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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Nada y Nadie (October 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692009248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692009246
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,234,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

When I first became exposed to the ideas in this book, I refuted them, as I imagine most readers will. Like so many in our society, I, too, felt there was something I couldn't put my finger on... Yet I had grown up in the same society as everyone else, believing essentially the same things as everyone else. And so I resisted a lot of the views presented in this book at first, because they were not what I'd grown up with; in fact, they're exactly the opposite of what I and my friends were told as children.

This is what makes Look for Our Mother and Our Father a hard book to read. Who wants to think they are wrong? It is difficult to surrender your beliefs, and that is what this book requires. Many people think of themselves as open-minded, and so they think that open-minded people believe what they believe. But I think to be open-minded, you have to be able to hear something which is the opposite of what you believe and to consider whether it may, in fact, be true...

Per the author, "I wrote this because it's something I wish I'd known at a younger age. I think I would have lived a much different life if I had been aware. As I say in the book, `I have seen the illusion of my culture, but have not yet replaced it with reality.' Now I see that there is a screen hiding my view, but I still don't see what's behind it. However, at least I am no longer adding more decorations to the screen and pretending that this makes it more real and adds to our knowledge. At least I'm finally glimpsing what is around the back."

There are ideas in here that even a young college student would resist, because they have already learned to think inside our culture. However, if you can finish it and see the big picture, I believe you will find it will be worth the journey.

- Nada y Nadie, Publisher

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As an academic, I always attempt to see the other side of the argument and confront why it is that I do not believe in the other view.
M. N.
This is so ignorant that it almost does not deserve comment except to reiterate the fact that the author endlessly make statements that are blatantly false.
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Remember this is an ebook, the author did not write this on banana leaves but probably on a laptop, to be read on a handheld ELECTRONIC device.
V. Cano

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Excrement by any other name.....
That is the best, most succinct way I know to describe this book.

I realize that most people will want specifics, so I will provide details from throughout the book to prove that I have actually read it all.
This is, without doubt, the most completely deranged, incoherent, mean spirited, anti-everything, lousy excuse for a book that I have ever read! That's saying something considering the many, many books I have read over the last forty years!
The entire book appears to be an emotional, "stream of consciousness" tirade about all that this individual thinks is wrong with all of Western Civilization. Apparently no effort was expended to edit for content. There are paragraphs that have nothing to do with the stated subject of the chapter or section. There are seemingly endless inaccuracies, both factual and historical that are simply inexcusable. There is no logical sequence of topics.
It is no wonder the author published under "Anonymous". As usual with people with this type of world view, they have no courage of their convictions. They can't defend their viewpoint because it is truly indefensible. They depend on us giving them a pass out of a misguided sense of "tolerance". They demand that we "respect" their viewpoint, while refusing to give us any "respect" in return!

At first, I was appalled and even offended by the gross disregard for the truth, but then I discovered that the book can be highly entertaining because I found myself laughing almost hysterically at times at the authors complete divorcement from reality.
If you want to be surprised by the ludicrous hilarity of the book, you will want to stop reading this review now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Cano on April 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
When I received this ebook from the Librarything Giveaway program, I was curious to see what I would get from its controversial subject.

Well, little more than headaches and ill humor. I don't know what's worse: the author's belief that cancer could be easily cured by a primitive culture's medicine man, or that technology is a useless and evil invention. Remember this is an ebook, the author did not write this on banana leaves but probably on a laptop, to be read on a handheld ELECTRONIC device. The hypocrisy is disgusting.

Yes, of course, we the PEOCs, (as the author calls all European descendants or those who have adopted that way of life) have done a lot of negative things to the planet, but to say something so ridiculous as that the ancient non-European civilizations understood the value of life better, that they did not have murderers or rapists, that they lived a peaceful life, is absurd. Human sacrifice, anyone? Native Americans waged territorial wars all the time, as did all the other ancient civilizations. It is not a PEOC disease, just human nature. We are just like any other animal, aggressive, territorial, and opportunistic. Ancient civilizations had many of the same cultural issues, with hierarchies of power, with people in charge and people beneath them who worked. k, so they weren't getting paid with checks or direct deposits, but they were getting food for their work.

I was just astounded and frustrated by the time and effort it took for the author, who remains anonymous, to write something so concisely ludicrous, and I do regret spending my time in between its *cough cough* e-pages.
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By M. N. on March 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
As someone with a sociology background, I thought this might be an interesting book. While I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I also believe in balanced opinions and compromise.

This was one person's opinion on culture, and the differences between those of Indigenous and European backgrounds. Again, while I appreciate that everyone is entitled to their opinion, I cannot support an opinion which is clearly biased in one direction. As an academic, I always attempt to see the other side of the argument and confront why it is that I do not believe in the other view. This book made so such attempts however. It declared all beliefs and opinions of those from a European background to be invalid and immoral. Again, this was with a clear bias.

Writing down that everyone who doesn't believe what you believe is uncultured does not make you enlightened. Understanding both sides of a situation, giving it due consideration, and then coming to a nuanced conclusion which you do not force on others is enlightenment.

Given the bias of the author (interestingly anonymous) I cannot suggest this to anyone else.

Please note that I received this novel to review. I did not receive any remuneration for this, and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
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"All my life, people have commented on my ability to see things holistically: to look at the big picture; to put the puzzle together; to see how things interrelate."

Thus begins LOOK FOR OUR FATHER AND OUR MOTHER, essays by Anonymous on Western science, technology, Christianity, market economy, US involvement in war, cultural values, and our collective wisdom to name a few.

When an author begins with a pronouncement of her unique ability to know the truth of her essays, the reader's perceptions are negated. Knowledge comes from weighted perceptions on all sides of an issue. In this book, Western culture is the subject of the author's assault, but negative generalizations and the author's certainty of her opinions are off-putting to the reader.

Here's my perception:
It is unhealthy, unproductive, and intellectually unstimulating to generalize. Take everything in life on a case by case basis. NOT Recommended!
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