Recently there was kind of a discussion, with one user being a bit mean towards the other regarding the latter posting a link to Amazon.
While I do not agree with how they brought the discussion, I think it would be great to read everyone's opinion about what should be link, and if linking to specific websites should be forbidden.
For example, we have Open Library, BookWyrm, Inventaire, etc, if you only want to link to a book's information, and while it is harder to find a replacement to a web site where you can buy books, users can always search for it if they want.
What are your thoughts?
# The situation
I've considered illustrated versions of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Frank Herbert's Dune, and Philippe Squarzoni's Climate Changed.
I've seen books that are more explicit regarding socialism, racism, or sexism, but I'm not sure if those would alienate my more conservative friends. Maybe. Maybe not. Idk.
Regardless, I like fiction because it's able to grip us with interesting narratives. I like beautiful art because it also grips us.
# The question
Are there critical classics that I could find beautiful illustrated versions of? Are there more abstract books that are illustrated and beautiful?
# Extra questions
Are there similar gifts other than books that could fulfill my purpose of pulling people's attention and being critical or thought provoking? I was thinking a T-shirt with something interesting printed or sewn onto it. Or a poster? Idk…
For me, it's a non-fiction by Ahmet Davutoglu (Turkey's former PM) titled "Alternative Paradigms". Without entering into extensive details, Davutoglu contrasts the Islamic and Western worlds from a philosophical and political aspects in assertion of the theory of the clash of civilizations in the globalization era. While there's some merit to his postulations, there are many discrepancies. That being said, I find myself recommending it because it has some truth even if misguided, so I always suggest to read it with caution and scutiny.
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This book is a reality check for us modern people. In today's day an age, Science and the Scientific method are glorified just like religion was in the Medieval Ages to the point of pure nonrational belief. But this seems contradictory to the ideals of Science, no? What happened to the objectivity, to seeking the truth, to be the last frontier facing the prejudice and dogmas of society?
Contemporary scholars have enough data that suggests some of your most beloved, influential scientists had plagiarized, modified or even faked their experimental results that they claimed to obtain: from Galileo Galilei, to Newton, to Mendel and others more whom science textbooks seemed to forget. And day after day, dozens of cases of fraud emerge, while hundreds more if not thousands of fraudulent researchers pass unchallenged into the walls of fame. And the scariest part is that the medical domain is one of the most susceptible environment for fraud and neglect to the truth and to the health of innocents.
The scientific community has always brushed off these cases as the "bad apples" that do not reflect the integrity of Science. But Broad & Wade see this issue from another grim perspective. After a thorough and extensive research, they deduced that in fact the problem lies within the core of Science, the conventionalist Scientific Method. Invented and developed by the philosophers and sociologists who looked at Science “from the perspectives of their own disciplines”, the conventionalist method fails to do its supposed function of self-policing whether through replication, peer review, or the referee system.
“The philosophers have said they are objective, so scientists strictly forbid any reference to subjective experience in the scientific literature. The sociologists have said they are disinterested, so scientists disdain any overt manifestation of competition or credit-seeking. The historians have said that science is the defense against unreason, so scientists deny with a passion that human passions have any place whatsoever in their work.” (Ch.7)
Broad & Wade, giving along the way numerous, vivid examples of the types of fraud that took place systematically, criticized the practical discrepancies of the Scientific method and blamed the Scientific community for turning a blind eye to them. Criticisms vary from opportunitism and careerism, to dogmatism and elitism among the scientists.
The authors do not try to mistrust Science per se. Instead they aim from this book to highlight an alternative way into looking at Science and its method. And I believe they have done a pretty good job.
If you plan to read the book, please let me know your feedback!
"Piracy" here is used in the context of books and all sorts of manuscripts.
r/books have three main arguments against it:
- It is technically theft
- It damages the author's job and income (as well as the publisher, illustrator...etc.)
- Why go through the tedious path of pirating books when you can borrow the books from a library legally and for free.
What's your reply to those arguments? Are they satisfactory?
Basically, sometimes one may find out too late that a book isn't quite up to one's taste. The book might not be gripping enough due to many factors. In such case, would you quit reading it? Does the amount of progress you put in make a difference? Or would you be nontheless determined to complete despite not feeling any meaningful connection?