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Ridisc 8cm 4x DVD-R (25 tub)
Ridisc 8cm 4x DVD-R (25 tub)

4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the can, 11 Aug. 2009
Not much to say really - gone through third of the discs and they've all worked. the blue colour is a bit dark - would have liked it to be lighter for clearer labeling but thats a minor issue.


Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
by William Blake
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.98

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - This edition contains no illustrations, 11 Aug. 2009
This editions does NOT contain the original illustrations and is very poorly laid out. It also does not match the 'look inside' feature in the description which also indicates the original edition including Blake's artwork and an added introduction. - £3.99 isn't a lot of money but I feel ripped off.

Unless you want a simple text version of the poems with plenty of white space to make notes I'd look around for an illustrated version especially as Blake was as renouned as a fine-art printer as much as a poet.
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The Power of Myth
The Power of Myth
by Joseph Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper than it appears, 10 Aug. 2009
This review is from: The Power of Myth (Paperback)
Firstly - for those that don't know who Campbell is, he has a wonderful, and in my opinion deserved, reputation that goes beyond his official field of anthropology. If you are interested in any kind of storytelling from movies to novels to fine art, this book is worth a good read. If you are interested in history, our common cultural heritage, Jung or just looking for a sense of wonder this book is worth a good read.

The book is beautifully Illustrated - containing many examples of great art from many different cultures. The book is a large (about A4 format) but well put together paperback. The content is in a question and answer format but, while the questions are short, the answers are extensive, interesting and use the questions as a launching point for further exploration of Campbell's knowledge and ideas. By perceptive use of this Q&A format the book manages to retain a sense of direction but keep that wonderful open feeling you get from an absorbing conversation.

The Campbell's incitful ideas about myths as well as various myths themselves are expounded in a way that captures Campbell's sense of passion and makes them easy to understand. This is a lot easier to understand than other, more academic, books that Campbell has written.

But the best thing about this book is just how incitful these myths and ideas are. I've owned this book for over 5 years and I can still pick it up, thumb through it, and find something that strikes me in a more profound way than before. The book is deeper than it appears.


Irrationality
Irrationality
by Stuart Sutherland
Edition: Paperback

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Caution - this book falls into many of the irrational traps it proports to show., 22 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Irrationality (Paperback)
This book is worth reading even if you do not agree with its conclusion.
The book consists of demonstrating a number of logical flaws prevelent in human thought. Not all of the 'flaws' are demonstrated as being true and the opinions of the author, although proporting to be rational, often fall foul of the very flaws he has just demonstrated. For this reason the book provides a cautionary tale of just how sneaky and prevalent irrational thinking is. The central flaw is that the author has obviously made up his mind as to the correctness of his opinion and consistantly fails to take into account alternative or unsuporting evidence. Do not expect a pros and cons argument as to whether or not a particular example is rational or irrational - even though he recommends the pros and cons method as one of the best ways to determine such things. He also falls victim to the halo effect - decribing "The Great Randi" as "the world's leading magician" (p228) is an easy example. The examples given in the book also unintentionally demonstate the "availability error" on numerous occasions.
However, although many of his examples are flawed - the explaination of the availablity error , halo effect, tendency to only look for supporting evidence is generally good and well worth knowing. He is particulary good at bringing attention to errors in the use of mathematical probabilty - many of which can have a significant detrimental effect on medicine and justice - for example he proves how a lie detector test with a 90% accuracy on a question can be far more likely to give a false positive than a true positive if the test subject comes from a largely honest (for that question) population. Such errors are worth knowing about and taking the time to understand.

The tone of the author can sometimes be intellectually elitist - more so than say Richard Dawkins. Many of the examples used can be seen to be political - in general the political examples tend to lean to the left in the first part of the book and to the right in the second part of the book - This is evidence of independent political thought.

It is in the chilling nature of it's conclusion that I most disagree with this book. Even though he tries to mitigate it's nature with disclaimers, the idea of the Unitisation of human life and abilities in order to make 'optimally rational' decisions carries with it a degrading effect on the value of people as human beings. This degrading effect is probably far more evident today than in 1992 when the book was first published.

Overall this is a book well worth reading especially if, as the author points out, it will challenge your existing opinion. For the science however Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions is a far clearer and easier to understand book without the polemic and elitism although it does not cover every irrational error this book succesfully exposes or attempts to demonstrate.


Damanhur: The community they tried to brand a cult
Damanhur: The community they tried to brand a cult
by Jeff Merrifield
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 4 May 2004
This is a fantastic book about what can happen when a group of people are inspired to do what many would consider impossible.
The trials and tribulations of the people who set up this remarkable community are an inspiration to those who have a dream they wish to follow. The imagination in their art and social structure has much to teach - Some of what they do may seem a bit wacky - but they are trying and developing something different - and progress is never achieved by doing what people have always done. Inspirational!


Your Erroneous Zones: Escape negative thinking and take control of your life
Your Erroneous Zones: Escape negative thinking and take control of your life
by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Edition: Paperback

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Foundations, 22 April 2004
If you have ever wanted to be happier in your life then read thisbook.
This book unlike many others is universal, you don't need abackground in psychology or a believe in God to fully follow it. You justneed to be able to think.
It dosn't even ask you to do anything - just read it.
It may provoke strong reactions - along the lines of trying desperately toprove this book wrong rather than agree that those 'eroneous zones' thatyou possess really are that stupid.
Four years since I read this book I would say that this book contains someof the most important information about living that I have ever beentaught. It's like finding the owners manual for your life - I would haveloved to have read it while I was a child instead of waiting until Ieventually found it.
So, don't buy this book if you -
a) have decided you are not going to read it.
b) want to be unhappy or
c) deliberately do the opposite of what anyone suggests.
otherwise ...


Why People Don't Buy Things: Five Five Proven Steps to Connect with Your Customers and Dramatically Improve Your Sales
Why People Don't Buy Things: Five Five Proven Steps to Connect with Your Customers and Dramatically Improve Your Sales
by Harry Washburn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on buying motivations, 22 Jun. 2003
This is a fantastic book about buying motivations and I have already made my money back (70 times over) on the knowledge contained inside. The style is easy to digest and the ideas although seemingly simple are very powerful. If you are looking to increase your sales or effectiveness of your advertising this is definitely worth the time it takes to read.


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