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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications; Rev Upd edition (16 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591811805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591811800
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why the World Doesn't Seem to Make Sense In this wise and original book, science writer and Zen priest Steve Hagen helps us to perceive the world as it is, not merely as we conceive it to be. This revised and updated edition includes new scientific understandings and clarifications of some of the more complex ideas. Read this book: it will change how you look at things. Nick Herbert, Ph.D., author of Quantum Reality Full description

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By JWW on 25 Nov 2013
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You'll never look at life in the same way again.
Beautifully succinct and easily accessible to someone who has no background in science (like myself).
Highly recommended.
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By Dannyboyboy on 3 Aug 2014
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It's a tough read but very worth while.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sanyata on 14 Feb 2014
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It must suck to be this author.
At the same time that he released this book, R.L. Jones released another book which treats the same subject i far more depth and academic detail. it is obvious that Jones' research is better, his mastery is better, and his handling of the subject is way more profound.

Piercing the Veil: Comparing Science and Mysticism as Ways of Knowing Reality

As the other reviewer says, though, this book may be better if you are looking for an intro to these matters and you *don't* have any training in academia or science.
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A Revision of A Classic 5 Dec 2012
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1995, celebrated "Buddhist" writer and teacher Steve Hagen released his first book, "How the World Can Be The Way It Is." Mr. Hagen has joked about the number of readers for that book (which paled in comparison to his best-selling "Buddhism Plain and Simple"), because of its perceived "difficulty."

The book was a uncompromising look at how modern scientific phenomena, epistemology and study of mind has reached a (conceptual) impasse and how sages from the east realized these facts intuitively. Some of the material is not light or easily digestible, though the writing is straightforward and by no means "specialized." At a time when the new-age self-help movement was pregnant with spiritual materialism and eastern-tinged anti-intellectual fluff, Mr. Hagen cut through the bullshit with prose as clear as spring water.

The book has now been brought up to date with more sources, footnotes and discussion of consciousness. Mr. Hagen has also attempted to clarify some of the more difficult concepts in a more presentable way.

For anyone who is interested in life, reality, consciousness, ethics or meaning, the book is a must read. While it may not be light, it will be a guaranteed reward for the curious, patient or determined.

*Highly recommended to anyone who enjoyed Fritjof Capra's Tao of Physics.
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Hagen at his best!!! 6 Mar 2013
By John J. bosworth, LMHC - Published on Amazon.com
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Why The World Doesn't Seem to Make Sense is a no bs academic and philosophical masterpiece ! Hagen does a phenomenal job blending science and philosophy-- leading the reader on a perceptual journey where "SEEING" is definitely NOT believing. I've read all of Steve Hagen's books and had the opportunity to train with him at Dharmafield Zen Center in Minneapolis on a few occasions- and each and every time I come away with the same thing-NOTHING!
Read this and Hagen's other books- especially if you think you'd like to catch a glimpse of what's really going on!!!--
John J. Bosworth, M.A., LMHC
Tampa, Fla.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A book well worth rereading 10 April 2013
By John Holl - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, a well written revision of an earlier book by the author, exposes clear some profound concepts that under lie my Buddhist practice. At times it is not easy reading, but it becomes clearer and clearer as I reread them. This book is a "keeper" for my bookshelf.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Eastern and Western metaphysics explore quantum mechanics to reveal how to "Just See" the world as it is. 23 Jun 2013
By Ken - Published on Amazon.com
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Steve Hagen does not condescend to his reader. He takes on the difficult task of making quantum mechanics accessible to the non-mathematician and non-physicist, and he does it well.

His style is smooth, his reasoning strong. He answered the hard question of why Zen as a religion is science based, not belief based.

This book is a slow read, requiring focus, concentration, and curiosity. You will be rewarded with insight and understanding.
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Hagen is my hero 25 Feb 2013
By Vidas Jankauskas - Published on Amazon.com
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... And all I know about him is through his books. Have read them all, now. Direct, hard hitting, brave and sudden. Like Zen. Cuts through all the fog, which is so heavy nowadays.

I can't say reading this book was effortless, yet that's what makes it even more satisfying. Thank you.
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