u/independencebaby · 4 pointsr/BabyBumps

Any video claiming to teach your baby stuff is bogus. Pure, utter bogus garbage. Skip it.

The best thing you can do is read to your kid, talk to them, interact with them. Give them face time, not screen time.

My girly will be 6 weeks on thursday and we're reading Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a few evenings a week. Right now I think she likes the sound of our voices, but even that is hardwiring her brain for the english language.

Read "What's Going on in There?" if you want to learn how best to give your kiddo's brain a boost from birth onwards. Amazon Link

u/plassma · 4 pointsr/neuro

I think that V.S. Ramachandran's The Tell Tale Brain might be a good place to start. His writing style is very accessible and he really gives you an awe-inspiring sense of the multifaceted intrigue of studying the brain. I think if you start there, you will enter the neuro field with a great perspective to encourage growth and curiosity. If you run into any problems or difficult concepts, you can always just come back here! I've found everyone at this subreddit to always be more than helpful.

Good Luck!

u/Msmit71 · 4 pointsr/unpopularopinion

Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne illness in the US. It is 6 times more common than HIV/Aids and twice as common as breast cancer. The CDC estimates 300,000 -1million people will be infected this year.

You are right to question why more attention is not being given to Lyme disease, but you are looking in the wrong place. Why is this not being given greater attention by the media or government?

Lyme disease was first diagnosed in 1975 only 8 miles from Plum Island Animal Disease Center, where a secret Cold War era biological weapons program targeting animals was being carried out. Ticks would be an ideal transmission vector for such a project.

The upcoming book Bitten that is being released in two weeks addresses this theory. From the description:

>As a science writer, she was driven to understand why this disease is so misunderstood, and its patients so mistreated. This quest led her to Willy Burgdorfer, the Lyme microbe’s discoverer, who revealed that he had developed bug-borne bioweapons during the Cold War, and believed that the Lyme epidemic was started by a military experiment gone wrong.

>In a superb, meticulous work of narrative journalism, Bitten takes readers on a journey to investigate these claims, from biological weapons facilities to interviews with biosecurity experts and microbiologists doing cutting-edge research, all the while uncovering darker truths about Willy. It also leads her to uncomfortable questions about why Lyme can be so difficult to both diagnose and treat, and why the government is so reluctant to classify chronic Lyme as a disease.

I'm very much looking forward to see the evidence presented in this book. The implications of the US government covering up the release of a Cold War era biological weapon on its own citizens is staggering.

u/blackmoon88 · 4 pointsr/stopdrinking

I had a counselor once tell me that I had an addictive personality and it only occurs in about 10% of people. It was before I was a drinker, but she mentioned alcoholics are like this and oddly enough warned me because both my mother (recovered) and father (still binges) have problems. She then said on the bright side, lots of successful people like CEOs and entrepreneurs have addictive personalities. In the end it’s about training your brain. Not exactly about addictive personalities, but still a good book is The Compass of Pleasure by David J. Linden ->

u/jacobolus · 4 pointsr/math

Yes, there is such a place: the internet’s collection of academic papers has a very handy search engine at, plus an illegal download service at

It’s going to take you several lifetimes to read it all, but that shouldn’t be too big a problem, right?

Even learning the baby-step basics is going to take years of hard work. You’ll have an easier time of this if you enroll in a full-time degree program in math or physics at a good university. You can’t really learn these subjects unless you do the work – just reading a webpage isn’t going to cut it – and it’s hard to stay motivated to do the work if you’re on your own.

u/Cardiff-Giant11 · 3 pointsr/barstoolsports

you’re not the only one who thinks that.

had lyme couple years ago . wasn’t fun but two months of antibiotics and good as gold again.

u/sassyfras_ · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

I bought this book for my husband, I skimmed through it and it looks like it will be immensely helpful.

As a side note - the doula does not act in place of your husband, she is there to support both of you and to be there to get coffee, if he needs to take a nap, etc. We are using a doula-in-training who is offering her services for free, maybe you could look into that as well if price is the main issue?

u/sweetlime13 · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

My midwife recommended The Birth Partner to my husband - she said it's amazing and she recommends it to every birth partner that walks into her office.

There's also The Bradley Method - which is husband-coached childbirth. I've heard good things, but my husband wasn't too into this method since he thinks he might crack.

I'm reading HypnoBirthing now and relaying everything I learn to him. I'm going to pick up The Birth Partner for him from my midwife's lending library for him to read and we're also going to start watching HypnoBirthing classes on YouTube - I'm really hoping that'll be good for us.

u/Backwoods_Boy · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

These are a number of my favorite books, and all of which are great reads.

  • Philosophy: The Golden Chain of Homer is probably one of the most important books ever written in the field of Alchemy, which delves very deep into Philosophical territory.

  • Business/ Economics/ Finance: The Economic Way of Thinking is always held in high regards as an excellent book in presenting basic economics. It presents the subject in a clear, and concise way, and meant to develop a new way of thinking for those new to economics.

  • Non-Fiction/ Technology/ Science: The Road to Reality has a very nice overview of the essential mathematics of modern physics, and goes into a nice discussion of quantum mechanics and string theory.

  • Current Affairs: A Sociology of Mental Illness is a great insight into current issues in the field of mental illness. You'll never see mental illness in the same way ever again after reading this book.

  • Specialized Topic: Traditional Blacksmithing is probably one of my favorite books of all time. This is as good a discussion and instruction into traditional blacksmithing as you will find, as well as good advice into how a blacksmith ought to conduct himself to live a well rounded lifestyle.
u/chase_what_matters · 3 pointsr/musiccognition

V.S. Ramachandran's The Tell-Tale Brain goes into detail regarding synesthesia, among other curious neurological topics. See also: Phantoms in the Brain.

Both books are very easy to read and deliver amazing insight into how the brain actually works. Ramachandran addresses synesthesia (along with mirror neurons and empathy, which are fascinating as shit) more in The Tell-Tale Brain.

u/Koala-Lew · 3 pointsr/Parenting

There's absolutely nothing wrong. Walking earlier or later isn't even linked to IQ so no worries there. I was a daycare teacher for that age and I saw kids walk anywhere from 9-18 months. Your baby is totally normal and still has 4 months to start walking before a pediatrician would even bat an eyelash. I have read in this book written by a neuroscientist that walking is not something that can be taught so you don't have to practice it. That book also talks about how good crawling is for the brain because of the cross lateral movements involved and the sensory input the baby gets from their hands.

u/aloofly · 3 pointsr/predaddit

Congratulations :D

I was referred to the book The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin ( which is, as far as I can tell, completely devoid of humor.

It is mostly focused on assisting your partner in pregnancy and birth (like explaining what she might be thinking/feeling and what you might be thinking/feeling at various points in pregnancy and labor), and also provides a lot of information for prepping for having a newborn at home, like lists of supplies that are necessary.

