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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (December 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816646031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816646036
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,661,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
To sum it up quickly this book overintellectualizes Andy Kaufman in ways that are framed in an uninteresting way that I'm not sure I agree with either. Keller also overintellectualizes the so called "American Dream" in a similar way. I didn't get the many comparisons of Kaufman to Andy Warhol and the hugely overrated Lenny Bruce either. What was written about where Kaufman fit into the "Avant-Garde" may have been more appropriate, but it still bored me.

I'm a big fan of Andy Kaufman. Some of Kaufmans work was fascinating because of its weirdness and originality. Some of what he did was just hilarious in an out there comedic way. Kaufman wasn't just weird. He really was very funny.
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Format: Paperback
came SUPER FAST. One of the best books I have read to date about the life of Andy Kaufman. So much info in just one book. Highly recommend this book! Thanks Amazon for getting it here so fast.
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This book could change your way of thinking about two of the most important realms of your world: what's "out there" and what's "in here" - it changed mine. For a book with such an impact, you might wonder why I only offer a stingy 4-stars. My concern is that since powerful ideas, like powerful chemistry, often depend on context (or `medium'), they may only explode on me (on you) if our intellectual medium is currently primed with the right elements. Mine was. Hopefully my writing about the book will help you establish whether it will be a bang or a whimper for you.

Florian Keller's book is not just another "Tao of Kaufman", not merely another anxious new age gathering of science about the skirts of wishful metaphysics. It combines some of the better points of both, though, to present two startling ideas. Keller's application of these two ideas is to weaving together the strange edges of `out there' reality, as described by modern quantum physics, with the quicksilver ghost in the machine, the `in there' of your consciousness. I've seen a few books that attempt this by basically claiming "it sure is spooky out there" and "its pretty strange in here" and using little more that wishful thinking to posit a link. Florian Keller does more.

The two ideas that Florian Keller's book startled me with can seem simple when stated - you may think you've already thought them. He builds a case for claiming that parts of the biochemistry of the brain are driven by processes, not at the level of chemistry, but at that of quantum physics. Along with this he proposes a mechanism for extending the magnitude of intra-brain communication between neurons to suggest a combinatorial explosion in the already dauntingly large number of possible connections and states in the brain.
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