I look forward to the upcoming HBO series about the Bene Gesserit... I always wanted one as a concubine... : ) And the big budget film comes out this December!”Dune”.
Decided to reread it for the first time in five or six years, after learning that a new, supposedly more faithful to the book movie is coming out next year.
It was very different from what I remember, despite this being perhaps the fourth time I've read the book in the past 25 years. I recall the story focusing more on the Fremen revolt and the shenanigans of the Harkonnens and Bene Gesserit than on Muad-dib’s awakening. Or more precisely, that there was more story in those areas than there was. That the Emperor and Mohiam had larger roles, as well, but aside from the latter appearing in the ”gom jabbar" scene near the beginning, they are completely absent until the very end. The end itself seemed rushed, particularly after the arrival of Gurney Halleck.
And I still don't get the obsession with Duncan Idaho. He's the Boba Fett of the Dune universe.
Having not seen the David Lynch adaptation in 20 years, it surprised me both how much of my mental image of the people and settings were influenced by that film (despite having read the book first), and how Lynch managed to derive what he did from the source material.
It's still a great book, and it's studded with interesting aphorisms, but it was hard not to feel a little disappointment that it wasn't what I remembered.
I am halfway through Robert Wrights The Moral Animal which is turning into one of my to 10 books of all timeI just read "Why Buddhism is True" by Robert Wright. Actually, this was the 2nd time I read it.
Consider the sexual double standard. The most obvious Darwinian
explanation is that men were designed, on the one hand, to be sexually
loose themselves yet, on the other, to relegate sexually loose women
("whores") to low moral status — even, remarkably, as those same men
encourage those same women to be sexually loose. Thus, to the extent that
men shape the moral code, it may include a double standard. Yet on closer
inspection, this quintessentially male judgment is seen to draw natural
support from other circles: the parents of young, pretty girls, who
encourage their daughters to save their favors for Mr. Right (that is, to
remain attractive targets for male parental investment), and who tell their
daughters it's "wrong" to do otherwise; the daughters themselves, who,
while saving their virtue for a high bidder, self-servingly and moralistically
disparage the competing, low-rent alternatives; happily married women
who consider an atmosphere of promiscuity a clear and present danger to
their marriage (that is, to continued high investment in their offspring).
There is a virtual genetic conspiracy to depict sexually loose women as
evil. Meanwhile, there is relative tolerance for male philandering, and not
only because some males (especially attractive or rich ones) may
themselves like the idea. Wives, too, by finding a husband's
desertion more shattering than his mere infidelity, reinforce the double
I definitely need to re-read that as well, it is pretty much the holy grail of evolutionary psychology. I'd definitely check out Buddhism is True next, at least the first half, because he uses the same Darwinian logic to attempt to explain the human condition, it's a fascinating read.I am halfway through Robert Wrights The Moral Animal which is turning into one of my to 10 books of all time
I love Wright (The Moral Animal is one of my favourite ever books) so I started it and found it very persuasive - while also getting a bit bored by some of the lengthy descriptions of Buddhist rituals like meditations. How have you behaved or lived differently because you read it, if at all? I worry I lack the patience and attention span to meditate.I just read "Why Buddhism is True" by Robert Wright. Actually, this was the 2nd time I read it.
It basically talks about Buddhism from an evolutionary psychology and neuroscientific framework. It's largely secular and strips down a lot of the metaphysical/supernatural claims and focuses almost entirely on mindfulness/vipassana, while also deconstructing many illusions that cause unnecessary suffering in your life.
Definitely one of the most insightful books I've ever read. I'll probably reread it several more times because it is extremely dense with information and ideas, despite being a fairly short read.
I had already built up a solid foundation of the more secular parts of Buddhism and meditation already, so this book just helped me bring it to a modern framework. By in large it has greatly reduced worry, regret, and other emotional afflictions that are caused by an unchecked mind.I love Wright (The Moral Animal is one of my favourite ever books) so I started it and found it very persuasive - while also getting a bit bored by some of the lengthy descriptions of Buddhist rituals like meditations. How have you behaved or lived differently because you read it, if at all? I worry I lack the patience and attention span to meditate.