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Argon

Argon

Joined May 2016

Catholic Canadian undergrad studying Physics and Philosophy. Also actor, dancer, choreographer, poet, and most importantly, avid reader 😎📚💡
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I finally finished this book! It was interesting, it is an intro to philosophy book, but it presents most of the topics and arguments in the form of dialogue between three students meeting for coffee. It also includes quotes and excerpts of writings by philosophers like David Hume and John Locke. It‘s not a short introduction, but it‘s quite thorough and an enjoyable read 😊 8.5/10

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Virtue Ethics
“If you want to be a generous person, practice generosity. If you want to be an honest person, tell the truth. The seed you sow in practice is the character you reap - the character you develop.”
#lifeadvice #philosophy

sprainedbrain What a gorgeous photo! 3w
Argon Thank you! I was visiting Summerland and we went for a walk by the lake 3w
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Mehso-so

I think this book is a pretty good introduction to medieval philosophy. However, at first it didn‘t feel like a “very short” introduction. There was a lot of information put into the small book, and it started with a dense historical outline that had a lot of names and dates of philosophers. It got a lot better in the later chapters, once it focused on specific topics and the relevant philosophers. 6.5/10

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I finished my final exams yesterday (only one year to go!), so I went to my university‘s library to pick up a philosophy book I started reading last summer. Of course, after I found that book I wandered through all the philosophy stacks and wound up leaving 20 minutes later with 10 books 🙄 I‘ll have to read fast because I start work and summer classes in a week!
#lovelibraries #bookhaul

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“All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense; but some are greater nonsense than others.” - Samuel Butler
🤣

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My university‘s department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies had a book sale yesterday. Each book was only $1 and they had books on philosophy, history, archaeology, religion, Latin, German, there might even have been a book in Latin about the philosophy of religion! So, I couldn‘t help myself and I came home with 30 books 🙄📚🤔✝️😍 #bookhaul #worthit

Crazeedi Nice! Welcome to litsy! 🎉🎉 5mo
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Life in Christ: A Catholic Cathechism for Adults | Gerard Weber, James Killigallon
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This is the textbook for my RCIA class. It‘s a pretty good intro to Catholicism, covering all the important beliefs and a lot of the initial questions people have about the beliefs. It‘s a bit out of date (it‘s from 1995), and I found Catholicism for Dummies to be a more entertaining, modern, and, in some ways, thorough introduction (it went through the steps of the mass as well as a brief history). This book is good, just not as good.

MrBook Great review! 6mo
Argon Thank you! 6mo
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IN A DIFFERENT VOICE | Carol Gilligan
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Mehso-so

This book focused a lot on the concepts of morality and identity. The main take away point seemed to be that women place greater emphasis on relationships regarding everything. I‘m not sure if I agree with all of Gilligan‘s conclusions, and would like to see the results of larger and more modern studies, but it was an interesting book.

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Up and Running | Shauna Reid, Julia Jones
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I just completed my first 5km run this morning! I trained with the plan from this book (although I did it in 11 weeks instead of 8) and I not only finished the race, but I came in at my target time of 35 minutes!
If you are interested in running, I would recommend checking out this book or some of their other running plans because the structure definitely helps 🏃🏻‍♀️😁🐇

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I started RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) yesterday, so I thought it was fitting to start this book today and read the words of the Pope as I officially begin the path to Catholicism 🙏😊

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1. I used to just read one, but over the last few years I‘ve regularly been reading 4 or 5 at once, so I‘ve gotten used to going back and forth!
2. Sometimes it‘s really clear like watching a movie, other times it‘s just bits and pieces of image & sound like a dream.
3. Outside, but usually close (like a movie).
4. So many! I loved fantasy books like Harry Potter & Septimus Heap, so those for sure 🔮🧙🏻‍♀️

@nu-bibliophile #OnlyReadersUnderstand

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Mehso-so

This book isn‘t bad. The writing has a tendency to get sidetracked, providing information about events and people which are only marginally related to the main narrative of the Bodle murder. In fact, it felt like only half the book discussed the Bodle case itself. While the historical information was interesting, the way it was written wasn‘t captivating and often gave the feeling of wandering off topic.

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“...by the nineteenth century doctors were prescribing [arsenic] for practically everything from asthma to typhus, malaria, period pain, worms, anaemia, syphilis, neuralgia and as a general pick-me-up.”

Ah, yes, because if anything is a cure-all it‘s poison!

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World Without End | Ken Follett
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A worthy sequel to my favourite novel, The Pillars of the Earth. This book has secrets, clandestine affairs, murder, romance, and a lot of drama all set in the 14th century. Add in one of the most dangerous diseases to ravage Europe and you‘ve got a great novel! As usual, Follett did an impeccable job researching and the details of the characters and locations bring them to life. This is definitely another one of my favourite books!

