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By Benjamin Wiker

You've heard of the "Great Books"?
These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male, those "influential" books have resulted in battle, genocide, totalitarian oppression, kin breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they may effect your individual considering with no your understanding it. the following with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new e-book, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes each one of those evil books by way of its malignant middle and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, realized, and provocative exposé, you will learn:

* Why Machiavelli's The Prince used to be the foundation for an extended checklist of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on procedure "proved" God's lifestyles in simple terms via making Him a construction of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan resulted in the idea that we've got a "right" to no matter what we want
* Why Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto may perhaps win the award for the main malicious publication ever written
* How Darwin's The Descent of guy proves he meant "survival of the fittest" to be utilized to human society
* How Nietzsche's past stable and Evil issued the decision for an international governed completely through the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf used to be one of those "spiritualized Darwinism" that debts for his genocidal anti-Semitism
* How the pansexual paradise defined in Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa became out to be a production of her personal sexual confusions and aspirations
* Why Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male used to be easily autobiography masquerading as science

Witty, stunning, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm bargains a brief schooling at the worst principles in human history--and how we will keep away from them within the future.

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You’ve just walked into a trap that has ensnared the Western mind for four centuries. It is a trap from which there is no escape because Descartes has presented it as itself an escape—but it is an escape from a trap that doesn’t exist. Skepticism is a problem in our minds. It is a deadly trap only if we retreat into our minds to escape it. That is, if we let our doubt turn into doubt about reality. The place to run to escape skepticism is not our own minds, where the spider of solipsism waits to devour us, but straight into a tree to remind ourselves that, whatever our fancy to the contrary, the real world outside our minds has been Discourse on Method (1637) 23 factually solid all along.

Would it really be a good idea to accept as “a general rule that the things we conceive very clearly and very distinctly are all true”? I remember, about ten years ago, very clearly and very distinctly seeing a tell-tale mess of white paint all over my garbage can in the alley behind our house, and I very clearly and distinctly noticed that the peculiar lady next door (who regularly slipped Discourse on Method (1637) 25 things into our garbage can because she was too cheap to pay for her own trash service) was painting her kitchen white because I very clearly and distinctly saw her carrying around a whitened paintbrush as she very clearly and distinctly told me she was painting her kitchen white, and I imagined myself very clearly and distinctly grabbing her by her tattered sweater and dragging her back to clean up the very clear and distinct mess all over the garbage can and surrounding pavement.

You’ve just walked into a trap that has ensnared the Western mind for four centuries. It is a trap from which there is no escape because Descartes has presented it as itself an escape—but it is an escape from a trap that doesn’t exist. Skepticism is a problem in our minds. It is a deadly trap only if we retreat into our minds to escape it. That is, if we let our doubt turn into doubt about reality. The place to run to escape skepticism is not our own minds, where the spider of solipsism waits to devour us, but straight into a tree to remind ourselves that, whatever our fancy to the contrary, the real world outside our minds has been Discourse on Method (1637) 23 factually solid all along.

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