DELUSIONS — Pragmatic Realism

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The author advances compelling arguments regarding Delusions ingrained and perpetrated by both, the religious and the scientific communities.

He concludes that science/religion argument is equally as deluded on both sides of the equation, particularly when advanced from the preeminently fundamentalist point of view. More

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About Stanislaw Kapuscinski

Architect, sculptor and prolific writer. His special interests cover a broad spectrum of arts, sciences and philosophy. His fiction and non-fiction attest to his particular passion for the scope and the development of human potential. He authored more than twenty-five books, fifteen of them novels, under the pen name Stan I.S. Law.

His life attests that his View of Reality leads to success and happiness. A refugee from Poland at 13, then at 33, having overcome the difficulties of schooling in a foreign language, he left England for Canada in search of new horizons. Later his family scattered, his house burned to the ground, the firm—where he worked for many years—bankrupt… he began his search for the secret of life. Now he is a successful writer, happily married for 25 years, with an assured future.

Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism
DELUSIONS — Pragmatic Realism
Visualization — Creating your own Universe
Key to Immortality
Beyond Religion volumes I, II, and III

Under the pen-name Stan I.S. Law, his novels include:
NOW—Being and Becoming
One Just Man (prequel to Elohim)
Elohim—Masters and Minions
Yeshûa—Personal Memoir of the Missing Years of Jesus.
The Avatar Syndrome (prequel to Headless World)
Headless World
The Princess (Alexander Trilogy Book One)
The Gate—Things my Mother told me
WALL—Love, Sex, and Immortality

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Review by: Anetta Bach on Nov. 12, 2013 : star star star star star
I read Delusions - Pragmatic Realism twice then went over the paragraphs I have ‘highlighted’. The book has a frightening aura of prophetic truth, which might well upset people well ingrained in their ways. Stasis is no longer an option. Yet Delusions also offers hope for those willing to listen before it becomes too late. It seems that we are rapidly running out of time.
Good luck!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Marlon (Marvin) D. Clark on Nov. 06, 2013 : star star star star star
As with all Stanislaw Kapuscinski books, Delusions make you think. What makes this book exceptional in its genre is that it is also entertaining. What is even more fascinating, is that without sacrificing Pragmatic Realism, the author manages to suggest realities that border on science fiction, without straying from the philosophical axioms. Delusions boast a rare combination of erudition, entertainment and literature.

A rare book, indeed.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Fred Schäfer on Dec. 13, 2012 : star star star star star
Every now and then you come across a book you wished you had read years ago. "DELUSIONS - Pragmatic Realism" is one of these books. It tackles the biggest philosophical, religious and scientific issues head on. And when I say the biggest, I do mean the BIGGEST: What is reality? 99.99etc99% of my body, of the chair I am sitting on of the planet I call home is empty space. What does that make me? Empty space? There are a few possible answers to that question. I won't give them away. Is there a God? And if there is a God what might this God look like? Can you trust science? Did it REALLY all start with a Big Bang? Can religion provide answers? These are the topics the author of this book writes about. At the same time this book could be called a letter to a famous atheist. (I would love to read the atheist's reply.)
When you read this book you can feel that every thought, idea and piece of knowledge you encounter just had to come out of the author's ... well, head, I guess. (I hesitated. Just now the question occurred to me: how can a book come out of 99.99etc99% of emptiness? - Never mind. The book can explain this.) It would not surprise me if it didn't take the author more than a few months to write it. Accordingly, sometimes the book is a little bit all over the place: jumping from one thought to the next and then back again. This was okay with me. It made for very entertaining reading. This is not a boring textbook. Apart from the many, many interesting facts it presents, it is humorous, witty, at times sarcastic and always thought-provoking. I liked it very much and highly recommend it.
PS: Maybe the 99.99etc99% emptiness is the "solid" staff and we just can't see it? A delusion and illusion...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Adam Kerry on June 30, 2012 : star star star star star
The book examines our perception of reality shaped by science and religion from the point of view of the past, the present and the future. In as much as I find all three analyses intriguing, the author’s view of the future is both, fascinating and chilling. It seems that only few of us will continue to rise on the evolutionary scale, while the masses, the vast majority, will follow the dire predictions of Esoteric Buddhism (see H.P. Blavatsky). The author suggests that to assure our place among the few, we must reach back into the ancient myths.

