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12 Angry Men [Blu-ray] [1957]
12 Angry Men [Blu-ray] [1957]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly classic movie, 25 Aug. 2015
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This is an excellent movie--truly a classic--which I was moved to buy following two weeks of jury service.
Highly recommended.
Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


Ouspensky's Fourth Way: The Story of the Further Development and Completion of P.D. Ouspensky's Work by Dr Francis Roles
Ouspensky's Fourth Way: The Story of the Further Development and Completion of P.D. Ouspensky's Work by Dr Francis Roles
by Gerald de Symons Beckwith
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the record straight, 25 Aug. 2015
No man is without fault but, that said, anyone who has studied the canon of literature concerning the lives of two of the greatest truth seekers of the 20th century—namely G. I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky—might be forgiven for thinking that the latter had more than his fair share. Over the years, this Russian writer, philosopher and teacher has been accused of just about everything from being an ineffectual dreamer and a weakling, an overly intellectual upstart who lived off the crumbs of his mentor’s table, having deserted him for no good reason, to ending up as a sad old drunk who lost his way spiritually … Dubious credentials indeed! Even the celebrated writer: Colin Wilson, whilst conceding that Ouspensky was a genius, berates the man’s shortcomings, oddly by drawing on the Russian’s semi-autobiographical first novel by way of justification. Consult Refs [1] and [3] for further details.

Anyway, what are we to make of all this? Well, an interesting new book—as may be gleaned from its title—attempts to set the record straight. Skilfully written by Gerald de Symons Beckwith, beautifully illustrated and supported with useful colour photographs, it is the extraordinary story of the further development and completion of P. D. Ouspensky’s work by Dr Francis Roles of the Study Society in London, providing compelling evidence for a re-appraisal.
The author’s impressive background puts him in perhaps a unique position to throw new light on both the Fourth Way and the iconic Enneagram by drawing on previously unpublished work. As he explains in the Foreword to his book, in his early twenties, Gerald Beckwith joined Dr Francis Roles’ School, re-organised after the death of Ouspensky in 1947, and studied for some 35 years under the tutelage of several of the Russian’s most devoted followers. The author was entrusted to ensure that the essentials of their completion of Ouspensky’s work—for which the foundation was laid during the last years of his life—should be preserved for future generations. And, as becomes evident from its content, Mr Beckwith has succeeded in demonstrating a complete reconstruction of a living system of knowledge tailored to the needs of the Western World in the 20th and 21st centuries—truly a timely new psychology for man’s possible evolution.

