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This is an excellent book exposing the rhetorical tricks people play and how to avoid being caught up in them. It shows us how people immunize themselves against the disconcerting facts that upset their pet theories and how they shield them to the point of unfalsifiability. His chapter on '"But It Fits! And the Blunderbuss' is worth the cost of the entire book having witnessed many of these tricks firsthand. Stephen discusses the excuses people make when science does provide evidence that their pet theories fall by the wayside. He exposes these devices and shows us why they fail and shows us how not to fall for them. Every chapter is informative and spot on. His evil god challenge is one those things we all hit ourselves on the head and say, "Why didn't I think of that"?
His examples are all excellent and I like how he clearly elucidates the problems that seemingly many people miss. Even many intelligent people can sometimes get caught up and fall prey to a intellectual black hole at times. This is a book that should be widely read by any who value truth and rigorous logic. Unfortunately, the folks who can get the most out of this book will be the ones who do not read it.
I highly recommend if you enjoy this book to visit Stephen on his website for much more intellectual meat. See his debate with William Lane Craig and watch some of his videos. He is a top notch philosopher.
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It may be an indication of today's need for celebrities, but it seems that too many biographers cannot seem to put aside themselves, their hypotheses, amateur psychologies and attempts at terse dramatic prose to allow as many aspects of their subjects as possible to get through.
Not the case with Brian Jay Jones, who does his very best to present Jim Henson as wholly human and multi-faceted, allowing the reader to draw his/her own conclusions. The public isn't stupid and does not need to have the "deeper meanings and motivations" spelled out for them. It's a book, not TV.
I am a huge Muppet fan and have followed the astonishing work of Henson and his immensely talented people since the '60s. I was impressed that Jones managed to mention so many details about which I was already familiar, like records and even classic Muppet dialogue that fans like me have memorized.
Yet so much of the book is revelatory about Henson's personal life: his James Bond-like alternate universe, complicated relationships, powerful drive to accomplish as much as possible (as if a timer was clicking along) and diverse personalities of his staff, to name a few. Some of his life was sad, as reality can be. Much of it was pure joy.
To say that the book did not cover enough personal data is not to understand the work-driven life Henson led. Like Walt Disney and Steve Jobs, most of Henson's days were consumed by his creativity and vision. It left little time for outside interests--but when the opportunity for recreation and family came along, he threw himself totally into them with focus and appreciation.
Appreciation was a big part of Henson's life. He loved to lie on the grass, looking into the sky. The love of simple things were part of what made the Muppets so alive.
And like other great legends, Jim Henson will never leave us.