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Lone Survivor
Lone Survivor
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty standard American war propaganda really, 19 Nov. 2014
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Pretty standard American war propaganda really.The combat scenes are hugely biased and verge on comedy as members of Al Qaeda virtually throw themselves onto the soldiers bullets.There's also a confusing scene at the end where Mark Wahlberg has an excessively emotional farewell to someone he's barely familiar with in terms of movie time.Not what I was expecting from all the glowing reviews and four-star, unmissable, awesomeness accolades,but still the combat scenes are good.


Is It Really Too Much To Ask?: The World According to Clarkson Volume 5
Is It Really Too Much To Ask?: The World According to Clarkson Volume 5
Price: £3.66

3.0 out of 5 stars B+, 7 Nov. 2014
i bought this for some light humorous reading and it fulfilled that function adequately.I hadn't read any of his previous literary output and I was hoping he had more depth that he appears to have on the TV.Alas no,its as if he's still in the upper sixth.


The Friendly Swede Trilobite Extra Beefy / Wide 500 lb Paracord Survival Bracelet With Stainless Steel Black Shackle - Best Fit 6 to 7-inch Wrists - Retail Packaging - Lifetime Warranty (Black)
The Friendly Swede Trilobite Extra Beefy / Wide 500 lb Paracord Survival Bracelet With Stainless Steel Black Shackle - Best Fit 6 to 7-inch Wrists - Retail Packaging - Lifetime Warranty (Black)

5.0 out of 5 stars Its comfortable to wear and the adjustable clasp, 14 Sept. 2014
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A well constructed, impressive functional adornment.Its comfortable to wear and the adjustable clasp,although tricky to fasten at first lends the item an air of seriousness.
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Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
by Max Tegmark
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Rate, 4 Sept. 2014
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The first part is an excellent summary of cosmology and quantum physics that's the most readable and informative I've read to date.Or maybe that's an effect of having read too many books in the same genre. Either way the author makes light work of issues other authors struggle with, and each chapter concludes with a helpful brief outline to ease the process.
The second part of the book deals with more esoteric subject matters,which is more challenging for the lay reader and requires more abstract imaginative processing to comprehend.
Overall I found the book is readable and I rarely counted the pages or became over taxed intellectually,which to me, is the sign of an excellent author.


Ergodyne 6863 Extreme Series Winter Liner
Ergodyne 6863 Extreme Series Winter Liner
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK for 12 year olds or very small headed people, 25 Jan. 2014
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This is just too short at the front and back and is difficult to attach to standard UK hardhats.It is warm though.


Thinking, Fast and Slow
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intuition Bias, 1 Jan. 2014
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The readability of this book on the challenges to rational agent economics, is assured by the short chapter lengths,which at an average of 10 pages,gives you the impression you're making fine progress.That is until you come to the penultimate chapter on choices,which is 100 pages on the assessment of reactions to structured probability judgement traps, which didn't really work as well as the rest of the book ,in that the evidence presented was less than convincing.In fact it hamstrung the whole process,but made the final chapter a breeze which led me to believe the author used his own theory of peak/end experience and duration neglect,which had been previously mentioned, to pass off some of his weaker theories.
Overall the book draws together current theories on how the mind constructs reality with a bias towards the limits of intuitive thinking.Its accessible and not written in an overtly technical style, nor does it dumb down at any point but keeps you interested without assuming you're a top flight economist or neuroscientist. The author name checks Antonio Damasio,Timothy D. Wilson and Daniel Gilbert so if you've read any of these authors you'll be in familiar territory.


Inward Revolution: Bringing About Radical Change in the World: v.ution
Inward Revolution: Bringing About Radical Change in the World: v.ution
by J. Krishnamurti
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inward Revolution = Outward Revolution, 24 Nov. 2013
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A collection of transcripts of 14 lectures given between December 1970 and February 1971.
Krishnamurti, the Punk rock, Kung fu, anti-guru, continues his attack on the misuse of, thought, meditation and authority, whilst promoting self-observation as the only way out of the horrors of inward and outward human existence. Intelligence has been annihilated by thought, he posits, which wastes energy through fragmenting the inner and outer world for utility and pleasure and is permanently engaged in chasing the illusion of security and permanence. The same themes as most of his books, from what I can gather, although he does find new ways of communicating the same messages, you find yourself knowing which direction the script is going most of the time, which is fine if you need his ideas reinforcing or you haven't just finished one of his other books...which I had.
As I've only read three of his books I'm not really in a position to comment on how this volume compares with the multitude of others. It's shorter than "The Awakening of Intelligence" but less diverse and it still takes considerable effort to read for no apparent reason, which may be you're dull thought based habituated mind protesting at the usurping of its authority...I don't know. Anyway the pattern that is emerging is that the transcripts of his lectures are very loosely grouped around a common theme but as the root of most problems have the same cause the conversations inevitably end on the same ground, albeit via different paths.


