17 April 2008

BTT for 4/17 and a Review!

BTT first!

I’ve always wondered what other people do when they come across a word/phrase that they’ve never heard before. I mean, do they jot it down on paper so they can look it up later, or do they stop reading to look it up on the dictionary/google it or do they just continue reading and forget about the word?


99% of the time I try to figure it out in context, in fiction at least. In non-fiction if it is just a word and seems important I'll stop to look it up on dictionary.com or if it is a concept I look on Wikipedia.

To the review. More controversial subject matter, I really am on a roll. I finally finished Spirituality for the Skeptic by Robert C Solomon. I give this one a 3/7. I didn't really NOT like it but it was really difficult to get into and wasn't at all about what I thought it was about. It is only 140 pages but took forever. It was recommended by Sweet Reason, a humanist advised column on the Institute for Humanist Studies website. I have never in my life felt "spiritual" and have felt it is for touchy-feely-New Age hippy types or some term the ultra-religious use to feel better than other people. So I was looking for a non-supernatural definition which Solomon does give: a reverent love of life. But he doesn't really say why someone should try to be spiritual in that way and how to culitivate that attitude if you want to. It is more a defense of non-religious spirituality as he defines it and showing the philosophical history of the idea of spirituality.

Currently: waiting for my lunch break.

1 comment:

  1. For me it depends. I certainly like to look up words if I don't know what they are but I don't always drop everything to do so. Sometimes I just try to figure them out in context. If I'm close to the computer though I'll stop and look them up, give the ol' brain cells a little something new to chew on. :)

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