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141. Path Between The Seas : The Creation
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142. The Cartoon Guide to Physics
143. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
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144. If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook
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145. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
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146. God's Universe
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147. Meditations (Modern Library Classics)
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148. If..., (Questions For The Game
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149. Mindfulness for Beginners
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150. Discovering the Laws of Life
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151. Quantum Psychology: How Brain
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152. The Double Helix: A Personal Account
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153. Consciousness and Language
154. Hume, Newton, and the Design Argument
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155. Thomas Paine : Collected Writings
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156. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities
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157. The Conservative Mind: From Burke
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158. A Path with Heart: A Guide Through
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159. The Production of Space
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160. Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern

141. Path Between The Seas : The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
by Simon & Schuster
Paperback (15 October, 1978)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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On December 31, 1999, after nearly a century of rule, the United States officially ceded ownership of the Panama Canal to the nation of Panama. That nation did not exist when, in the mid-19th century, Europeans first began to explore the possibilities of creating a link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the narrow but mountainous isthmus; Panama was then a remote and overlooked part of Colombia.Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Thorough History
This book is a very thorough history of the French and US efforts to construct the canal. I had no idea of the extent of the French efforts, nor of the extensive efforts made by the French to promote financing of the project.The sanitation and logistical infrastructure that ultimately had to be put in place for the US effort to succed was mind-boggling.Overall, I enjoyed the book, however the level of detail was at times a bit much.

5-0 out of 5 stars A U.S. Triumph in a Different Era
I grew up hearingstories from my grandmother about living and working in the Canal Zone during construction. She and her 2 sisters were nurses.Her brother and her father, also worked on the canal. My dad, uncle and aunt were born in the Zone. I came to this book with a lot of interest due tofamily involvement.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great background on a world altering historical event
Most people have limited education in the building of the Panama Canal.The sum total of my knowledge, prior to reading this book, was that Theodore Roosevelt fostered a revolution in the Columbian state of Panama in order to complete the work abandoned by the French.That disease and pestilence was rife in the region and that American technology and know how carried the day.Mostly correct, but woefully simplistic.
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Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: World    4. Latin America - Central America    5. Modern - 20th Century    6. Panama Canal    7. Panama Canal (Panama)    8. United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)    9. History / Modern / 20th Century    10. Panama    11. Science: General Issues    12. Technology: General Issues   


142. The Cartoon Guide to Physics
by Collins
Paperback (01 February, 1992)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It's been said that before physics students can fly with Feynman they need to walk with Halliday and Resnick.Those of us who are still toddling along, however, need Larry Gonick.Gonick's characteristically quirky drawings are teamed with physicist Art Huffman's prose to produce lessons like this: picture Sir Isaac Newton driving a Mack truck labeled "Big Inertia." Ike is talking into a CB radio, saying: "Breaker one nine: force overcomes inertia and produces acceleration. Do you read?" As the jacket copy says, "If you think a negative charge is something that shows up on your credit-card bill--if you imagine that Ohm's law dictates how long to meditate--if you believe that Newtonian mechanics will fix your car," here's the book for you. Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction Or Refresher
"The Cartoon Guide to Physics", first published in 1990, is one of a series of Cartoon Guides which Larry Gonick has co-authored with scientists in the field of choice; in this case it is with Art Huffman who is in the physics department at UCLA.Outside of Larry Gonick's excellent "Cartoon History of the Universe" series, this is the best of his books that I have read.
5-0 out of 5 stars Good for a beginner
If you are simply interested in better understanding the basic concepts of physics, this is the book for you.I have found that if you're just looking to supplement a little knowledge w/o being a physics buff most people can read and understand the info here and the format is less intimidating.
4-0 out of 5 stars Didactic and entertaining!!
This is essentially a comic book, yet it is able to communicate the fundamental laws of physics taught in an introductory high school physics course and some taught in college such as relativity.Overall, the book is enjoyable and humorous.However, the constraints of actually teaching the material through the drawings do impose on the humor sometimes.The book is accurate, as far as I can tell, and allows one to gain some understanding on how things work, from how the tides come about, to the motion of a gyroscope, to the Theory of Relativity.One disclaimer that I must add, that should be obvious, is that unless you are sufficient in mathematics (genius) you will not know all the consequences that come out from these laws other than the ones provided to you.I would have to recommend this for people over 12 years old, those who want to learn a little physics in a fun and entertaining way. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Caricatures and cartoons    2. Cartoons and caricatures    3. General    4. Physics    5. Popular works    6. Science    7. Science/Mathematics    8. Science: General Issues    9. Study Aids / General   


143. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
by Bantam
Mass Market Paperback (01 March, 1984)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Arguably one of the most profoundly important essays ever written on the nature and significance of "quality" and definitely a necessary anodyne to the consequences of a modern worldpathologically obsessed with quantity.Although set as a story of a cross-country trip on a motorcycle by a father and son, it is more nearly a journey through 2,000 years of Western philosophy. For some people, this has been a trulylife-changing book. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not a good philosophy book
If you are looking for a new and SUBSTANTIATED philosophical view, this is not the right book. An excellent work of fiction, great writing, yes, these you will find in this book -- but not a strong philosophy.
5-0 out of 5 stars "Walden" Meets "Easy Rider"
Anyone with moderate intelligence and sufficient leisure can work out their own private philosophy.The worth of such a philosophy should not be measured by comparison to the great philosophers of the past (or present); rather we should ask how well does it assist its creator in coping with life.Some personal philosophies are crafted in such a way that they help, not just their creator, but large numbers of their creator's fellow beings.Thus it is with the personal philosophy of Robert M. Pirsig, who laments that he has not had an original thought in years.
5-0 out of 5 stars It is worth rereadng several times
I read this book several times over the years and each time I get something new out of it. I'm a Christian and though this book derives some of its underpinnings from Eastern philosopy, the book gives a great overview of Western civilization. How the book uses geography, the personal relationships, his past history, and Greek and Eastern philosophy to prove his thesis is fascinating. The book has problems. The main character does not follow his own philosophy in some ways. Pirsig makes too broad of generalizations about the Greek philosophers. Phaedrus's experience at the University of Chicago does not ring true to me. However, the book challenges the reader to think, to ponder life in general and contemplate on how the branches of knowledge tie together.
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Subjects:  1. Biography / Autobiography    2. Eastern - Zen    3. Emotions    4. Parental Memoirs    5. Personal Growth - Self-Esteem    6. Philosophy    7. Pirsig, Robert M    8. Fiction / General   


144. If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path
by Penguin (Non-Classics)
Paperback (01 February, 1999)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is a great book for someone interested in developing an "intimate partnership".Seeing the truth is difficult in close relationships, as we often deny the things we see in the name of "love".Dr. Kasl encourages us to seek the truth in our relationships, and in that way they continue to mature (or fade away naturally with as little pain as possible).
5-0 out of 5 stars If the Buddha Dated
Excellent book about becoming ready to give and receive love.Do not have to be buddhist

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful alternative guide to dating in this day and age.
This book was recommended to me by a good friend, and I'm very glad that I heeded her advice. This brilliant little guide offers the reader practical strategies on how to address dating in a positive, loving and undefensive manner. The Buddha's approach truly doesn't require us to compromise the self by trying too hard to manipulate, impress or change who we are just to attract who we want - The Buddha only wants us to be ourselves, nothing more, nothing less. I especially want to underscore the chapter about identifying "bottom lines" - these are behaviors that you just can't accept from people you date or boundaries that guide you in the dating process so as not to keep on repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Bravo! This book + Harville Hendrix's Keeping the Love You Find give the single person an effective combo that would certainly improve their dating skills, preferences and ultimately, their future relationships! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Buddhism    2. Buddhism - General    3. Compassion    4. Family & Relationships    5. Family/Marriage    6. Interpersonal Relations    7. Love    8. Love & Romance    9. Love / Sex / Marriage    10. Man-woman relationships    11. Religious aspects    12. Family & Relationships / Love & Romance   


145. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
by University Of Chicago Press
Paperback (15 December, 1996)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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There's a "Frank & Ernest" comic strip showing a chick breaking out of its shell, looking around, and saying, "Oh, wow! Paradigm shift!" Blame the late Thomas Kuhn. Few indeed are the philosophers or historians influential enough to make it into the funny papers, but Kuhn is one.Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Kuhn's rights and wrongs
Kuhn, like Popper before him, noticed a very important truth but failed to see it clearly and mixed it with a terribly harmful mistake. Before explaining that truth and that mistake, I would like to clarify the meaning of the term paradigm which Kuhn used in presenting his ideas. As he later acknowledged, he gave two different definitions of this term: (a) a paradigm is a successful model that is imitated to acquire new scientific knowledge, and (b) a paradigm is made up of all accepted knowledge and the methods and means of acquiring new knowledge. These two definitions become one if we assume that the concept "model" covers all accepted knowledge and the methods and means of acquiring new knowledge. The use of terms that are not clearly defined facilitates making mistakes.
5-0 out of 5 stars good read
One of its kind in its own subject area. Kuhn writes with clarity and passion to develop a plausible thesis about scientific discovery and how it comes about

5-0 out of 5 stars Comments as the driver of a new scientific revolution ina sub-field of physics
Thomas Kuhn's book has provided comfort for me personally.There is no need to go into the details of his arguments.For example, whether the old generation has to die before paradigm shift can take place is not the issue.The issue is whether scientists resist anything new that cannot be fitted into the existing paradigm.Whether it took ten years or a lifetime for people to accept the theory of the origin of ulcers is irrelevant.I am disagreeing with the review by Peter Hobson (Groton, CT USA), 12/25/2005].What's important is the initial reaction of the community to new ideas.I have evidence to support the observations and analysis by T. Kuhn.
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Subjects:  1. History    2. Philosophy    3. Philosophy & Social Aspects    4. Science    5. Science/Mathematics    6. Philosophy of science    7. Science / Philosophy & Social Aspects   


146. God's Universe
by Belknap Press
Hardcover (30 September, 2006)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good reading
This is a book by a respected astronomer on his view of the creation. He believes there is "purpose and intention" behind this creation. And he seeks God's hand, albeit in a subtle way, behind all those serrendipitious phenomena which encourage people to invoke an anthropocentric worldview. Well majority of the scientists will not agree with his view. But this book provides glimpses of the 'other view'. Although not very penetrating thoughts, this book summarizes some thoughts of the author's apologetics in a very concise way. One may want to read this book to learn what may be a believing scientist's view of nature.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Broad-Based, Integrated Approach to "Veritas"
Owen Gingerich is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard's Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.In this concise and readable work, he advocates a broad framework for integrating science and religion -- one that does not artificially mandate a secular explanation for every facet of the universe.
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Subjects:  1. General    2. History    3. Philosophy & Social Aspects    4. Physics    5. Religion    6. Religion & Science    7. Religion - Socialissues    8. Spirituality - General    9. Evolution    10. Philosophy of religion    11. Religion / General   


147. Meditations (Modern Library Classics)
by Modern Library
Paperback (06 May, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wisdom for Today
Meditations of Marcus Aurelius is really a manual for living.So much of what he teaches is very relevant for today."If you don't have a consistent goal in life, you can't live in a consistent way."
5-0 out of 5 stars meditations
this is the finest translation of marcus aurelius's meditations that i have read. previous translations i have read were loaded with so many thee's and thou's that the reading was tedious and slow. i found my self scanning the pages instead of reading until i would come across an obvious jem. this made me oblivious to the hidden jems that make up this excellent work.this book gives the emperor's words a modern flair that doesn't lose the original flavor. i highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars More of a reference
As part of the Dover Thrift Editions, this is a very affordable look into Stoic philosophy and insight into one of the emperors of the Roman Empire.
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Subjects:  1. Ethics    2. General    3. History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical    4. Life    5. Philosophy    6. Stoics    7. Ancient Greek & Roman philosophy    8. Philosophy / General   