Following the Foreword, Ouspensky’s Fourth Way is divided into two main sections, each of nine chapters:
Part 1 – The Making of a School
Part 2 – The Synthesis of a Teaching
In Part 1, the author opens the batting by explaining that the Fourth Way is an ancient Non –dual philosophical teaching—similar to Advaita Vedanta and Eastern in origin—that was NOT invented by George Gurdjieff as is generally supposed and how it was introduced to the West by the latter’s foremost student PD Ouspensky.
The author proceeds to describe in detail what constitutes a School of the Fourth Way and recounts how Ouspensky set up his in the UK in the early 1930s using properties such as Colet House in London and Lyne Place in Surrey, having broken with Gurdjieff in 1924. Ouspensky attracted an inner circle of devoted followers, most notably Dr Roles.
The story gathers in pace as the author details how Ouspensky overcame great personal difficulties to succeed in his lifelong spiritual quest in dramatic fashion shortly before his death at Lyne Place in 1947. In this connection, there is fascinating material on Time and Recurrence—Ouspensky’s obsessional interests since childhood.
In addition to the importance of re-connecting with the source of the teaching, Ouspensky was aware that something—a simple and natural process—was missing from the Fourth Way, points he stressed to his inner circle and that Dr Roles never forgot.
In 1951, by registering the Study Society, Dr Roles set up his own School of the Fourth Way to continue the work. His organisation expanded over the next ten years and he became involved with such formidable characters as Leon MacLaren and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi whose mantra based form of meditation, Roles identified as the missing ingredient. According to Gerald Beckwith, relationships between these highly influential figures were far less cordial than is generally supposed. Some readers may be offended by some of the shocking revelations. Nevertheless, the author appears to be even handed in his judgment and truthful throughout his narrative.
Part 1 concludes by relating how—through the Maharishi—Dr Roles succeeded in finding the source of the Fourth Way by meeting Shankaracharya Shantananda Saraswati in India with whom he formed a twenty year relationship.
The author also stresses the importance of meditation and explains the approach in detail.
Part 2 consists of a detailed exposition of Ouspensky’s re-constructed and completed work. It is necessarily more technical than Part 1 but is nonetheless equally as interesting and in Chapter 9–Towards an Enneagram Psychology—contains material that this reviewer has never previously encountered.
The controversy surrounding the conflict between Gurdjieff and his foremost student will, no doubt, continue unabated as is well illustrated in Ref [2]. Nevertheless, this book has some nuggets which offer interesting new perspectives on Ouspensky’s true character and the nature of his work.
When asked by Dr Roles whether a detailed exposition of Ouspensky’s Fourth Way was identical to Advaita Vedanta, the then Shankaracharya of Northern India replied: “Yes, there couldn’t possibly be any difference.”
The doorman of the New York restaurant who commented: “I can’t understand his books but Mister Ouspensky is the only really kind man I ever met.”
The fact that, following their breakup, Ouspensky was never heard to make disparaging remarks about his mentor whilst Gurdjieff did not reciprocate in kind … very far from it.
The fact that Gurdjieff shamelessly plagiarised ideas from Ouspensky’s early work, embodied them into his version of the Fourth Way and claimed them as his own … some crumbs … some table … providing evidence that Gurdjieff, for all his of charisma, had lost his way by 1924 and, more importantly, contact with the source of the esoteric teaching.
And finally, according to eye witness testimony, Ouspensky attained full realisation of the Self at Lyne Place shortly before his death. In plain English, in spite of immense difficulties, he got the job done. Can the same be said of Gurdjieff?
Potentially a game changer in the genre, this fascinating book is not cheap and requires concentration but it is worth both the effort and the cost. It is bound to unset some people, yet it provides tantalising clues towards the solution of long standing puzzles. I strongly recommend that it is read with an open mind and the fullness of attention … twice.
References:
1. Colin Wilson: The Strange Life of P.D. Ouspensky originally published in 1993
2. William Patrick Patterson: Struggle of the Magicians first printed in 1998 Published by Arete Communications Fairfax California
3. P. D Ouspensky: Strange Life of Ivan Osokin. London: Faber & Faber, 1948 - available from Amazon.

