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BEYOND THE QUANTUM
BEYOND THE QUANTUM
by Michael Talbot
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Guide to the "New" Physics, Feb. 12 2004
This review is from: BEYOND THE QUANTUM (Paperback)
Having previously read Talbot's Holographic Universe, I just happened upon a used copy of this now out-of-print classic, Beyond the Quantum. This book very clearly and provocatively explores the science and the theoretical implications that are developing in the fields of physics and consciousness. From Bohm to Sheldrake to the Eastern mystics, Talbot has written an excellent overview of this mind-expanding field of study. In 2004 this book still seems fresh with ideas and insight, and explains things clearly for a general audience, not just those with a scientific background.


Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
by Russell A. Barkley
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars A misguided, debilitating approach to ADHD, Jan. 21 2004
Back in 1996 I was at a CE seminar presented by Barkley, a smooth talker with lots of fancy graphics and research references, not to mention ties with pharmaceutical drug marketers. However, most of what he presents is distorted, superficial, and contains numerous false statements about the implications of research and about the causes and treatments of ADHD symptoms. Barkley is still "bark"ing up the same tree he was several years ago, making money by telling people what they wish to hear to absolve themselves of any responsibility in having fostered ADHD behaviors, or having to do anything more than use some fancy reward system sold by Barkley's associates or dispense some pill marketed by Barkley's benefactors. Barkley's approach has become widely adopted, thereby perpetuating the patterns of behavior labeled ADHD. Barkley's behavioral approach discourages thinking and creativity in children, instead making them focus on rewards and discipline, making their lives more stressful. The reward systems he recommends are also flawed from a behavioral psychology perspective, as psychologist David Stein has observed, and actually promote continued ADHD behaviors in a significant portion of children. This system is so flawed it's no wonder that the studies show drugs suppress ADHD behaviors better than Barkley's behavior management approaches. Unfortunately, the drugs can either aggravate ADHD symptoms over the long term or promote depression, bipolar, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms, depending upon the individual's internal reaction to the ingestion of disruptive chemicals. Barkley ignores better behavioral and parenting approaches as well as research confirming the benefits of approaches like neurofeedback, massage, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, sensory integration therapies, progressive educational settings, and treating for adverse reactions to exposure to environmental hazards, such as heavy metals, allergens, processed food ingredients, and synthetic chemicals. ADHD is a label for a pattern of behavior that is typical of a tendency to not filter stimuli as social settings often require, with a great many factors influencing the development of this pattern, and a great many factors having the potential to help the individual shift toward a more socially acceptable pattern of filtering stimuli, without suppressing one's ability to be creative, intuitive, or spontaneous. Barkley's approach does nothing about underyling factors contributing to the dominant pattern of diminished filtering, and directs the person to be highly reliant on external controls and manipulations, since Barkley assumes there is some inherent biological abnormality in people labeled ADHD, ignoring the interaction between the individual's personality, genetic potentials, social environment, biochemical environment, and educational environment. If you took a brain scan of someone with an ADHD label you could match it with patterns found in scans of anyone, depending upon what mood, activity, or state of focus they are in at the moment of the scan. Only 24 hour monitoring of brain activity would have any relevance to assessing ADHD patterns, and even then it would only show a pattern of brain activity initiated by psychological and chemical factors, which are variable, just like behaviors are. Barkley has no clue what the brain really is - a transceiver/transducer for information processing between the mind/spirit and the body embedded in the physical reality matrix. Conscious and subconscious psychological factors greatly influence the pattern of activity exhibited in the brain, as do nutrition and drug ingestion. Barkley promotes external locus of control, assuming something is inherently/genetically "wrong" in persons exhibiting ADHD patterns of behavior and attentional filtering. More enlightened approaches help the individual develop self-mastery in balancing their body, mind, and emotions to facilitate any desired state of consciousness, recognizing that taking in great amounts of stumuli data or seeking out the most exciting or novel stimulus to focus attention on is not a defect, but a way of interacting with the environment that may need to be used less frequently in order to function in some settings. If you want your child to be a drug dependent, order-following worker, then follow Barkley's approach. If you want your child to be intelligent, creative, thoughtful, and self-empowered, then I suggest you look at some holistic approaches.


