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Straw Dogs.
  • If youre not quite sure what to get yourself from amazon for xmass, then i would highly recommend this book. its non-fiction, and its kinda odd. but in a good way.
  • i found it in the philosophy section of the barnes & noble in London, and yes i’ll admit i picked it up because of its cover. the title drew me in a little more, then i started reading the inside cover titled “Book of the Year for:” which was a list of people like JG Ballard and Will Self.
  • i’m only half way thru it so it really wouldnt be right to give it a review, so heres Amazon’s Editorial on it:
  • “In a work of thoroughgoing iconoclasm, British philosopher Gray attacks the belief that humans are different from and superior to animals. Invoking pure Darwinism, he savages every perspective from which humans appear as anything more than a genetic accident that has produced a highly destructive species (homo rapiens)–a species that exterminates other species at a phenomenal rate as our swelling numbers despoil the global environment. Gray explains the human refusal to confront the darker realities of our nature largely as the result of how we have consoled ourselves with the myths of Christianity and its secular offspring, humanism and utopianism. Human vanity, he complains, has even converted science (which should teach us of our insignificant place in nature) into an ideology of progress. But neither hope for progress nor confidence in human morality passes muster with Gray, who envisions a future in which the human population finally contracts as a world politics that grows ever more predatory and brutal shatters all such illusions. As a work of ruthless rigor, this provocative book will force readers to reexamine their own convictions. Bryce ChristensenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

  • Book Description: Straw Dogs is an exciting, radical work of philosophy, which sets out to challenge our most cherished assumptions about what it means to be human. From Plato to Christianity, from the Enlightenment to Nietzsche, the Western tradition has been based on the belief that humans are radically different from other animals. Taking inspiration from art, poetry, the frontiers of science, and philosophy itself, John Gray argues that the belief in human difference is an illusion and offers instead a post humanist view of the world. Straw Dogs is an exhilarating, sometimes disturbing, book that explores how the world and human life look once humanism has been finally abandoned. “
  • you can find it on Amazon here .
  • even tho i havent finished it, i can tell you one thing,…. you’ll either love it and reread it over and over again, or you’ll hate it and chuck it out the window because the thought of even donating this garbage would be an insult to literature everywhere.
  • i personally love it :P, but i can see how some might not. the Amazon page actually has two reviews, one loved it one hated it lol.
  • if you happen to be one of those that do hate it, i urge you to keep the book and read it one more time, to try and figure out why you hate it. that in itself will reveal alot about yourself that you may not have previously known.
  • its easy to read, in fact its written like a blog,… short chapters here and there, but i wouldnt recommend jumping back and forth.
  • because, if youre like me, and you think nietzsche is an arabic swear word, and would make a great club name, then do go thru it properly because the author does skim over stuff that other philosophers have written about.
  • if you do get it for xmass tho, read it after new years, cos it is a bit depressing, and we wouldnt want to turn you into Scrooge,…. atleat not until after new years when youve already broken your resolutions :D.
  • but on the upside, its incredibly enlightening, and in a strange sense restores your faith in that fact that there really is nothing to stop you from doing anything you set your mind to.
  • oh and if you happen to work on the financial markets, definately get the book, it’ll make the things alot easier for you if you manage to apply what you read 😛

  • then again the book kind of applies to just about any job where youre dealing with people in one way or another, whether directly or indirectly.
  • one final review of it, my dad read it before i did, and he basically said “if you were really young and had no real direction in your life, this book could seriously fuck you up if you took it at face value” ( i added the swearing cos it seemed an appropriate way to describe his review of it).

  • and heres where the title comes from: “heaven and earth are ruthless, and treat the myriad creatures as straw dogs” by Lao Tzu.
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2 Comments

  1. LOL @ “because, if youre like me, and you think nietzsche is an arabic swear word,”

    I don’t usually like British writers… they tend to piss me off a bit… unless they’re writing about archeology or religion..

    no offence 😛

  2. lol then this dude will probably piss you off too:P

    nevertheless it’ll be a piss offing that’ll be worth it :P.

    i mean there were points inthe book where i went wtf is this garbage! but other parts made up for it 😛

    and none taken 😛 not british remeber 😛


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