It also has a bias towards natural birth and home birth, and against "medicalized birth", but that's easy enough to ignore in favor of the wealth of other information it offers.

Best of luck!

u/mustard5 · 3 pointsr/socialskills

Primarily change your diet. Drop grains and sugars. Eat healthy whole foods. Learn to cook. Read up on proper nutrition. Get some moderate exercise. Look into improving your gut bacteria through probiotics and prebiotics. Get sufficient sleep!

Concentrate on looking after yourself and improving your body, mind and spirit. There is a wealth of information online for self improvement.

Read everything you can. Leaders are readers.

Watch some classic motivational speakers like Jim Rohn on YouTube.

The list goes on man, the only thing you need is the determination in your mind that you are sick of being where you are. Only you can know when that moment is.

u/ItsDaveDude · 3 pointsr/promethease

This is the latest medical consensus for delaying the onset or worsening of Alzeimer's:

"Based on the largest clinical and observational study to date, neurologists and codirectors of the Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, offer in The Alzheimer’s Solution the first comprehensive program for preventing Alzheimer’s disease and improving cognitive function. Alzheimer’s disease isn’t a genetic inevitability, and a diagnosis doesn’t need to come with a death sentence. Ninety percent of grandparents, parents, husbands, and wives can be spared. Ninety percent of us can avoid ever getting Alzheimer’s, and for the 10 percent with strong genetic risk for cognitive decline, the disease can be delayed by ten to fifteen years. This isn’t an estimate or wishful thinking; it’s a percentage based on rigorous science and the remarkable results the Sherzais have seen firsthand in their clinic. "

u/againey · 3 pointsr/aspergers

I really enjoyed the book Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships, written by an NT wife of an AS husband.

Granted, I've not seen the advice and insights in the book put into practice, being an aspie who has never been in any romantic relationship of note, so I'm not entirely sure of how valuable my judgment on such a book is. But I thought that the author's attitude and writing style was very respectful, positive, and encouraging, in contrast to some other literature I've read that I felt was less positive or constructive, or was subtly dismissive or disrespectful toward one or the other party in a mixed NT/AS relationship.

u/Eigenspace · 3 pointsr/Physics

You have a lot of work ahead of you for sure, but this is not an impossible task. First off, I wouldn't worry too much about the Nambu-Goto action right now. Instead, you're going to need to develop quite a bit of background knowledge and mathematical tools.

Sites like Brilliant, and Youtube lectures are valuable resources, but if you're going to be successful in this endeavour, I'd recommend that you put some serious effort into learning from textbooks. The ability to learn from a textbook does not come naturally to most people, but it is a skill that can be developed and will be necessary for you to make much progress in this direction. In fact, I'd say that perhaps the most valuable thing I gained in my undergraduate degree was the ability to sit down and actually learn from a textbook in a systematic way.

The book on String Theory by Zweibach is probably going to be the best resource for you as it's a quite approachable low level string theory book designed for advanced undergraduate students. In order to read and understand it, you'll need to first gain at minimum a popular level, hand-wavy understanding of general relativity and quantum field theory and a mathematical understanding of special relativity, quantum mechanics and electromagnetism.

One book I can't recommend enough to non-professionals wanting to get a semi-serious mathematical understanding of modern physics is The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose. In my opinion, the book is a masterpiece. He starts off with "what is a number", and by the end of the first half of the book has given a serious account of fibre bundles using only the ideas introduced in the book. His explanations are lucid, engaging and very deep. The second half then uses the mathematics introduced in the first half to describe much of modern physics. He has a section where he talks about String Theory, but he isn't much of a fan of it so doesn't spend a lot of time on the topic. However, the mathematics he introduces in the first half are invaluable for understanding quantum mechanics, relativity, quantum field theory and string theory. Roger is a bit of a maverick and has some 'cooky' ideas and opinions that would make many professional physicists blush with embarrassment, but throughout the book he is very careful to clearly say when he is making a controversial statement.

I think if you pick of the Road to Reality, and manage to seriously read the first 15 chapters while also reading (or watching) introductory books / lecture series on quantum mechanics and special relativity and electromagnetism you'll be in a great place to try and get into the basics of string theory.

u/ChaniB · 3 pointsr/pregnant

The Birth Partner was my favorite book my husband I read in preparation of the birth. Incredibly informative. However, it basically focuses on the latter half of pregnancy and the actual birth and immediate aftermath.

u/juju2112 · 3 pointsr/Parenting

I also found point #3 to be true. Almost all the advice I got was total nonsense. When people tell you stuff, go look up whether or not there is any scientific evidence that shows that it works.

I recommend this book:

It details how the baby's brain develops. Very revealing.

u/nodayzero · 3 pointsr/AskPhysics

I got the new millennium edition. While I was researching which one to get , a lot of people mentioned that millenium edition was glossy and had smaller print which made it harder to read. I must say it looks fine. I don't have any problems so far. The reason i picked the latest is because it was relatively cheaper (140ish vs 300+) and had over 900 erratas fixed with respect to older editions.

Bonus: Another book I started reading in tandem is Road to Reality by Penrose which is equivalent in excitement, inspiration and quality of material and gives a nice overview of math required for physics and relation between math and physics. Highly recommend.

u/WhackAMoleE · 3 pointsr/learnmath

Someone on Reddit (I wish I could remember who so I could credit them, because it's both true and funny) recently said that General Relativity is bad differential geometry; and Quantum Mechanics is bad functional analysis.

What they meant by bad is that physics isn't math, so you get kind of a physics-ized math instead of the real thing. But still, those are the two branches of math you want to know for physics.

You might take a look at a popular book by Penrose called The Road to Reality. It's a huge book that basically describes all the math you need to understand most of modern physics, and then explains the physics. It's an awesome book.

u/Captain_Midnight · 2 pointsr/keto

> I couldn't imagine staying on keto for the entirety of my life. Low carb yeah, but keto, while awesome for weight loss, is ott for maintenance imo.

You should take a look at what carbs do to your body, in the short term and over time. Those books listed on the keto calculator page are not just different variations on "cut carbs, lose weight." This is not "Read one, you've read them all." The historical context of why we have been told to eat lots of carbs and limit fat, despite so much science to the contrary, is complex and cannot be covered in a single volume. The depth and domino effects of the problem are still being figured out.

I'd start with The Big Fat Surprise as a contextual basis for Grain Brain, which in turn prepares you for Brain Maker. Big Fat Surprise meticulously pieces together the origin and evolution of the carbohydrate boom, and Grain Brain and Brain Maker explain how to get yourself out of its path. Judging by the perspective that you appear to be coming from, the first chapter of BFS will probably drop your jaw. And it just keeps going like that. This is a seriously deep rabbit hole.

