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    breaking out of my cocoon SearchingforPeace's Avatar
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    Just finished "Submission" by Michel Houellebecq. I had heard a lot about the book and I had an idea of what to expect. It exceeded my expectations.

    It is my first book by Houellebecq and I can't wait to read more.
    “Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    “It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living. It is clear also that thought is not free if all the arguments on one side of a controversy are perpetually presented as attractively as possible, while the arguments on the other side can only be discovered by diligent search.”

    ― Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

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    'One of (Lucas) Cranach's masterpieces, discussed by (Joseph) Koerner, is in it's self-referentiality the perfect expression of left-hemisphere emptiness and a precursor of post-modernism. There is no longer anything to point to beyond, nothing Other, so it points pointlessly to itself.' - Iain McGilChrist

    Suppose a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?"
    "Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
    Piglet was comforted by this.
    - A.A. Milne.
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    An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of The Immune System. The book explains why your immune system doesn't attack bananas or Big Macs but does attack pathogens.

    Studies have shown the MHC gene gives off a scent. The scent is used as a factor in how people choose their mates. If one person's MHC is too similar to another's, the MHC will act as a repellant. The scent of MHC that is sufficiently different will act as a magnet.
    Diversity strengthens a person's immune system so the body discourages us from marrying siblings and cousins.
    Fact checkers find that Tellenbach is right 99.98% of the time on Mondays between 2:00 am and 2:01 am and 100% accurate when he's sitting on the toilet at all times.
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    Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino. Good collection of essays about pop culture, social media, and feminism

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