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This Is Not a Book: Philosophical Games and Thought Experiments to Give Your Mind a Workout

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    What an AMAZING book!

    This book broadens your mind with fun, quick and witty games. If you like to think and have fun at the same time, you should defiantly read this book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

    "deliciously challenging" "this effort is to be encouraged"

    Review of first edition by Allen & Unwin, quoted from Sunday Age, <BR/>Sunday 21/10/2007, <BR/>Page: 33 Section: Supplements. <BR/>Region: Melbourne Circulation: 225,000 Type: Capital City Daily. <BR/><BR/>THIS IS NOT A BOOK, by<BR/>Michael Picard. <BR/>Yes it is, a surprisingly cheap hardback. It also has the novelty of being printed on recycled paper, in colours from green to brown. In it, Michael Picard does philosophy for the "wondering masses". As he notes, philosophy has never been solely for the elite, and everyone muses at some point about the meaning of existence. The un-book begins with epistemology, and ends with Georg Cantor. In between, Picard explores everything from Buddha to Einstein. The whole is conceived in bite-sized sections, easily digestible. Each ends with a logic or deductive game, to provide amusement with the education. The result is rather more interactive than a "Philosophy for Dummies". In an era when everyone from government down seems hell-bent on encouraging stupidity, this effort is to be encouraged. Drawback: text is less legible on coloured paper. <<n.b.: corrected for second printing in 2008.<BR/><BR/>Review of first edition by Allen & Unwin, quoted from Sunday Telegraph<BR/>Sunday 21/10/2007<BR/>Page: 103 Section: Insider<BR/>Region: Sydney Circulation: 671,500 Type: Capital City Daily<BR/>By Lucy Clark <BR/><BR/>THIS IS NOT A BOOK<BR/>Dr Michael Picard<BR/>Dr Picard maintains that the average person with a house, a job and a car still wonders what the hell it all means sometimes", which is his way of saying that philosophy isn¿t just for scholarly minds.<BR/>He therefore takes a good, thorough (and accessible) look at philosophical thinking and ;0 exercises the reader's mind with a range quizzes and tests that get you scratching ur head and looking for solutions.<BR/>Picard doesn't just ponder life's imponderables, he teaches the reader how to take a logical approach to problems big and small. It's deliciously challenging for those who like to have the foundations of their knowledge shaken up.<BR/><BR/>Review of first edition by Allen & Unwin, quoted from Sunday Mail Brisbane Sunday 14/10/2007<BR/>Page: 18 Section: Event<BR/>Region: Brisbane Circulation: 592,440 Type: Capital City Daily<BR/><BR/>This is Not a Book<BR/>Dr Michael Picard<BR/><BR/>'French Canadian Dr Michael Picard maintains that the average person with a house, job and car still wonders "what the hell it all means sometimes" ¿ his way of saying philosophy is not just for scholarly minds. He scrutinises philosophical thinking and exercises the reader¿s mind with quizzes to get them looking for solutions. With a bent for analytical thinking, Picard teaches the reader how to logically approach problems big and small.

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