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Armies of Light and Dark (Legions of Fire)
Armies of Light and Dark (Legions of Fire)
by Peter David
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Sardonic Journey through Darkness, 22 Oct 2014
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Next to Shakespeare, Peter David is my favorite author. Armies of Light and Dark is a journey through the darkest regions of human relations, yet full of irony and sardonic wit. The tale is unforgettable; its characters, especially Londo Mollari, infinitely quotable. The more you know about psychology, history and politics, the greater your enjoyment. This book gives Michael Stranczynski's Babylon 5 TV series an added dimension.


GENUINE Acme Field Trialler Working Dog Whistle No 212
GENUINE Acme Field Trialler Working Dog Whistle No 212
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Winning Combination, 29 Mar 2014
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I wish, that a sixth star were available! The Acme dog whistle is all that I could reasonably expect for the product, and the seller was really helpful when a complex problem occurred regarding the website's ordering process.


Way of Lao Tzu Tao-TE Chins
Way of Lao Tzu Tao-TE Chins
by Wing-tsit Chan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lao Tzu's Tao-te ching in Context, 21 Jan 2013
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Lao Tzu's Tao-te Ching in Context

Unique in practically any context, understood from many different perspectives, Lao Tzu's Tao-te ching is one of the most translated books on the planet, well over a hundred in English. The Way of Lao Tzu is not an elitist, academic philosophy. It is nevertheless, one of the foundations of Chinese culture and has therefore been the topic of comment, controversy, and debate by generations of eminent Chinese scholars.

Wing-Tsit Chan, like many contemporary Chinese, was sensitive and intolerant of inaccurate translations that, due to ignorance or malice, distort, stereotype and/or misrepresent Lao Tzu's original meaning. Non-native scholars who require translations that must survive inevitable antagonistic attacks by belligerent, argumentative Chinese literati will find Chan's introductory essays are very useful.

In what amounts to a well-informed review of the Tao-te Ching, Wing-Tsit Chan reveals radical differences between reasoning of Chinese classical scholars and that of convention Western academicians. His translation of his own work, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, is a natural companion volume. Taken together the reader will attain as, close as possible in the English language, Lao Tzu's Tao-te Ching in its original context. It leaves this reader with the feeling that though impossible to validate, translations should, in any case, be rationalized and if necessary, defended.

William S. Dockens III


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5.0 out of 5 stars A pragmatic philosophy of design, 1 Sep 2011
Kristin Cullen's book should probably be required reading for everyone seriously interested in design of cultures, especially for behavioral scientists concerned with complexity. A "layout workbook" for graphic designers becomes a profound, pragmatic, philosophy for human factors consultants and architects focused on proactive intervention. From the design of new economic systems to solutions to the urban condition, the principles here can have an impact far beyond that which is immediately apparent.


Colour And Colour Theories (International Library of Psychology)
Colour And Colour Theories (International Library of Psychology)
by Ladd-Franklin Christine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £230.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Like a Woman, 16 Jun 2009
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Even full recognition of Christine Ladd-Franklin's intellectual prowess will be far too little, much too late. That COLOUR AND COLOUR THEORIES is in print eighty years after its publication implies only a small part of the story. One should know that color perception is at the center of a heated debate that pits George Lakoff and Mark Johnson's 21st Century cognitive science against classical philosophy and Chomsky's psycholinguistics. You should know something about the difficulties faced by the woman who defied the convention of her times to become the first female experimental psychologist, a mathematician, logician, physiologist and an adamant feminist at the turn of the 20th Century. You should also know of Christine Ladd-Franklin's "inconsistent triad", her original contribution to the field of logic. Finally, you should know that despite the contemporary prominence of their specialty, color perception theorists still haven't gotten it right! They have decided in favor of a four-color theory over a three-color theory when both are obviously wrong.
Ladd-Franklin's COLOUR AND COLOUR THEORIES multidisciplinary research theory suggests that the answer lies somewhere between the two. Her research strategy is, clear from this quote from Pg. 172,
"When the physiologist has finally done his work (which, of course, he cannot do unless he keeps combined in his head the wisdom also of the physicist and of the psychologist), there remains the final transformation--that from cortical or possibly subcortical (Herrick) process to conscious experience, the neuro-psychic correlation." Ladd-Franklin (1929)
Ironically, the contemporary color theory champion can be shown to be false by applying Ladd-Franklin's inconsistent triad logic. According to contemporary four-color theory, the existence of reddish-green and bluish-yellow colors are impossible. The means are available to test Ladd-Franklin's evolution theory. Maybe Ladd-Franklin has always belonged to the 21st Century.


