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  • Logic of Enlightenment, The
    Dave S. Henley

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    The hidden link between Zen and Logic

    This book is a superbly written piece of literature which has had a profound influence in changing my outlook on life as well as the way I approach life’s everyday challenges. This may be because of its highly unusual attempt to link the two arch-enemies: Logic and Zen. Nevertheless, it is I think a serious philosophical work, but one that appears to use logical reasoning for a novel purpose: identifying when and when not to go beyond the limits of logical reasoning! Though it sounds bizarre, I found that this paradoxical method has come to mean a lot to me personally and has made a big difference to my life.

    It helps that it is beautifully written: every sentence is filled with meaning and the author has gone to great lengths to say a lot without wasting words. The text is deeply thought-provoking and wonderful examples of life’s conflicts are used in different scenarios to explain in each case a Zen-like Middle Way to one’s own enlightenment. The book thus teaches you to assess and reassess your thoughts through a disciplined way of analysing conflict situations.

    Also, since all attempts to express our innermost being or soul result in contradictions the author reasons (logically) that our real nature, instead of being logical, is on the contrary revealed by our unacknowledged (illogical) ability to grasp contradictions and that ironically, it is this which leads to the most fulfilling path through life. In reading the book, one is encouraged to continually think and analyse; it is an intense read, not only for the general reader but probably for the specialist in philosophy or psychology also. But, introducing both Western and Eastern spirituality into each argument together with logic, leads one down a rather new pathway of thinking which is very refreshing. Initially, it took me conscious effort to apply what is taught in this book, but by persistently using the techniques and encouraging oneself to think 'out of the box' I found a new inner peace develop within myself.

    As far as I can tell, this fusion of Eastern/Western thought is quite new but is largely unknown and, I would say, deserves a much wider audience. ~ Greg Kappers, amazon.co.uk

  • Logic of Enlightenment, The
    Dave S. Henley
    This book was a great pleasure to read as it is clear and well-argued throughout, and covers a wide range of interesting material. As regards mainstream Western philosophy, the author takes on Descartes and Hume (chapter 3, pp. 52-9) criticizing their views and presenting an alternative. However, there is much in the book which is not to be found in standard courses on the history of Western philosophy. Chapter 9 deals with the Eastern mystical philosophies of Nagarjuna and Zen Buddhism, while chapter 3 (pp. 50-52) gives an account of the Western mystical philosophy of Meister Eckhart. Moreover mysticism is explored not just in philosophical texts but in literary ones as well. There are very interesting discussions of Tolstoy, T.S.Eliot, a Shakespearean sonnet, Marlowe, and Kafka. Such a wide variety of material might, in some cases, lead to muddle and confusion, but, quite to the contrary, in the book the material is unified by a clear and definite thesis. The author thinks that mystical experience is cognitive in character, and leads to greater knowledge about the higher self and the nature of reality. ~ Professor D. Gillies, University College, London

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    Looking at so many variables that impacted change in the way humankind responds as individuals, as community, and regarding spirituality, your thoughts and observations will not be the same after consuming these ideas. ~ Melanie Laing , NetGalley

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    The thoughts and arguments are well thought out, presented and supported. It is actually fascinating reading... your thoughts and observations will not be the same after consuming these ideas.

    ~ Laura DogsMom-Roth , NetGalley

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    A perfect addition to the list of recommended reading for my A-level students. Not only do they look at ego, but the gender dynamics that can be traced back to the fall. ~ Han Hunter, RE Teacher, London, NetGalley

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    This is an amazing book. I had many eye-opening moments while reading. The author discusses how the ancient people were peaceful until about 6,000 years ago. He provides historical information that details “The Fall” and the differences between the pre-Fall and after-Fall civilizations.

    The author explains how the indigenous people lived closer to the land and more in harmony than modern civilizations. They respected each other and the land as opposed to modern man trying to outdo each other. He discusses the possibility for the change from peaceful non-hierarchal societies to male dominated societies. Mr. Taylor also talks about the Ego Explosion when some societies moved away from the land and developed aggression.

    The Fall was originally published in September 2005. The information is still as relevant now as it was when it was written. I found the book very interesting. The author’s writing style presented the information in an easy to understand format. This is a book I will read over again. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in ancient civilizations or anyone who would like to change the current way of life.
    ~ Dawn Thomas , Belladonna's Books http://belladonnasbooks.com/?p=883

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    I don't know that I am clever enough to do this book justice. It is an eminently interesting and accessible read documenting the rise of the ego within the human mind, explaining how different peoples lived peacefully side by side in a manner we now all need to work towards individually and documents the events that led to fear, hatred and ultimately wars.

