Friday, February 18, 2011

The book I always......

wanted to read but didn't know existed until recently..."The Great Ideas (how to think about), by Mortimer Adler.  He tackles all the big questions of society and starts with the difference between knowledge and opinion and goes on to discuss democracy:  "When the majority tries to settle controversial issues by using pressures and propoganda instead of resorting to rational persuasion, then the weight of numbers is as bad as the force of guns and bombs."   That answers a question I had:  "How is majority rule different from dictatorship, especially when the majority is wrong?"  I'm looking forward to the rest where he discusses among other things:  the different kinds of love, art, beauty, how to read a book!, work, leisure, law.  He has the ability to clear the confusion and explain things simply.  Excellent.

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  1. We are a not-for-profit educational organization, founded by Mortimer Adler and we have recently made an exciting discovery--three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos--lively discussing the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost.

    Three hours with Mortimer Adler on one DVD. A must for libraries and classroom teaching the art of reading.

    I cannot exaggerate how instructive these programs are--we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

    Please go here to see a clip and learn more:

    http://www.thegreatideas.org/HowToReadABook.htm

    ISBN: 978-1-61535-311-8

    Thank you,

    Max Weismann

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