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Philosophy Bites, by David Edmonds & Nigel Warburton

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I’ve been downloading the Philosophy Bites podcast from BBC radio, for a while now. Philosophers from around the world deliver twenty-minute lectures about a wide variety of topics, from consciousness and personhood, to rights and obligations, and even concepts such as cannibalism!

I really enjoy these brief introductions, and you might, too! Check out the new Philosophy Bites book for the following lectures:

  • Julian Savulescu on ‘Yuk!’
  • Simon Blackburn on Relativism
  • Peter Singer on Animals
  • Michael Sandel on Sport and Enhancement
  • Alexander Nehamas on Friendship
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah on Cosmopolitanism
  • Miranda Fricker on Credibility and Discrimination
  • Anne Phillips on Multiculturalism
  • Will Kymlicka on Minority Rights
  • Wendy Brown on Tolerance
  • A.W. Moore on Infinity
  • David Papineau on Scientific Realism
  • Hugh Mellor on Time
  • Time Crane on Mind and Body
  • Timothy Williamson on Vagueness
  • Derek Matravers on the Definition of Art
  • Alain de Botton on the Aesthetics of Architecture
  • Barry C. Smith on Wine
  • Alex Neill on the Paradox of Tragedy
  • Don Cupitt on Non-Realism about God
  • John Cottingham on the Meaning of Life
  • Stephen Law on the Problem of Evil
  • Keith Ward on Eastern and Western Idealism
  • A.C. Grayling on Atheism

Not Quite Adults, by Richard Settersten and Barbara E. Ray

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Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why it’s Good For Everyone

I’m excited to read this new book! Of course I am – I’m the 20-something that lived at home, saved money, and delayed (actually, I’m still delaying!) marriage and childbearing. So, it feels great that I can read a book that argues against the stereotype of lazy, entitled children and the helicopter parents who allow them to mooch.

My own mother gave me unconditional love and support, and that’s because she recognized that attending university while working a part time job required me to be diligent and responsible. And I was! (Well…most of the time…)

Check out this book and gain insight into how living at home affects the financial, familial, social, and economic futures of grown children.

If you can’t make it to the library, put the book on hold and have your mom pick it up for you!

Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People, by Ken Watanabe

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I read this neat little book in about 2 hours. What a treat!

Ken Watanabe left his job as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and wrote a book for Japanese children, about problem solving and critical thinking skills. The book became wildly popular among adults in the business community and is now an international bestseller.

Full of illustrations, diagrams and charts, this is a book that is clearly written and widely applicable. We all solve problems in our daily lives, but not many of us are equipped with the tools that will allow us to do it most effectively.

Watanabe presents readers with instructions for creating logic trees, methods for working with a pros/cons list, and strategies for closing the gap between where we are now, and the goal we’d like to achieve. It may sound strange that something called a “logic tree” is incorporated into a book for children, but don’t be intimidated! These tools are very, very simple.

Check out Problem Solving 101 today! Here’s the last paragraph:

If you make problem solving a habit, you’ll be able to make the most of your talents and take control of your life. You can solve not only your own problems, but the problems of your school, your business, and your community – and maybe even the world.

Sounds hopeful, doesn’t it?

Hey, Stoner!

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It’s no secret that in Canada, marijuana is an enormous industry. It’s suspected to be British Columbia’s largest industry - although it’s hard to measure what people try to keep hidden – and there is no shortage of Calgary news stories featuring grow-ops and the police task forces who try to combat them. From the Trailer Park Boys series to the immensely popular comedy Weeds, it seems that dope and those who love it have come out of the closet (a good place to grow it, apparently!) and into the mainstream.

People who use marijuana are typically thought of as lazy, unmotivated, and above all: hungry! The stereotypical stoner is a forgetful, slow minded Bob Marley fan. But does this widespread stereotype reflect the truth about those who relish a toke? I doubt it.

This week, The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis: Its Role in Medicine, Politics, Science, and Culture is one of the titles on our shelf of new books. It is edited by Julie Holland, M.D., and there are contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, and several other MDs and PhDs.

Check out this book and learn about medical risks, toxicology, arrest statistics, botany, compassion clubs, and more!

This is the kind of book that will make you reconsider...wait...what was I saying?

(For information about drugs, health and pharmacology, visit your local library or use our online databases!)

Religious Reads for February

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Whether or not you are a religious person, it’s important to have a basic understanding of world religions. I’m willing to bet that any newspaper on any day will have a story that relates in some way to religion, because while religion is a powerful motivator, it’s also a tremendous source of violence and tension. World religions influence politics and laws, and shape our identities. Billions of people around the world belong to one faith or another, so it’s imperative to learn why and what they believe.

Here are two new titles that immediately caught my eye:

The Jew is not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism, by Tarek Fatah

Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide, by Brett Mccracken

If you're interested in why people belive what they believe, then check out these new titles and hundreds of others, available at your local branch. If you're nearest branch doesn't have what you're looking for, remember that we're happy to deliver books to the branch of your choice, for free!

A Week at the Airport, by Alain de Botton

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I always enjoy Alain de Botton’s work. To me, he’s equal parts psychologist, poet and philosopher.

His latest book is called A Week at the Airport, and though I am afraid of flying (or, perhaps because I am afraid of flying?), I really enjoyed reading it.

De Botton was asked by British Airways to write this book. He was given a week’s accommodation at the airport’s hotel, and access to the behind-the-scenes happenings that most of us have never even imagined. He interviewed both passengers and airline managers, and he even had a photographer present, who captured the amazing images that appear throughout. This book is filled with poignancy – a huge surprise, given that it’s about an airport, of all places. You definitely won’t have read anything like it, before! And after reading it, you won’t ever look at flying the same way again.

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