About the Reviewer:
Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 14 Aug. 2015
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Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good product, 16 Jun. 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good free app, 1 Jun. 2015
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The Art of Science: Pure and Applied Genius
The Art of Science: Pure and Applied Genius
by Gareth Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written, humorous and interesting tilt at the scientific and medical establishment., 17 Mar. 2015
"Tsundoku" is the Japanese word for buying books and never reading them.
So why on earth would you want to do that? Well, a cynic might say, in order to display them on your coffee table or in your bookcase at home … to create an impression that you know something about their content … when of course you don’t.
Now, just for the sake of argument, imagine that you do a "Tsundoku" of Professor Stephen Hawking’s best-selling hardback on black holes and then decide to throw a dinner party. Further imagine you have the great misfortune to be seated next to one of your guests who just happens to be a prominent member of scientific academia. Imagine further still that this person hasn’t read the book but has espied your copy of 'A Brief History of Time'… and, horror of horrors … asks you what you thought of it.
You’re in trouble, aren’t you?
Not necessarily … because, who knows …you might get lucky and be distracted by your front door bell and discover that you have a cold caller wondering whether you’d be interested in purchasing a bag of organic garden compost. Not very likely I grant you, although it just happened to me as I was trying to write this review.
However, an altogether better option might be to invest in a copy of ‘The Art of Science’ by Gareth Morgan. And I strongly recommend that you do because it is a rare thing indeed … a non-fiction page turner that you can’t put down … because it challenges just about everything you ever thought you knew about … well just about everything. It’s that provocative. But don’t get the wrong idea. The author isn’t anti-science; he’s anti-scientific humbug. His beef is against that section of the scientific and medical community which feels that it has a monopoly on the truth and expects to be treated with reverential awe by the rest of us as if it were some kind of priesthood. He argues convincingly why it hasn’t and why we shouldn’t.
Not to be confused with a book carrying the same title published by Richard Hamblyn and similar in some ways to Rupert Sheldrake’s ‘The Science Delusion’; ‘The Art of Science’ is a well written, humorous and interesting tilt at the scientific and medical establishment. However, Gareth Morgan is more controversial than Sheldrake and so hard hitting at times that I feel he risks alienating or worse still being ignored by it altogether … which would be a shame … because he has an incisive mind with a talent of taking complex issues, breaking them down and writing about them in a clear, entertaining and digestible way. Furthermore, he is ready, willing and able to defend his views … many of which are quite startling … and, perhaps more importantly, is happy to be proven wrong.
‘The Art of Science’ consists of two parts, the first entitled ‘Pure Genius’, the second ‘Applied Genius’. Its natural target audience appears to be the reasonably well informed layman. It is unlikely to be well received by members of the scientific and medical academia about which it is, without wishing to put too fine a point on it, pretty unflattering. Gareth Morgan’s challenge is not so much an epistemological one in terms of shortfalls in methodology or paradigm limitations … as is the case with Sheldrake … but more along the lines of calling into question the actual integrity and sheer competence of mainstream Western Science and Medicine. He is more concerned with ‘why should we trust what these people say they know’ than ‘how did they get to know it in the first place?’
In Part One—Pure Genius—after a briefest of preambles, the author launches his attack in a series of short, punchy, chapters dealing with a wide range of subjects, everything from black holes, dark matter through AIDS and quantum mechanics to meteorology.
And so, returning to the dark matter of black holes, Gareth Morgan explains how Professor Hawking happily admits—towards the end of his best-selling hardback—that they can’t exist and that, if they did, they would be the brightest objects observable in the sky due to what’s called gravitational lensing.
So you could point this out to your troublesome dinner guest … and everything would be alright … wouldn’t it? Probably not; because—after a brief moment of stunned silence—this outraged academic is likely to stand up and, in a fit of pique, denounce you as an ignorant fool. How dare you? Everyone knows that Hawking is published and what about all of those other papers? And storm out. Worse may be to come; other guests, particularly if they are on the same payroll, may follow suit … possibly leaving your wife in tears and you wondering why you didn’t buy that bag of compost and just go off and do some gardening.
You see … you will have violated what the author calls the First Law of Academia: Don’t contradict anything that has already been published in a peer-reviewed journal!”
So, that’s it for black holes… dealt with in one and half pages in the first chapter of Part One. Next up is the contribution of vapour trails—from all of those jet aircraft—to global warming. Gareth Morgan explains how whosoever publishes first sets the gold standard … the scientific position … even if their findings are flatly contradicted by subsequent experimental data derived from careful measurement. He quotes his sources and—at this stage—introduces what he calls a ‘Quibbler’s Corner’ to allay one’s shock at discovering that cherished beliefs on ‘the greenhouse effect’ and subsequently on a whole range of other subjects are open to question and by no means certain. I mean I always thought that you couldn’t drink seawater without going mad … wrong! Read what Gareth Morgan has to say about the matter in a later chapter of Part One.
You get the idea.
In Part Two—‘Applied Genius’—the author gives a detailed account of a highly practicable and very interesting schema for addressing the perennial problems besetting humanity in which he calls for the application of its collective genius. I had originally intended to go into this area in some detail but have come to the conclusion, whilst writing this review, that it is better to recommend the purchase of a copy of ‘The Art of Science’ and read what he has to say without the dubious benefit of a set of pre-conceived ideas. You may not agree with what he proposes … it may be too radical for your liking … but I guarantee he will set you thinking and … who knows … he may be right. In any event, I am impressed by his approach in this book. Criticism is the currency of our world; it’s easy and as cheap as chips to slag off the efforts of others. It’s far harder to put forward original and workable ideas of your own as an alternative. Gareth Morgan has plenty of them and he’s clearly put a great deal of careful research and effort into compiling his.
Unusually for a work of non-fiction, the ‘The Art of Science’ does not have a bibliography; the author takes the pragmatic view that there was no need to include one as nobody ever reads the references, let alone follows them up. Be that as it may, he does invite his readership to contact him to discuss any issues and welcomes reasonable dissent.
One final thing … if you do decide to splash out and buy a copy of ‘The Art of Science’ and end up agreeing with the author … be careful who you invite to dinner!
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One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
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4.0 out of 5 stars A most interesting book on the all encompassing subject of consciousness, 29 Jan. 2015
The One Mind is the most interesting book on the all encompassing subject of consciousness that I have recently encountered. From the outset, the author points out that there appear to be so many levels of human awareness and so many states of mind ... which one do we mean?
He then attempts a definition in terms of the Indian spiritual tradition which holds that, in truth and despite of appearances to the contrary, there is but the Brahman ... the One Mind, a singular universal consciousness which alone exists. Dossey then proceeds to present a considerable amount of evidence to support this position across a wide spectrum of human evidence, including just amount everything from modern quantum physics to near death experiences and the possibility of re-incarnation. He firmly positions himself in the school of thought which regards the human as a reducing value for the universal consciousness in order to create the illusion of individuality. He takes a side swipe at the materialist view--popularised by the so called 'Four Horseman of the New Atheism: Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens--that human consciousness is nothing more than a by-product or epiphenomenon arising from brain activity.

