Contrarian's Dictionary: 2000 Damnable Definitions For The Year 2000 by
Murray L. Bob and Wilhelm Busch
A 200 page dictionary containing 2,000 definitions for
contrarians, sceptics and realists. The viewpoint is iconoclastic and
the style is satiric. The goal is to "define" terms, names,
and euphemisms in an amusing, pithy way. Many of the entries are topical
and quotable. All (with the exception, perhaps, of half-a-dozen) are
Most of the entries are one-, two-, and three-liners,
although a few are longer. Inspired by Ambrose Bierce's classic,
"Devil's Dictionary," this is a book that will make the reader
think - and smile. Topics covered include: politics, economics,
religion, psychology, film, the theater, literature, philosophy, New
Age, management, media, personalities, and entertainment.
Many of the definitions are accompanied by marvelous
illustrations by the greatest cartoonist- caricaturist who ever lived,
A bible for sceptics, cynics, sinners, and radicals of
all stripes. True believers read at their own risk!
From the Author
In order of importance, my intention is, first, to make you smile
inwardly if not outwardly and then to make you think. Not every
definition will do both (some may not do either), but I'd like to
believe that most readers will do at least one or the other, most times.
If you laugh out loud, it will be a bonus. If your
life is changed, it will be a miracle - and I don't believe in miracles.
But, if some of the definitions cause you to say, "Aha" or to
view a thing from a fresh perspective, they will have done their job -
which is to tickle or provoke. Some definitions are pure wordplay -
nonsense, kidding around. So what? Shakespeare was the Pontiff of Pun.
If he could do it, surely we pygmies can.
Since the greatest joy contrarians can have is to
communicate with others of their ilk, please let me know how you feel
about this book, after you have read it.
About the Author
A librarian-administrator, consultant, writer, and teacher for 44 years,
Murray L. Bob is a committed contrarian - or a contrarian who ought to
be committed - depending on your point of view. Father of three,
grandfather of two, he, his wife and their dog live (or some facsimile
thereof) in a relatively remote region of Western New York. Like
Stendhal, Bob expects his writing will be appreciated 100 years after
his death - which is why he will have his brain cryogenically preserved
in single-malt scotch.
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From the Dictionary of the Philosophy of
Mind: Briefly, a realist about x holds that x enjoys mind-independent existence, that
is, x exists regardless of whether anyone thinks, hopes or fears that x exists.
sound odd to demand of minds and other things mental that they have mind independent
existence, but the claim, for instance, that my mind is mind independent just means that I
have a mind regardless of whether anyone thinks, hopes, or fears that I do.
As well, a realist insists on there being explanations of the empirical world
(including minds) in terms of the real world. Thus, a complete theory of the mind should
explain the existence and functioning of minds in terms of the reality lying behind their
empirically testable properties. This expectation strongly contrasts with the strictly empiricist
position of phenomenalists.
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