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The Science Before Science: A Guide to Thinking in the 21st Century

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
What is the key to the truth and power of science? Would a theory of everything disprove the soul? Is matter all there is? Can I keep science and my common sense? Can we travel back in time? Is it evolution or creation or .? Will scientists ever make a man? Will we ever create artificial intelligence? If so, what does that say about my worth? What is the ultimate source of ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published June 23rd 2004 by Authorhouse
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Matthew Daniels
May 29, 2011 Matthew Daniels rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
This book is an epistemological nightmare. Rizzi asks the reader to take on radical and unfounded views, sometimes without even a loose explanation or logical construction beyond "That makes sense, right?"

Even though I disagree with nearly every tenet of Rizzi's philosophy, I still would give it a respectable two or three star rating if it weren't for:

* His obvious lack of a copyeditor;
* His entire disregard for even addressing other points of view;
* His attempt to tackle complex issues with a p
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Kemper
Jun 01, 2011 Kemper rated it liked it
I have read a majority of this book and I will confirm the following:

"* His obvious lack of a copyeditor;
* His entire disregard for even addressing other points of view;"

I disagree with the following:
"* His attempt to tackle complex issues with a poorly developed philosophical toolbox; and, most importantly,
* His total lack of logical flow or structure beyond asking the reader to accept things on his authority."

I know that Rizzi does not aim to tackle complex issues with much more than a rough i
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Alan
Aug 10, 2012 Alan rated it it was amazing
After having read William A. Wallace's excellent The Modeling of Nature: Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Nature in Synthesis and other solid philosophy of science and physics books, I thought I knew everything there is to know on this subject, but Dr. Anthony Rizzi's book has proven me wrong--very wrong! I love it! His style and his precision in identifying what he calls "intellectual malaise" is truly a breath of fresh air for me, a beginning graduate student in physics who has strugg ...more
William Schram
Nov 26, 2015 William Schram rated it did not like it
Shelves: philosophy, dropped
I thought this book would be about epistemology or the philosophy of science. In some ways I was right, in others I was terribly wrong.

Stuff I liked about this book:
The font is nice.
His ideas are consistent throughout the book.

Stuff I did not like:
Anthony Rizzi needs a better editor. There were a number of glaring spelling errors throughout the book, and he called THGTTG The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe. This is still not enough to give someone a one though, so I shall continue.
He uses
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Kenneth Benka
Nov 02, 2012 Kenneth Benka rated it really liked it
Fun little book. At first I thought Rizzi just liked the sound of his own voice (in his head as he wrote this book?). Towards the end I came to realize just how passionate he is about incorporating philsophy into modern day science. Bravo.
Erik
Jan 10, 2011 Erik marked it as to-read
Recommended to Erik by: Crisis magazine
About the need for philosophy, to root science in truth
Cassandra Troy
May 26, 2009 Cassandra Troy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Cassandra by: don't remember
Thinking for beginners and students.
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