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A Glorious Accident by Wim Kayzer
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it was amazing
bookshelves: science, philosophy, sociology-and-culture

Would you like to bring to life the scene of Plato's Symposium? Who would you invite in terms of "deep thinkers"?

Well, this book, which is a transcription of interviews from the TV documentary of the same name, will get you started.

Wim Kayzer did his own mid-1990s symposium, interviewing guests individually before bringing them all together, and it's great.

With the likely exception of Rupert Sheldrake, it would be hard to top Wim Kayser's after-dinner philosophical roundtable invitations. And, on Sheldrake, back in the 1990s, he sounded like someone with fresh and thought-provoking ideas, not a philosophical dualist on the borderlands of pseudoscience.

That said, this book is easier to understand if you've seen the video from which the conversation transcripts were made. I saw it air on PBS, which stimulated me to get the book. Later, I then saw the video again.

This indeed is not for beginners; you should have some grounding in cognitive science/philosophy, analytic philosophy, the natural sciences or philosophy of science, preferably at least a bit in more than one of those disciplines.

But, if you do, and want to be mentally challenged at a high level, then definitely read this book. And buy or rent the video, too.
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April 10, 2000 – Finished Reading
December 24, 2012 – Shelved
December 24, 2012 – Shelved as: philosophy
December 24, 2012 – Shelved as: science
December 24, 2012 – Shelved as: sociology-and-culture

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Mike Tobin Just a base in the above mentioned areas is enough to get a big bottle of science juice out of the book. And even if you think you do not a basic understanding of cognitive science you may end u having it after tacking the very first chapter with the impressive Daniel C Dennet.


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