>I'm also critical of the possible long term health implications, scurvy, immune function etc.

I'm not sure I understand. I could not carry in my arms the variety of vegetables that are abundant with Vitamin C. As for immune function, low carb is pretty well-established as a positive contributor. Like I said, domino effects. It's all in those books. How did we get vitamin C before the adoption of vegetables and fruit into our diets? Again, it's in the books.

You don't even need to buy them. You can probably borrow them from your local library, in either physical or e-book form. My library even loans its e-books through Amazon, so they go straight to my Kindle. It's a pretty slick system.

u/Zeydon · 2 pointsr/indepthstories

There was a really interesting Radio War Nerd episode on Lyme Disease recently, with a guest with Lyme disease who spent years researching it and wrote a book about the subject.

The book has generated enough awareness that last month there was a bipartisan amendment in the house to get the DoD to admit if it tested ticks as a potential biological weapon in the 50s through the 70s.

u/Nerdy_mama · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I'm having a good time with Happiest Baby on the Block (though I think it's really slow and repetitive, and their "conclusions" (it isn't this, this, or this, so it MUST be this) are a bit, uh, presumptuous; I think the book is spot on for how to treat the baby, especially in the "4th trimester") and The Nursing Mother's Companion. And these aren't baby books, but my husband and I are also reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and The Birth Partner to prep for labor.

I have a few more books on my shelf to reference just in case, like Sears' The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (but I am wary of anti-vacc notions of the book), Brain Rules for Baby, and for fun, Experimenting with Babies.

u/fetishiste · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

We've been trying to tell men that for a really really long time :P

You may enjoy this book.

u/The_Real_Baldero · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

If you like that book, you might like this one. Written by a neuroscientist who's done work with phantom limbs, personality changes due to brain injury and other neurological oddities. His explanation of the brains various parts and functions blew my mind.

u/virtuesplea · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I've been reading the book What's Going on in There?, and just got to the part on hearing. Scientists actually don't think fetuses can hear much of anything before 27 or so weeks - the ear structures are formed, but I think there's a plug in place? Or something. I was tired reading it. But they can't hear much if anything before then, especially not sounds from outside the womb. And when hearing does first develop, it's confined to a narrow range, which slowly expands over the last trimester.

u/cdbradley · 2 pointsr/AskPhysics

If your goal is to understand basic concepts without the math, then a highschool physics book would most likely be the best place to start, as the highest math used is usually Algebra/Pre-calc.

That being said, without at least a calculus background it's hard to grasp some of the concepts beyond basic kinematics. Wikipedia might get you somewhere so it's a good place to start, but it could also lead you through a rabbit hole to pages upon pages of background.

I'd say if you want to tackle more advanced physics concepts then you need at least some background in math, so I'd try Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Mary Boas, a book that explains the physics and math somewhat side by side, or The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose. Neither is a light read, if you don't have a head for math don't even try Penrose as he uses arguments that assume a reasonable mathematical background. The Boas book is technically a mathematics textbook, so you would do well to supplement it with a College Physics textbook (I used one by Tipler in my university courses).

Amazon Links Below:



Hope this helps, good luck!

u/JulianMorrison · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

This type of biological essentialism has been fashionable for awhile, although the evidence for it is actually very weak. See the book Pink Brain, Blue Brain for the opposite case: science supports the fact that human infants instinctively seek and copy the cultural form of their gender, and that their brains gain differences they didn't start with, basically by practicing some skills and neglecting others. (Social construction via nurture via nature - how's that for a unification.) So if you want boys to be good in school and girls to be able to assert themselves, you had better see they gain practise in what they're bad at. This school is doing exactly the wrong thing.

u/rainbowmoonheartache · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Also: If you're more interested in non-epidural methods, I recommend this book for both you and your husband: The Birth Partner -- it's excellent, and the entire thing focuses on labour. It's not a pregnancy-with-a-chapter-on-labour book. :)

u/VekeltheMan · 2 pointsr/bestof

Here's a good read on how our behavior is influenced by our biology more than we might want to believe.

I like to write a "review" whenever I finish a book here's what I had to say after reading "The Compass of Pleasure":

Having finished The Compass of Pleasure there is one thing that strikes me more than anything else. It shows me a picture in which free will seems to play an extremely small part in our lives, if at all. By the time we factor in biological dispositions, parenting, socioeconomic status, race, country/ culture of origin, available opportunities, and the thousand other external pressures in conjunction with the way pleasure actively conditions our behavior; Free will seems to be an illusion and we are much more like jelly fish afloat on the currents of factors external of our individual consciousness. A haunting conclusion that if embraced on a societal scale would have tremendous implications.

Few more things I pulled from that book:

1There is a neural unity of virtue and vice - Pleasure is our compass, no matter the path we take. What makes pleasure so compelling is that, through the interconnection of the pleasure circuit with other brain regions, we adorn it with memory, with associations and emotions and social meaning, with sights, sounds, and smells.

2To explain some of the irrational behavior involving gambling: Activation of win-related regions by near-miss outcomes is somehow pleasurable and is more pleasurable when the subject has personal control.
Near miss and total miss outcomes should evoke the same response in a rational world.

3We know from Schult’s Monkey experiments that rapid associative learning can transform a pleasure signal into a reward prediction error signal that can guide learning to maximize future pleasure. It is likely that this same process is what enables humans to feel pleasure from arbitrary rewards like monetary gain (or even near misses in monetary gain) or winning at a video game.

4“Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, Pain and Pleasure... They govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm it.”
-Jeremy Bentham
He was half right, pleasure does indeed guide us. However, we now have reason to believe that they are not to opposite ends of the same spectrum. The opposite of pleasure isn’t pain; rather, just as the opposite of love is not hate but indifference, the opposite of pleasure is not pain but ennui- a lack of interest in sensation and experience. Both pleasure and pain indicate salience, that is, experience that is deserving of attention. Emotion is the currency of salience, and both positive emotions like euphoria and love and negative emotions like fear, anger, and disgust signal events that we must not ignore.

5Emotional pain isn’t just a metaphor: In terms of brain activation, it particularly overlaps with physical pain.

6We can say for certain that: We evaluate our own economic circumstances and and prospects not on some absolute scale, but rather in comparison to those of people around us. We seem to be hardwired to compare our own experiences and circumstances to those around us.

u/Jaja1990 · 2 pointsr/Meditation

Here's the issue: we seek pleasure, it's literally what makes life worth living.

How to overcome the need of dopamine? Well…we can't and we shouldn't: it's the main drive that made our race survive till now! But we can control and deviate our addiction, by satisfying our brain with selected kind of pleasure.

Try to engage yourself in activities that you enjoy really much, but also lead you to something "more".


