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Anomaly: Revolutionary Knowledge In Everyday Life Paperback – September 6, 2009
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CREDENTIALS: Jake Shannon is the author of 'Anomaly: Revolutionary Knowledge In Everyday Life'. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and three children.
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> "While those that are prone to apophenia might begin to make a connection between eugenicist philosophy, Rockefeller funding, and the incredible amount of iatrogenic deaths, those folks that tend toward periphenia might not be able to say anything since they might have been among the 2225,000 that die annually due to medical malpractice."
I don't consider myself an average reader, and I've got a functional vocabulary, but it's been some decades since I've dealt much with academic writing, and this isn't 'accessible'. The style lightens up as the book goes on, but the first few chapters were pretty dense with jargon, and I wanted to scream 'eschew obfuscation' a few times. The footnotes are a bit cryptic, showing just the last name of the author and a year. When cross-referenced with the bibliography, you can find better information on the author and title, and the year given is the year that the work was published or re-published. In the case of reprints, such as Neitzsche, it's a tad jarring to have it note that it was reprinted in 1997 - I had to go look up when it had been written elsewhere for historical context. (I'm given to understand that this will be corrected in future editions.)
But that's the sum of my gripes, and they're outweighed by the value of the contents. The first section of the book is an exploration of 201-level critical thinking and skepticism, with judicious use of introductory material to jar the memory for those of us who took those classes long ago, but without a full exploration of logical fallacies or other 101-level material. He does give suggestions for on-line resources for those who haven't covered the material before, but he doesn't insist that his readers cover it all from scratch.
The second section of the book is an examination of several areas that he encourages the reader to examine critically, and while much of that is material I've covered before, he draws some lines between the subjects that hadn't occurred to me before - here's where the real gold is. He refrains from drawing conclusions for the reader, and simply presents the evidence, thoroughly referenced, in such a way that the conclusion becomes clear to the reader. I don't agree with all of his analyses, but the disagreements are on very minor points - he leads the reader down some very murky paths with a very clear spotlight shining on the important points.
Sandwiched between the second section and the bibliography is an absolute gem: the author's recommended reading list, with brief comments on why each work is suggested. I expect that I'll be mining that for interesting reading for some time to come.
Ever wonder how things got this way?
Anomaly is like a textbook for 'American Crypto-History101'
Jake Shannon presents thoroughly researched and documented accounts of the most influential PRIVATE decisions in America's history.
These decisions have had more influence on our daily lives than any of America's wars...and just might be the root cause of most of them. Yet, the average American knows nothing about any of this.
Well, my friends, what you don't know CAN hurt you, and knowledge IS power.
Anomaly will shed some light on what is really going on in America today, and also tell you how you can do something about it.
A must read for every American that is outraged with the status quo and wants to do something about it."
Thanks for this experience, Jake.