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This book is very interesting. It covers a wide range of topics from politics to science. One would think that, since past centuries have ushered in the foundations of rational thinking in mathematics and science, the 21st century would be the century of superb rational thinking spreading into the rest of human activity. Unfortunately, we see the opposite. Half-truths and spin have found their way from marketing and advertising into today's politics, where political leaders, pundits, and professors feed to the public sophisticated lies, which this book discusses. It is also shocking that half-truths and incorrect statements have found their way to exact sciences such as General Relativity (nothing can escape a black hole and wormholes) and cosmology (the Big Bang). It is very difficult to correct these myths by publishing dissenting points of view. For the scientific endeavor to be successful, freedom of expression is critical.
Discussions in this book exemplify my personal experiences overcoming the hurdles of disapproval of mainstream scientists. The book discusses many commonly held mistaken ideas of nature. These mistaken ideas are prevalent due to the reluctance of many scientists to permit new and different ideas to appear in print.
I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in the nature of rational thought as applied to our understanding of the physical universe and, in general, all of human activity.
Dr. Sanford Aranoff is both a physicist and mathematician who teaches courses in these areas at Rider University. Like a modern philosopher, influenced by Plato and Aristotle, he uses principles of logic and Platonic discourse to carefully analyze many areas of American politics and society. Like a modern thinker, he also applies the scientific method to numerous problems. Aranoff does not engage in political rhetoric, and he does not accept extreme arguments from either the left or right. Instead, he presents well-reasoned arguments regarding different areas of current interest such as politics, economics, education, Israel-American relations, religion, sex, God, and science.
I highly recommend this book as an outstanding learning tool for secondary and college level students, and for reading by ordinary citizens who are searching for rational political and social discourse.
Not all self-published books are bad, but all bad books are self-published--which means one should not be surprised to see nonsense in print. And that's what you'll find in this book. I've edited this review to add this first paragraph. If I'd realized from the beginning that this was self-published, I'd have recognized it for what it is sooner, and wouldn't have bothered to write such a detailed review. After seeing the author's tit-for-tat responses to the negative reviews, and their content, I realized this could not have been published by a regular, reputable publisher. . . . First, here's where I'm coming from. As a person who believes America today is an example of greed gone amok in capitalism, I prefer a capitalist government that has checks and balances. Therefore, I usually side with liberal policies. However, I'm a person who believes in devouring the thinking and arguments on both sides of an issue, so I'm regularly scouting for books on the conservative side that might provide some new insight, a new way of thinking that might influence how I see things.
I'm perpetually disappointed, and this book is no exception. The reviewer who said "Aranoff does not engage in political rhetoric, and he does not accept extreme arguments from either the left or right" is just plain lying!
I read just about everything I could from the sample pages and do not apologize for writing this review without bothering to read the whole book. There's plenty in the extensive samples to make an informed judgment that this book is not only the same old tired criticism of liberals and hard-right apology, but also, it can hardly be something one would consider even-handed or fair.Read more ›
I encourage anyone interested in purchasing the book to read the sample first chapter. It is appalling. In it we learn that we must be dogmatic in our thinking of American exceptionalism, that global warming is a hoax and that compassion is an anarchist trait. There is nothing consistent or clear thinking in this book, just a lot of paranoid-delusional rants about nationalism, conservatism, Judaism and Islam. Don't take my word for it, read the sample chapter for yourself.