Legion Of Boom
Legion Of Boom
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5.0 out of 5 stars More big beats and riffs from Crystal Meth..., Jan. 13 2004
This review is from: Legion Of Boom (Audio CD)
If you already are a Crystal Method fan then you'll enjoy this album, as it has the same big beat electro style, with some nice guest vocals and guitar parts. In fact, the quality of this album is somewhat more consistent than of their earlier albums, in my opinion.


Fortunate Son: George W. Bush And The Making Of An American President
Fortunate Son: George W. Bush And The Making Of An American President
by J. Hatfield
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at the orchestration of "W"'s success, Jan. 13 2004
Hatfield has written a relatively unbiased account of the rise of George W. Bush to the presidency. He apparently upset some folks by exploring certain issues that have been covered up by mainstream journalists and image-makers, such as George W.'s apparent cocaine use and protection from legal consequences, and the manner in which his business failures were obscured by wealthy benefactors. There are other books that provide far more information about Bush family misdeeds and the occult background to this family, as Hatfield was not an author with background in censored history or occult agendas when he took on this project. Unfortunately, Hatfield is now deceased following an alleged suicide. Perhaps another brave author will do a bio of Hatfield and look into the details of his life and death. This book is a good introduction to the Bush dynasty for those who recognize that the wealthy Bush supporters and media are covering up the true nature of the family, family connections, family "business" activities, and the elite agendas the Bushes are a part of.


The Gift (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
The Gift (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mystery Thriller, Jan. 7 2004
In this suspenseful story set in a small southern town, a widowed mother of 2 played by Cate Blanchett gets caught in the midst of a murder mystery, which unfolds with the guidance of her psychic "gift." The story was co-written by Billy-Bob Thornton, and director Raimi has cast a superb ensemble of actors, including Blanchett, Hillary Swank, Greg Kinnear, Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi, & Katie Holmes. This paranormal thriller is spine-tingling in places, but ultimately has a warm compassionate foundation that speaks of universal human emotional needs that all the characters must cope with.


Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception Second Edition
Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception Second Edition
by Thom Hartmann
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3.0 out of 5 stars ADD as a coping style suited to hunters..., Dec 29 2003
Hartmann has written a popular series of books related to ADD/ADHD by introducing an empowering perspective to those labeled ADD/ADHD. Since ADD/ADHD is based on labeling behaviors rather than identifying any physiological abnormality, Hartmann's view is quite sensible to some extent. In our current environment, these behaviors are usually seen as maladaptive and bring adults to treat children with these behaviors in a negative way. Ironically, it is the high level of stress in our environment that has been associated with triggering ADD symptoms - violent media directed at children, stress on status and achievement, disruptive family patterns, toxins, additives, and stimulants in foods, beverages, and the environment, etc. In this stressful environment many people develop the coping strategies and physioloigcal symptoms that would be expected from someone that has been in frequent danger and overusing their adrenal glands, which triggers a shortage in hormones and neurotransmitters needed to sustain attention. ADD/ADHD can best be understood from a holistic mind-body perspective, with natural holistic and psychotherapeutic interventions to assist. Giving stimulant drugs momentarily increases focus and calms behavior, but actually further aggravates the over-stressed system that led to ADD symptoms in the first place. Improved nutrition, stress management skills, and energy balancing therapies can provide lasting benefits to help those labeled ADD/ADHD become more balanced and able to adapt to their circumstances when they desire to. In more nurturing, less stressful environments these children are often seen as normal, and may actually act more calm and focused when less stressed and perceived more positively by adults. Hartmann's book provides a useful tool to help people recognize the psychological coping mechanism that can contribute to ADD patterns of behavior, although he somewhat oversimplifies the issue and doesn't clearly address the mind-body connection that is largely ignored or misunderstood by those examining the ADD/ADHD issue. Additionally, Hartmann adds his own labeling system of hunters and gatherers/farmers, which could limit how some people perceive themselves. These are roles we develop, and which are not solidly set by genetics. Genetic expression is influenced by the individual's biological and psychosocial environment [and the individual's reaction to the environment], and we deny our potential if we just say we are a born "hunter."


