New Books in Brief blog-fantastic blog

•April 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“Keeping you connected to the best ideas in the world of new non-fiction”

From the About section:

This site consists of a bi-weekly blog and podcast designed to keep you up to date on the best ideas in the world of new non-fiction books:

Every second week I choose what I consider to be the most interesting and/or important popular non-fiction book to be released during that 2 week period. I then read and study the book, and write an article wherein I summarize the main argument of the book, and offer up some of the juicier details and anecdotes to be found therein.

When it comes to the books that I choose, I tend to lean towards science-based books that feature some attempt to make sense out of ourselves and the world around us (books that live at the intersection of science and the humanities). The books that I choose are mostly top sellers, though I am willing to go for a more unsung title, if I feel that this is truly warranted. Topics that I am will to cover include the following: human nature, happiness, morality, free-will, politico-economics, history, education, cultural commentary, the nature of reality and the universe etc.

Each article is meant to capture a distillation of the book’s  main argument (to deliver the book in-a-nutshell, as it were). While I cannot hope to match the breadth of explanation and the depth of details found in the book itself, I do aim to gain in simplicity and concision (indeed most articles are roughly 10 to 15 pages in length, and represent approximately 2% to 5% of the total length of the book). My chief purpose is to provide the reader with a very good understanding of the thesis of the book, as well as the most important and interesting details in support of this thesis.”

It looks like it is well worth catching up and then keeping caught up with New Books in Brief! 😛

Wow, that is all I can say!!


1)The Power of Habit 2) Habits & Mindfulness help lead to happiness

•April 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I had heard of The Power Habit before it was published and thought it looked like a book well worth reading. Well, it is out and is very well-reviewed.

Here is a thorough summary that is well worth reading before you read the book or by itself if you don’t have time to read it;


Here is a post by Christine Carter of the Raising Happiness book, blog and more dedicated to raising children to be happy and to help their parents be happy as well! It talks about Habits and mindfulness in regards to happiness and how putting ourselves on auto-pilot more often(habit) helps lead to happiness.

Success is about personal alignment

•April 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Align your inner and outer minds by finding and doing what fulfils you and do it because it fulfils you. Success will follow.

An excerpt from the post explains what the inner and outer minds are and that being what they are leads to their success;

“Brooks writes that the inner mind hungers for harmony and connection and the outer mind hungers for status, money and applause. When asked by Charlie Rose to describe great achievers, he replied that they “have a hunger to be what they are, not the best, not the most famous, but what they are.””

Read the whole post, it is well worth the time and is very enlightening. The brief discussion on being in “the zone” or experience transcendental moments alone make the post worth reading and they are only the appetizer to the main course.

Great attitude and quote on persistence

•April 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“It’s hard being a Canadian as an automotive designer. Staying in Canada is virtually impossible, but I want to take it all the way,” said Reininger. “So many people are so negative. It’s such a competitive field, they say, you’ll never make it. I refuse to listen to those people. A lot of people in my age group are like that right now and I love them because they’re not going to be in my way.”


This reminds me of the old quote[Satchel Paige]; “. . .if you don’t mind, it don’t matter!”

Here is another one that is relevant;

“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  ―    Bernard M. Baruch

Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

•April 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Dr. Eades, Art DeVany and others have been saying this for a very long time. The mainstream media and the medical establishment is slowly coming around and we should see major shifts in the way we think about health and diet in the near future.

Sonnet 29- William Shakespeare

•April 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment


William Shakespeare

When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possess’d,
Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remember’d such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

Mnemosyne Project-flash card software to help you learn

•April 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Efficient learning

The Mnemosyne software resembles a traditional flash-card program to help you memorise question/answer pairs, but with an important twist: it uses a sophisticated algorithm to schedule the best time for a card to come up for review. Difficult cards that you tend to forget quickly will be scheduled more often, while Mnemosyne won’t waste your time on things you remember well.”