Well, many of the authors Thornton criticizes go no more overboard than he does himself.
He may be right, of course, and he makes a good case for the dangerous foolishness that psychology and social sciences have often led us to.
Some of the accepted empirical "facts" of Thornton's argument are not really "facts" but conjectural interpretation of the classics.
I think Plagues of the Mind forces us to confront many of our cherished and stubborn assumptions about the human condition and our place in the scheme of things. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gato
This is one of the most important books of this century. The author joins Alan Bloom
who wrote one of the most important books of the last century.
I tend to agree with Bruce Thornton's criticisms of the three ideologies he examines: Romantic environmentalism, naive Indianism and puerile mother goddess-based feminism. Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by Observer
Only 10 years old and it already seems outdated, this sort of peevish crankiness from spoiled academics complaining about the idiot conversations going on in their subsidized ivory... Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by BG from TN
There are certain myths that people have believed in since ancient times such as the myth of the Noble Savage. In Greek times, the noble savages were Scythians. Read morePublished on September 2, 2008 by southpaw68
The author skillfully analyses commomly held opinions and builds ultimately convincing opposing arguments to them. This book does what it intends to do in a superb manner.Published on January 2, 2008 by R. A. Carlson
Very interesting book. It exposes several modern day myths for what they are--myths, and provides the scholarship and research to demonstrate the shaky foundations on which they... Read morePublished on January 26, 2007 by B. L. Lindley-anderson
I think this is a solid book, even if he goes overboard on occasion. He is at his best in challenging the cliches which pass for facts at many modern universities. Read morePublished on December 13, 2006 by Cornerstone
I loved reading all the literary allusions, and I loved the flow of language, but, ultimately, this book should be titled "Plaques of MY Mind". Dr. Read morePublished on October 22, 2006 by Dr. Betty