KJHowe Follet seems to spin gold every time he publishes. Amazing talent across so many genres. 12mo
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This true crime book is incredibly well-researched and written, providing a clear picture of not only the murders of July 22, but also Breivik‘s life, the trial, and the lives of some of his victims and their families.
I found it very difficult to read, especially once I realized I was the same age as some of the youth killed on Utøya, and I cried a number of times throughout the book.
While it‘s worth reading, it‘s certainly not easy reading.

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Mehso-so

Got this book from a family friend, it‘s an arithmetic “anti-textbook” from 1974 which seeks to reteach basic arithmetic in a more practical, common sense sort of way. It covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, negative numbers, estimating measurements, and probability. Would probably be helpful for people who struggled to learn math in school or whose kids are struggling.

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The English version of Soccernomics, this book uses statistical analysis to examine football and explain why England lose, which countries are the biggest overachievers and underachievers, which countries are destined to be future champions of the sport, and much more!
My problem is that the data in this book is over 10 years old now, and many things have changed (e.g. Spain‘s 6 years of dominance), so an updated version would be better. 👍⚽️💕

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Hoping that England wins their semi-final today (and throws these statisticians for a loop)!!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🦁⚽️
#threelions
#FIFAWorldCup2018

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A nice and fairly quick read and a good introduction to the study of epistemology. Nagel gives an overview of the main areas and theories in the field, provides concise examples to make them easier to understand, and avoids getting bogged down in technical terms or difficult language (as philosophers tend to). I‘d recommend it for anyone interested in philosophy in general, or looking for a first intro to epistemology.

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“If Locke is right, then the proper answer to the question ‘Do you know where you were born?‘ is ‘no‘ (assuming that your beliefs on this matter are, like most people‘s, determined by what your family has told you, or what is written on your birth certificate). You could say that it is very probable you were born in a certain place, but not having retained first-hand experience of the location, you won‘t have knowledge of this fact.”

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Painted my nails for the FIFA World Cup (the other hand has the same flags, just in different order). Hopefully one of my favourite teams will win again this year!
❤️???????????????⚽️
#VamosEspaña #ConquistaOSonho #threelions #DieMannschaft #SomosArgentina

BarbaraBB Cool! I am watching all the time too! My faves are Spain, France, Argentina and Brazil! 13mo
Argon Nice! There‘s been a few surprising results and it‘s pretty up-in-the-air as to who will win this year, which is exciting! 13mo
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“To become a thing is to unbecome oneself, to become variable, for ‘the real‘ is what becomes: ‘the real, the experienced and the concrete are recognized by the fact that they are variability itself.‘”

Gotta say, philosophy can be a bit whack! 😝

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“Isn‘t that just like a man? You think you know them, they go off and do something absolutely crazy - like believe in free will.”

😆

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“And while the body is confined to one planet, along which it creeps with pain and difficulty, the thought can in an instant transport us into the most distant regions of the universe, or even beyond the universe into the unbounded chaos where nature is supposed to lie in total confusion.”
- ‘An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding‘, David Hume

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Mehso-so

Not a bad introduction to quantum mechanics. I read it while taking an intro to QM course and it covered all the same major topics. I didn‘t find it as useful as I was hoping, my textbook was actually more helpful (partly for the math and the depth it covered). There were also a lot of typos, particularly within equations, which was very frustrating. I wouldn‘t recommend this book.

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This was the textbook for my course on Archaeology and the Bible, and I quite enjoyed reading it. The authors do a good job at appealing to the archaeological evidence and presenting a number of different theories (particularly about the origins of the Israelites and events like the Exodus), while making clear the uncertainty which surrounds each period of time. Would definitely recommend if you are interested in biblical history or archaeology 👍

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Catholicism for Dummies | John Trigilio, Kenneth Brighenti
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A good introduction to Catholicism that covers all the basics and goes more in depth than Wikipedia or other introductory websites. It has sections on Catholic beliefs, sacraments, mass, devotions, rituals, history, and more! I would definitely recommend checking it out if you are interested in learning about this popular and influential religion 👍😇
(rosary not included)

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World Without End | Ken Follett
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My final exams are done, so I finally have time to read something other than a textbook again! And as an added bonus, I can spend a few days chilling at the beach, enjoying the sunshine 😎☀️🎉

Andrew65 Love this book 😍😍. This book, sea and sand - can‘t think of anything more heavenly! Enjoy. 😊 1y
tammysue Looks lovely! 1y
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m very much an all-rounder!

https://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/

Drnkpnkprincess Me too! It made me laugh. 2y
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World Without End | Ken Follett

“A woman can make any man blissfully happy if he gives her the chance.”

