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The Third Man… neurological defect or a glitch in The Matrix?

With only 22 hours to spare I just finished our next tome on the existence of the Third Man. Author John Geiger distills the phenomenon of sensing the presence of another being with us during times of stress or panic as not a guardian angel or religious savior but as a neurological defect that enables us to triumph over our immediate appalling situation. He further suggests that we should learn to master this feature of the brain. While interesting, I am not sure I am sold on the “science” behind the idea but I do have a few tangential ideas…

1) Check out the TED video presentation by Oliver Sacks (the neuropsychiatrist who wrote Awakenings) as he describes the lucid hallucinations of visually impaired people and the discovery of the areas of the brain the recognize teeth, facial features and cartoons. Maybe this is just biological brain stimulation and nothing more?

2) What of Will Ferrell’s character in the movie “Stranger Than Fiction” who is an IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.  Maybe we are all just characters in our own book?

3) Perhaps there is a much simpler story… Maybe we are all captives of The Matrix and much like Deja Vu is an example of the The Matrix re-writing code to fix a glitch or bug… the experience of The Third Man is an example of our minds transcending The Matrix to see that we are actually part of “the system?”

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A Scorecard comes to life!

Content Quality by Writing Quality

Thanks to Steve for discovering Swivel! Click on the chart to go to the Swivel chart and view the specifics… Hopefully, seeing this in action will spur those of you who yet to submit your ratings to do so 🙂

I’ll probably dedicate a page to the scorecard, I just want us to play around with it a little and make sure we’re getting what we can out of it… so dig in!

A Scorecard in Action

As a follow-up to Mike’s suggestion for a scorecard, I’d like to begin implementing these at our next bout. Be prepared to rate each book you’ve read on the two scales- Quality of Writing and Motivation- zero to ten. I’ll compile the results and post them to the bout records. And, we’ll plan on doing this for each book moving forward.


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