  • Exercice -> you get fit
  • Read -> you learn something and/or develop creativity
  • Find an hobby -> you develop skills
  • Make love -> you develop skills, do physical exercise, you strengthen the connection with your partner
  • Hang out with friends (maybe new ones) -> you develop social skills, you learn more about yourself
  • Meditate: you gain insight
  • Eat (healthy): you strengthen your body

    In other words you have to avoid pleasure as an end in itself; hopefully you'll defeat your addiction (mostly a matter of habits, for what I see) and maybe even become a better person. Good luck!
u/lps41 · 2 pointsr/predaddit

Give The Birth Partner a read. It was pretty helpful to me. My wife planned to go med-free, but ultimately mid-labor decided to go with the epidural.

Try to pay close attention to her needs. Make sure you always have water (or ice chips, if she ends up having an epidural) close at hand and give them to her every so often. My wife vomited with every contraction, so I also made sure the puke-bucket was close by so I could hand it to her when she needed it. Make sure you know how to get in contact with the nursing staff for her if she needs something.

If she is planning to go med-free, you should discuss ahead of time how she wants you to react if she, in the pains of labor, changes her mind and says she wants something for the pain. Does she want you to be her rock and re-assure her that she can get through it without medicine? Does she want to establish a "safe word" that she can use when she REALLY has changed her mind and doesn't want you to push back?

u/mothergoosetobe · 2 pointsr/ScienceParents

It's not about fatherhood, really just about the first year of baby's life, but I recommend The Science of Mom (yeah, ok, the title literally says 'mom' not 'dad' - but ignore that bit!). It's an evidence-based guide on the first year of life, she goes over many studies and meta-analyses about many different parenting topics.

I've also heard great things about What's Going on in There?, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.

u/xelman · 2 pointsr/predaddit
u/throwaway0975790 · 2 pointsr/intj

INTJ here, was informal doula/birth partner for my ENTJ friend. She did not go to any classes and would have hated the happy place things you described. She opted for an epidural.

We both read this book and found it helpful to mentally prepare. IIRC there was quite a bit on pain management:

u/goonsack · 2 pointsr/bioethics

The book is available here for super cheap (used copies at least).

u/MonsieurJongleur · 2 pointsr/AskWomenOver30

Hoow. Well, I'm in the middle of re-reading The E-Myth, since it's a good refresher and I find myself having to scale up one of my businesses.

I'm looking at (re)reading Deep Survival next week because I'm going on retreat. I have saved it for a close reading and copious notes because I think there's something similar in the people who survive dangerous situations and the people who survive and thrive in starting small businesses.

I'm in the middle of The Social Animal, by David Brooks, which I adore. I think I'm going to keep it. (That's saying something, since I read voraciously, but I have only one shelf of books I felt was worth revisiting.) The way he's tackled the book is very interesting and it's incredibly deftly done.

I have Republic of Thieves out from the library, the newest in the Gentleman Bastards series. I don't know when I'm going to get to it. When I start a fiction book I tend to read it straight through, and nothing else gets done, so I'm loathe to start one.

I also have TapDancing to Work the new Warren Buffet autobiography, The Compass of Pleasure (which has been on my wishlist so long I've forgotten what I wanted it for) and Medieval Mercenaries a book about the history of mercenaries. I've always been very interested in mercenaries. I don't know why.

Today a friend recommended The Small Business Life Cycle which I already own, so it will be moving up on the list. I really admire the author, a US Army veteran and philosopher.

u/rafuzo2 · 2 pointsr/science

Six Easy Pieces and Six Not So Easy Pieces are good places to start.

You could also try Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality

u/designerfx · 2 pointsr/politics

Don't forget that diet, exercise and sleep are top of the list for countering dementia and counter to the list from you absolutely should not be eating meat at all, even sparingly. is easily more realistic than the ADA, sadly.

u/ReddisaurusRex · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Related: What's Going On In There? is an excellent child brain development book written by a neuroscientist after she became a mom. I loved it! But, warning, I could see how it could scare some people if they aren't the sort to like to learn about the good and bad of everything. I listened to the audiobook, which was well narrated.

u/HowManyLurks · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

My SO felt most baby books were really condescending or immature, but so far he's enjoying one my midwife recommended, [The Birth Partner] (

With baby books, I highly recommend you read the samples on amazon before buying, the dad ones especially. :)

Also! Watch the Happiest Baby on The Block videos with him about swaddling and other fantastic ways to calm even colicky babies.

And [here] ( is a 3 part birthing class on youtube. :)

u/p3on · 2 pointsr/MensRights

would you mind linking to that criticism? this was the only formal criticism i could find and it isn't related to the book discussed. if you're referring to this amazon review, you used some pretty misleading framing for your statements ("she refers to disproved or non-duplicated studies")

also as far as the feminist confirmation bias angle, this is such a general criticism that i can't even address it. can you refer to any individual studies that shouldn't be taken seriously because they're done by people with "radical ideas" re: feminism? and shouldn't you be able to find flaws in their methodology rather than dismissing them outright for their conclusions? that entire paragraph seems entirely pulled out of your ass to be honest

lise eliot doesn't identify herself as any kind of feminist, she is a neuroscience ph.d and associate professor and approaches her books' topics from that perspective. of course accusations of "radical ideas" probably wouldn't be thrown around if she were a man

u/tigrrbaby · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

I am leaving my other comment separate. I'm sorry it doesn't answer your question, really, but i still stand by the rec. As far as an actual answer to what you wanted, a what to do, how does it work, book, go with What's Going on in There


Also as a piece of personal advice, the best (worst) way to spoil a child is not just to give them everything they want, but to shield them from everything they don't like.

Learning how to deal properly with annoyances can only happen if you experience some annoyances in the first place. Disappointment, loss, frustration, difficulty, hard work, waiting, having consequences for actions, having to apologize, compromise, and generally resolving conflicts (in this day and age, it is so easy to give up on anyone who makes you mad or doesn't please you 100% of the time... there are tons of people to replace them... but learning the skills to apologize, be kind, listen, etc, will establish friendships that you can trust and depend on).

But for the first couple months of baby's life, she literally cannot be spoiled. Start moral training once they can do things on purpose, 6-9 mo +.

u/quark-nugget · 1 pointr/Glitch_in_the_Matrix

Mathematics is intimately linked with physics. I recommend Penrose's book The Road to Reality. Here is a PDF version. It is the best math book I ever bought. By far. Every equation has a purpose for its existence - divorcing math from physics started the demise of American education.

u/lov_liv · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

It sounds like you're kind of interested in discussing the birth aspects of your care. Totally reasonable and legit and unfortunately not super common in American medical care. Good for you for at least wanting to learn about it though - it's a pretty big deal and a lot people just let it happen to them.

If you want to teach yourself a bit, you might consider reading the book The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin: Super helpful and not just for birth partners but for pregnant ladies too.

