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Keep Calm I'm A Midwife Mug Cup Gift Retro
Keep Calm I'm A Midwife Mug Cup Gift Retro
Offered by GreatDeals4you
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Printing problem, 11 Jan. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Had this not been a Christmas gift, I would have sent it back. But as I didn't have time to replace it, I went ahead and gave it, somewhat apologetically. The printing isn't done well, and there is a "ghost" imprint of the text off centre from the main text. I assume it must have been applied more than once, and one application was off centre, and not caught.

Disappointed.


Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Susan Blackmore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a genuine Introduction, 29 Dec. 2012
I've read a number of the titles in this series, and have found them to be wonderful starting points for further research. Even when tackling controversial topics, writers give balanced views. Not so here.

As others have stated, Blackmore approaches the topic with an agenda. The arguments have already been weighed. While I disagree with others' assertions that her point of view is ultimately nihilistic, it is clearly devoted to a neo-Buddhist negation of self, backed by Dawkinsian theory and some neuro-scientific leaps of faith.

There are a number of scientific avenues explored, but they are given radically different time, weight and devotion. With some topics, such as Libet's thought/action experiments, I was left with methodological questions hanging in the air. With others, such as mimetics, I felt that an extremely controversial field was presented as an accepted theory, in spite of its lack of support within many scientific circles.

Anyone with even a passing interest in metaphysics is sure to be disappointed by Blackmore's dismissive tone and scant coverage, which essentially negates whole millennia worth of philosophising.

A Very Short Introduction should spur one on to independent research on a topic. It should not be a condensed sermon on the merits of a relatively narrow point of view.


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