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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written and huge fun to read
What I love about this book is that it covers a lot of ground, but makes it very easy to understand the debates around each of the 33 problems and the reasons why they are problems. Peter Cave's characteristically witty style also makes this a much easier read than it should be, given the complexity of the subjects of each chapter.
Published on 28 Oct 2007 by D. L. Jordan

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Long-winded
I was really looking forward to reading this book and when it arrived I opened it with anticipation. From the outset, the author's writing style is repetitive and long-winded. The puzzles themselves are strangely lacking in depth and the author repeats himself in lots of different ways. He does not discuss all the possible outcomes and decisions of each 'puzzle' but takes...
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written and huge fun to read, 28 Oct 2007
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D. L. Jordan "DJ" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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What I love about this book is that it covers a lot of ground, but makes it very easy to understand the debates around each of the 33 problems and the reasons why they are problems. Peter Cave's characteristically witty style also makes this a much easier read than it should be, given the complexity of the subjects of each chapter.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flossy Fun And Finking, 29 Sep 2007
Really enjoyed this book. A rare mixture of being genuinely thought provoking and genuinely funny. I found myself mulling over the philsophical ideas and paradoxes long after I'd put the book down.

Especially liked Zeno's tortoise finally coming out of his shell. ;-)

But its more than just a humourous look at ancient philsosphical paradoxes, as it relates many of the ideas to current arguements in politics, ethics, religion and sex.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A success, 12 Jan 2011
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I got this as a present for a friend of mine who's a Philosophy teacher. He loved it ... he thought it would give him ideas to keep the teenage kids interested in class (the examples the book uses to explain things) as well as being interesting for him.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy can be fun., 8 Oct 2007
Peter Cave manages to make his 33 'perplexing philosophy puzzles' at turns funny, touching and, believe it or not, sexy. His clear, pellucid style makes even the most difficult problem easier to understand.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking with FUN!, 16 Jan 2008
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Ms. Ke Jewitt "SkillKick Limited" (England UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a brilliant read! wonderfully written by the author with great style and humour. This should interest everyone - as it covers a wide range of topics, from ethics to religion to science to metaphysics, but in an entertaining way (even with the odd cartoon).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief but enjoyable, 5 Jan 2009
With 33 chapters squeezed into less than 200 pages, Peter Cave's absorbing journey into philosophy very much keeps the emphasis on brevity and fun, but also serves as a genuinely interesting primer for anyone who has ever been fascinated by those ethical dilemmas and logical paradoxes that life intermittently throws up. Written clearly with wit and knowledge, you'll find that the chapters fly by. Looking forward to reading the follow-up, 'What's Wrong with Eating People?'.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 Jan 2008
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If you're inquisitive at all about your environment or why you're here or does a god exist then this book is a must. Written in a much simpler language than many of its counterparts it is a joy to read and should not be intimidating for even a new thinker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun little book of philosophical puzzles, 26 Feb 2014
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A light read and fun introduction to philosophical puzzles in a "choose your own adventure" style where the end of chapter gives you to two or three options of other related* chapters to read next.

*The follow-on chapters are related to the previous one you read in different ways. So, for example, if one chapter dealt with multiple dimensions, existentialism and ethics, you would pick the next chapter you want to read based on whichever of those topics interested you most about what you just read (eventually you get around to all the chapters in the book anyway though.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great philosophy book for lightweights, 28 Aug 2013
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Joseph Atherton (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Can a Robot be Human?: 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles (Kindle Edition)
Can be picked up and put down any time. This is my second read of the book. Cave's other good philosphy book - What's Wrong with Eating People? - is just as good.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy Phun!, 12 Sep 2008
Phantastic philosophical puzzles delivered with style and wit. A must for any reader who asks 'why' more than once on a daily basis.
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