Also, your hospital probably offers a childbirth class that you might consider signing up for. Check their website or ask your doctor's office.

You can also feel free to tell your doctor at your next appointment that you want them to tell you what to expect in labor & delivery.

For non-birth stuff, I'll second the Group B Strep test that /u/snuglasfur mentioned and add that you might ask about getting the the TDaP booster vaccine (recommended by the CDC for women in their third trimester during every pregnancy to help pass immunity on to the baby).

u/proffrobot · 1 pointr/AskPhysics

This is a valid question, though, because of the mention of god it does lean a little towards philosophy. As someone's already said, your question has the flavour of Anselm's Ontological Argument. It's a fun argument to try and deconstruct. The problems with the question are firstly, in defining the concept of God. People have been at it for years and still no one has been able to convince everyone. Secondly, in claiming you can imagine him, because it's hard to know what that means.

So, to stick to physics I hope you don't mind if I alter your question a little, and instead say something like, I belive I can imagine a universe in which time travel is possible.

There are two ways I'd attack this, the first is philosophically again. That unless I could write down a completely consistent set of equations describing such a universe (which we don't have even for our own universe) I don't believe I could imagine such a thing.

Leaving that aside, is it possible to have an infinite set of universes where no universe allows time travel. The answer is yes, other problems aside (that is, I pretend what I can imagine is true), I can imagine a collection of universes just like our own, but which have a fine structure constant of between 0 and 1. There are an infinite number of possibilities for the fine structure constant between 0 and 1, and so my collection has an infinity of universes, and none of those universes allow time travel.

The real questions are, are there parallel universes? If so, are there a set of equations which govern which universes possibly exist? If there are, are there an infinite possible number? And if there are does any one of them allow time travel? The answer to all of these questions is we don't have the foggiest idea. But there are very interesting arguments every which way.

If you're interested in theoretical physics and questions of the nature of the universe, quantum mechanics, quantum gravity and that sort of thing, but don't have the formal backing needed to delve into the mathematics whole sale I'd recommend the book The Road To Reality by Roger Penrose. It is, all told, an extremely challenging book, it contains everything you need to know to understand everything in it, has intellectually (but not technically) challenging and fun exercises to help you understand things and I think it's great.

If you've got any questions about anything, feel free to ask. I love this stuff!

u/rbanders · 1 pointr/predaddit

I'll try to answer as many of these as best I can from the other side (just had our son in July).

  1. My understanding is that at home pregnancy tests are fairly reliable. It's unlikely it's a false positive but you'll know for sure tomorrow.

  2. It is normal to be both nervous and excited. My wife and I had planned to try for our son for a while before we started and when we got the confirmation I was both thrilled and incredibly nervous. It's a big change so it's totally normal to have some concerns. But it's a really great change as well.

  3. As to questions at the doctor, we mostly asked about what the steps are from the doctor's perspective for going through the pregnancy. The Bump has a list of questions to ask at your first prenatal visit here that you can use as a guide to start if you want but depending on how early it is there may not be a ton of information for you at this point. You'll have plenty of time to ask extra questions at future visits too. I'd recommend starting a Google Doc with any questions you think up randomly so you'll have them all somewhere when you go to the doctor. As far as planning for a baby, for me just learning about the process of pregnancy was a good place to start. You'll need to look at finances, sleeping arrangements and other stuff too at some point but a good first place to start for me was what's going to be potentially happening for the next 9 months. I found The Birth Partner and The Expectant Father to be great resources for me to understand what was happening and how I could help.

  4. Whatever you're feeling is appropriate. It's totally ok to be nervous but you don't need to freak out too much. You'll be able to handle whatever comes your way on this. The fact that your already reaching out for info is a good sign you'll be able to figure out what you need when you need.

u/LocalAmazonBot · 1 pointr/askscience

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u/technically_art · 1 pointr/askscience

> do you mean that they are man-made tools to help picture and calculate and predict?


> once we figured out that light is the oscillation of the EM field, that proved to us that fields are actually a real physical... thing.

That's definitely not the case (the second part.) In fact the experiments of Michelson and Morley are usually cited as definitive proof that it's not a real, physical thing.

> If you don't feel confident answering, are there any books you would refer me to?

Check out Feynman's books "6 Not-So-Easy Pieces" and "QED". QED is the one more relevant to this discussion. I would also recommend Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality if you have a lot of spare time and are willing to keep up with it properly.

Are you taking an intro to physics course as an undergraduate? If so, and if you are interested enough to take more coursework on physics, try taking an EMags (Electromagnetic Fields) class in the EE or physics department. 20th century physics (relativity) and a couple of QM (Quantum Mechanics) classes would be helpful as well. After you take a couple of EM and QM courses, you'll really appreciate how god damn hard it is to have any sort of "intuition" about physics, and how important it is to just treat the math like math.

u/chefranden · 1 pointr/Christianity

>I'd argue that the idea that consciousness is non-material is our basic intuition.

And that is all you have to go on. Intuition is not a terribly reliable source of information about the nature of real reality. By intuition the sun rises in the east, travels across the heavens, and sets in the west while the earth remains stationary.

I pointed to books in links above that show the material basis for consciousness. I'm not going to be able to reproduce it here. But if you want to credit intuition there seems to be enough information about the universe being material and none about it being non-material to intuit that consciousness is also material.

Some Books:

I Am a Strange Loop; Godel, Escher, Bach; Philosophy in the Flesh; The Feeling of What Happens; Descartes' Error; Self Comes to Mind

>Holy shit, how many times do I have to say that I think that the physical brain plays a vital role in consciousness before you stop trying to argue as if I was asserting something to the contrary?

How many times do I have to say that physical brain is the only thing in evidence? If it is the physical brain and something, produce the "and something". I can produce the physical brain. So it seems my task is done and yours has yet to begin.

Do you have to demonstrate the non-material scientifically? Well of course you do. You say you can't, yet at the same time want it to be the controlling stuff. How can it do that with no connection? And if it has a connection to the material, then you should be able to study it scientifically.

u/looeee · 1 pointr/math

some amazing books I would suggest to you are:

  • Godel Escher Bach

  • Road to Reality By Roger Penrose.

  • Code by
    Charles Petzold.

  • Pi in the Sky by John Barrow.

    All of these I would love to read again, if I had the time, but none more so than Godel, Escher, Bach, which is one of the most beautiful books I have ever come across.

    Road to Reality is the most technical of these books, but gives a really clear outline of how mathematics is used to describe reality (in the sense of physics).

    Code, basically, teaches you how you could build a computer (minus, you know, all the engineering. But that's trivial surely? :) ). The last chapter on operating systems is pretty dated now but the rest of it is great.

    Pi in the Sky is more of a casual read about the philosophy of mathematics. But its very well written, good night time reading!

