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Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes
"Bottom line:
- the masses are easy to manipulate
- science, just like intelligence (CIA) has become a political tool
- political "scientists" on behalf of some business lobbies have sewn seeds of doubt
- the doubt is enough to confuse the mass media,..." Read more of this review »
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Red Lobster, White Trash, & the Blue Lagoon by Joe Queenan
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You'll basically just get a list of what Queenan likes and dislikes, along with a few pity compliments to a thing or two in "low culture" and an admission or two of imperfection in "high culture." It's not even funny often enough to make the book ...more
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Bad, or the Dumbing of America by Paul Fussell
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Fussell pretty much just whines about one thing or another, two pages at a time. The problem is that there's not often anything particularly insightful about his whining, at least not in 2011.
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Class by Paul Fussell
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(4.5 stars) This book is thirty years old but its description of class in America is every bit as relevant. The names and places are a bit dated but they hold their power as illustrations; we can still see what he means we he says John F. Kennedy ...more
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Culture and Value by Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Ever wanted to read one of the greatest philosophers of all time in five minute increments? Ever wish that the great thinkers would stop being so obscurantist and speak about stuff that's not quite so abstract? Here's your chance. These are the ...more
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Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén
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Aulen challenges the then-received wisdom that atonement theology was not seriously developed until basically Anselm, arguing that the first millennium of the church -- as well as the East since, and many in the West -- held a powerful understanding ...more
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Discerning the Mystery by Andrew Louth
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Louth seeks to reunite theory and practice, theology and spirituality. Marshalling an impression collection of scholarship, Louth reconsiders academic pursuits not as abstract knowledge but discernment of the mystery we behold. A strong criticism of ...more
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Truth and Method by Hans-Georg Gadamer
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Wow, Gadamer really knocks it out of the park. It's a long, fairly dense book -- sorry -- but he's basically undermining the modern conception of "objective truth." Now, I don't mean that he's treating truth less seriously or holding out a vacuous ...more
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Defenders of the Truth by Ullica Segerstrale
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(4.5 stars) Wonderful exposition of the sociobiology debate (basically, how to explain human sociality within the matrix of evolutionary theory). Of particular interest to me was the central significance of non-experimental factors in the debate; ...more
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