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This review is from: Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide for the 21st Century: Key Concepts for the 21st Century (Paperback)
As others have said, this is a nice collection of concepts, most of which, however, couldn't be classified "21st century". Rather, an encyclopedia of concepts, old and new.
Unfortunately, the author makes fun of some things in a manner that clearly shows he doesn't understand them in any depth (including creationism and christian orthodoxy). Which, for such a comprehensive collection of ideas, is understandable, but not to be ignored. I will complete this review and give a final rating for the book after I have read it all.
Otherwise, it seems to contain a nice amount of information and commentary to keep readers satisfied, stimulate their imagination, and teach them some things they didn't know.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2013 17:18:11 BDT
He also takes postmodernism to task.
Posted on 29 Nov 2013 17:55:20 GMT
Do you not think you've fallen into an irony trap? 'Unfortunately, the author makes fun of some things such as creationism and Christian orthodoxy...' Maybe the clue is in the title of the book - these are things from millennia ago, and in the 21st century these are finally being ridiculed and exposed for the nonsense that they are, as revealed by scientific exploration. Unfortunately, you are clinging to matters of faith, and find 21st century enlightenment anathema to your out-dated beliefs. The fact that you would've given this book 5 star if the author had embraced creationism instead of ridiculing it, exposes YOUR ignorance rather than his!
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2013 00:11:02 GMT
Beautifully expressed, Colin!
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