ReadNUS Issue 57

JAN 2023 | ISSUE 57
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Here’s Your Reading Summary

Have you ever been curious about what it’s like to lead a life of crime? This week, we introduce four texts on the topic of crime and punishment.

This Week’s Reads:
The Science Behind Crime

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This book considers various ethical challenges surrounding the question of whether it is justified using neuroscientific technologies for influencing the functioning of the human brain as a means of preventing offenders from engaging in future criminal conduct.

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By including contributions from diverse contexts such as media, newspapers, police interrogations and museum exhibits using different methodological approaches, this collection is of particular interest to students and researchers in criminology and sociology, as well as to scholars of socio-legal studies.

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Some of the topics addressed in this volume include Dostoevsky’s presentation of mind and psychological investigation, as well as the nature of self-knowledge, emotions, the metaphysical conditions of freedom and the possibility of evil on the authority of the law.

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Adam Smith builds his theory of criminal behaviour and legal prosecution on the sentiments that a well-functioning legal system is an unintended consequence of our desire to bring justice to the individual person, not the result of a rational calculation to promote the public good.
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Ancient Stories Retold

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit – A review by Joyce

What is reality? Is it a single chain of events waiting to be discovered or is it real by virtue of being believed in?

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is a true crime story about the serial conman and murderer Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who “took to extremes his ability to construct assumed realities,” according to the author, Mark Seal.

In this week’s review, Joyce delves into the story of this fascinating case and reflects on the appeal of true crime.

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Ancient Stories Retold

I read ‘The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down’ by Haemin Sumin so you don’t have to – An article by Nicole

Sumin’s work certainly provides some space for self-reflection and practice of mindfulness, as well as simple advice. However, I have to say, if a friend were to ask for a recommendation for a book that offered nuanced advice that were substantiated with research or anecdotes, this book would not be the one.

Read the full review for some excerpts from the book and a more complete critical take.

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Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings – A review by Wendi

Long overlooked in the Anglophone world of poetry and literature, Native American poetry and spoken word is making a comeback in Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.

With the exploration of conflict resolution within the oppressed individual in a largely white world, Harjo’s poetry works to undermine the White gaze and achieve indigenous empowerment through the ekphrastic form.

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Persuasion – Review by Darcel

When one thinks of Jane Austen, one would inevitably imagine all of the burlesque comedy, the brazen heroine, and the brilliance of the Regency Era that had been profoundly depicted in her novels. However, unlike its predecessors, Persuasion is relatively bland and dreary with lacklustre writing and mostly uninteresting characters.

The possibility of an old puppy love blossoming sets Persuasion up for a bang but everything else cascades in a despondent fashion instead of a dynamic one.

How is Persuasion different from other Jane Austen novels and is it still worth a read?

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