The Awakening of Intelligence
The Awakening of Intelligence
by J. Krishnamurti
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.43

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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Thought Makes Such a Mess of Things., 31 Oct. 2013
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At the exact moment I logged on to write this review I was disturbed by the sound of another Krishnamurti book dropping through the letterbox, which if you're a believer in concepts is a synchronistic meaningful event and a pointer towards the operation of intelligence.....or is all that just thought trying to establish itself and find security in an illusion. Either way it indicates to me that I found the book sufficiently stimulating to order another by the same author.
It took me a longer than average time to finish this book, and I found it difficult to keep the level of concentration required to inwardly digest the knowledge. Whether this was a consequence of the question and answer structure or my need for total understanding I can't say, so probably it was a bit of both.
This was the second Krishnamurti book I've read the other being "The Ending of Time" and I selected it as the reviews I've read, here and elsewhere, suggested it represented a comprehensive overview of Krishnamurtis' ideas. The book is basically a transcription of seminars from the early 70's and concerns the nature of intelligence and how thought acts to drown it out through the pursuit of pleasure and security, which produces a fragmentary world of conflicting concepts and illusions. The ideas run parallel with the left brain/right brain concepts of modern neuroscience but go on to suggest the direction in which a rebalancing may lie through exposing the mechanisms thought employs to remain dominant.
Although much of the book is a repetition of the same basic premises, each new approach contains a deeper or more satisfying explanation, which keeps it alive and enables one to have a multifaceted view that reinforces the ideas from different angles and for that reason its worth the effort.He also manages to demolish and dismiss Philosophy,Psychology and Religion as the bogus retreats of confused intellectuals wrapped up in their own attempts at gaining the illusion of securiy,which was nice.


Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs
Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs
by Ted Morgan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Outlaw, 4 Aug. 2013
A compelling account of the peripatetic struggle of a deviant intellectuals struggle against authority,whilst all the time battling his own demons.
Although a hefty tome,the level of the uniqueness of the subjects character makes for a fascinating read,that rarely drags or becomes too reliant on names and dates in a technical manner.
The author builds the various characters up in a manner that ensures you become familiar with them and have no trouble recalling their presence when they reappear far along the timeline from whence they first appeared.The only negative criticism I have is the excessive use of this in the case of Burroughs' son,who has a dismal,drunken,transplant surgery fueled chapter to himself that begins to feel like a separate biography.This occurs towards the end of the book when the chronological approach gets somewhat abandoned in favor of chapters relating to specific events and places.The overall effect is an almost intimate portrait of the man and his 180 degree turn from persecuted pariah to lauded author and respected pioneer of social progress.
In all,a long but eventful ride that is hard to put down in more than one sense,not only did they break the mold,they closed the factory down that produced this man.


The Ending of Time
The Ending of Time
by J. Krishnamurti
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Get Over Yourself, 30 July 2013
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The 'time' in question is what the participants in this series of conversations refer to as psychological time,that is the habitually created illusion of the self that is in a perpetual struggle for improvement motivated through illusions created by desire,hope and fear.
Various topics surrounding mans inability to let go of his illusory self and relieve himself from suffering are approached from different angles.It took me 200 pages till the ideas started to resonate and I could relate to what was and had been said,or not said, as the no concept as concept approach and the fact that thought tends to end in paradox means that what they are attempting to explain is a state beyond the limits of normal verbal human communication,and is more zen-like but less intellectually elitist.
I found it hard going at times,but not tedious, as the texts are word for word transcripts of exploratory conversations,and as such are not edited for clarity but left in their natural state, so the whole thing relies on the participants ability to express themselves coherently.This they do quite admirably, but there are a few redundancies,and for most of the time I got the impression Krishnamurti was directing the conversation as he was much more familiar with expressing himself and his ideas in a public arena.


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