    A fascinating book that I totally recommend so thanks to Netgalley for introducing me to Steve Taylor's work. ~ Anne Rodgers, NetGalley

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    Probably one of the most important books ever written. ~ Paul Tansley , NetGalley

  • Pandeism: An Anthology
    Knujon Mapson
    A fascinating and most insightful read on a "religion" i have been following without knowing completely that I have. Numerous in depth contributions from some of the finest thinkers and practitioners of this way. It's a study guide as well as provocative source of argument for yet another vein of spirituality. A book I will read many more times, as each underlined sentence takes new meaning at various phases in my life. ~ Cheryl Townsend-Grimm , https://cherylatownsend.tumblr.com/post/174614921971/pandeism-an-anthology

  • Western Philosophy Made Easy
    Dennis Waite
    Approachable - ideal for a beginner who is dipping their toe into the water of philosophy and wondering which areas might be of interest for them to explore. I for one am off to seek out Spinoza! ~ Alison Cross, NetGalley

  • Idea of the World, The
    Bernardo Kastrup
    Bernardo Kastrup has contributed at many levels to the development of [an] emerging vision, and this fine new book gives me real hope that the main barrier to its widespread acceptance ... is on the verge of collapse. A major inflection point in modern intellectual history is close at hand! ~ Edward F. Kelly

  • Idea of the World, The
    Bernardo Kastrup
    It is hard to find a book that would not just repeat works already published but instead build on them and present a coherent whole. The Idea of the World does this marvellously. By articulating his ontology precisely, Bernardo builds a formidable castle of potent ideas. ~ Menas C. Kafatos

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    Has the sweep of H G Wells' 'Outline of History'... Read it straight through like a novel. ~ Independent on Sunday (Books of the year)

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    Steve Taylor has produced a major work. It is a powerful message and a beacon of hope in a world in which fear still rules supreme. ~ Scientific and Medical Network Review

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    The Fall is one of the most notable works of the first years of our century, and I am convinced it will be one of the most important books of the whole century. ~ Elias Capriles, International Journal of Transpersonal Studies

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    I've recently read Is Intelligence an Algorithm? by Antonin Tuynman -- an excellent book with many pandeistic overtones.

    Tuynman brings two gifts to bear on this topic -- a creative mind capable of making insightful connections, and a facility with communicative language with which to explain these connections in the most fluid of terms. Combining these, this book does an outstanding job of introducing ideas like the progression of complexity through stages both observed and rationally projected to come in the future, of the cognitive processes which arise during these steps, and of the reasoning processes which arise from these cognitive processes. Notably, the idea of the fundamental physics of our Universe inevitably bringing forth these levels of complexity (and perhaps being intended to do so) is a key thought in Pandeism.

    He dives therefrom into straightening out dizzying further implications of how these might manifest in the coming technology of artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness (especially in a potential quantum computing environment). Throughout, the book ties together the ideas of a world class selection of theorists on the grounds of reality and consciousness, and rises up to be much greater than the sum of its parts. ~ Knujon Mapson, Author of Pandeism: An Anthology

  • Western Philosophy Made Easy
    Dennis Waite
    I would consider Western Philosophy Made Easy a go-to resource when considering individual figures (Spinoza made more sense after reading this book), and for getting a wide view of many thinkers. Author Dennis Waite breaks down complex thoughts and intricate theories into chewable pieces for the reader. This book took me back to my early days of first encountering philosophy and the long, long list of names that often get peppered into academic discussions.

    ~ JD DeHart , NetGalley

  • Western Philosophy Made Easy
    Dennis Waite
    Waite does give a good summary of the history of philosophy and covers the major players in thought throughout European history. Although only briefly covered, Waite manages to give the high points of each philosopher. The book offers a starting point for the novice and enough information for the reader to branch out on his own further reading. A good primer of Western philosophy. ~ Evil Cyclist, https://evilcyclist.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/book-review-western-philosophy-made-easy-a-personal-search-for-meaning/

  • Time To Tell
    Ronald Green
    Praise for Nothing Matters: 'Green succeeds in opening up pathways to a new way of looking at the world.' ~ Geoff Ward, Suite 101.com

  • Digital Consciousness
    Jim Elvidge
    In this amazing book, Jim Elvidge presents powerful evidence that this seemingly physical universe is, at its purest level, created out of digital information. This revolutionary new understanding of the inner-workings of reality has been around for a few years but in this much needed book Jim takes the reader through a systematic, and jargon-free, review of exactly why more and more scientists are accepting that the present materialist-reductionist paradigm is about to be replaced by a far wider, and all-inclusive model of reality whereby consciousness, as the interpreter of digital information, becomes central. Digital Consciousness is an essential primer into the great paradigm-change that awaits us in the next few years. In short, if your head does not spin after reading this book you have not understood it! ~ Anthony Peake, author of Opening the Doors of Perception

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