He may well be right…
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Patrick Johnson on March 17, 2012 : star star star star star
Apparently the scientists are free to postulate ten, (in days to come probably 20 or more) dimensions, but refuse to accept the invisible but equally as real assumptions of ancient myths. It used to be, that a scientific theory must have allowed to be tested under laboratory conditions. Those days are long gone. So how are we to differentiate between science and myths?

There appears to be a double standard here. Thank you Mr. Kapuscinski for opening our eyes. I recommend this book to people of all persuasions. They say that truth will set you free…
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bohdan Czytelnik on March 14, 2012 : star star star star star
A fascinating concept. To go forward we must look into the distant past. And if we don’t, all to soon we shall start from scratch—once again on the wheel of Awagawan. Richard Dawkins’s evolution seems to have slowed down to a crawling pace. Perhaps it stopped moving altogether. As has science. As has religion. Must we also give up?

But what struck me most in Delusions was Kapuscinski’s well-grounded theory that whatever evolutionary advances we might be making, they are confined to material progress only. Spiritually we are on fast, downward spiral. We no longer make an effort to raise our individual state of consciousness. In fact, most of us hardly know what it means—and this in spite of the latest scientific theories, such as the illusion of materiality, multi-universe concepts, of multiplicity of dimensions. We escape from the true reality to hide in our ignorance.

No wonder the churches are empty
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jo Steinman on March 12, 2012 : star star star star star
Having read God Delusion, I’m so glad that Stanislaw Kapuscinski took it upon himself to extend the ‘Delusions’ to the field of science. Pragmatic Realism seems well suited to the task of balancing the odds. The book shows, clearly, the folly of one-sided view of reality. It also evident that those who criticize the most, have most to learn.

As I said before, please keep them coming, Mr. Kapuscinski!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hanna K. Loda on March 10, 2012 : star star star star star
I love the idea of being mostly empty space. Perhaps we are just bundles of emotions, held in a gentle yoke of mental discipline. Now this would be neither religion nor science. It just would be a wonderful way to live, to experience reality.

I am reminded of a poem by William Blake:

How do you know but every bird
that wings the airy way,
Is an enormous world of delight,
Closed to your senses five?

If birds can do it, why shouldn’t we? You opened a new reality for me.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sylvester Drake on March 09, 2012 : star star star star star
I’m so glad someone had the courage to stand up to a renowned scientist and show the weakness in his reasoning. Kapuscinski opens our eyes to the narrowness of scientists’ vision of both, science and religions. Furthermore, the author’s knowledge and depth of understanding of the symbolism shrouding the mysteries of ancient myths surpasses many a scientific theory.
Well done, Sir!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Barbara Woolfe on March 08, 2012 : star star star star star
It has been a while since anyone dared to scold the sacred altars of science. Yet, it seems, the scientists have taken liberties with our credulity without being called to account for the nonsense they so often propagate. It seems that the scientists, and only they, have to right to propose ‘theoretical theories’, which within years are turned on their heads without so much as an apology. Most of the stuff I’ve been taught in school is now ‘scientifically passé’.

That, on the other hand, cannot be said of religions. In fact, the farther back we go, the closer we seem to get to the truth.

A fascinating book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: BozenaH on March 05, 2012 : star star star star star
Having read the editor’s proof I can state, categorically, that this book will upset many an applecart. Yet, if you have the courage to join the author in facing the completely unknown, this jewel is for your. But be ready to regard the reality around you in a completely different way. Good luck!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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