148. If..., (Questions For The Game of Life)
by Villard
Hardcover (03 October, 1995)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Like it
I like the book and the whole idea, but there are far too many repeats.But, I would buy it again it made us think of many of our own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
We love this book.My husband and I trade questions when we're driving in the car with the kids.The questions stretch our imaginations, and get us to talk about things other than kids, household and money!It's great, we love it.Highly recommend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars What ideas do you care about?
In the current July 2006 GQ Magazine with a cover article written by Will Ferrell (very funny), there is an interesting interview with William Hurt.In it, he is asked "the hugest question there is - 'What do you want?' "And without a moment's pause, he said, "I want to disseminate the experience of empathy."
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Subjects:  1. Christianity - Christian Life - General    2. Conduct of life    3. General    4. Inspirational - General    5. Psychology    6. Religion    7. Self-perception    8. Self-realization    9. Religion / Inspirational   


149. Mindfulness for Beginners
by Sounds True
Audio CD (July, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Philosophy & Practice for Improved Health
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program used in hospitals and medical clinics around the world. Jon Kabat-Zinn teaches a foundation for mindfulness that encourages healing. He is the founding director for the Stress Reduction Clinic and Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
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Subjects:  1. Attention    2. Buddhism - Rituals & Practice    3. Inspiration & Personal Growth    4. Meditation    5. Religion    6. Therapeutic use    7. Unabridged Audio - Misc.Nonfiction    8. Religion: general   


150. Discovering the Laws of Life
by Templeton Foundation Press
Paperback (1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Wisdom
Do it for yourself: This book at first will transform your general perspective and when you get it, believe me, your life becomes wiser and better after reading it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Right on Target!
We're told to love other people as we love ourselves in the first part of this book. This teaching of Jesus Christ, known as the Golden Rule is the starting point of human relations building in this book's discussion on the laws of life. Another principle Jesus taught is found near the conclusion, i.e., that of giving. Templeton writes "Giving makes you a magnet for success" (p. 299).5-0 out of 5 stars Do you need down to earth inspiration?
This is a must for anybody's personal library. No matter where you are in life, Sir John has done us all a great favour by writing this book. He uses a range of philosiphies and theologies to explain everyday events in our lives.Read more

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151. Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You and Your World
by New Falcon Publications
Paperback (June, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is every bit the mind bender that the blurbs say it is.Wow!

4-0 out of 5 stars Taken in stride with Prometheus Rising
This book brings about few concepts that weren't already brought up in Prometheus Rising.Its a Wilson book, so of course its a mind-bender, but its also a repeat, in my opinion.Wilson seems to like to reiterate his many philosophies and theories throughout all of his book with little more added to the soup in each title.This one, in particular, contains group activities suitable for an open-minded (or close-minded I suppose) eclectic party.The setting in which he writes, to the group, reminds me of the feel of groups that meet in the Methodist Church on Monday nights in the basement.Its stuff anyone can do, anywhere in their life, at any time they choose.In a group, its very reinforcing and explorative and thats why I believe Wilson suggests it so heavily.I believe the material IS relevant, but just a tad bit repetitious from Prometheus Rising and points made in Schrodinger's Cat, etc.This is not a detractor because in a world that uses frequency and label control to catagorize our experiences for us, its not so bad to have someone else giving us these messages with both frequency and good content.Please enjoy irresponsibly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Typical Wilson :-)
This is like Prometheus Rising for a group setting. If you enjoy Wilson's writing then get the book, if you have a bunch of pals who will get together to do the exercises buy the book. I really have no gripe save one my wife has. You need a dictionary handy. He does not dumb down his works and unless you are a wiz with word meanings and history you will be looking stuff up. I like it though. ... Read more

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152. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
by Touchstone
Paperback (12 June, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars enough to fire your enthusiasm
I read this book as a new science teacher, and it made me realise that all research and teaching can be enlivened by the characters that populate the scientific world. It certainly is not just for academics.I recommend this to everybody - I loved every page.Both Watson and Crick were insufferably arrogant, loud, ostentatious, obnoxious - but it allows the reader to see that enthusiasm and shear pushiness gets places.One sees the boundries set in academic research, and understands also the content of their work.A MUST read.As relevent today as in 1968.