    You have a really good opportunity to get an intuitive understanding of the heart of mathematics, which even at a college level is somewhat glossed over, in my experience. Use it!
u/QuantumKittydynamics · 1 pointr/childfree's kind of hard for me to answer that, because I feel math-tarded all the damned time, and have to constantly be reminded that most of the population doesn't give a second thought to the math I use on a daily basis. So, I guess the answer is "maybe"? Depends on what level you got up to, and how much math explanations you're willing to put up with. His books are fairly computationally heavy - they kind of have to be, given the subject matter - but he does explain everything in a fair amount of detail, so I think you wouldn't have a problem if you wanted to read them.

Amazon has a lot of his books with the "Look Inside!" feature, and that link shows kind of what I'm talking about (starting in chapter 2. Chapter 1 of that book is a bit..odd). I hope it helps!

u/Elysianbtrfly · 1 pointr/IAmA

Wow, lots of similarities!! As far as getting an "official" diagnosis, that's sort of the point we were would've been a lot of money for not a lot of benefit. Honestly, it's been a while since I've looked at the books we have so, I can't remember which were most helpful (sorry) but, here's the ones that we do have:
book #1
book #2
book #3
book #4

If I do recall correctly I believe Book #3 Aspergers In Love by Maxine Aston was most helpful...but, I can't promise.

Also, if you didn't see it already, check out the link for the 5 Love Languages, we found that to be really helpful.

Edit...did the link formatting wrong!

u/kuroiniji · 1 pointr/FeMRADebates

> I'm unable to even try to get a diagnosis. Yes, try to get.

You won't actually be able to get a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS), it doesn't exist anymore. AS was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in May 2013, I covered some of this in a reply to the post on WHO removing some gender based disorders from the ICD.

In Australia the removal of AS has led to people who would be otherwise diagnosed with AS be diagnosed as having social communication disorder. As social communication disorder isn't recognised as an autism spectrum disorder, there isn't any funding or additional support available to those diagnosed as having it.

> Oh and, the HUGE absence of resources for aspies over 18. It's as if the system assumes it's a "kid thing" and that you either die as a kid (like a lot of orphan diseases) or that symptoms no longer exist as adults.

As someone who wasn't diagnosed with AS until I was 30, this is a big issue. While I am successsfully able to manage without needing professional support, there are aother people I know who can't.

That said, there are a lot of good books and other resources out there. Two that I have found invaluable are Tony Attwood's The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome and Ashley Stanford's Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships. Being a partner and parent with AS has it's challenges but being a good partner and great father is well worth the effort.

For a more light hearted look at things, David Finch's The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband is a great autobiography which I also learned a great deal from.

If you have any questions or want someone to talk to, you just need to ask.

u/idernolinux · 1 pointr/CautiousBB

Little peanut gave me an AWESOME night of sleep last night. I didn't wake up til 5 AM, and even when I woke up, all I had to do was pee. Wasn't nauseous or stomach cramping or anything!

Hopefully all of August (and September) goes this way :)

[EDIT] Oh yeah, DH took me to a Barnes & Nobles after puppy class yesterday and we picked up 3 books!

u/certahigh · 1 pointr/IAmA

i'm sure you've heard of him, V.S. Ramachandran, he just wrote a book which focused on synesthesias. You should check him out if you don't already know about him. link to book

u/AtheistKharm · 1 pointr/DebateAnAtheist

wow man.. you need to get into science. There is a lot more to the brain and especially the mind than just chemicals. Here is a play list I made on some things I find fascinating in neuroscience. It may serve to get you interested enough to read up on it more. If you find those videos interesting then you might enjoy reading The Tell-Tale Brain

u/A_hiccup · 1 pointr/Physics

I quite like this book The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe. Detailed and excellent explanation. But, you need to have some good basics else it will be a bumpy ride.

u/AMightyMe · 1 pointr/ADHD

Intersting what you say about metabolic shifts, I a have recently been having some improvement with concerta but I also started to do some work on my gut with colostrum and resistant starch In the hope I could address some other health issues, anyway had a massive reaction to the gut protocol (5 days of extra toilet visits a huge panic attack) and the concerta seems to be having a different effect now. I’m feeling very sleepy on it now. I looked up the work of Dr Charles Parker and bought his book and it made a lot of sense however I’m not sure changing my gut to a more receptive environment for the meds to work is going to be easy

u/UnicornBestFriend · 1 pointr/nutrition

Actually, if you are reading Good Calories, Bad Calories, you can skip Metabolic Typing Diet. MTD is just another system to help you determine how your body processes fats and carbohydrates, which imho is the big variable when it comes to diet. But GCBC covers that along with updated information.

IIRC, GCBC also recommends starting with a super low-carbohydrate diet for a few weeks and then introducing carbs until you start to feel funky again, then pulling back til you feel better. This is pretty common practice for a lot of dieticians now. Incidentally, Taubes wrote a follow-up called Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It.
which is a bit of a rehash of GCBC but focuses more on putting the knowledge into practice. IMHO both are worth reading.

I'm also a huge fan of David Perlmutter's Grain Brain, which talks about the link between carbs and the brain and brain disease and imho is really worth a read. It has a couple of follow up books too (Brain Maker about the vital role that gut flora plays and Grain Brain Cookbook).

Since embarking on my nutritional journey, I discovered I have a gluten allergy (explains all those times I fell asleep at the wheel after eating a sandwich). I cut out grains for the most part and eat primarily protein and veg, very little sugar, definitely no refined sugar.
My mood is better and more consistent, brain fog is gone, weight is easier to maintain, and I have more lasting energy.

It's unfortunate that institutions like the FDA and AHA (who are backed by industrial farming corps) hammered the American public with the lie of the one-size-fits-all Food Pyramid and low-fat, "heart-healthy" diets & that the word "diet" carries a connotation of weight-loss instead of health.

Our generation is paying for it with our health.

u/bookwench · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Huh. Funny bunch of parenting recommendations on here... ಠ_ಠ

Are you interested in early stage development or later ages? There's a ton of stuff out there on both.

Anyways, it's not a book, but definitely start here, it's an awesome article:

Aside from "What to Expect when you're expecting" - which is the standard guide - you should definitely check out the Mayo Clinic book. They're the source for medical information of all kinds.

Then there are a ton of books. Seriously, most folks just google "parenting books" and then pick out whichever ones seem to suit them - and by suit them, I mean "which books seem most likely to tell them to parent how they want to parent", so. Beware looking for things which will reinforce your own preconceived (ha! conceived, it's a pun... never mind) ideas on what you should and shouldn't do.

Mostly, just use the basic baby books - they're ok - and get the kid to an age where you're not as afraid it's gonna die in its sleep, and then start doing fun stuff. Like reading to it - the biggest things with babies is that you touch them, hold them, play with them, spend time and attention on them. That's it. That's all they want. Food, clean diapers, and every single scrap of your attention all the time.

