Peter Tiarks

"Uncle Petie"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (108 of 120)


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The Newer, More English Version by Tom Carver
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air, 2 Jun 2013
The Newer, More English Version is about the most refreshing thing to happen to the Science vs. Religion debate since The Life Of Brian, and whilst it probably won't change anyone's mind about the merits of either side, it does make the whole encounter a lot more fun than most of the other stuff that has been written on the subject in recent memory.

The book is not so much a serious attempt to explain how everything could have happened without God - which would be obviously redundant - a comic take on what the first five books of the Bible look like from an atheist's perspective. Some of the jokes are really very good, although it's probably worth saying that if you're going to… Read more
Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consum&hellip by Joseph Heath
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same book..., 21 May 2008
As far as I can tell, this is just the US release of "The Rebel Sell", so I wouldn't go for the two for one deal.

Nonetheless, it might be worth getting one of them. Here's a simple test.

Picture Naomi Klein in your mind. Do you now feel:

a) Unmitigated fury at the horrible lies this woman is telling about the wonders of the market system
b) All warm and fuzzy inside
c) Sympathetic to her goals, but suspicious that she's basically a bit of a poser

If the answer is c), go on ahead and buy yourself a copy. Odds are you'll find it refreshing, insightful and sometimes even funny.
The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is K&hellip by Andrew Keen
50 of 62 people found the following review helpful
One of the nicer ironies about this book is that much of the hype surrounding it seems to have been generated by the Web 2.0 crowd bashing it. I just bought it to see what everyone was so upset about.

Pointing out all the problems with this book seems to have become a popular sport on the internet, but that's about the only joy you're going to get out of it. Much of Keen's analysis is itself decidedly amateurish - he's no economist and not much of a cultural critic. Dropping in a few learned-sounding references to Neil Postman and various members of the Huxley family didn't, for me at least, really make up for that. It just reinforced the impression that this man was really just… Read more

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