How do we know what is real? How much of our “wisdom” is false? How many “paradoxes” are just illogical?
In the book "Aamrgan", Cliff Hays uses the lens of formal logic to spotlight the inherent contradictions that lurk within common beliefs and many “wise” – and widely accepted – sayings.
To illustrate, he describes how following the rule, “All things in moderation” is impossible because it would mean being “immoderate in moderation.” Like the saying “intolerance cannot be tolerated,” it contradicts itself.
The examples are more than frivolous word play; the popular acceptance of self-contradictory sayings reveals a widespread shortage of clear thinking.
Beyond showing why many “obviously true” assumptions are wrong, the brilliant author presents some interesting, and even bizarre, conclusions reached by the fearless application of logic.
In addition, he uses his thorough understanding of epistemology to explore the “paradoxes” of time travel. He also raises questions what can be known about language, the mind, and ultimately the universe itself.
Beyond being informative, the book challenges the reader to abandon conventional wisdom that is based on fuzzy thinking and embrace a more fascinating reality illuminated by logic.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Aamrgan." As with other works written by the same author, this one made me aware of how much there is to learn, how much of what is taught is probably false, and why – for both reasons – it is a good thing that I have his books.
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Aamrgan Paperback – 8 October 2012
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- Language : English
- Paperback : 34 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481206745
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481206747
About the Author
Programmer and author from the USA, primarily influenced by mathematics, science, and philosophy. Has written two science fiction short stories "Dual Void" and "IHU"; one work of mathematics "Bivalent Logic"; two works of epistemology and philosophy of science "Aamrgan" and "On the Preservation of Enthusiasm"; as well as "Essays in Science and Philosophy [2004 - 2009]" (seven essays exploring and explicating various interrelated topics, such as: temporality, gravity, relativity, epistemology, agnosticism, metaphysics, existentialism, consciousness, music, art, physics, and cosmology).
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