4-0 out of 5 stars a favorite.
this is easily one of my favorite books. some dislike it for watson's dramatization of certain social elements in the story, and for the way in which crick and watson made their discovery. but i think the book should be appreciated as a text which makes science more accessible to the general public. and perhaps most impressive is how watson does manage to include some science in a way which i think will not distract the lay reader, or bore him.

4-0 out of 5 stars take it with a grain of salt
While James Watson is not on the list of authors I'd generally recommend reading, this book is an exception.Those interested in the history of molecular biology should definitely read this book.Given the nature of the topic, it is light and enjoyable reading.Certainly this account is biased to some extent, which makes it necessary to read other books on the topic as well.Further reading on Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin, among other personalities mentioned in the Double Helix, are highly recommended, and necessary for fair balance. ... Read more

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153. Consciousness and Language
by Cambridge University Press
Paperback (15 July, 2002)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not a fan, but still very good.
Yeah, so, I'm going to avoid the part where i think that a couple of important things in this book are stated too vaguely for a responsible philosopher, or where i mention that he seems to make one or two blatant errors of omission.I'm going to avoid these things for the dual reasons that a) they aren't really relevant to whether you should read this or not, and b) i allow for the possibility that i'm imagining these gaps because i haven't understood him, in which case i'm the stupid one.Given my presistent commitment to Legends of the Hidden Temple, that's a distinct possibility.5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Collection of Articles...
Searle has collected a large and important variety of articles in this text, which spans several years of thinking on issues such as: the nature of consciousness, free will, the mind-body problem, rationality, and collective action.Only one article on Kripke's meaning skepticism has been not previously published.Read more

