I accidentally chanced upon Lovecraft while browsing shelves at my local city library during my high school days. From the first story, Lovecraft had...moreI accidentally chanced upon Lovecraft while browsing shelves at my local city library during my high school days. From the first story, Lovecraft had mesmerized me with his incredible use of words, and I admit, with his use of ancient and obsolete words. Eventually I got to his poems, of which the epic lay "Fungi from Yuggoth" is one of his most famous efforts. When i first read this Horatian, I felt only the supernaturally positive emotions of amazement, anxiety, wonder, fear, mystery, and eeriness. Now years distant from high school, I recently took up again my favorite copy of this short lay. I have read many words and seen terrible things both scary and ghastly. So now, in the light of further experience in the real world, Lovecraft’s words, while distinguished, do not carry me away with the same ease they once did. I respect the poem, and greatly respect the author. However, the chill is lifted, the streets are not so scary, they cold gulfs and mystic shrines and unspeakable forms are curiosities now, co-regions and co-inhabitants of a shared cosmos, not aliens to cower to.
I have read recently that Yuggoth has companions five, or perhaps there are six compeer yuggothoids loosely sharing their wildly elliptical orbits around the small dim star at the center of their system. (less)
Wonderful little survey of "lower" animals. The section on comparison of eyes was especially intriguing. Excellent illustrations are clear and arouse...moreWonderful little survey of "lower" animals. The section on comparison of eyes was especially intriguing. Excellent illustrations are clear and arouse one's curiosity to learn more. Date finished: long, long ago.(less)
I first read this during undergraduate work. The organization of material seems superior to many later surveys of general zoology that I have seen. Ju...moreI first read this during undergraduate work. The organization of material seems superior to many later surveys of general zoology that I have seen. Judicious diversity of font size and quality (all-capitals, bold, etc.) and use of numbers and letters in an outline format makes material easy to read, easy to interrelate, and easy to search. Diagrams are simple line drawings and clear. It is certainly outdated today, given the predilection of adding species, genera, even entire kingdom/sub-kingdoms, and to reassign species from one genus to another. I appreciate the the writer's consistency of style, and the book's clearly structured scientific coherence(less)
A student of linguistics who rates this book this year could conceivably give a rating of two or three stars, four if they are either generous or have...moreA student of linguistics who rates this book this year could conceivably give a rating of two or three stars, four if they are either generous or haven't read much literature in linguistic theories and history. For a student of philology, and particularly for a student of American Indian languages of a previous century, the book surely deserves five stars. For its time, for its treatment of the subject, for the details which produced it, and the intellect which composed it, it is nearly incomparable.
The next great book in linguistics (with much reference to American Indian languages) from a former era that I read after this one was Benjamin Lee Whorf's Language, Thought and Reality. Those two books set my interest firmly in the direction of linguistics and piqued my interest in American Indian languages. Boas' book will aways be a star on my shelf.(less)
"How intriguing are the fallacies that lead men's minds astray." - Tarquin.
I find myself drawn to lists and examples and studies of logical, rhetorica...more"How intriguing are the fallacies that lead men's minds astray." - Tarquin.
I find myself drawn to lists and examples and studies of logical, rhetorical, historiographical, and other types of fallacies, again and again. The main reason may be that so many of such fallacies are encountered so often on the internet, on blogs and forums, even those claiming to be the most reasonable, fair, and "logical," and in newspapers and television news programs, where they seem to have undergo random evolutionary mutation resulting in a tenfold multiplying of their birth-rate. Yes, news-heads, news-readers, and newspaper-writers are filled with fallacies and myths more than any other segment of society I know of. This is not to say that politicians are a distant second; the fact is that politicians' foot-in-mouth events are as likely to be caused by ignorance or even stupidity half the time, leaving logical fallacies to account for no more than half of their total self-exposures. So I want to be able to recognize those fallacies so I can understand how to identify the truths they distort, politically as well as academically.
A second reason, no less important than the first, maybe even more important, is so that I can avoid such fallacy-mongering myself, as much as possible. Does Fischer's book help me towards these two goals? I believe it does. While lists of fallacies abound on the internet, they are useful for discriminating individual statements. They work best when applied sentence by sentence, line by line. Fischer's book helps develop a way of thinking that allows one to undertake an extended reading, or a lengthy writing project, with a greater clarity, sharpness, and accuracy than has been demonstrated by many who do not have ventured into this arena of analysis and reasoning.(less)
What danger we are in! I have watched over the years as public schools have become dumbed down academically. What a shock to realize, even more than I...moreWhat danger we are in! I have watched over the years as public schools have become dumbed down academically. What a shock to realize, even more than I already suspected, that the underpinning culture, to say nothing of the religion-based moral principles, have been being undercut by relentless waves of sociological determinism and worse.(less)
I'm not quite ready to give this a proper review. I will say that during college, it was one of my favorite books on history. In this volume, Toynbee...moreI'm not quite ready to give this a proper review. I will say that during college, it was one of my favorite books on history. In this volume, Toynbee attempts to respond to all the criticisms, at least the more relevant ones, of the previous eleven volumes of his monumental survey of history from an admittedly and obvious philosophy of history. I find it praiseworthy that in the course of writing the eleven volumes, and in the process of responding to critics, Toynbee was observant enough and self-effacing enough to not just make corrections where due, but also to modify his original scheme of the patterns of history, to better accommodate the corrections and his own deeper deliberations on the times and processes he had examined.(less)
Does not list all variations of text, but does well enough. Dictionary section would be more helpful if extended - more words, more forms of nouns and...moreDoes not list all variations of text, but does well enough. Dictionary section would be more helpful if extended - more words, more forms of nouns and verbs, and more definitions, especially when meanings current at the time the New Testament was originally written were given priority over traditionally accepted Christian meanings.(less)
Short review, to start, since there are as yet no others.
