A fantastic collection of short stories by one of the most imaginative minds of the modern science fiction era, Neil Gaiman. This collection has a greA fantastic collection of short stories by one of the most imaginative minds of the modern science fiction era, Neil Gaiman. This collection has a great range of locations, topics, and moves from comedy to spooky with a flutter of Gaiman's wit and wisdom. He evokes memories of Hitchcock, shades Christie and sometimes stabs of King. Gaiman blends the strange in a magical way that the title of this collection appropriately names, Smoke And Mirrors....more
Pope John Paul II shows how much of a philosopher he really is in this work. He makes one of the more successful attempts at not only bridging the gapPope John Paul II shows how much of a philosopher he really is in this work. He makes one of the more successful attempts at not only bridging the gap between faith and reason but making them codependent upon one another. My favorite quote from this work, one that kicks of the ideas that he puts forth, "Abandoning the investigation of being, modern philosophical research has concentrated instead upon human knowing. Rather than make use of the human capacity to know the truth, modern philosophy has preferred to accentuate the ways in which this capacity is limited and conditioned." Here he distinctly puts himself at odds with the rationalists on purpose. He makes a good case for faith needing reason, for without reason there would not exist free will and faith without the existence of free will becomes little more than instinct and looses significance. It is through reason that faith becomes significant and this significance feeds the thirst of reason. (you can see his return to the ancients in that circular thought).
I highly recommend this as a philosophical read, even more so over a theological one.
This work is available from the Vatican website for free in most major languages....more
A great edition of one of the most significant philosophical works in modern times. This discussion of the method for which Frances Bacon was missingA great edition of one of the most significant philosophical works in modern times. This discussion of the method for which Frances Bacon was missing is one of the most enlightening reads an individual can embark upon. I would recommend this as required reading for any middles school child through high school and on in to college. This is also a book that should be revisited from time to time. Life experience will definitely influence how much a reader gets from this work as the more the reader brings to Descartes the more he gives in return. ...more
This book is dense. Be prepared to read pages 3-10 times to make sure you understand the nuances of how the words are used by the author. This book suThis book is dense. Be prepared to read pages 3-10 times to make sure you understand the nuances of how the words are used by the author. This book sums up everything it is about in the title, Being and Time. Being is dissected and torn apart and put back together again as it relates to Time. This is due to the fact that all Beings are Temporal. That is to say that all Beings exist in Time so as such they can not be separated from Time for then they would cease to Be.
Once you read this book and finally understand it you will feel more intelligent for the effort. Quite frankly if you read it and get to any level of comprehension on the topic YOU WILL BE MORE INTELLIGENT. If you would like to take it a step further then read a few books on Nazi propaganda and you will see how this book enabled the Nazi regime to be so success full in brainwashing as many people as they did. How they took sound philosophy and perverted and twisted its method to their own evil ends. ...more
I read this book before I sent it to my niece for her birthday. This way I hope to be able to talk to her about it. It was a very cute story that inclI read this book before I sent it to my niece for her birthday. This way I hope to be able to talk to her about it. It was a very cute story that included fantasy adventures with fairies in a land that is well known to most people who were once kids, Neverland. The dialog was well written for the age group 5-8yrs of age. The topics of friendship, loyalty, courage, and perseverance are woven very well in to the story. The story isn't about these qualities, but lessons are definitely learned about the as the story unfolds. Any book that can get across a message, through a story, without being preachy is a win in my book....more
World War Z was recommended and loaned to me by a friend. Thanks to him I have had some very interesting dreams about our failing government and a zomWorld War Z was recommended and loaned to me by a friend. Thanks to him I have had some very interesting dreams about our failing government and a zombie Obama! This book by Max Brooks is so realistic I had to turn on the news to make sure there wasn't REALLY a zombie war going on. I fell asleep reading this on a plane and day dreamed that I was getting eaten by the other passengers. I was startled awake and didn't fall asleep again for almost twenty four hours.
Max Brooks warps your imagination to work against you with his ability to make the improbable seem all to probable. Our world's governments commit some improbable acts of secrecy, atrocities, bald face lying, and human sacrifice everyday. Brooks uses those acts and the roach like survival abilities of the human race to paint one gruesome, gripping, passionate, believable tale of epic undead woe!
This account reads with more authority than any government or history book I read my senior year of high school. If history books were written in this interview style then I may have learned more about the world. I would probably be even more scared if I knew more about the world as this book depicts in a horrifyingly accurate way the response, or lack there of, that the world's governments and populations have to the greatest threat their existence has ever known! Read this and vote wisely in the next election of your country's leaders! That is, if you can vote, if you can't vote you are probably in one of the safe countries that doesn't take chances with zombies and quarantines without pity, and that is a GOOD THING! ...more