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3.0 out of 5 stars 90% Great, 10% Newage Garbage, April 18, 2001
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This review is from: When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self Reliance & Planetary Survival (Paperback)
Most of this book is very good. It is a good survey of many issues related to self-sufficiency. It has great references that make it easier to find the materials needed for a more in-depth understanding of most of the topics.
However, I had the feeling while reading the book was that it was written by Abby (Dharma's mother from Dharma & Greg). Great, pragmatic information is tainted with pseudo-science nonsense and newage garbage. Most of which is harmless, but some of it may be downright dangerous.
For example, there is a half page editorial on the moral issues of hunting followed some pages later by a long discussion of tanning. There is a story of how blessing water turned undrinkable swill into sweet healing water. There's enough folk and eastern medical advice to make your head swim.
If you believe everything you read, this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you can discern the likely from the silly, you might find this book useful.
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2007 3:29:04 PM PDT
PK says:
A discussion on the moral issues of hunting is not at all out of place in a survival book. Many of the people reading this will be doing this so that they can play around in the wilderness. There is no reason why other animals should die just so that they can have a bit of fun.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2008 1:02:00 AM PDT
mizztanya says:
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Posted on Oct 11, 2008 12:46:04 PM PDT
L.R. Young says:
For those who want to supplement the "newage garbage" surrounding the intelligence of water, (re: sarcasm) please read: The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto. P.S. These kinds of knowledge are not garbage at all.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 8:22:16 AM PST
Pen Name says:
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Posted on Dec 29, 2008 11:49:42 PM PST
Nimadan says:
Thanks for the warning K Rule. I'll take it under advisement....

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2009 10:09:40 AM PST
James says:
Masaru Emoto is a complete quack and fraud. Do some research and you'll find out.

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 11:25:10 AM PST
Tek2000 says:
I recently bought Preparedness Now by Aton Edwards and in the second chapter he tells me I should become a vegetarian if I really want to be a survivor. It's probably 90/10, too, but you have to suspect everything they say after newage sewage is spotted. I'm not eating any mushrooms these guys say are safe....

Posted on May 12, 2010 7:41:55 AM PDT
W. Mayhew says:
I am looking into this book becuase I heard Mat Stein in a radio interview, and he comes across as a rather level headed person who researches what he says. I've also read Masru Emoto, and I wasn't convinced by Emoto's work. I believe Emoto is well meaning, but I feel his experiments are biased to support the pre-supposed outcome.

It probably wouldn't hurt to bless your water, but I think I'd trust a ceramic filter more for removing pathogens. Were I the author, I probably would have omitted the New Age philosophy. This sounds a little like the editor and publisher probably twisted Stein's arm to include in the book. It does give me pause to wonder how carefully some of Stien's ohter information has been researched.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 11:40:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 2, 2011 11:23:20 AM PST
Jeb Bateman says:
First, this review was on the previous edition which was significantly expanded in the second; but how does 90% Great = 3 stars? We are talking about "When Technology Fails" after all, so it wouldn't hurt to know something about how previous generations survived (and they didn't have modern high-tech medicine). Disinfecting water is an important skill to have anywhere; and I recall several sound techniques in that regard, and none of the "dangerous" advice you mention. What was it?

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 4:04:17 PM PDT
Daniel Selin says:
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