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DELUSIONS - Pragmatic Realism [Kindle Edition]

Stanislaw Kapuscinski (aka Stan I.S. Law)
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Book Description

The book, the author writes, is: “Dedicated to Richard Dawkins, in gratitude for many hours of enjoyable reading. While he and I don’t always see eye to eye, the doctor might find, here, additional arguments for his Cause Célèbre.”

The author goes on to advance compelling arguments regarding Delusions ingrained and perpetrated by both, the religious and the scientific communities. He concludes that science/religion argument is equally as deluded on both sides of the equation, particularly when advanced from the preeminently fundamentalist point of view.

With frequent sprinkling of humor and considerable intellectual prowess, Stanislaw Kapuscinski exposes DELUSIONS masquerading under the guise of science and religion.

5 Star Reviews (on Smashwords) include:

Having read God Delusion, I’m so glad that Stanislaw Kapuscinski took it upon himself to extend the ‘Delusions’ to the field of science. Pragmatic Realism seems well suited to the task of balancing the odds. The book shows, clearly, the folly of one-sided view of reality. It also evident that those who criticize the most, have most to learn. (Jo Steinman)

I love the idea of being mostly empty space. Perhaps we are just bundles of emotions, held in a gentle yoke of mental discipline. Now this would be neither religion nor science. It just would be a wonderful way to live, to experience reality.
I am reminded of a poem by William Blake:

How do you know but every bird
that wings the airy way,
Is an enormous world of delight,
closed to your senses five?

If birds can do it, why shouldn’t we? You opened a new reality for me.

I’m so glad someone had the courage to stand up to a renowned scientist and show the weakness in his reasoning. Kapuscinski opens our eyes to the narrowness of scientists’ vision of both, science and religions. Furthermore, the author’s knowledge and depth of understanding of the symbolism shrouding the mysteries of ancient myths surpasses many a scientific theory.
Well done, Sir! (Sylvester Drake)

It has been a while since anyone dared to scold the sacred altars of science. Yet, it seems, the scientists have taken liberties with our credulity without being called to account for the nonsense they so often propagate. It seems that the scientists, and only they, have to right to propose ‘theoretical theories’, which within years are turned on their heads without so much as an apology. Most of the stuff I’ve been taught in school is now ‘scientifically passé’.

That, on the other hand, cannot be said of religions. In fact, the farther back we go, the closer we seem to get to the truth.

A fascinating book! (Barbara Woolfe).

Product Details

  • File Size: 1283 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981301525
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: INHOUSEPRESS (March 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JNV36G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much to think about! January 26, 2014
By Brian
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I really strive to take a pragmatic approach to lie...which doesn't always sit well people. Unfortunately bias exists on both sides of most arguments, and this book tries to examine them in a pragmatic way. In this, the author succeeds. I really found myself (as well as my beliefs) thoroughly challenged. I just began a second read-through of the book, as well. I'd like to get as much out of this as I can. Overall, the book is very well written and reasoned. The author also writes in a way that isn't too complicated or "heady" for the everyman reader. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is reality? 99.99etc99% of my body is empty space. December 10, 2012
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Every now and then you come across a book you wished you had read years ago. "DELUSIONS - Pragmatic Realism" is one of these books. It tackles the biggest philosophical, religious and scientific issues head on. And when I say the biggest, I do mean the BIGGEST: What is reality? 99.99etc99% of my body, of the chair I am sitting on of the planet I call home is empty space. What does that make me? Empty space? There are a few possible answers to that question. I won't give them away. Is there a God? And if there is a God what might this God look like? Can you trust science? Did it REALLY all start with a Big Bang? Can religion provide answers? These are the topics the author of this book writes about. At the same time this book could be called a letter to a famous atheist. (I would love to read the atheist's reply.)
When you read this book you can feel that every thought, idea and piece of knowledge you encounter just had to come out of the author's ... well, head, I guess. (I hesitated. Just now the question occurred to me: how can a book come out of 99.99etc99% of emptiness? - Never mind. The book can explain this.) It would not surprise me if it didn't take the author more than a few months to write it. Accordingly, sometimes the book is a little bit all over the place: jumping from one thought to the next and then back again. This was okay with me. It made for very entertaining reading. This is not a boring textbook. Apart from the many, many interesting facts it presents, it is humorous, witty, at times sarcastic and always thought-provoking. I liked it very much and highly recommend it.
PS: Maybe the 99.99etc99% emptiness is the "solid" staff and we just can't see it? A delusion and illusion...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Lazaro
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Religion and science take center stage in "DELUSIONS - Pragmatic Realism." I have read other amazing works from Stanislaw Kapuscinski and was in search of yet another one his epic books to sink my teeth into over the weekend. Just like the others, I was swept away in a wonderful fashion.

The most intriguing question that I found to resonate most when reading this book are the arguments surrounding God and the Space around us, what is really our true reality?

