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By Max Malikow

ISBN-10: 0761844163

ISBN-13: 9780761844167

This philosophy e-book is written for college kids who're no longer drawn to philosophy or who're suffering to appreciate it. Professor Malikow makes it effortless to appreciate the subtle principles and profound truths of philosophy by means of his use of daily language, analogies, examples, and humor.

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In the book’s introduction the author provides a formula for evaluating the greatness of a poem. Williams’ character, Mr. Keating, explains to his students that the greatness of a literary piece cannot be calculated and numerically expressed. He argues that poetry appeals to our emotions, and since an emotional response to a poem cannot be calibrated, the greatness of a poem cannot be quantified. People’s opinions of books, movies, music, and paintings vary. Even critics give mixed reviews of artistic works.

And yet, what is this quintessence of dust? Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2 I see dead people. —Cole Sear, “The Sixth Sense” Consider several goldfish swimming around in a fishbowl. What is reality to them? Spatially, the extent of their existence is the fishbowl. Temporally, the extent of their existence is however many days, weeks, months or years they will live. Their reality does not extend beyond their life span within the fishbowl. Of course, there is a world beyond the fishbowl. The fishbowl is in a room; which is in a house; which is in a neighborhood; which is in a city; which is in a country; etc.

Biofeedback is a treatment for hypertension (and other disorders) in which patients lower their blood pressure by engaging in self-talk or meditation that relaxes them. In biofeedback electronic instruments monitor the patients’ progress, spurring them on to more success. The placebo effect is an established phenomenon in research that tests the effectiveness of medications. In sports, athletes speak of “psyching-up” as part of preparing for competition. World records are rarely broken in practice; the mental state of athletes in competition contributes to their best performance.

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