Michelle: a Biography
Michelle: a Biography
by Lisa Mundy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.47

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reality check, 15 April 2009
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This review is from: Michelle: a Biography (Hardcover)
I wrote this review as an answer to an email from a long time Swedish friend, an adamant feminist, who is still smarting over Hillary Clinton's loss to Barack Obama. My friend asserted that the only reason that Barack is President and not Michelle is gender. This review, lightly edited, was my answer.

Actually, your thinking is good, but your reality check sucks. If you want to make a near perfect reality check, order a book MICHELLE by Liza Mundy, a white woman, staff reporter for the Washington Post. I ordered it from Amazon.com. It is an amazing book, masterfully written, carefully researched. At times, it was a struggle for me to get through it. I lived through most of what the book is about--minus of course the gender prejudice. I had to put the book aside several times. It reminded me of very painful events. Michelle would have first to want to be President! You are right that her being a woman has a great deal to do with it, but don't underestimate Michelle's choice of the man who would father her children. What you are missing is that the Obama story is a true love story, a lovely story, a story that will probably end only when death parts the couple. You do not have to read about the love story; you need only watch the family when they are together.

William S. Dockens III


Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
by Jack Weatherford
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genghis Kahn, a Revelation, 19 Dec 2008
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Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern World is the best book that I have ever read in any genre. It reads like a good biographical novel, but informs like a 21st `Century anthropological textbook. It reveals truths that far exceed what conventional editors would allow in fiction. A character study, knowledge of his birthplace, kinship patterns combine with archeological studies to reveal Genghis Kahn's complex personality, a personality that refutes stereotypes found in centuries of conventional history. For example, Genghis Kahn freed Mongolians from slavery and granted religious freedom. The book includes interesting details about how competent female administrators ran an empire left by the most successful conqueror the planet has ever produced. The introduction introduces the sources of evidence by which the "how quaint the natives" conclusions that characterized colonial anthropology are refuted by more informed multidisciplinary methods.

I will make my strongest recommendation by sending my son, a graduate student in archeology, a copy of Weatherford's Genghis Khan as a birthday present.


Organizations as Complex Systems: An Introduction to Knowledge Cybernetics: Social Cybernetics and Knowledge in Theory and Practice (ISCE Book Series - Managing the Complex)
Organizations as Complex Systems: An Introduction to Knowledge Cybernetics: Social Cybernetics and Knowledge in Theory and Practice (ISCE Book Series - Managing the Complex)
by Maurice Yolles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £88.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing complexity, 27 Aug 2008
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A book of over eight hundred, abstract, difficult, thought provoking pages that calls itself "an introduction" may read like a contradiction in terms, but it isn't. A complex introduction to complexity is not a contradiction. Consultants confronted daily by complexity, transition and change will have little trouble accepting this book as an introduction to 21st Century management. I have successfully applied the book's formulation of knowledge cybernetics in the field. I found it an especially valuable tool for integrating complex systems. The author has developed a useful way of depicting exceedingly complex systems. It is not easy to read. Nevertheless, I give it five stars.


Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190-1400 (Essential Histories)
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190-1400 (Essential Histories)
by Stephen Turnbull
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £59.84

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indelible Impressions, 4 Aug 2008
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Regardless of why you happen to be interested in Mongol warriors, Stephen Turnbull's two books, Genghis Kahn & the Mongol Conquests and Mongol Warrior, truly supply the essentials. Written with skill and enthusiasm, both volumes give you the sensation of viewing warrior's lives from several critical perspectives, including the all-important Mongol perspective. Though necessary overlap makes these two books read like fraternal twins, to read one without reading the other will be missing something tangible and important. For example, photographs in Genghis Kahn & the Mongol Conquests give a realistic sense of geography and history. Yet Reynold's greater than life drawings of the Mongol Warrior's logical support system leaves a valuable and indelible impression. Finally, the amount of information contained in volumes under a hundred pages is indeed remarkable.

William S. Dockens III


Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty (Suny Series in Chinese Philosophy & Culture) (Suny Series, Chinese Philosophy & Culture)
Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty (Suny Series in Chinese Philosophy & Culture) (Suny Series, Chinese Philosophy & Culture)
by Douglas Wile
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.83

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Advanced Western Perspective, 22 May 2006
Douglas Wile's T'ai Chi's Ancestors and Lost T'ai-ch'i Classics from the Late Ch'in Dynasty deserve to be treated as a pair and included in every serious student's library. They are unique in that they not only present previously secret, advanced concepts to Western readers; they introduce a much needed, well balanced, Western perspective to T'ai Ch'i martial arts literature. Readers, East and West, should be cautioned however. These are advanced texts that require a great deal of thought and careful analysis to be appreciated.

William S. Dockens III PhD.


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