Reviews by M.JONES

On the Origin of Species

by Charles Darwin

On the Origin of Species is probably the only original and major work of science that can be read without special learning in math and other fields. It is a quite interesting book, much in the style and manner of Smith's Wealth Of Nations. One need know no deep theories to recognize the value of that book.

I suspect that people are pushed away from the book for religious reasons in some cases, but more because they think it dull and difficult. It is neither.

A recent movie (2008) attacks Darwin with some ill words about his character and this or that social view. One may like, hate or be indifferent to Darwin, but the validity of his ideas stand by themselves.

I hope that younger people who may read this review will give a bit of thought of just why do males have colorful feathers (in birds) and other displayts in other kinds of animals. Also, why do males only get sex-linked diseases. Both promote Darwinism, neither is obvious.

Reviewed on 2008.04.18

Chapters on Jewish Literature

by Israel Abrahams

For those unfamiliar with major non-biblical figures in Judaism this is an excellent introduction. The chapter on Maimonides, XIII, does little more than
suggest that he and Aristotle are in a class by themselves. Those who have not read M-Torah, his prime Hebrew Language work, the chapter provides inspiration to do so. It may be ordered in English and many university libraries will have it as research literature.

Reading tanach (Old Testament) without reading Maimonides (best) or RASHI (pretty good) will give a very false impression if one is interested in judaism.

Reviewed on 2008.03.27

The Concept of Nature

by Alfred North Whitehead

This is a lot of doubletalk. Whitehead's little booklet
entitled "The Aims of Education" is clear, not of great content, but it makes sense. This "The Concept of Nature" is worse than worthless. It came out in 1919, well over a decade after Eieinstein's Special relativity came out, and three years after Einstein's General Relativity came out, though the experimental verification was not to be for several years after 1919.

This work could have as well have been written in the Middle Ages. If it is intended to have any serious purpose, the purpose is well hidden.

Reviewed on 2008.03.19

The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer

by Arthur Schopenhauer

This is a wonderful, easily understood, readable
discussion of the difference between logic and
pseudo-logical argument tools and tricks to pull the wool over the eyes of the other persons.

This is important reading for young people.
Frequently, arguments which seem valid are false--tricks. This booklett tells how to recognize the phony and use it also.

Reviewed on 2008.03.19

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