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review 2018-12-04 16:46
Sidestepping of the Law: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird, 50th Anniversary Edition - Harper Lee


(Original review, 2004-08-27)



There was a programme on the radio a few years ago which took a harsher view of the book. To summarise, Atticus Finch tried to win his case by substituting one prejudice (racism) with another (low-class women are loose and predatory). Beneath the charm, nostalgia and so on, there is a moral conflict if you like or confusion if you don't like. It's interesting that a female writer should elevate a male father-figure and denigrate a female alleged victim of rape. These are things to ponder, as a good play or novel should give us, and it isn't a children's book unless "Animal Farm" is also a children's book.

 

 

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review 2018-11-30 21:27
Indian Oral Epics: "Mahabharata" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, 12 volumes - Kisari Ganguly

(Original Review, 2004-06-18)



Since Homer specialised in the "in media res" scenario, which modern screenplay writers, with their enormous initial back-stories - yes Superman and Spider-Man writers I am accusing you, my friends - still seem to have no concept of) we need to recognise that Homer took for granted his audience's familiarity with the Greek myth-kitty, so they might already know why, thanks to the Judgement of Paris (don't look it up!) Hera and Athena sided with the Greeks.
 
 
 
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review 2018-11-26 14:22
POMO: "The Midwife of Platonism Text and Subtext in Plato's Theaetetus" by David N. Sedley
The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato's Theaetetus - David Sedley


(Original Review, 2004-04-02)



Yes, dinosaurs did exist before the name was created by Richard Owen; they were probably known as dragons before in pretty much all myths around the globe. But the dinosaurs themselves only existed in the imagination of people once they were discovered and named by paleontologists.

 

 

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review 2018-11-26 13:44
Athenian Politics: "Essential Thinkers" by Socrates, Plato, Aristophanes
Essential Thinkers - Socrates (Barnes & Noble Collector's Library) - Plato,Aristophanes,Socrates


(Original Review, 2004-12-02)



There was no other sphere in which to be popular: Socrates places himself right at the heart of Athenian politics, that's the point of being Socrates. He attracts pupils and supporters who will play a decisive role in the unfolding tragedy which results in the downfall of his city.
 
 
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review 2018-10-18 14:34
Going Overboard: "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality - Brian Greene



(original review, 2004)


"Within each individual [time] slice, your thoughts and memories are sufficiently rich to yield a sense that time has continuously flowed to that moment. This feeling, this sensation that time is flowing, doesn't require previous moments—previous frames—to be "sequentially illuminated."

In "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene



I agree that this is at least as much philosophy as science, though mathematically based philosophy. But what irks me is that for all the pages of science books devoted to this subject, no one has pointed out that for us to experience moments sequentially (assuming those moments don't themselves move) our mind has to move through those moments. And movement entails time. So while time may be a spatial dimension, if Greene (and Godel, etc.) are right, then there must be at least one other dimension of time that allows our minds to move through the different moments that all exist and experience them sequentially.

 

 

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