Oh yeah, and definitely immunize the little monsters, you don't want to be that person who lets the measles loose in your school and has to deal with the parent of the kid who went deaf from it.

I've been sending books to my sister's kid for ages, so I'll include some links... oh shit, Amazon's gonna be recommending all kinds of pregnancy books to me now because I searched for that Mayo clinic book. Crap.

So I've been sending all kinds of books. Like, books on zen, books on Native American stories, books on everything. Fantasy, mystery, whatever. But books on actual development - meant for kids, but might be interesting to see what people are recommending for kids: The Care and Keeping Of You

The Care and Keeping Of Your Emotions

Aside from all that.... a lot of books are written to say simple things. Be constant with kids and don't give into tantrums, be firm, be reasonable, don't be wishy washy, don't be mean, don't get upset if you can help it, and kids aren't sweet innocent things - they're pretty much psychopathic utter assholes until you teach them not to be.

Other interesting books:

The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog

Born For Love

What's Going On In There? First 5 Years

u/demerch2 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

A few people have pointed out that there is some debate as to whether or not this story is true. Further down in the Wikipedia article it states that "lawyers from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis did look into the possibility of a patent, but ultimately determined that the vaccine was not a patentable invention because of prior art." The citation for this leads here, which is clearly not a first party source.

I did some more Googling (which, coincidentally, is what led me to make this post in the first place because of today's doodle) and found that all roads supporting this claim seem to lead back to this book detailing the history of the development of the polio vaccine.

I don't work for Snopes so this is as far as I'm going to go to authenticate the story, but the claim that Salk's altruism is an urban myth seems to only backed up by one book written 45 years after the fact, and thus doesn't carry enough weight for it to sway my views that this guy was a rock star in his field.

u/Uninhibited_Anathema · 1 pointr/Septemberbumpers2017

My favourite's so far have been:

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

The Birth Book

Birthing from Within

and my husband is reading The Birth Partner

u/fishwithfeet · 1 pointr/atheistparents

While not specifically for pregnancy, I found these books incredibly helpful. They're written by neuroscience researchers at the University of Washington and my daughter and I ended up being selected as participants in some of their student's studies! The second book heavily influenced my parenting style (or reinforced what I was doing instinctively) and either I got lucky with a good kid or they're quite effective.

What's Going on In There: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First 5 Years of Life


The Scientist in the Crib

u/vakini · 1 pointr/AskPhysics

I need more info regarding his level of knowledge. As someone who went through the same struggles that this student is going through, I can recommend a lot of books but it depends on how much they know. In terms of cheaper books, If they've completed 18.01-18.03 and 18.06 plus 8.01-8.04 then the book "Road to Reality" by Roger Penrose is a good option. It's a huge book so it should keep him busy for a while and gives a very comprehensive treatment of various topics in mathematical physics.
here's the link:

u/quietlyaware · 1 pointr/queerception
u/hookdump · 1 pointr/zen
u/Acrolith · 1 pointr/math

Yes indeed (and thank you /u/sleeps_with_crazy for the link below, it looks very helpful. I can actually follow the explanations! Yay.)

Speaking of conceptual clarity, my dream is to someday make it all the way through Road to Reality without glossing over any of the concepts. And I can't do it without supplemental reading, not a chance; he loses me completely halfway in (around n-manifolds and tensors I think). I think this level of explanation is pretty much exactly what I need for that, though! I can't hack the super rigorous stuff, and that's fine.

u/arbormama · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

Based on what I read in Lise Eliot's book, if you drink five drinks a day, your risk of FAS is about 50%. If you drink 3 drinks a day, your risk is much lower (she doesn't give an exact number), but you're looking at an IQ drop of about 10 points.

The one drink a day studies are more controversial, with some saying that nothing happens and some showing a slight drop in IQ or motor skills.

u/technomad · 1 pointr/askscience

Related: depending on where we are in in our own life cycle, humans perceive time and movement differently. Just after birth newborns till about two months babies are capable of tracking slowly moving objects, but their eyes move only in jerks called saccades and they tend to fall behind the object they are trying to follow. By three months babies can perceive motion and their eye movement tracks moving objects smoothly. By six months months the brain can actually anticipate movements, that is, the eyes focus slightly ahead of a steadily moving object.

Also related is the steady improvement of visual acuity, the ability to detect detail. It starts at 20/600, which is thirty times poorer than 20/20 vision, and improves rapidly over the first six months of life, and then more gradually. Full acuity (20/20) isn't reached until a child reaches five years of age!

Together these explain why when playing with a young toddler, you can perform clumsy slight of hand tricks which impress and amuse them significantly, whereas it wouldn't work with an older child.

Source: This book by Dr. Lise Eliot (p212). Great read for parents expecting a newborn btw.

I also remember seeing a documentary about time perception of different creatures. And I remember that different creatures do have different time perceptions. Not only does a hummingbird perceive time more efficiently, so to speak, than you and I, but a slug perceives time less efficiently. I don't remember the documentary so I don't have a source for this though.

Edit: inserted page number

u/DrJorneyBrongus · 1 pointr/DebateReligion

You should read this. It explains it rather well. Just because we can't map out exactly how conciousness works doesn't mean it has to by mysterious. Your brain is a network, remove enough pieces of it and that network ceases to exist.

You can think of it like the internet. I may not know every website it is or how every website contributes to every other website. But I don't think the internet is some mysterious magical thing. Remove google, remove reddit, remove wikipedia, remove my friend's blog, remove the wires under ground, remove my modem, remove your modem etc and you start to dismantle it. But all things things together make "the internet".

Really the brain works the same way based on all the evidence we have. Remove certain regions and you begin to see certain aspects of consciousness slip away. Everything from memory, to processing visuals, to processing language, to understanding how to make choices and even to the concept of self. Everything can be contributed to physical regions in the brain that are repeatable and verifiable. We just don't have the 100% picture of it yet.

u/GnollBelle · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

There are neurons in your guts. It is often likened to a second brain. And the gut flora do release chemicals that can affect you in many ways. An unhealthy gut biome can lead to anxiety and ADD symptoms.

There is a book you might be interested in called Brain Maker where a doctor writes about his experiences helping people's gut flora to help their overall mental and physical health. As a caveat though, he is very anti-wheat (his first book Grain Brain is about how the modern form of wheat is not healthy). Ignore the accolades from Dr. Oz, it's a good book.

u/IanAndersonLOL · 1 pointr/todayilearned

That's not true. That didn't come into effect until 1980. It was simply because it wasn't patentable. His lawyers did look into whether or not he could actually patent it, but determined it wasn't patentable. There is a great book about Salk's life and work you can find here on amazon. His lawyers did in fact look into patenting it but determined they couldn't have because of prior art.

u/informedlate · 1 pointr/philosophy

You are experiencing modern angst. If you had lived only 100 years ago these feelings [for the most part] would not have had a chance to have arisen in the form you are expressing [stardust, universe experiencing itself] - be grateful you can do do it at all [I'm not saying people didn't have these feelings, like Camus, Neitzche, Descartes and others but that most average people didn't have the chance to worry like this, in the information laden way you are spitting it, since most people were busy feeding themselves and their families by farming etc]. So, yes, you are alive and it's all so crazy to think about.