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Found myself in Amsterdam last weekend and was glad that I had my favourite book with me to enjoy in the sunshine!
☀️🇱🇺📖🚄😎

Libby1 Wonderful! One of my favourite places. Thanks so much for following me! ❤️📚❤️ 1y
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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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This version of Shakespeare's play is very good. It is quite thoroughly annotated so you can understand the words well as you read through, and it also has a series of appendices at the end containing some excerpts of the works Shakespeare used as sources from the play. It was very interesting to read Shakespeare's version and then have these older texts to see where he got his ideas from. Overall: 👍🎭🇬🇧😊📚

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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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"I can't tell you what I've had to endure - thirsting, craving for her. If only I could say it would kill me, but a man can't live with it or die from it... It's a craving that shouldn't even exist, and yet you can't wish it didn't exist. Once it has a hold of you, you can't wish it away, because you'd have to wish your life away, it's so bound up with it... because life is desire and desire is life, and life can't be it's own enemy."

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I've just finished my final exams and now I finally have time to read this book. I've heard some really good things about it so I'm looking forward to digging my literary teeth into it!

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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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"For the sake of goodness and love, man shall grant death no dominion over his thoughts."

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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann

"It's as if we're being led around by the nose, in a circle, always lured on by the promise of something that is just another turning point - a turning point in a circle. For a circle consists of nothing but elastic turning points, and so its curvature is immeasurable, with no steady, definite direction, and so eternity is not 'straight ahead, straight ahead,' but rather 'merry-go-round.'"

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A pretty good book on the basics of German grammar. Although, it was clearly written for people taking German classes because it often stated that further explanations or verb forms or exceptions would be found in 'your textbook', and because I'm learning German on my own, I didn't have a textbook to reference. But other than that, I think it was quite helpful and a good intro to German grammar!

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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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What was life, really? It was warmth, the warmth produced by instability attempting to preserve form... It was the existence of what, in actuality, has no inherent ability to exist, but only balances with sweet, painful precariousness on one point of existence in the midst of this feverish, interwoven process of decay and repair. It was not matter, it was not spirit. It was something in between the two, a phenomenon borne by matter...like a flame.

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Was reading the review of this book in the April 2016 issue of Physics Today and came across the most nerdy/mathy/physicsy way I've seen of dissing someone: sqrt(bohr x trotsky) 🤓😎 #physics #math #nerd

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Went shopping for some Christmas presents and bought myself some presents of my own! I really can't help myself when I'm in a bookstore... but at least they were all on sale. And it's my 'yay! for the end of classes' treat and something to look forward to after my final exams :) #bookhaul #Christmas

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This is one of my favourite books of all time. It's got a base of solid historical research which allows the story to develop in a realistic landscape of Medieval England and really makes the characters feel real. A must read for any fan of English History, or of history in general, or really, anyone in general! It's a bit long but a very satisfying read. #Recommendsday

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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann

"And steeled by each new day in battle, the powers of reason and enlightenment will liberate the human race entirely and lead it forth on paths of progress and civilization toward an ever brighter, milder, and purer light."

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Had a delicious dinner of bratwurst, weisswurst, saurkraut, and potato salad at #Oktoberfest tonight! Complemented by my meagre German skills, aber ich lerne! Gute Nacht!! 👍🏻😎🇩🇪📚🍻

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The Daughters | Adrienne Celt
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Finally got my #BookMail September Box from @outofprint and @bookriot !! (Took a couple weeks to get to Canada.) So excited to start reading and feel the magic! 🔮📚👍

amazingmavis Mine arrived today, too! 😁🎉 3y
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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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"...it seemed to him that although honour had its advantages, so, too, did disgrace, and that indeed the advantages of the latter were almost boundless...how it must be when one is finally free of all the pressures honour brings and one can endlessly enjoy the unbounded advantages of disgrace"

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"Having faith in God did not mean sitting back and doing nothing. It meant believing that you would find success if you did your best honestly and energetically."

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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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After all, what could accompany a good book better than a good cup of tea?
(Especially a cup of mint tea made from homegrown mint 😊)
#perfectwaytoendaday

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"The Decline of a Family." Covering four generations of a German merchant family, Buddenbrooks portrays the ups and downs of family life in the 19th century and is a compelling read. Every character and action is realistically portrayed and Mann's writing is clear. With humour, drama, romance, loss, and strong family values, this book draws in a wide audience. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone's list of classics!