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The Shock of Your Life
The Shock of Your Life
by Adrian Holloway
Edition: Paperback

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, but disturbed, 18 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The Shock of Your Life (Paperback)
I consider myself to be a loyal Christian; I have heard Mr. Holloway speak and he seems a very genuine good man, but much of this book reads like it is the fantasy of a psychotic misanthrope. As a previous reviewer pointed out, Bible verses are taken quite selectively - Holloway quotes the sheep and the goats passage, but then says that what we do makes no difference, all that matters is whether we've accepted Jesus. The fact that Jesus Himself in the sheep and goats passage says the precise opposite is not even mentioned.

Worse, the story is framed as a near-death experience when the overwhelming testimony of near-death experiences is that God is love and there is nothing to fear in the afterlife. When we see the light we do not, as Holloway describes it, see a man in the centre who callously turns us away. We are invited always, no matter how bad we've been, to merge fully in radiant compassion. The only thing that can keep us apart from joy after death is our own fear and guilt. God Himself is only loving and gracious.
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2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read., 13 Aug. 2001
This review is from: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Paperback)
An incredible, beautiful, awe-inspiring book that has had a considerable impact on my life. The prose is excellent, but the thing that makes this book so brilliant is it's scope.
It is also based on _real_ science without being overly technical. For example, in both the book and the movie the "Dawn of Man" (or Primeval Night) part demonstrates memetics eight years before Dawkins published The Selfish Gene. We see how one meme allowed man to develop.
That's all that I can say without spoiling the book, but it is amazing.
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MACHINE LEARNING (Int'l Ed) (College Ie Overruns)
MACHINE LEARNING (Int'l Ed) (College Ie Overruns)
by Thom M. Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £53.99

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Coverage of the topic, 20 May 2001
Covers Machine Learning concepts thoroughly, allowing you to decide which type is best for any particular problem. Uses some daunting mathematical notation, but still easy to follow

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