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Overview The author's love affair with books began at age five with PADDY-PAWS: Four Adventures of the Prairie Dog with the Red Coat, which is still in his possession. Although, influenced by a few good teachers, the early years were wasted, except when Bill Barlow's pathway to books opened up with the discovery of the library at the age of 12. Never shy about confrontation, Bill went to war with the world: still, books filled the hours of "R and R" (rest and relaxation). After 50 years of battle, Bill returned to the world of books, again finding a friend and ally in combating a ghost. The words of Lloyd C. Douglas, "If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost," had become all too real over the years.
Publishers Description The author's love affair with books began at age five with PADDY-PAWS: Four Adventures of the Prairie Dog with the Red Coat, which is still in his possession. Although, influenced by a few good teachers, the early years were wasted, except when Bill Barlow's pathway to books opened up with the discovery of the library at the age of 12. Never shy about confrontation, Bill went to war with the world: still, books filled the hours of "R and R" (rest and relaxation). After 50 years of battle, Bill returned to the world of books, again finding a friend and ally in combating a ghost. The words of Lloyd C. Douglas, "If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost," had become all too real over the years. Bill Barlow has learned that the search for truth requires honesty when examining the facts. Great explorers like Lewis and Clark, and adventurers such as Charles Lindberg had to deal honestly with the environments, which confronted them. Society has never put such demands upon the individual, but rather condones dishonesty, because it is dishonest. Bill challenges the reader in a fact-filled journey to examine his foundations in a wide range of subjects, to ultimately examining his very soul. "I was wrong" and "I am sorry" are the most difficult three word sentences in the English language. Are you prepared to say one or both of them?
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Studio: Tate Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 3, 2008
Publisher Tate Publishing
ISBN 1602477434 ISBN13 9781602477438
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NUPP in five minutes Nov 14, 2008
No Unexamined Presuppositions, Please in 5 minutes By Bill Barlow, Sr.
A presupposition is simply an "an assumption that one believes to be true," which may be true or false. History is replete with assumptions proving to be wrong. From time immemorial, the western world assumed that the sun and planets traveled about the earth (geocentric view). This was so jealously guarded [for reasons of theology by the Roman Catholic Church] that Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) experienced an inquistion in 1633, which came close to burning him at the stake for his radical ideas (the present heliocentric view) on our planetary system. 342 years after Galileo's death the Roman Catholic Church apologized for placing Galileo on house arrest for the last eight years of his life. Therefore, proving that those in power do not lightly relinquish assumptions, which support their authority.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), who incidentally, remained steadfast in his geocentric view, also, ushered in the 17th century with revolutionary ideas. Bacon, who like Galileo had grown tired of the "philosophy of Aristotle (physics in Galileo's case)," wrote of the four idols of the mind...(1) "The "idols of the cave," which are atttributale to individual development in the cavern of ones mind (intellectual faults). (2) The "idols of the tribe" are beliefs inherent to the mind of man (intellectual faults), and therefore belonging to the whole of the human race. (3) The "idols of the market" are attributal to human nature and the false significance bestowed upon words,and the inaccuracies of language. (4) The "idols of the theater" are built up in sophistory, misconceptions, and false learning in the fields of theology, philosophy and science. All of which begs the questions: Does a society's acceptance of new idols [assumptions] ever end, and how many remain present in today's societies?
I choose to divide my book into three books.... In Book One, which follows an intensive Prologue, Preface and Introduction, I lay out some fundamentals on truth and "the meaning of words."
In Book Two, I explore assumptions in three histories: the first, concerns itself with the man behind the name, William Shakespeare; the second involves Middle Kingdom Egypt with Israel and some natural history; and the third, an assumption in the religion of Muhammad, Islam.
In Book Three, I tie three seemingly unrelated subjects together, i.e., the Declaration of Independence, Natural Law and Creation, and I make a case for the creator and His creation. The problem in the creation evolution debate is not the need for miracles, as both views require them. The problem is that creation "presupposes" the existence of a creator. Moreover, a foundation stone, common to evolution; atheism; and communism, is "no non-material reality." It is not an opposition to religion, which the evolutionist impugns to support his position. Incidentally, the "Idols of the mind" represent a non-material reality.
The book ends with a wonderful, Farewell and Epilogue, which were a delight to write. In addition, I continued to enjoy myself by writing the book cover's back matter.
Because the back matter is written by the author, as a third person [reader, author and the 'writer'], the first draft for many is difficult. Looking at my book's back cover [see Product Description], note the context of the word "confrontation" in the fifth line and the words "the search for truth" in the first line of the next paragraph, followed by the definition of "confrontation" at its end (see below).
Confrontation produces truth, and herein lays the problem: when one of the "two" is unwilling or unable [Cognitive Dissonance?] to acknowledge the truth. Accepting and acting upon the truth becomes a matter of the heart [which is the key] acting upon the will [which is the lock], for "He who has been convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." The front cover reveals how the heart [the non-material reality] becomes involved in the study of a history.
Cognitive Dissonance - "The tendency of a person to reject or deny information that challenges his preconceptions." Phychologist Leon Festinger (1919 - 1989)
Confrontation, n. The act of bringing two people into the presence of each other for examination and discovery of truth. (Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary)