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(Salon)   Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers. New research says reading literary fiction helps people embrace ambiguous ideas and avoid snap judgments   (salon.com) divider line 20
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2013-06-15 12:51:09 PM
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For thousands of years, religious texts have proven that reading fiction does not lead to open-mindedness.
2013-06-15 12:48:08 PM
3 votes:
I'm not sure about that:
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2013-06-15 12:41:06 PM
3 votes:
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2013-06-15 11:10:39 AM
3 votes:
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2013-06-15 12:36:08 PM
2 votes:
What a novel concept.
2013-06-15 08:46:24 PM
1 votes:

Benevolent Misanthrope: Actually, I think he would agree.  I read very little fiction, but I do read Shakespeare.  For fun.  And it grates me, how many inaccurate - or just plain mis-attributed - "Shakespeare quotes" I hear.


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2013-06-15 07:28:28 PM
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cptjeff: Benevolent Misanthrope: New Farkin User Name: Benevolent, sometimes you need to wade through the shiat to find that one shiny nickle.

A nickel isn't worth wading through shiat for, as far as I'm concerned.  Maybe that's why I don't read fiction - I don't find it worth the effort of finding the good stuff.

That's a big reason I don't read much new fiction, but I'm more than willing to read the stuff that's proven itself. When I can fit it in amongst the history tomes that make up the bulk of my reading diet, anyway.

\I try to alternate fiction and nonfiction.
\\Key word being try.


History is boring to read. I'll just experience it when it repeats itself.
2013-06-15 03:47:32 PM
1 votes:

Canton: Oh, and I have actually read some Shakespeare. Midsummer Night's Dream remains my favorite.


Macbeth is my favorite. Even got to play Macbeth (badly) during a production my English class put on in high school, nobody else wanted to take the lead. Of course, years later, during a reunion, some people mentioned it when talking to me, so I was either better than I thought or really, really bad.

But the dynamics in that play are just really, really fun. Macbeth's conscience bugging him, his wife responding by pushing him even further into the mess they've gotten themselves into, their simultaneous descents into utter insanity. The ghost of Banquo, the witches... Yeah, it's a great one.

Ya know, if I ever take the leap from working in politics to running for office, I'm going to use having played that part to answer the "what inspired you to run for office?" question, just to see the reaction.
2013-06-15 02:18:04 PM
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FrancoFile: Benevolent Misanthrope: FrancoFile: Benevolent Misanthrope: Slaxl: Quaker: I'm not sure about that:
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Munchkin City Coroner: For thousands of years, religious texts have proven that reading fiction does not lead to open-mindedness.

Perhaps, but for at least 1500 years of Christianity very few people had the chance to read a bible themselves, and for the last 500 years everyone has pretended to read it and just sorta guess whats in it based on hearsay... actually, that's 2,000 years, when was the bible first written? 400-500ad? Later? Ok, let's just forget that and say that almost no one ever reads the bible.

Kind of like Shakespeare.  And yet everyone thinks they can quote it.

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Frowns on your shenanigans.

Actually, I think he would agree.  I read very little fiction, but I do read Shakespeare.  For fun.  And it grates me, how many inaccurate - or just plain mis-attributed - "Shakespeare quotes" I hear.

I actually thought you were doing an Edward DeVere or Roger Bacon troll...  ;-)

/lurve me some Fluellen quotes


If the enemy is an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb, is it meet, think you, that we should also, look you, be an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb? In your own conscience, now?

/seemed appropriate for Fark
//Ian Holm was the Best Fluellen EVER.
2013-06-15 01:53:56 PM
1 votes:

Benevolent Misanthrope: Slaxl: Quaker: I'm not sure about that:
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Munchkin City Coroner: For thousands of years, religious texts have proven that reading fiction does not lead to open-mindedness.

Perhaps, but for at least 1500 years of Christianity very few people had the chance to read a bible themselves, and for the last 500 years everyone has pretended to read it and just sorta guess whats in it based on hearsay... actually, that's 2,000 years, when was the bible first written? 400-500ad? Later? Ok, let's just forget that and say that almost no one ever reads the bible.

Kind of like Shakespeare.  And yet everyone thinks they can quote it.


Hey prick! Do I not bleed?
2013-06-15 01:48:41 PM
1 votes:
The problem doesn't seem to lie in people reading the Bible per se.  The problem seems to lie in the fact that far too many people read it as non-fiction.  Reading it the same way you'd read Star Trek expanded universe novels seems fine.
2013-06-15 12:55:04 PM
1 votes:

NotARocketScientist: Ironically, the real world often gives us situations that are uncertain, have more than one solution, and where concrete answers that seem immediately obvious, are generally wrong.


For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
-H. L. Mencken

\Love that quote.
2013-06-15 12:54:45 PM
1 votes:
For thousands of years, religious texts have proven that reading fiction does not lead to open-mindedness.

People reading religious texts think they are reading non-fiction and respond accordingly.
2013-06-15 12:54:12 PM
1 votes:
Well im not reading until they come out with one of them "Reading For Dummies" books!

Now if y'all excuse me, I gots to go play my banjo and oil mah guns.
2013-06-15 12:44:59 PM
1 votes:
Twilight still sucks
2013-06-15 12:42:56 PM
1 votes:
Weird, I read Fark Politics everyday, and I still make snap judgments
2013-06-15 12:42:30 PM
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2013-06-15 12:40:27 PM
1 votes:

Sim Tree: This should be required for everyone in the politics tab.


It's funny that when I was there yesterday, I had just said "Books make you smarter." I wish I was always so quickly justified.
2013-06-15 12:31:46 PM
1 votes:
I immediately disagree.

/DNRTFN
2013-06-15 11:47:24 AM
1 votes:
FTR: Ayn Rand's works aren't literary.

/most definitely fictional though
 
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