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I love reading any and all books that have the power to change the way I look at the world. In particular, I am a big fan of science fiction and solarpunk, as well as non-fiction books about social change, mindfulness, storytelling, altruism, philosophy, and many other topics

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Review of 'Long, Dark Shadow' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Contrary to what many other reviews here are saying, this book does not promote sexual abuse of children. It actually does the opposite: it takes a critical look at how our society treats pedophiles (and in particular non-offending pedophiles, i.e. people with an attraction to minors who do not act on these attractions) and asks the question whether it achieves its intended goals. It does so through interviews with minor-attracted people, investigating what they struggle with and how they manage to avoid acting on their feelings. I found the book gives a surprisingly level-headed view on a very touchy topic and manages to show empathy for a much maligned group of people without attempting to justify actual abuse. If you can put aside your prejudices, this book is very much worth reading in full.

What's Our Problem? (2023, Wait But Why) 2 stars

Review of "What's Our Problem?" on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Update: please go read the review on Put A Num On It here for a much deeper analysis of some points that the book hopelessly misses:

2: FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression) which this book cites for a lot of its data in chapters 5-7, is funded in large part by the Koch brothers and other right-wing foundations (read for more details). Hence it seems that Tim Urban has fallen into the very trap that he is warning us for in this book - he has joined one side of the tribal battle on "free speech". While I still can recommend reading this book, I would take chapters 5-7 with a large grain of salt and view it as a cautionary tale that just knowing about these problems does not stop you from falling into the very same trap yourself.

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