Blue's UnBashful Blog

Blue's UnBashful Blog

Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Reviews

Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail by Greg Kuhn

My attention drifted often from this book due a slow start.  Kuhn went into great detail explaining why one should read this book.  He uses a paradigm of a fish tank, providing great detail of how this fish tank that we are living in creates our reality.  The fish tank paradigm is continuously illustrated throughout the chapters as it applies to different areas in life.  The end of the book made the investment in this book worthy.  We are surrounded by books today on our thought patterns, negative vs. positive thinking, and so forth.  Kuhn utilizes the fish tank paradigm and quantum physics as a way to illustrate that it is not a "think happy, be positive" and happy and positive will happen; rather, acknowledge your feelings and "tell yourself the best story possible". 

If you can get past the redundant "fish tank" explanation the book makes sense and is a great addition to the new age books focused on positive thinking; it provides one of the best examples of how you tell "your story" affects your outcome. 

Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar

Light on Life is a great book for anyone.  It provides a great background, explanation, and purpose of the practice of yoga for those completely new to Yoga to the most experienced yogi.  Mr. Iyengar has a strong Hindu background and so it is a different perspective than the Tibetan or other Buddhist perspectives as there are a variety of yoga practices. Iyengar utilizes Patanjalis's Sanskrit perspective which can be varied by traditional yoga.  Light on Life was informative and personal. 

Conditioned Emotional Reactions: The Case of Little Albert by John B. Watson & Rosalie Rayner

This book, though small, sheds light on something enormous which everyone experiences....fear.  The actual case study is quite long and of course detailed.  This book is small and provides just the right amount of information needed to explain our fears.  Our emotional reactions, fear, are conditioned from an early age.  This is a great, quick read that would help provide insight into some of our phobias or I feel it would be helpful for parents with children.  For example, say that your little 2 year old munchkin is playing on the living room floor, laughing, and having a grand time.  He spots a huge spider crawling towards him and he is excited to see this curious, as a parent, walk in the room and scream, scooping your little munchkin up away from the spider and of course in return he is startled and begins to cry.  Bam! Little munchkin now associates spiders with sudden screaming  and a fear of spiders may develop.  My example is very brief and generic.  This study provides specific, informative, and likely enlightening research. 

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