The final chapters of the book are, to my mind, the most interesting in which Larry Dossey has much to say about the subject of spirituality. In particular, he raises the point that it is not sufficient just to know the theory but rather to struggle to achieve a practical realisation of it in one's life.
All of this may be too much for those of a conventional scientific persuasion but nevertheless I would recommend that this book deserves a wide audience and to be read with an open mind if nothing else.

About the Reviewer:
Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


The Tao of Physics (Flamingo)
The Tao of Physics (Flamingo)
by Fritjof Capra
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and ground breaking book, 28 Jan. 2015
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First published in the UK, this is an excellent, controversial and ground breaking book which explores the parallels of the traditional wisdom of Eastern Mysticism and contemporary Physics. Capra's writing style is clear and engaging throughout. It is well supported with many helpful diagrams and illustrations to the extent that he makes a complex subject approachable to the intelligent layman. Nevertheless, the 'Tao of Physics' is rather dated now. Those interested in following up Capra's more recent work may find his 'The Systems View of Life', published last year--2014-- to be more relevant to 21st century issues. The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision

Readers may also find a more up to date view on the subject as expressed in 'Quantum Creativity' by Amit Goswami to be of interest.
Quantum Creativity: Think Quantum, Be Creative

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


OneTube for YouTube
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very reliant so far on my Kindle Fire FX, 27 Jan. 2015
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This is a very useful free App which enables you to view and make use of U Tube from your tablet. It has proven to work very reliably on my Kindle Fire FX. No problems so far. Highly recommended.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


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4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful and easy to use App, 26 Jan. 2015
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This is a very useful and easy to use App and has removed the inconvenience and annoyance of arriving on time at my local railway station only to find that the service to London has been cancelled of delayed as the result of bad weather, engineering works, a trespasser on the line, industrial action or one of a myriad of other reasons.
Highly recommended.

Chris Allen is a Hypnotherapist, Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
The Beam of Interest: Taken by Storm
Hypnotic Tales 2013: Some Light Some Dark
Call of the Void: The Strange Life and Times of a Confused Person: 1


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