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154. Hume, Newton, and the Design Argument
by Univ of Nebraska Pr
Hardcover (September, 1985)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Confused and inconsistent.
The book is a hateful diatrabe against Christians.The book is allegedly about Hume, Newton and their relation to the Design argument.
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155. Thomas Paine : Collected Writings : Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters (Library of America)
by Library of America
Hardcover (01 March, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Most Important Founding Father - outstanding one-volume edition of his writings!
Thomas Paine was the most consistent and important of all the American Founding Fathers. He consistently spoke up in favor of liberty and freedom; for example, his opposition to the institution of slavery (which he argued was immoral and un-Christian and thought it quite contradictory to claim to be a Christian on the one hand and support slavery on the other hand) - Paine also spoke up in support of women's rights, freedom of thought, the poor, etc.
5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless inspiration
Thomas Paine, especially in The Age of Reason, did not put forth completely original ideas. Many of his contemporaries had the same critisms that Paine did in regard to organized religion especially Christianity. However, Thomas Paine organized such thoughts in a way that they were accessible to common men. Unfortunately his brave and inspirational work was his downfall. Closeminded and fearful citizens, like RICKITHEREADER in our modern times were frightened that perhaps Paine was tearing a hole the the fabric of their blind faith and because of this, Paines' last work, The Age of Reason, left him to die alone and impoverished. He was abandoned, even by his intellectual contemporaries, most who agreed with him but were not brave enough to voice their beliefs in the common vernacular. I was inspired by Paine who wrote, "My mind is my own church," which was not the voice of an atheist but the voice of a man who really did know the "truth" and his true path. Unlike RickitheReader, I have read both the bible and Paine with an open mind and heart. The joy of reading is the ability to let it lead you to new places. Thomas Paine would have said it better. Read this compilation and it will lead you to new places, wherever your faith is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Age of Reason
Paine's "Age of Reason" was a mind-blowing revelation for me, so I'll focus mainly on that in this review.Although he has little formal education (fortunately it doesn't require much to know that hearsay, even the printed variety, is not always accurate), Paine is a brilliant independent thinker who advocates critically and intelligently evaluating the Bible. He dismisses the need to insist on divine explanations for what is simply the warlike, violent behavior of a typical tribal society, and shows his unique ability to filter the positive aspects of Biblical teaching (i.e. kindness, mercy, regard for one's neighbors) from the more mythological aspects of it (creationism, the fall of Satan, etc.).
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156. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Newly Expanded Paperback Edition)
by Schocken
Paperback (07 April, 1998)
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Author Simon Weisenthal recalls his demoralizing life in a concentration camp and his envy of the dead Germans who have sunflowers marking their graves. At the time he assumed his grave would be a mass one, unmarked and forgotten. Then, one day, a dying Nazi soldier asks Weisenthal for forgiveness for his crimes against the Jews. What would you do? This important book and the provocative question it poses is birthing debates, symposiums, and college courses. The Dalai Lama, Harry Wu, Primo Levi, and others who have witnessed genocide and human tyranny answer Wiesenthal's ultimate question on forgiveness. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Sunflower among books---unforgettable
This book has touched me and remained with me since I read it my Senior year of high school.It facilitated numerous discussions on the issue of forgiveness--a complex issue that is actually quite simple.It also helped me to face some of my own issues and grudges so that I was finally able to begin understanding true forgiveness and hope.
4-0 out of 5 stars Never forget the sunflower
Simon Wiesenthal's death prompted me to read "The Sunflower" for the first time. The book recounts Wiesenthal's haunting encounter with a dying SS soldier. The author was a concentration camp prisoner at the time. The tormented soldier desperately implored absolution for the atrocities he committed. The book passionately explores guilt, penitence, and forgiveness as Wiesenthal invited and printed the commentary from others about what they would have done if they had been in his place.
5-0 out of 5 stars One who did not forget
I am writing this review the day after Shimon Wiesenthal died. He was ninety- six years old. Thousands of words have been written about him and his life- task. Certainly one of the major contributions he made was to make people aware of the enormity of the crime which was the Holocaust. After the war many wished to forget, but he out of a strong sense of duty to those who had died, to those who had been murdered and suffered so much , made it his business to make the world remember. And he too made his business to bring to justice those who committed the crime. And as he said many times he did this not only for the victims, but for the future generations of mankind so that such an evil would never come again not only to Jews but to all of humanity.
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Subjects:  1. Church And Society    2. Concentration camps    3. Ethics    4. Ethics & Moral Philosophy    5. Genocide    6. History    7. Holocaust    8. Jewish Holocaust    9. Personal narratives, Jewish    10. Philosophy    11. Religion    12. Sonnenblume    13. Wiesenthal, Simon    14. World War, 1939-1945    15. Europe    16. Judaism    17. Practical & applied ethics    18. Religion / General    19. The Holocaust    20. Reading Group Guide   


