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Our Political Nature
Our Political Nature by Avi Tuschman

My recap from reading up to page 68: Some good work and some good thought in here, but ... Tuschman shows himself to be part of that new brand of social scientists who are too fascinated with evolutionary and biological psychology to realize that they are in the grips of it (while they presume to be commenting objecti... (See the whole review)

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The Happiness Paragraph
The Happiness Paragraph by David W Alway

I am an Objectivist and the author of this book. This is a short ebook on how to be happier! It is for Objectivists and Non-Objectivists alike. The advice is centered around a single (but complicated) summary paragraph. The meaning of that paragraph is then explained and explored for the remainer of the book. The book also contains a more usef... (See the whole review)

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Pathological Altruism
Pathological Altruism by Oakley et al.

Does anyone out there know about this?  It looks interesting, though maybe not worth the price for non-specialists.  Rand gets a few mentions. (See the whole review)

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Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think by Bryan Kaplan

The book states, "While healthy, smart, happy, successful, virtuous parents tend to have matching offspring, the reason is largely nature, not nurture." Hopefully, it will help encourage more rationally selfish people to have more kids. World demographics are trending toward a shrinkage in their numbers and huge increases among populations ... (See the whole review)

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Study Methods and Motivation
Study Methods and Motivation by Edwin Locke

Objectivist psychologist Dr. Edwin Locke has assembled this neat little book for those entering college.  It provides a well-integrated system of actual study methods as well as methods for motivating oneself to study in the first place.  Whether you have just started college or find yourself returning after many years of absence, this text will he... (See the whole review)

(Added by Luke Setzer on 8/14/2007, 1:15pm)
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The Sociopath Next Door
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

I haven't read this book, but I'm considering it. The following is from a review: "They are often described as people who know the difference between right and wrong but don't care. Insofar as they make the distinction between right and wrong, they do so at a purely intellectual level. Otherwise, the only thing that constrains the behavior of ... (See the whole review)

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Being a Man in a Woman
Being a Man in a Woman's World by Dennis Neder

The author could easily have subtitled this book Assertiveness Training for Straight Men Who Date.  In a world of romantic literature polluted with titles like Why Men Won't Commit, The Commitment Cure as well as the myriad Mars and Venus cash cow texts, it seems that the overwhelming number of them aim at a female target market at the expense of e... (See the whole review)

(Added by Luke Setzer on 10/14/2005, 10:30am)
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How To Argue and Win Every Time
How To Argue and Win Every Time by Gerry Spence

Attorney and author Gerry Spence has graced the world with his books and arguments for many years.  At the time of publication of this book in 1996, the author had never lost a case he had tried.  In this text, he outlines the logical and emotional aspects of argumentation. ... (See the whole review)

(Added by Luke Setzer on 10/09/2005, 9:48am)
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 SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless
SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless by Steve Salerno

As a bookstore employee, I've often wondered about the space dedicated to the many useless books on self-help, many of them by the same authors. If each has the answer, why do they need to keep writing books? Obviously it's the failure of the reader to achieve his potential. More likely the need of the author to make more money at the expense of t... (See the whole review)

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Unlimited Power
Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins

Objectivism aims to help an individual to employ his own human capacity to reason to achieve productive purposes for the ultimate benefit of that individual.  Doing so requires a commitment to discipline and focus and a thorough understanding of the nature of one's own consciousness, both content and process.  Such an understanding will empower the... (See the whole review)

(Added by Luke Setzer on 3/22/2005, 12:05pm)
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The Introvert Advantage
The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney

For all you "Loner's" and "rugged individualists" out there, I'd like to recommend the INTROVERT ADVANTAGE by Marti Olsen Laney. For the longest time I used to wonder why I was not more outgoing, why being in a crowd drained my energy, being around others too long left me feeling like I needed to go to the moon to get away. Friends did nor understa... (See the whole review)

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Party of One:  The Loners
Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto by Anneli S. Rufus

Isaac Newton. Michelangelo. Anne Rice. Barry Bonds. Haruki Murakami. They and countless others belong to a subculture that will never join hands, a group whose voices, by nature, will never form a chorus. They are loners—and they have at least one thing in common: They keep to themselves. And they like it that way. ... (See the whole review)

(Added by Orion Reasoner on 10/18/2004, 10:07pm)
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Up To No Good:  The Rascally Things Boys Do
Up To No Good: The Rascally Things Boys Do by Kitty Harmon (editor)

Up to No Good is a collection of hysterical stories from grown men about the havoc they wreaked when they were boys. Nothing is sacred in this collection that makes Eddie Haskell look like a goody two shoes -- terrified nuns, urinating on electric fences, science classes gone bad -- the list goes on and on. ... (See the whole review)

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Survival of the Prettiest:  The Science of Beauty
Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty by Nancy Etcoff

In this provocative, witty, and thoroughly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, Nancy Etcoff skewers one of our culture's most enduring myths, that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior.  Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, skewers the enduring ... (See the whole review)

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Please Understand Me
Please Understand Me by David Keirsey

Phenomenon: Keirsey and Bates's Please Understand Me, first published in 1978, sold nearly 2 million copies in its first 20 years, becoming a perennial best seller all over the world. Advertised only by word of mouth, the book became a favorite training and counseling guide in many institutions -- government, church, business -- and colleges across... (See the whole review)

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Evil:  Inside Human Violence and Cruelty
Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty by Roy Baumeister, Ph.D.

Why is there evil, and what can scientific research tell us about the origins and persistence of evil behavior? Considering evil from the unusual perspective of the perpetrator, Baumeister asks, How do ordinary people find themselves beating their wives? Murdering rival gang members? Torturing political prisoners? Betraying their colleagues to the ... (See the whole review)

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Inside the Criminal Mind
Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton Samenow, Ph.D.

In 1984, this groundbreaking book presented a chilling profile of the criminal mind that shattered long-held myths about the sources of and cures for crime. Now, with the benefit of twenty years' worth of additional knowledge and insight, Stanton Samenow offers a completely updated edition of his classic work, including fresh perceptions into crime... (See the whole review)

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The Mechanism of Mind
The Mechanism of Mind by Edward de Bono

Widely known for encouraging the idea that thinking is a skill that can be taught, and for his promotion of the skill of 'lateral thinking' to enhance creativity, de Bono's Mechanism of Mind uses stories, metaphors and models to help explain how your mind works, and how you can help it to work better. (See the whole review)

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