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A Church in Search of Itself: Benedict XVI and the Battle for the Future
A Church in Search of Itself: Benedict XVI and the Battle for the Future
by Robert Blair Kaiser
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here, August 13, 2007
Kaiser correctly describes himself as a throwback to the 60's. He follows that latitudinarian ideology, but obviously not to its logical conclusion. This is because high school logic is too demanding for the fallen-away Jesuit. To call the views of the Curia 'dated' or backwards, is as the man with the plank in his eye pointing out another's eyelash--Kaiser only looks to the future through is own threadbare past. Some never grow up, and they end up looking like ridiculous old men.


Dionysos Rising: The Birth of Cultural Revolution Out of the Spirit of Music
Dionysos Rising: The Birth of Cultural Revolution Out of the Spirit of Music
by E. Michael Jones
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jones reaches...and grabs hold of some truths, November 10, 2004
The negative reviewers have a point; Jones' rough-and-ready version of history fails to fill in the gaps of the entire lives of his subjects. However, they too, in their lack of historical comprehension fail to see (the critical) something: that his basic theses, that these revolutionary men (the former reviewers do not even understand this _historical_ term!) had a profound effect on our culture, and were in turn profoundly affected by their vital deviancies, are correct. Shame on them for writing such poor reviews.


Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
by Elaine Pagels
Edition: Hardcover
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10 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars personal, not systematic exegesis, January 25, 2004
Pagels' book is an almost-too-good representation of syncretist gnostic thought. The fact is, though, to understand the Idea or Essence in any system of thought, we must go to the doctors or epitomes of that creed. The proper study of this dualism, and its relation (anti-relation) to Christianity is to be found in, e.g., Manichaeism, Buddhism, Catharism. Dried-up popular and superficial creeds don't have the life in them that these more excellent (and demanding faiths) do. The proof is plain; each of these aforementioned movements has its Saints. Where, I might (unfairly) ask, are the martyrs, the living perfections of the New Age movement? One actually has to stifle his laughter; it (Gnosticism) will fade again, and return again; no matter. Pagels is no saint.


Consciousness Explained
Consciousness Explained
by Daniel C. Dennett
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish Attempt, January 14, 2002
Weiner's book is not a mature exposition of a theory, it is a bit of popular banter whose underlying logic is imperfect.
Perhaps we may begin with a quote which every budding researcher might like to learn:
"The more I try to apply the methods of theoretical physics to computer science, the more I find that computer science is not theoretical physics."
Basic to epistemology are the concepts of, well, concept, analogy, reduction, comprehension, to name a few. Weiner proves he has a cocktail-party mastery of analogy. He means to put forth a metaphysical theory (materialism) of consciousness, but without any clear reference to the above "delimiters" (to borrow a prase from computer science!). I must criticize any such attempt to study consciousness as immature; it boarders on demagogy.
Based on this book, I would not recommend anyone to attend Tufts if he be interested in the "Cognitive Sciences."


Consciousness Explained
Consciousness Explained
by Daniel C. Dennett
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish Attempt, January 14, 2002
Weiner's book is not a mature exposition of a theory, it is a bit of popular banter whose underlying logic is imperfect.
Perhaps we may begin with a quote which every budding researcher might like to learn:
"The more I try to apply the methods of theoretical physics to computer science, the more I find that computer science is not theoretical physics."
Basic to epistemology are the concepts of, well, concept, analogy, reduction, comprehension, to name a few. Weiner proves he has a cocktail-party mastery of analogy. He means to put forth a metaphysical theory (materialism) of consciousness, but without any clear reference to the above "delimiters" (to borrow a prase from computer science!). I must criticize any such attempt to study consciousness as immature; it boarders on demagogy.
Based on this book, I would not recommend anyone to attend Tufts if he be interested in the "Cognitive Sciences."


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