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DELUSIONS - Pragmatic Realism Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: INHOUSEPRESS (March 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JNV36G
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian on January 26, 2014
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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 By Johann David Renner on 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 on March 26, 2014
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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 By Philippa Rees on 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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