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Sceptical Essays

Sceptical Essays

2004 ·
·4.13·645 Ratings ·240 Pages
“ So many books, so little time. ” ― Frank Zappa
Authors' Books
  • Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern

    2005·
    ·3.75·260 Ratings
    While many Americans view the September 11th terrorist attack as the act of an anachronistic and dangerous sect, one that champions medieval and outmoded ideals, John Gray here argues that in fact the ideology of Al Qaeda is both Western and modern, a by-
  • Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions

    2004·
    ·3.73·209 Ratings
    By the author of the best-selling Straw Dogs, this book is a characteristically trenchant and unflinchingly clear-sighted collection of reflections on our contemporary lot. Whether writing about the future of our species on this planet, the folly of our f
  • Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

    2004·
    ·3.95·2,603 Ratings
    'Straw Dogs' is a radical work of philosophy that challenges our most cherished assumptions about what it means to be human. John Gray explores how the world and human life look once humanism has been finally abandoned.
  • Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia

    2007·
    ·3.9·627 Ratings
    For the decade that followed the end of the cold war, the world was lulled into a sense that a consumerist, globalized, peaceful future beckoned. The beginning of the twenty-first century has rudely disposed of such ideas--most obviously through 9/11and i
  • The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death

    2011·
    ·3.53·214 Ratings
    At the heart of human experience lies an obsession with the nature of death. Religion, for most of history, has provided an explanation for human life and a vision of what comes after it. But in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, such beli
  • The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths

    2013·
    ·3.87·610 Ratings
    A searching, captivating look at the persistence of myth in our modern world"By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence as their birthright."In a book by turns chil
  • The Engagement

    2007·
    ·3.76·461 Ratings
    On the outskirts of Paris, a prostitute is found murdered in a vacant lot. In a seedy apartment house nearby lives pasty, fat Mr. Hire. Mr. Hire, who earns his living through a petty postal scam, is a convicted pornographer, a peeping Tom, and, once a wee
  • Gray's Anatomy: Selected Writings

    2009·
    ·3.8·84 Ratings
    While justly acclaimed as the closest, most successful military partnership in history, the "special relationship" forged between the United States and Britain during World War II was anything but the inevitable alliance it appears to be in hindsight. As
  • Ecstasy

    2011·
    ·3.22·100 Ratings
    This is one of Couperus's most powerful novels. A brilliant observer of fin-de-siècle Dutch society, his works are characterised by perfect characterisation, exquisite description and a mordant wit, which brought comparisons to Oscar Wilde.Pushkin Collec
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