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Thinking. The Heart of the Media

Jacek Dabala

In a unique, and at times highly polemical way, the author demonstrates how the media generally influences thinking and what kind of content they put into peoples’ heads. He aims to encourage a better understanding of oneself, one’s environment, and the world but above all, a better understanding of freedom, the condition of democracy - or dictatorship. This is probably the first book in the media and communication studies which, through scientific provocation, makes the readers delve deeply into their intelligence, teaches them how to use it, and allows them to decide whether they have a weak, average, or insightful mind. The book sets one of the most important trends: it tells how the media think and how they shape their audiences.

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Epiphanies of love

Love may be more unimaginable than most people think. It make escape familiar patterns, experience, banality and obviousness, escape beauty as we understand it. Then we experience epiphany – a sense and joy of life in an absolute dimension.

If anyone would like to experience this and not only learn about it, they should read the book Listy do Muszki (Gdańsk 2018). Melanie von Nagel – a nun, Nicola Chiaromonte – an outstanding philosopher. She in a Benedictine nunnery until her death, he married and well-known in the world, she a believer, he agnostic. These two during the final years of life disappointed by reality and their own careers, exchanged more than 1200 letters, with total trust in each other. She was risking a breakdown of faith and loss of spiritual peace, he a marital crisis and inner conflict. These letters affirm their bond, sensitivity and subtlety of expression. They should be on the obligatory reading list in the teaching of the art of interpretation, subtlety and beauty. At school, to make them accessible to everyone, and then during university studies, in order not to lose the way to feelings, longings and memory. Is there in these letters sensuality and an unbearable nostalgia? How do they express something in such a universal way that everyone can feel it? A drama of non-fulfilment? How to read in oneself carnality and desire yet preserve balance and not destroy the closeness? How...

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