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Satanic Bible
Satanic Bible
von Anton La Vey
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 8,80

7 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Philosphy, but hardly a masterpiece, 17. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Satanic Bible (Taschenbuch)
Before getting on with my criticisms, I would like to say that I actually like most of the philosophy (not the religion) in this book -- which really is too say little more than that I had come to similar conclusions myself. (A statement I've also made of Stephen Mitchell's "Tao Te Ching" -- a book LeVay would probably not have cared for.) LeVay sometimes takes things litte too far, but only a little.

Having said that, I might note that, when it comes to logic, LeVay is not as faultless as he is often creditted with. He is only slightly more logical than good Christian, Pagan, and Eastern theologian. Often, there are (il)logical jumps, inconsistancies, rhetorical word-games, and babbling circumlocution. Also, he makes some techinical errors is the trivial he uses to eximplify his view: e.g., the English "Devil" is derived from the French "Diable," which comes from the Latin "Diablus," and ultimately the Greek "Diabolos," and is not related to the Hindi "devi" as LeVay states. On factual maters, I would guess LeVay to be 60-70% correct. All this is still at least as good (probably better) than most religious works, however.

LeVay's biggest short comings are in (1) justifying a Satanic religion, and (2) characterize human nature to narrowly and inflexibly. On the first mater, LeVay does try to answer the question of why he proposses a Satanic religion rather than just practical materialism, but his justification is basically a lot of babblement and he talks around himself. (As an atheist, I see no reason for having religion, and LeVay's answer was hardly satifying, let alone convincing.) On the second mater, LeVay barrows a lot of (now held doubtful) Freudian doctrine, and further assumes that there is a very large, encompassing human nature, which is virtually invariant. This second problem, the failiure to fully realize human bio-cognitive diversity leads to a fair amount of judgementallity. LeVay assumes any who don't fit his mold are "repressed" and dishonest, and holds open contempt for such as "liars." I have found that most Satanists I've talked to are terribly self-righteous and judgemental (in there own way), and this may be the root of it all. (This is not to say all Satanists are so narrow -- but this seems common, and makes sence if LeVay himself encoded it.)

Finally, I want to note, since its is frequently claimed, that Satanism is not a from a Christianity! (Nor is it Pagan.) It is obviously a religious movement unto itself, and not part of Christianity anymore than Christianity and Islam are part of Judaism (or Judaism part of ancient Paganism). This "Satanism=Christianity" rhetoric may be a fun way for Pagans to slam both opponents at once by comparing each to there own worst enemy -- but an objective reading of The Satanic Bible shows that Satanism (for better or worse) is something unto itself.


Comprehensive Neurology
Comprehensive Neurology
von Roger N. Rosenberg
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 440,00

5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Information for those Ready for It, 22. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Comprehensive Neurology (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I am not myself a neurologist or M.D., but merely a lowly graduate student in psychophysiology. However, I found this book to most informative. To understand much of what it says does require a good working knowledge of biology, anatomy, and physiology, and familiarity with neuroanatomy and general neurosicence could be quite useful aswell, as is a reasonable medical vocabulary. (If you are not an M.D. or very experienced nurse you may want to keep a medical dictionary nearby, just in case -- and be warned that it may not contain term used!) Like most medical texts, and many other high-level books, each chapter has it own set of expert authors. This book does not beat around the bushes with basic information or trivial points, but delivers huge amounts of technical information on neurological disease, with an emphasis on the brain. This is wonderful! -- as long as you are ready for it. If you lack the back ground, however, you may find yourself overwhelmed -- and no-one should be so naive as to think you will remember everything it says, though you will learn a lot no where to get details in the future. One possible weekness of this book is it emphasis on the brain -- chapters on periferal neurology are included, but they are few compared to the numerous chapters on the brain. Also, this is a neurology text, and has only a short chapter on psychiatric conditions -- which is as it should be -- if you are interested in psychiatry, go to a psychiatry or neuropscyhiatry text, or on specifically on behavioral neurology.
Generally, I enjoyed this book, but I'm wierd, and suspect many would find it "dry" or to fast paced. Also, I read it straight through, and I am not sure that is how it was intended to be read -- it does work well as both a textbook and a refference, however, and I would recommend it highly for those with the background to understand and who find the price worth it.
How good it is as a text for actual medical students or physicians I can't say for sure, since I am researcher not one of the above. However, I suspect it would be excellent for them, too, as this is clearly the audience it was written for, and it spends a lot of time on practical issue in treating patients.


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