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Apocalypse Wow! (Anglais) Cassette – mai 1999


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The Greatest Book of All Time 12 décembre 1999
Par Fawzi Karout - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The book's setting is Chicago, Illinois. The author is the main character and parades around Chicago to learn about the Apocalypse and the signs that hint the end. He starts the book by explaining the philosophy of other prophets such as the well known Nostradamus.He explains the different dates of Apocalypse according to Nostradamus' most famous book.
In search of an answer James Finn Garner read books written by philosophers who tried to predict the end of the world.He tries to prove the theory of several different philosophers. While attempting to prove the theories of the philosophers right he also realizes that they are also absolutely inaccurate. James Finn Garner also conducted a tiring but hilarious analysis of almost every source available for predicting the future, such as boiled tea leaves, crystal balls, and severed donkey heads. Garner looks to uncover the truths behind crop circles, harmonic convergence, and channeling. It was a humorous take on the end of the world. Ganer seems to change a disaster to what one would call a grade A comedy.While using comedy he also may offend some readers as he does insult almost every religion ranging from Christianity to Judaism. Using his politically incorrect gestures he makes a reader laugh. Garner will jump from serious to humor but certain theories maybe confusing for readers as he tends to use scientific terms which a reader would never understand.His book is a comedy but a politically incorrect comedy. The question is why does the cover clearly state a that it is a politically correct story. The book really should never be given to a religous or fanatic person. This book has clearly been written for a person who is not easily affended.
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Not with a bang, but a snicker. 26 novembre 2002
Par David Group - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Okay, so the millenium has passed, but there are still some who say that apocalyptic doom is just around the corner. James Finn Garner has taken all this doom and gloom and dissected it with a satirist's wit, hopefully putting all your fears to rest. Imagine the skepticism of a James Randi combined with the irreverence of a Michael Moore as he tackles everything from the Bible to UFOs. Maybe now you'll be able to sleep at night. I recommend reading this with Stephen Jay Gould's QUESTIONING THE MILLENIUM.
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Skeptically Hilarious and thick with sarcasm 24 juin 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
"Apocalypse Wow!" is probably the funniest book I have read so far this year. Garner totally debunks every apoclayptic prophecy and superstition from The Revalation to Nostradamus by sarcastically pretending to believe them. This book was an incredibly light read, I read it cover to cover at a coffee shop near my college. I think this is a vastly underrated book. I hadn't even heard of it until I noticed it on the library shelf as having a catchy title.
I would say this book is a hilarious and engaging work of common sense and skepticism in society obsessed with the "X-Files" and "Unexplained Mysteries". I found particularly funny the way he parodied the obsession with names and prophecy by rearranging names in the book (i.e. Nostradamus = Stud Oarsman, Roast Us Damn!) No supersition or archaic belief is spared here, including UFOs, reincarnation, or the lost city of Atlantis.
Perhaps the only downfall of this book was the last chapter, which was somewhat anticlimactic and didn't cover anything previous chapters already didn't. But a great book nonetheless.
I highly recommend this book to any skeptic with a sense of humor.
Chris
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Humor for the woo-fatigued skeptic 30 octobre 2007
Par Brian Connors - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
First off, is it so hard to take this as something other than Y2K humor? Given the continued survival of people like Deepak Chopra and Pat Robertson, and the general anti-intellectual climate of American life, this book didn't lose relevance when the lights failed to go out on 1/1/2000.

Garner's humor is quite dry and snarky, and admittedly that doesn't appeal to everyone. But I think he captures the attitude of a great many skeptics towards poorly thought out spiritual, pseudoscientific, and pseudohistorical writings and themes that, despite being unprovable or outright ridiculous, still inflame the thoughts of many a true believer. Essentially, Garner's work here presents it, not as the subject for serious debate that many of these ideas' promonents want to frame it as, but illogical garbage worthy only of mockery and ridicule. This offends some? So be it. We skeptics have as much right to informed mockery of these half-baked ideas as their proponents do to put them out there.

Garner does cover a lot of ground, too -- disguised behind Garner's mostly-fictional (and often hilariously inept) adventures are strident criticisms of pyramidiocy, Atlantean obsession, ersatz Native American spirituality (of the type practiced by people referred to by humorist Robert Lanham as Cherohonkees, fluffbunny paganism, and the ominous singlemindedness of Christian fundamentalism, culminating in a three-for-the-price-of-one skewering of media-whore preachers, talk radio, and gematria such as the Bible Code. Numerous sidebars mock the tortured logic of woo practitioners, including measuring out Yankee Stadium with an ever-diminishing hot dog, listing the centuries' many candidates for Antichrist, and shooting down false prophets left and right.

As long as people let themselves be ruled by argument from authority and wishful thinking, there will always be a need for critical thinking. In the same way as Martin Gardner's Fads and Fallacies is still relevant over half a century after its initial publication despite the disappearance of much of the woo it chronicles, Apocalypse Wow! retains its interest despite the turning over of the millennium because even as fads pass, the faulty thought process remains. Even if it is out of print, it's still worth grabbing a copy.
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The End of the World is Nigh 6 janvier 2000
Par Andrew W Sloley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
A terrific send up of the end-of-the-world timers and prophets. Putting all the enlightement (new age) and biblical end-of-time predicitons in one spot just highlights how ridiculous the lot of them are. Nicely written with a great combination of 'Oh Gosh, isn't this wonderful' straight man approach and sly digs hidden (or not so hidden) throughout the text.
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