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Martin Cohen

Autor(a) de 101 Philosophy Problems

39+ Works 850 Membros 13 Críticas

About the Author

Martin Cohen is an author, editor, and philosopher who has written many popular books in philosophy and social science including 101 Philosophy Problems, 101 Ethical Dilemmas, Mind Games. Philosophical Tales, and Wittgenstein's Beetle. He has also written key reference works in the For Dummies mostrar mais series on critical thinking skills and philosophy. mostrar menos

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Obras por Martin Cohen

101 Philosophy Problems (1999) 294 exemplares
101 Ethical Dilemmas (2003) 145 exemplares
Philosophy For Dummies (2010) 31 exemplares
Cracking Philosophy (2016) 16 exemplares
MARINE CORPS 3X FIT/PROG PB (1987) 11 exemplares
In Quest of Telescopes (1980) 10 exemplares
The Executive Coloring Book (1991) 6 exemplares
101 Ahlak Ikilemi (2016) 3 exemplares
The Competitive Edge (1982) 2 exemplares
Executive Woman's Coloring Book (1992) 2 exemplares
MARTYR 2 exemplares
Akil Oyunlari (2014) 1 exemplar
Rethinking Thinking (2022) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Universe (1987) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
25 Short Short Stories — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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Less philosophical puzzles than examples of paradoxes and biases.
kaikai1 | 5 outras críticas | May 22, 2020 |
With a title like this one, you know exactly what you are getting into. This book is vehemently anti-nuclear. The authors debunk established "facts" about nuclear power in each chapter; like the idea that it is a green energy, or low cost. Even though the book isn't long, parts of it were very dense, especially while discussing the true cost of nuclear in terms of kilowatt hours. It covers the major nuclear accidents, and takes the stance that the true cost in terms of cancers and deaths is being covered up my multiple agencies for the sake of the industry. What surprised me most, was how much the author disparaged other green energy ideas like wind and solar. By the end, the book has concluded that pretty much all of the green energy alternatives are pointless, but provides no ideas to help solve the energy problem. While the book is full of good information on the true costs of nuclear in various terms, I was slightly frustrated that all other alternatives were criticized with no suggestions for any kind of solution.… (mais)
LISandKL | Dec 26, 2014 |
Good introduction to ethics
georgeslacombe | Feb 24, 2014 |
One of the classic items in the philosopher’s toolbox is the thought experiment. The person conceives of a scenario or a universe, proposes a problem, and engages another person with its implications or meaning. While they may seem simple, thought experiments have rules (or at least guidelines). They should be simple, internally consistent, complete, and conceivable. Martin Cohen, in Wittgenstein’s Beetle, takes the reader through 26 such experiments to help us get a handle on the nature of the universe, the laws of physics, and even the meaning of language.

The book’s 26 experiments are a fun alphabetic tour of philosophy and science—A for Alice’s Acceleration, B for Bernard’s Body-Exchange, and so on. This has the simple effect of keeping our attention on each experiment and not letting them blend together into a hazy mess. He lays out the experiment as originally thought out and invites the reader to a supplementary discussion of each one. Each experiment’s logical implications and revelations are at least mildly interesting. My favorite was at J (for Jules Henri Poincare’s look into alternate geometries):

“Imagine a gaseous world made up of gaseous beings. They exist near the center of the world and as such, expand to occupy a decent amount of space. Surrounding the world is a vacuum whose temperature measures absolute zero but they don’t know it (this is important). One day, they decide to get a fix on exactly how large their planet is, and so begin slowly measuring the distance to the outer edge with a gaseous measuring device (also important). As they slowly make their way to the edge, they get colder and colder, steadily approaching absolute zero, and thereby shrinking along the way (as gases tend to do). Upon getting infinitesimally closer to the edge, they get infinitely small and therefore never reach it. So they give up and go back towards the center (and re-expand to their original size). They relay to the rest of the planet that their world is infinitely large because they never reached the edge.” The implication here is that measurement is relative and based on perception.

While the scenario is wildly fantastic, it still helps inform our understanding of the universe. The other experiments in this book are just as informative. Cohen’s collection is designed to give you nuggets of thought to chew on for a while, then pass along to another one. He incorporates a lot of the original source material (or at least a good translation), but keeps the writing crisp and slightly witty. For those wishing to dip a toe into philosophy, this would as good a place as any to start. A quick and informative book.
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2 vote
NielsenGW | Jun 12, 2013 |


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