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Why the World Doesn't Seem to Make Sense: An Inquiry Into Science, Philosophy and Perception
Why the World Doesn't Seem to Make Sense: An Inquiry Into Science, Philosophy and Perception
by Steve Hagen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.14

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superceded by R.L. Jones, 14 Feb. 2014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.


Facets Of Buddhism
Facets Of Buddhism
by Iida
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars gonzo buddhism, 14 Feb. 2014
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i thought i had already reviewed this book (my review will probably elsewhere on amazon)

anyway, the book is not particularly interesting and reads more like a gonzo account of someone who explores buddhist at a time where buddhsim was poorly understood in the west. we know so much more today and so there are better things hat one can read.


A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
by J. C. McKeown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

3.0 out of 5 stars As a Greek-afficionado I should love this but I don't, 14 Feb. 2014
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I had fully expected to love this and I must also say that the author does have a good overview of the Greek corpus, frequently citing from obscure and overlooked sources.

But two things are wrong with the book:
(1) it is boring; IMHO... too many of the tidbits are just *too* random. i don't mind randomness, but I would prefer randomness with a little edge or meaning to it in the end
(2) the autor's tastes are not philosophical or historical or political as such. therefore, we get random little tidbits of no particular significance rather that tidbits that relate precisely to the really juicy parts, i.e. philosophy and history of ancient greece.

friedrich nietzsche, as we all know, was an avid student of these random tidbits surrounding ancient greece, but he excerised jugdments in which tidbits were interesting enought to relay to his readers and which tidbits would have to be considered the classicists's "cost of doing business". this book's editor unfortunately doesn't.


On the Order of Nature
On the Order of Nature
by Parmenides
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Original vision of an Indian Parmenides, 14 Feb. 2014
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Autor tried to put parmendies in somewhere between traditonal, rationalistic Greek philosphy and some hindu mysticism. the thesis is sound but the execution is lacklustre and solipcistic. the book is also extrmely short, as it features the entire parmendies poem itself (which is avaliable for free online) and a Greek glossary that explains the words.

* if you want a better take on the same thesis as this book, I would recommend THE SHAPE OF ANCIENT THOUGHT by T. McEvilly instead.

* if you want the technical glossary and translation of the poem, I would recommend PARMENIEDS AND MORTAL PHILOSOPHY by Vishwa Adluri instead.


Scum Manifesto
Scum Manifesto
by Valerie Solanas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.00

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it even if you deplore feminism, 21 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Scum Manifesto (Paperback)
i read this book because i lost a bet
i dislike 99% of all the "feminist" arguments you see in the media
idiotic women trying to further their own careers with self-serving drivel that doesn't make sense if you think about it
this author -- while starting with an obviously extreme and criminal premise -- that men should become extinct, money retracted from society, and that sex should cease -- is never the less *able to think* - she is logically minded, which means that you won't be facepalming your way through this tract the way you usually facepalm your way from idiotic "feminist" arguments in the media.

one crippling blow to her book, though, is that - though logical - she is unable to address the differences in biology between the sexes.

even if you won't agree with the author (i hope you won't because she advocates killing) or share her outrage at the "injustices" of men, you should read this book - it's fun and actually more logical than you'd expect.


Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition (Bibliotheque Copte De Nag Hammadi Section "Etudes")
Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition (Bibliotheque Copte De Nag Hammadi Section "Etudes")
by John D. Turner
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon needs to re-publish this, 16 Jan. 2014
It is quite a travesty that this key text concerning the origins of the twin pillars of our civilization -- platonism and christianity -- should be unavaliable like this. I have borrowed the book from a library. I can renew but certainly not keep it around for as long as id like. republish this! get the public an affordable copy!


Marie-Louise Von Franz: The Classic Jungian and the Classic Jungian Tradition
Marie-Louise Von Franz: The Classic Jungian and the Classic Jungian Tradition
by James A. Hall
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Insignificant Scraps But cannot be Entirely Dismissed, 15 Jan. 2014
a lot of stories about random peoples personal history with MLvF.
very little in the way of actual juicy biographical details about MLvF or anything about MLvF's theories.
so all in all an utterly insignificant read.
when it doesn't get 1 star, it is because it may be valuable as the frigest of fringes to historians


Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening: Being the Teaching of the Zen Master, Hui Hai, Known as the Great Pearl
Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening: Being the Teaching of the Zen Master, Hui Hai, Known as the Great Pearl
by Master Hui Hai
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friendlier, unpretentious Zen, 11 Jan. 2014
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This is friendlier, more down to earth zen, lacking the intentisty, snobbery, and intellectual elitism of your typical zen master.
I have no doubt that Hui Hai's realization was deep and genuine and he does drop a few nuggets of wisdom throughout the text. But overall, his focus is on being friendly, rather than deprecating his interlocutors of their ego in a braizen fashion, as is so typical of zen masters.


Empedocles: An Interpretation (Studies in Classics)
Empedocles: An Interpretation (Studies in Classics)
by Simon Trepanier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a letdown, 11 Jan. 2014
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This book is essentially a run of the mill doctoral dissertation reworked into book form.
Now I am not against that per se. But in this case the book expends a lot of energy on purely technical questions, which are not relevant to people who actually want to think about Empedocles' _meaning_ as opposed to the mere form that Empedocles happened to utilize.

For example, the author devotes a great deal of energy to discussing whether Empedocles wrote one or two poems; the ordering of the fragments etc. while expending comparatively little energy interpreting and expositioning Empedocles' work.


Heart Attack Sutra: A New Commentary on the Heart Sutra
Heart Attack Sutra: A New Commentary on the Heart Sutra
by Karl Brunnholzl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 11 Jan. 2014
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Bought this because of the glowing reviews on American Amazon.
It was pretty good; a lighthearted(!) introduction to Buddhism with a few philosophical gleanings on top.
It was accessible and did not misconstrue or oversimplify things (although it remained very simple throughout).
All in all it was a good book, although by no means a "revolution" compared to previous books that aim to introduce Buddhism to the reader.


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