Non-Fiction Books

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Adams, W.A. (2012). 250 Recent Movies You Will Like If You See Film as Art

Tucson: Paperless Press

Short reviews of 250 feature-length movies from 2011 to about 2004 are listed. All the films are available in the U.S., most of them on DVD or streaming. The reviews are five hundred words or less, just enough to give you a sense of what the movie is about and if you would like it. It seems this would be a better way to find good movies than browsing through unfiltered catalogs.

The movies here are artistic and thoughtful, which does not necessarily mean “serious.” There are plenty of humor, horror, romance, animation, musicals, documentaries, and kids’ movies. When I select movies to watch and review, I look for these two qualities:

A: Is it artistic? Is it good looking, well-executed, well-acted, well-crafted, or innovative? Does it advance the art form of movie making in some way? B: Is it thoughtful? A thoughtful movie has something to say, makes a comment on the world, offers insight into the human condition, challenges the status quo, puts a new twist on old idea, rethinks history, raises questions, highlights injustice, points out absurdity.
My reviews are opinionated, but evidence-based, which means I give reasons for my opinions, so you can estimate for yourself if I am being fair and reasonable.  Many of these movies are not mainstream box office hits, but if you appreciate film as an art form, you will find a lot to like.

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Adams, W.A. (2011). The Purpose of the Body
Tucson: Paperless Press

Mental experience occurs in the context of the physical body and is severely constrained by the body. What is the relationship between the mind, introspectively understood, and its extremely intimate but uncommunicative partner, the body?

What is taken for granted as the biological body is instead a concept, a projection of mentality. It is a mistaken conceptualization, made by the linguistic and self-aware Social Self strand of consciousness, of the non-self-aware Sensorimotor Cycle strand of consciousness. The mental concept of the body is projected outward, away from subjectivity, and reified into a self-existent object.

But what then is the purpose of the body? Mentality needs its projection of embodiment to guarantee its psychological individuality, and thus its very survival. Can this new thesis be reconciled with the theory of evolution? Some suggestions are offered. Consequences of re-thinking the relationship of mind and body include a reconsideration of cognitive information processing, death, and metaphysics.

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Adams, W. A. (2011). The Three-In-One Mind: A Mental Architecture
The Three-In-One Mind proposes that the normal, adult, human mind includes three different streams of concurrent consciousness, called the Sensorimotor Cycle, the Social Self, and the Motivational Core. “The mind” then, is not a single mental process but a concert of three.
This analysis offers useful innovations that plausibly resolve many otherwise perplexing problems of psychology.

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Adams, W. A. (2010).  Scientific Introspection: A Method for Investigating the Mind.  Tucson: Paperless Press.

Psychology has lost its mind.  Psychologists today confine their research to investigation of human behavior and the workings of the brain.  The mind has been abandoned. Inferences about the mind from behavior samples are unconstrained and the result is little more than guesswork.  What’s needed is a scientific, or at least quasi-scientific method that can examine the mind directly.  This is it.
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Adams, W.A. (2005). What Does It All Mean?  A Humanistic Account of Human Experience. Exeter, U.K.: Imprint Academic.

An analysis of psychological experience, based on what we can know, not what we wish we knew, about the meaning of life, mind, and world.  Table of Contents and sample chapter are available.  Written  for the general reader. Published in 2005.

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Adams, W.A. (1980).  The Experience of Teaching and Learning: A Phenomenology of Education. Seattle: Psychological Press.

I had several good ideas in this youthful effort.  The most significant was the conceptualization of a tripartite mind, an idea it took me thirty more years to fully develop.  Another important idea was that teaching is only trivially the transmission of information.  More important is the establishment of a safe intersubjective environment so the student can learn.

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