I have long sought reasoned arguments for the existence of God, and beyond that, for persuas...moreShort review, to start, since there are as yet no others.
I have long sought reasoned arguments for the existence of God, and beyond that, for persuasive arguments about the nature of God. All arguments against the existence of God begin, ironically, with specific, and inevitably contradictory, definitional assumptions. I was first impressed with the more catholic form of reasoning on the divine, when I encountered Thomas Aquinas' proofs for the existence of God. Years later, not realizing how richly the subject of "metaphysics" had evolved, through intelligent designation of terms and irreducible complexity of the metaphysical, divine "oneness", I happened upon John McCormick's "Scholastic Metaphysics."
I was pleased to discover that someone had given so much thought and study to the subject, that he was able to express clearly and persuasively what the qualities of God should - or must - be like. I eventually bought a copy of the book, plus the second book of which this first is prelude, "Natural Theology". Two or three times a week, I will pick this book up and read a paragraph or a section, and try to figure out what it means, and whether I agree, and what alternative I could possibly offer.
Don't expect to get away reading this as easily as, say, Keith Ward's “Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: Doubting Hawkins", or C. S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity", neither of which are even in the same category, but are concerned with the same subject. This is an academic text. Though covering complex, difficult to understand topics, McCormick addresses one issue at a time, neither too conservatively succinct nor with a too liberal simplicity, but methodically (painstakingly, deliberatively) and systematically (classificatory arrangement). The reader will have to work through it in order to understand it as McCormick intends it to be understood, rather than as one might misinterpret it through the endarkling lens of biased preconcepts and capricious prejudice. A work in progress, in the sense that full understanding will not arrive at once. Unless you are already a chaired theologian or matriculated philosopher, in which case, this book will be a breeze for you.
(Some license to exaggerate for effect, or to stick tongue in cheek or elsewhere, has been taken in this review.)
(This review subject to sudden, unannounced changes, including possible deletion.) (less)
How different can the hardback and paperback editions be!? To have separate entries for each based on isbn – hardback vs. paperback – is absurd. This...moreHow different can the hardback and paperback editions be!? To have separate entries for each based on isbn – hardback vs. paperback – is absurd. This is taking Goodreads "relationship" with Amazon too venally far.
Meanwhile, the University of Nebraska Press is one of my favorite publishers and distributors of British Drama, American History, and Indian affairs. The books I have purchased from them on subjects related to the American Indians, and “Bison Press” in particular, have been beautifully written academic publications. I am less familiar yet with Caxton Press.
As far as the book itself, goes, I greatly appreciate the accounts of these later captivities. I have a large collection of books on Amerindians, their religion, culture, languages, and so on. I have a few books of reprinted accounts of Indian captivities that occurred in pre-colonial times - a time when some of my own ancestors sought to kill each other (two of them failed, otherwise. . .) - and there are deeds done in those battles as horrific as recounted in the collection laboriously gathered by Gregory and Susan Michno.
The Michnos have collected tales of captivities of more recent vintage -1830-1889 to be precise. They have also displayed personal courage. If I may quote from their introduction, you will get a sense of what I mean. After confessing their work is out of harmony with current standards of political correctness, they explain, “The stories are replete with details of killing, mutilation, abuse, and rape. There is no particular joy in relating what the captives experienced, but there is a need for it. Over the past several decades there has been a dramatic shift in perception about old heroes and villains. Today, white Americans are depicted as savage and greedy barbarians, while the Indians are said to have lived in peace with ecological wisdom. . . . In this collection we hope to illustrate the real threat that Indians posed on the frontier – a menace that should not be denied through sugarcoated history.”
Over the years I have gained a particular fondness for those with the courage to go against the currents of historical revisionism that began at least as far back as the 1940s. The baffled disbelief and misdirected complaints inevitably to be ranted from the pens of revision-limited intellects, is both amusing and frustrating. History shows that this circus plays back and forth, with little view on the horizon that it will ever cease. The Michnos provide serious horsemanship to separate us from the revisionism of the clowns and jugglers in this recurring circus. (less)
I read this one, the "red" one by Young Oon Kim (a different book), the "2-", "4-", and "6-hour" versions, and the Exposition of the Principle. I thou...moreI read this one, the "red" one by Young Oon Kim (a different book), the "2-", "4-", and "6-hour" versions, and the Exposition of the Principle. I thought it was well organized, usually very clear, but did have a couple of sections that didn't seem to apply universally, or parts that were just a bit difficult to relate to. The introduction was pleasantly pan-religious. The section on the Fall of Adam and Eve was one of the most interesting and most persuasive, although I have since then come to see there are some incorrect explanations of Bible verses, and logic that is a little flawed. The last section on the multiplicity of languages seems irrelevant and totally undeveloped, compared to the rest of the book. The sections on parallels of history were fascinating. The chapters on the Messiah were well done and easy to sympathize with. (less)