157. The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot
by Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Paperback (25 November, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Stupid Party
This book has been a major inspiration to me and my way of thinking. It is not very difficult to go online and read any number of Conservatives talking about all of the issues of the day. But, this book stands alone in following and celebrating the history of Conservative intellectuals. Often times it is portrayed (not without some merit) that Conservatives are anti-intellectual. I have frequently heard that Liberals are just naturally smarter or more inclined to be an intellectual. But, The Conservative Mind blows a hole through all of that. Kirk examines major Conservative thinkers like: Edmund Burke, John Adams, George Canning, Benjamin Disraeli, John Randolph of Roanoke, Orestes Brownson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John C. Calhoun, and T. S Eliot (amung many many others).
2-0 out of 5 stars Repellent Sale of Conservativism
The fatalistic view of Conservativism is expressed by Kirk even before the first chapter concludes as he states, "[Edmund] Burke, could he see our century, never would concede that a consumption-society, so near suicide, is the end for which Providence has prepared man".But wait. The Conservative Mind was first published in 1953, the mythical golden age of America with Ward and June Cleaver and Normal Rockwell. Meanwhile, Burke, a contemporary of the 18th century is pining for the 14th century. What a depressing ideology to think that we always live in the worst of times.
5-0 out of 5 stars Please don't review it if you don't understand it.
Probably most people reading this already know of this book's reputation and influence, so I'll skip over both the chapter-by-chapter analysis and the praise (I'd end up in what Kirk would call "overweening" praise, anyway).But I do want to respond to a typical liberal caricature offered by a previous reviewer.The caricature to which I refer is the idea that a conservative is anyone opposed to change.In fact, the reviewer even argued that the Soviet Union could have been seen as a "conservative" system (an argument endlessly repeated in contemporary media).
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158. A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
by Bantam
Paperback (01 June, 1993)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In undertaking a spiritual life, we must make certain that our path is connected with our heart, according to author and Buddhist monk Jack Kornfield. Since 1974 (long before it gained popularity in the 1990s), Kornfield has been teaching westerners how to integrate Eastern teaching into their daily lives. Through generous storytelling and unmitigated warmth, Kornfield offers this excellent guidebook on living with attentiveness, meditation, and full-tilt compassion.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A book with heart!!!!!
This is an excellent and sensitively written book by a former Buddhist monk and clinical psychologist. Jack Kornfield uses stories and lyrical language to weave a portrait of an authentic spiritual life characterized by insight, compassion and wisdom. He makes Buddhism accessible to modern people and shows us how it is relevant to modern life. This is no small task and Kornfield pulls it off brilliantly, with warmth and an entertaining style. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for deeper meaning in their lives whatever their specific beliefs. It is also an important book that connects Western psychological thought to Eastern worldviews.
5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best books I have ever read
I highly recommend this book.It has changed the way I look at life and spirituality.Nearly every line in the book is filled with profound meaning.Additonally, the style is clear and the ideas accessible for anyone who is truly interested in spiritual fulfillment.I am at greater peace with the world since having read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A delightfully clear, engaging guide for beginning meditators
Jack Kornfield is a humble and humorous guide when it comes to incorporating eastern practices into one's prayer and/or contemplative life. He is down to earth, emminently practical, and tremendously encouraging. A strong advocate of developing a disciplined practice of meditation, Kornfield has a very nice way of communicating this necessity without scaring the novice off. He has a great reserve of wonderful stories and anecdotes which make his suggestions spring to life. I've been a college chaplain for 20 years, reading and recommending books on spirituality for all of those. Kornfield is a exceptionally fine teacher and I consider this book his best. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Buddhism    2. Buddhism - General    3. Meditations    4. Philosophy    5. Religion    6. Religion - World Religions    7. Spiritual life    8. Spirituality - General    9. Body, Mind & Spirit / New Age   


159. The Production of Space
by Blackwell Publishing, Incorporated
Paperback (01 September, 1991)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Space is produced by, and produces, society
Thinkers have long analyzed things in space, but it is time to analyze space itself and "the social relationships embedded in it" according to Lefebvre. He wants to analyze the form, structure, and function of something he calls "social space" and explore how such spaces have been produced.4-0 out of 5 stars Engaging and intellectually nourishing
The Production of Space is a thick yet engaging introduction to Postmodern spatial theory, providing insights to a variety of philosophical concepts centering on how we perceive, construct, and reproduce both physical and mental spaces.While complex and eclectic, Lefebvre's book provides ample food for thought for those interested in the means by which we as human beings understand space in the world and how we negotiate and transpose it in our minds.4-0 out of 5 stars Cryptic Conceptualization of Space
Henri Lefebvre's epic book, The Production of Space is a cryptic exploration into the production of various kinds of space.While I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a comprehensive spatialanalysis, I warn the reader to avoid jumping into the book blindly.It isnot a book to be kept on the night table and read leisurely before driftingoff to sleep. It is a serious book and requires serious concentration onthe part of the reader. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Metaphysics    2. Mind & Body    3. Philosophy    4. Metaphysics & ontology    5. Philosophy / Metaphysics    6. SPACE AND TIME   


160. Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga...
by Schocken
Paperback (03 January, 1995)
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Isbn: 0805210318
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