There are two sides to every situation in life. From the science perspective we find theories that have been taught about over the ages and yet still have not come into reality. Also from a religious standpoint discussions dealing with the existence of God, what beliefs are true and not are being told to us time and time again. At the end of the day, the more we search for answers, the closer we are to finding the truth. Far and away the questions discussed in this book will keep you pondering the true essence of life well after you are done reading.

Author Stanislaw Kapuscinski has proven yet again to be an intellectual master. "DELUSIONS - Pragmatic Realism" is a well thought out, well-written masterpiece filled with enough facts that bring both Science and Religion into account. The book is also written tactfully, with enough sarcasm and humor that made it entertaining and above all informative. It will surely last the same time.

In short Stanislaw Kapuscinski exposes DELUSIONS on both sides of the coin. I will definitely look for more books from one of the best authors in the writing world today!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ornate Pier has Collapsed August 19, 2014
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Deciding to review a book is like being a hotel receptionist in Monaco. Your recommendations are expected to be impartial but with the dullness of uniform options you steer your guests towards the hidden restaurant you fortuitously discovered. You hope they will unfold their napkins and enjoy it as much as you did. This book, the chef claims, was inspired by Richard Dawkins' 'The God Delusion'. He may well have observed the famous atheist in the polished steel kitchens of the Royal Society, cooking up traditional fare, steak and kidney pudding, shepherds pie, boiled mutton with gene caper sauce, knowing the palates of his readers will be satisfied with what they had expected, solid and kind to the digestion. Honestly presented certainly, but then the chef has become famous for that, no dressing things up with persuasive parsley. No foreign muck.

In contrast, the author of Delusions, Stanislaw Kapuściński, improvising in a beach shack, has produced a smorgasbord of samples, surrounded by heaps of bright chillies, unusual spotted gourds, sparkling sea salt, freshly slaughtered cows…

His narrative follows the traditional three courses; Man in the Nursery, in High School, in University to tease out the growth and fossilisation of Delusions (of both religious and scientific kinds) and also to show the creation of time (past, present and future) cementing and itself created by this division. It is impossible to identify all the flavours that waft from this multidimensional dish, except to urge a reader to order it. It gives a broad education across both centuries and disciplines, and obscure and classical sources. As importantly, it is enormous fun, spiced and aromatic. Unlike his posturing 'mentor' the author's irreverence and wit make his views the more compelling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A mind-expanding philosophical joy ride!
It's wonderful to have a learned man like Stanislaw Kapuscinski around to wag his finger at fundamentalists from both the religious and scientific communities and do it with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Lintner
5.0 out of 5 stars !! I Love It When You Discover a Book Like This !!
I wish I had read this sooner. I read 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins a while back and this would have been great to follow it up with, whilst everything was fresh in my... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Intelligent and Thought-Provoking!
Delusions – Pragmatic Realism is a serious book for those serious about expanding their knowledge and open to exploring their beliefs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ally McMahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and a fantastic read. Recommended!
Very thought provoking and a highly intellectual read. I don't know much about the subject matter but found it accessible and learned a lot. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well deserving of a 5 star rating!
DELUSIONS - Pragmatic Realism by Stanislaw Kapuscinski is a two-sides to the coin kind of book. Incorporating, humor, sarcasm and realism. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary Leckie
5.0 out of 5 stars Opened my mind to a new way of thinking
Stanislaw Kapuscinski's "DELUSIONS - Pragmatic Realism" is a book about reconciling the scientific and religious desires of humanity. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Linson
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendidly written!
“Delusions – Pragmatic Realism” proves, once again, that Stanislaw Kapuscinski is a master of both intellectual thought and the written word, as well as philosophical ponderings. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jeff B
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing and very brave
I'm back with another review of Mr Kapuscinski's work. This time, he takes on the noble task of proving that modern science, for the most part, is merely conjecture too (much like... Read more
Published 12 months ago by BookLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Impartial Ground
As someone relatively new to the debate between science and religion, I think this was a great impartial ground to get some perspective on both sides. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chameleon
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent median
This is a very intellectually stimulating book. Stanislaw Kapuscinski is a true freethinker - he is not convinced by the dogmas of either religion or science, and he does a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Allan
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Stanislaw Kapuscinski, (aka Stan I.S. Law) an architect, sculptor and prolific writer, was educated in Poland and England. A refugee from Poland at 13, then at 33, having overcome numerous difficulties, he began his search for the secret of life. Now, he is a successful writer, happily married for 25 years, with an assured future.

His special interests cover a broad spectrum of arts, sciences and philosophy. At times he seeks inspiration in the Peruvian Andes, or solitude under sail. His books (articles, short stories, poetry) attest to his particular passion for the scope and the development of Human Potential. He authored more than thirty books, eighteen of them novels.

His non-fiction explores Ancient Myths, Biblical Symbolism, Immortality and the mystery of Visualization. Three volumes of Essays (Beyond Religion) investigate the Nature of Being. Generally, if you suspect you are more than flesh and bones, read Stan Law. If you want to be sure, read Stanislaw Kapuscinski.

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