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  • Altered Traits
  • by Richard Davidson, Daniel Goleman
  • Read: Apr 17, 2021
Altered Traits book cover

I went into this book with a lot of expectations. I was very curious about the science behind meditation and how to approach the topic in a scientific way. While ultimately that information was in the book to some extent, it overall wasn’t what I had hoped it would be. First of all there is a lot of namedropping happening. So for a quite some time I was busy with going back to re-read who someone was, or wondering whether I should care to remember that person’s name because it would be important later on. This is likely very interesting to someone who is already familiar with well-known people in the field of meditation but was mostly distracting for me. The tl;dr for the book seems to be that there are still more questions than answers about the science behind meditation and how to explain the clearly visible benefits with a lot of long time practitioners. But to me that could have been a blog post and not such a long book.