Magdalene's Lost Legacy: Symbolic Numbers and the Sacred Union in Christianity
Magdalene's Lost Legacy: Symbolic Numbers and the Sacred Union in Christianity
by Margaret Starbird
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gematria & Gnostic Symbolism in Christianity, Dec 26 2003
This book is certainly thought-provoking, as it examines esoteric coding that suggests occult symbolic meanings contained within the texts of Christianity. There are now numerous books that claim to expose various forms of hidden information in Biblical texts and apocrypha. In this book of Starbird's the focus is on the symbolism of masculine and feminine polarities in the Jesus & Mary Magdelene characters, and their alleged marriage being a symbolic spiritual union of polarities. One thing that neither Starbird nor most other authors of this genre make an effort to examine is the question of how many of the characters and events described in the religious texts are purely symbolic and metaphorical versus how much is actual history or "staged" history designed to play out esoteric symbolism. The characters of Jesus and Mary (both Marys, actually) are not original to Christianity, and the gnostic symbolism suggested by Starbird is far more ancient than Christianity, which makes one wonder how much of the Christian stories were created for passing metaphysical knowledge to intitiates and how much had any connection to historical persons. Starbird has done a nice job of examining one level of hidden information in the Christian texts, but this leaves many unanswered questions and does not provide any clear insight into the literal history of Christianity's alleged initiator.


The Big Bang Never Happened: A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe
The Big Bang Never Happened: A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe
by Eric Lerner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provocative examination of cosmology debate, Dec 22 2003
Lerner's book is as much about the process of scientific reasoning and factors that influence the flow of scientific debate as it is about the ideas and observations related to Big Bang Theory and Plasma Cosmology. Lerner makes many valid points about how the Big Bang Theory is based on assumptions that can't be proven and has been continually receiving mathematical tweaks to fit observations that conflict with predictions of existing big bang models. He explores the issues of evolution and entropy in relation to cosmological theories, and superficially explores the role of consciousness in all this, as he has a bias against metaphysical ideas that seems to be the same type of flawed approach that he criticizes in big bang theorists. If there are observations and situations that conflict with the theory then you have to consider that the theory is flawed, even if it is useful and practical in some ways. Actually, experiential and empirical evidence indicate that consciousness is the prime cause and is inherent in all energy, even though physical sciences can't directly examine consciousness. Thus, both big bang theory and plasma cosmology ignore the source that projected the physical universe in the first place, even though plasma cosmology does recognize electromagnetism as the most essential measurable force in astrophysics. This book is great for exposing flaws in big bang theory, but I would encourage those looking for the most advanced ideas in cosmology to consider authors who delve into metaphysics. If you want to understand reality/creation you would do better to read some of Deepak Chopra's work or books like Lynn McTaggart's "The Field" and "The Living Energy Universe" by Schwartz & Russek.


Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants and ADHD
Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants and ADHD
by Peter Breggin
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Critique of ADHD Labels And Drug Treatments, Dec 10 2003
Dr. Breggin has become a leading critic of the standard psychiatric approach to labeling and treating children with challenging behavioral symptoms. This book is a thorough examination of the scientific debate as well as political, economic, and psychosocial factors involved in the issue. Breggin makes many excellent points in this book about the interactions between body, mind, and environment that are largely ignored by most medical and mental health professionals. Drugs are routinely used as a form of chemical restraint, even though the withdrawal phase of the drugs actually triggers the "imbalances" and likelihood of misbehaviors that they are supposed to treat. Those who believe the medications are a wonderful way of controlling behavior believe this out of ignorance of alternative approaches to really helping the child become physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. It is easy to just continually drug someone into submission, but in other contexts this is usually considered an abuse of human rights. The lack of responsibility and commitment by adults toward finding ways of helping children develop positive motivation and social skills is certainly one factor in the epidemic of psychiatric labeling and psychotropic drug prescriptions. The incompetence of physicians to identify real physical issues that impact children's ability to concentrate, such as poor nutrition, neurological impairment, allergies, exposure to drugs and toxins, and hormonal disturbances, is another factor. The propaganda and social programming that falsely claim mental illness is biologically determined is another factor. Having worked in the mental health field in Florida as a licensed counselor for several years, I have observed much of what Breggin talks about. Children who are labeled "ADD" in one school or home environment suddenly appear normal when their family environment becomes less stressful or when they are placed with a more compassionate teacher or in a less stressful educational setting, such as a Montessori school. When children form more positive relationships they are often suddenly able to concentrate adequately and remain more calm when necessary. Meanwhile, I have seen many children who became depressed or bipolar as an apparent effect of their medications, and have seen no lasting progress associated with drug treatments. That adults treat highly active and inattentive children poorly and treat subdued children better is true, but that is a problem of the adults that is being displaced onto the children who are given drugs that are addictive and perpetuate the child's lack of self-motivated control. There are multiple parenting and educational programs that have successfully reversed "ADD/ADHD" behavior patterns, even in supposedly severe cases, by merely helping adults minimize their emotional reactions to the targeted negative behaviors and increasing positive social attention given to the children. The physical correlates of ADD/ADHD symptom patterns are typically modulated by the psychological factors present in the individual, and cannot usually be considered to be the root causal source of the symptoms. Various alternative medicine approaches, from naturopathy, oriental medicine, energy medicine, mind-body stress management, nutritional therapy, and more have shown usefulness in reversing the ADD/ADHD symptoms, as these target various levels of the pattern, ranging from emotions, stress, and subtle energy disturbances to nutritional imbalances and metabolic disturbances, with the physical disturbances usually being triggered or facilitated in some way by non-physical (psychological & psychosocial) issues. Mental health clinics and physicians have become increasingly controlled and programmed by the pharmaceutical industry. They are showered with gifts, including boxloads of office supplies (featuring drug ads) and brochures with misleading information about "disorders" and pharmaceutical company ads for patients as well as trips and meals, typically delivered by attractive young women and less often by young men pharmaceutical reps [all of whom become speechless or irritated when you try to discuss the actual safety and efficacy of the drugs with them beyond letting them repeat their script]. I have seen all this myself, and see the pharmaceutical paraphernalia all over the office of the agency I've worked at, as well as seeing psychiatrists routinely prescribe drugs with no medical exam or any other basis than the intent to briefly manipulate mood and behavior - things anyone could do using street drugs, which happen to manipulate neurotransmitter systems the same way that prescribed drugs do. I commend Dr. Breggin for his efforts to wake people from the massive deceptions and denials governing mental health care and the topic of ADD/ADHD.


Reclaiming Our Children: A Healing Plan For A Nation In Crisis
Reclaiming Our Children: A Healing Plan For A Nation In Crisis
by Peter Breggin
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A compassionate critique of the mental health industry, Dec 4 2003
Dr. Breggin has written extensively about the dangers of pharmaceutical treatment. In this book, he expands his discussion to look at the social context for how the society has been driven toward dangerous quick fixes rather than healing the society in ways that nurture children. One reviewer calls Breggin a Christian Scientist due to his anti-drug stance, when in reality he seems to have connections to the Jewish faith. Pure Christian Science opposes any medical drug treatments (which Breggin doesn't), including for seemingly purely physical symptoms and illnesses, since it sees physical reality as completely a product of mind and spirit. Breggin makes many valuable observations, although I perceive his parenting ideas as overly libertarian in some instances. Breggin also is unrealistic about the ability of ordinary psychotherapeutic and parenting methods to address very challenging child symptoms and difficulties. Theoretically, all mental health issues can be resolved without using medications to suppress symptoms. However, in our society few people have the knowledge or skills to facilitate holistic healing methods and access subconscious levels of mind that often trigger biochemical and psychological dysfunctions. Every cell, tissue, organ, and system in our bodies is guided by some level of consciousness, and even seeming "biochemical" issues can be resolved by accessing the consciousness that controls biological functioning and reorienting it to direct the body to function in a balanced manner. Since almost no one in the health care professions is trained to facilitate this, and only a minority of professionals are even trained to use nutrition, massage, hypnosis, and some other less invasive alternatives, then many people mistakenly assume that certain people absolutely have to be medicated. Breggin focuses mostly on the social ills of our society and the social and political context of mental health approaches to children, doing a solid job in this regard. However, a more expansive understanding of health, healing, and reality is needed to help more people realize the wealth of alternatives to drugs.


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