How to Think Like a Bat: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Philosophy Hardcover – 3 Feb 2011
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From the Inside Flap
How do you know you exist?
What does it mean to be free?
Why shouldn't you eat people?
Philosophy might make you think of dusty statues in togas or Zen masters meditating, but the philosophical world has far more to offer than ancient men in beards: it can also tell you everything there is to know about life, love and death. In a series of highly original, entertaining and often extraordinary scenarios, How to Think Like a Bat brings to life 35 key philosophy concepts in a way that anyone can understand.
From the realm of the unconscious to the principles of logic, the 35 bite-sized chapters in this book will not only help you understand our world, how we find meaning in life, and how we think of right of wrong, they'll help you win arguments, learn the art of seduction, and even get one up on Aristotle.
Easy to follow and impossible to put down, this book will not only help you to think like a bat - it will have you thinking like a philosopher.
From the Back Cover
The most entertaining and extraordinary guide to philosophy.
How to awake as a gigantic insect.
How to know that you exist.
How to fire the neurons in your head.
How to be free.
How to outwit Aristotle.
How to know anything at all.
How to cope with an evil genius.
How to look for ghosts.
How to command our feelings and beliefs.
How to tell the future.
How to teach a scientist to think.
How to turn noise into meaning.
How to know what you are talking about.
How to navigate a slippery slope.
How to judge whom to save.
How to know if a person wants to be eaten.
How not to be harmed by your death.
How to be God.
How to sympathize with the devil.
How not to be swindled by logic.
How to turn a monkey into a playwright.
How to be an object of desire.
How not to be nasty, brutish and short.
How to tolerate the intolerable.
How to handle a three-legged frog.
How not to be squeezed by time.
How to outdo artificial intelligence.
How to deceive yourself.
How to grasp what does not exist.
How not to be left looking after the coats.
How to ignore the siren song of evil.
How to think like a bat.
How to see beauty.
How to know when to stop.
How to bring meaning to life.
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A title like "34 Other Interesting... such and such" makes me expect that the author will tell me why/how the subject is interesting. Perhaps its interesting because it applies to me in this way or that, etc... This book does nothing of the sort. I read the intro and the first 3 chapters. The author failed to convince me that these things are interesting.
Also I don't feel like the material was presented in a clear manor. It almost reads like the author takes pleasure in setting up constructs that are difficult to follow.