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Review: Marshall B. Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication”

I’ve had Marshall B. Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication recommended to me more than a few times, both by friends and strangers on the Internet. It never really appealed to me, but now that I’m gearing up to enter a caring profession I decided to give it a whirl. My experience was a mixed bag; some of Rosenberg’s ideas [...]

Review: Alasdair MacIntyre’s “After Virtue”

Several chapters from Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue were instrumental in my undergraduate thesis, but I never got around to reading the whole book until now. This is a grand and fascinating journey through the history of ethics, fueled by MacIntyre’s argument for a modern renaissance of Aristotelian thought. He begins with this assertion: The language [...]

Quotes 1-26-2016

“Although I too enjoyed reading, I never loved the sport of language the way Owen did. This was because to me, language had no native intelligence of its own––it was created by man and was given meaning by man, and therefore clever writing often seemed to me little more than a Chinese puzzle box of [...]

Quotes 12-23-2015

“Everything speaks in its own way.” ––Ulysses, by James Joyce, pg. 123   “A few years ago I began thinking that the bookish people of the world were becoming a little bit like medieval monks, living austere but intellectually complex lives in voluntary seclusion from a gaudy and action-packed secular world. I’ve written a novel, [...]

Quotes 8-26-2015

“She said the mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience. So I quoted the First Law of Mentat at her: ‘A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.’ That seemed to satisfy her.” [...]