Oh and yes, we do actually understand more than a "spec" of reality.

You say that if I am calm about what your saying then I am missing the point and haven't grasped the full implication of it's meaning. I say truth is relative and the truth of what you're saying is one of many perspectives I can tap into and get lost in. You seem to be hyperventilating only one stream of thought - your existential purpose, validity, meaning.

You seem to want someone to validate your feelings with an equal amount of shock and awe. Well you might get it, so what then? I'm not saying the knowledge you are talking about doesn't lead one to existential angst and confusion, but just remember what the Buddha said about the nature of reality. All is change. All is impermanent. This isn't some lofty metaphysical concept that is impossible to apply to everyday life. On the contrary, it is imminently important to understand so as to get a grip on your situation. If all is impermanent, then your feelings, opinions, knowledge etc.. is all impermanent. You are holding onto the feelings of utter confusion and awe. You have made a mistake unconsciously, that everyone does, when they mistake their immediate phenomenal experience as a permanent "thing" in reality. To be consistent with the Buddha's revelation one must relax, quiet the mind and understand the nature of reality - impermanence.

Read - Buddhism: Plain and Simple and also Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Questioning, the kind you seem to be doing, is just spinning your wheels if not tempered with a calm awareness and composure. Do you want to seek contentment and happiness? Do you want to feel resolve? Then shut your mind up for a moment. Listen to the birds chirp. Sit quietly in your room and watch your breathe. Work with your hands and feel reality in all it's textures. Just be aware. Hopefully you will have a long life to ponder these questions you have but for now don't make the mistake that so many neurotics do; mainly the mistake of attaching oneself to a overly anxious perspective while neglecting other modes of thought that are just as easily attachable. You have control over your mind, and your mind is doing all this anxious thinking.

If you want to have these questions turned upside down and be thrown into a different sort of thought then you must read Krishnamurti and his musings about life, love, truth, intelligence, nature.... "A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove." Jiddu Krishnamurti - more quotes here.

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” - Voltaire

Apply this quote to yourself. Spend time with it. What are you really asking and what answers are you really searching for?

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” - Buddha

Good luck.

u/omerfadem · 1 pointr/math

Mathematics Content Methods Meaning

I think this may be what you look for. I have read some chapters of it. It talks about meanings, where theories come from..

I also remembered it when I saw it in my bookshelve. Written by Roger Penrose. Penrose talks about math from numbers to modern physics application of math. Especially Einstein's math of space time can be understood in this book;
The Road to Reality

u/imaginary-eyes · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I liked What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

Very scientific but she does a good job of breaking it down, for the most part.

u/this_is_real_armour · 1 pointr/AskPhysics

To be honest it's really hard to learn without doing the coursework. But yes such books exist; for example You'll have to supplement with other things, but that should be a good backbone. There is also this list:

u/Leockard · 1 pointr/musiccognition

If you have already read his past books, then don't buy the new one. It's mostly a repetition of what he has already said, only with a few new ideas. Admittedly, his ideas about art are interesting but they are not the main subject of the new book and thus, are not that well developed.

For reference, this is the book.

u/Gorthaur111 · 0 pointsr/Nootropics

Long-term amphetamine usage causes the growth of countless dendrites on dopaminergic neurons. This is true for any powerful dopamine releaser. All these extra dendrites act as releasing sites for dopamine, so that the same supply of dopamine is spread out over a larger area. This is one of the major mechanisms behind progressive drug addiction and tolerance. These dendrites cannot be removed, they can only grow, and fixing this problem directly is at least as difficult as curing cancer.

Source: The Compass of Pleasure

u/33degree · 0 pointsr/conspiracy

> No. It's not. As I showed above.

There's no such thing as a vaccine injury? You've never heard of "vaccine court"

Lol. I thought you did your research? Are you telling me right now that there has never been a vaccine injury?

> you haven't done the research, you do not understand, you are being led by liars,

No. You are. Know why? The 2004 vaccine study that proved there is no link between vaccines and autism was a FRAUD.

William Thompson has his name on 3 or the 4 major studies and he ADMITTED that they withheld data to manipulate the results. He STILL is employed at a senior position within the CDC. His literal words from the the recorded calls:

> I feel deep shame when I am around families with autism.

How does William Thompson fit into your research? Since you're such an expert, why do you think this guy is saying that he participated in fraud at the CDC on vaccine studies?

u/duckthefuck · 0 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

He couldn't patent it because it was all natural stuff. He said it would be like patenting the sun. Patenting the Sun is a biography about him, good read.

u/SuckaWhat · 0 pointsr/changemyview

A great introduction to the subject is "The Compass of Pleasure" David Linden. It actually discusses many different things that act on the brains reward circuitry. It has a whole chapter dedicated to Obesity, which is pretty interesting. It's very readable for the lay person:

Here's a quick breakdown on Leptin though (note: I only skimmed this to see if it would be an appropriate source that I could actually directly link you to; I haven't read the whole thing):

Here's a decent breakdown of some of the science from the NYT:

Here's some studies that show that almost everybody who loses more than 15 pounds gains it all back:

If I have time later, I'll try to get you more. I have a friend waiting on me. But, if you want more academic articles, just go on JSTOR or Google Scholar and search "leptin" and "obesity."

edit: sorry, I don't have time tonight. I'll try to remember to get you some more info tomorrow.

u/questionmawk · -2 pointsr/pics

Sure... Let's start with the Flualval vaccine that literally states on the package it hasn't been tested to prevent the flu or even be safe:

Or how about the contamination of 98 million people given the polio vaccine...

...knowing it can cause cancer

Info on SV40

There was a MAJOR CDC coverup involved in this particular instance.. was removed from their site but cached links can still be found

Flu and other vaccinations using Thimerosal, linked to neurodevelopmental disorders (many vaccines claim not to use Thimerosal anymore.. but many still do)

Whooping cough vaccine found to be ineffective

The information is there... deeply hidden and those making billions off the industry plan to keep it that way.

u/THAD_K_CUNDERTHOCK · -2 pointsr/latterdaysaints

Great letter, very fairly written, by a Church member:


His name is Brett Wilcox and he has a lot of great information including a book called Jabbed:


Vaccines aren't intrinsically evil, but an absurd amount of deception and corruption exists in the world of vaccination. Our freedoms and our bodies are being weakened in many ways without us even realizing it.