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Plantronics Audio 300 Skype/Voip Computer Microphone
Plantronics Audio 300 Skype/Voip Computer Microphone
Price: £7.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No complaints, 14 Oct. 2013
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Plugs in and works seamlessly with both Windows, OS X, and Linux (Ubuntu and Mint tested). It picks up voice from at least a few feet away and is very clear. Audio quality is more than acceptable for the price. Some people have said that even cheap desktop mics are better than a headset mic, I don't know if this is true but my experience has been a positive one.


Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Samir Okasha
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice introduction., 21 Sept. 2011
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I found this book to offer a structured introduction into the subject. It covers important matters such as the historical context and the methods of thought used; such as deductive and inductive reasoning. The author uses various case examples in order to explain the matter at hand, such as Hempel's Model and the theory of Brownian motion. Once the main topics have been covered, including the various approaches to science and defining what it is, the author introduces topics of a more metaphysical nature such as the 'Realist vs Anti-Realist' debate. Throughout all the chapters, not only does the author explain the topic at hand, but he also continues to outline the problems and refutations that surround the issues discussed, these include Hume's problem of induction as well as the 'theory ladeness' of data.

The book is structured with concise information which presents and explains the issues whilst opening the door to further analysis through the inclusion of the various viewpoints and problems which are posed, including the supposed shortcomings of the philosophy of science. Further reading is presented on each chapter in the notes section of the book. It must be stressed that the strong point of this book is it's clear structured presentation of the information, which many authors lack. A lack of order and can often be a source of much confusion for a reader and so it's always a boon to find information laid out like in this work.


Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (Signet Shakespeare)
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (Signet Shakespeare)
by Ayn Rand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, 28 May 2011
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The book is a good collection of essays on various points which relate to the main theme of Capitalism. Rand offers a defense of Capitalism and why it is the only system that we know of that yields a great amount of material and civil development whilst retaining and promoting the liberty of the individual. The defense is however offered in the context of her own philosophy and her argument therefore relies upon the premises of her system of morality and rationality. Throughout the work she introduced the concepts of moral 'principle' and 'ideology' and builds a case for why these are important by making examples of various events, citing article extracts and so on in order to analyze and produce her evidence.

The promotion of Capitalism on moral ideals and practical examples are often contrasted against the purported effects of altruistic/Socialist consequences and actions of a controlling government. Rand introduced the term 'Statist' to describe systems and those who ascribe control and planning as means to achieve their goals, in this context the control is mainly economic. I believe Rand and her associates offer a compelling case against political control of the market by examining the direct and indirect negative effects whilst offering in turn the benefits of a free market. In the true Libertarian inspired tradition of concern for the rights of the individual, the ultimate effects of Statist control are portrayed as devastating to the rights and freedom of the individual.

A number of essays included are by Nathaniel Branden and Alan Greenspan. Greenspan provides the backbone of the book through his analysis of the technicalities of a free market system and how it is superior to those who receive government aid, he also provides a potent portrayal of how a mixed economy can be abused through government bureaucratic controls, e.g lobbyists by those who under a free system would be unable to exploit such structures that government interference creates.

Branden himself covers the practical effects on institutions such as education, however I feel that in his arguments he is a little vague as to the ultimate effect that such measures of reform would have. He also covers the topic of 'Alienation' rebutting the Hegelian/Marxist mystic concept of the term and proposing in favour a case for people as being alienated through the lack of self-esteem and happiness due to lack of rational decision and personal freedom. However I feel this is a point so abstract as to perhaps question the concept of 'Alienation' itself.

The whole book therefore rests on the premise that historically Capitalism in it's semi-enabled forms during the 19th century and early twentieth were not exploitative systems of class struggle or disproportionate wealth but rather a revolutionary system of development for all through the ability of rational individuals.

The only weak points that I feel this book has, at least from the view of an acceptance of a majority of Objectivist premises or arguments is that Rand herself begins to repeat the same points frequently in the later chapters, perhaps however it is a means to show the depth of the issues, however I felt that it did impact negatively on the fluidity of the read itself. And also Branden's vagueness as I already mentioned, I feel let the book down, had he been more concise with his conclusions, I could well have rated this book with five stars.

Overall a good book for someone seeking a defense of Capitalism on practical and philosophical grounds.
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"Prediction" Book of Amulets and Talismans (PBK)
"Prediction" Book of Amulets and Talismans (PBK)
by Jo Logan
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point., 12 July 2010
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"Prediction" Book of Amulets and Talismans (PBK)

Predictions: Amulets and Talismans is a very good introduction to the construction of talismans and amulets for use in many systems of magic. Each chapter is full of concise to the point information and general instructions. The book covers areas such as Astrology, Numerology, the construction of the talisman, and the materials most commonly used along with their occult properties. It may also be worth noting that the instructions given within the book by Jo Logan, draw upon a vast number of magical systems such as Kabalah and Rune Craft. Another aspect of this particular work that I found to be of great benefit to beginners, was again, the non cryptic manner in which the information is laid out, and the sheer flexibility and space for personalization afforded in this foundational method of Magic.

All in all a great starting point, my only negative thoughts on this work however was the slight "New Age" tone that I detected throughout, and also the presence of a 'moralistic' standpoint concerning the purposes the amulets and talismans can be utilized for, in this instance, the author's admonishment towards the use of the information towards 'malicious' ends, and the mention of a three fold law. However this is just a personal subjective observation.

All in all, a worthwhile purchase.


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