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Really, Really Big Questions About the Weird, the Wonderful, and Everything Else
     

Really, Really Big Questions About the Weird, the Wonderful, and Everything Else

by Stephen Law, Nishant Choksi (Illustrator)
 

Really, Really Big Questions by Stephen Law

Have you ever looked at your dog and wondered what it is really thinking? Or asked yourself if your entire life has been a dream? Prepare to exercise your mind as you investigate these big ideas and more on the roller-coaster ride of reason and ridiculous that is philosophy. Cool illustrations, brainteasers, and quirky

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Really, Really Big Questions by Stephen Law

Have you ever looked at your dog and wondered what it is really thinking? Or asked yourself if your entire life has been a dream? Prepare to exercise your mind as you investigate these big ideas and more on the roller-coaster ride of reason and ridiculous that is philosophy. Cool illustrations, brainteasers, and quirky quotations add to the simple and fun question-and-answer format, introducing readers to life's important questions.

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“Inquiries about science, philosophy, and morality are presented in an engaging style that avoids leading readers to any preconceived answers, instead encouraging them to either arrive at their own conclusions or imagine a variety of possibilities. Through a combination of vibrant colors; hip, retro illustrations; and interesting quotes, Law has produced a stimulating work for young minds that is sure to spark conversation and, of course, more questions.” —School Library Journal

“[Law] provides not only topics to mull over, but also, with simply phrased pro-and/or-con comments about each, some intellectual tools for the mulling. . . . [H]is stances are generally fair and open minded, and he consistently gives readers encouragement to develop their own opinions. Illustrated by Choksi with comical, broadly drawn figures done in a retro '50s style and housed within covers designed to look well-worn, this breezy mind-expander tackles plenty of thorny Big Ones in a refreshingly nonthreatening way.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This collection of philosophical, moral, and scientific quandaries will have readers grasping after the biggies, including the origins of the universe and the meaning of life. Heavy stuff for sure, but Law is a playful and instructive host, using clear analogies to elucidate the headiest of concepts.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly
This thought-provoking book poses challenging questions, using a conversational tone and illustrations reminiscent of vintage cartoons. Law, a philosophy professor, navigates controversial issues encouraging exploration and debate. In a section that asks “Where do living things come from?” he describes a Greek creation story and then the one from the Bible, remarking, “These stories from different times, places, and religions are certainly strange and wonderful. But are any of them true?” For certain ethical dilemmas, he gives more definitive responses (“Is it true that we care only about our own happiness? No”). The biggest philosophical quandaries naturally lead to more questions—which will frustrate some and invigorate others. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–7—In an effort to tap into children's inquisitive nature, Law has produced an attention-grabbing work concerned with many of the "really, really big questions" youngsters ask. Inquiries about science, philosophy, and morality are presented in an engaging style that avoids leading readers to any preconceived answers, instead encouraging them to either arrive at their own conclusions or imagine a variety of possibilities. Everything from "What is the meaning of life?" to "What is it like to be a bat?" is addressed. The dichotomy between those questions science attempts to answer ("What is stuff made of?") and those of morality ("What makes stealing wrong?") leads readers into a noteworthy exercise of reason. Many of Law's selections emerge from today's scientific headlines, an example of which is the question "Is it wrong to design a baby?," which certainly evokes much-heated debate. Through a combination of vibrant colors; hip, retro illustrations; and interesting quotes, Law has produced a stimulating work for young minds that is sure to spark conversation and, of course, more questions.—Brian Odom, Pelham Public Library, AL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753463093
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Really Really Big Questions Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Stephen Law has written numerous academic papers as well as books for both adults and children including the hugely popular The Philosophy Files.

Nishant Choksi is an accomplished illustrator who has created artworks for a number of journal publications including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and NewScientist.

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