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The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke | [Dean Kowalski (Editor), William Irwin (Editor)]

The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke

Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs"? And - most importantly - whether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga!

This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters.

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Publisher's Summary

A lighthearted meditation on the philosophical quandaries of the hit television show The Big Bang Theory...

Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs"? And - most importantly - whether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga!

This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. You might find other philosophy books on science and technology and cosmology, but only this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle.

  • Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights on your favorite Big Bang Theory characters, story lines, and ideas
  • Examines important themes involving ethics and virtue, science and technology, semiotics, religion, and the human condition
  • Brings the thinking of some of the world's greatest philosophers to bear on The Big Bang Theory,
  • from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and more

Essential reading for every Big Bang Theory fan, this book explores whether comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the good life, and whether they can know enough science and technology to "tear the mask off nature and stare at the face of God".

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    Janine 09-24-12
    Janine 09-24-12

    I am a retired RN who has a interest in many different ideas, places, people, aand times. I do like books with some kind of action in them.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an amazing and humorous piece of work. I enjoyed it immensely. Not only did it bring to mind some of my favorite moments from the series but It was spot on in its assessment of the action and interaction or lack thereof from the characters. Having grown up with a "genius" for a brother, I also related to many of the situations. Sheldonnnn reminds me so much of my brother in some aspects such as him having rto be interpreted for those not in his immediate circle, and sometimes even then. Thank you for such an enoyable time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy?

    Then memorable moments started with the beginning and never stopped.


    Have you listened to any of Andrew Eiden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and then again and again. I'm keeping on my MP3 player to listen to when I need a humor break.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I want to listen to some more of the philosophy discussions by the authors.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cioffi 11-08-13
    C. Cioffi 11-08-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun, but repetitive"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is really an essay, bulked out to be a full length book. The concept is fun and interesting, but they content tends to repeat several times through the book. The same examples are pulled in over and over (and over and over!)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 04-22-13
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring overly analitical review"

    They analyze the psychology and philosophy of every single line. At first I thought it wasn't what I expected but it might be interesting from another point of view. I really don't need an analysis of the friendship types in the show as depicted by Aristotle. But it might tickle your fancy. My fancy was not tickled. My fancy fell asleep.

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    Eric Knox grean road, New Brunswick, Canada 10-20-12
    Eric Knox grean road, New Brunswick, Canada 10-20-12 Member Since 2012

    I value the scientific method, have some understanding of the size and age of the universe and I respect the methods and findings of science.

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    "In praise of fuzzy logic!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book was flawed or at least missed an opportunity to show the sheer fun of the scientific endeavor. The only way to make this book better would be to remove the chapters that praised magical thinking and introduce chapters that showed the power and beauty of science.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Kowalski (Editor) and William Irwin (Editor) again?

    I would be hesitant to read anything by these editors again.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was compitent and included good change of voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been great if it had more than two lines that showed how important science is. I did not feel good about science when listening to this. I reject one authors claim that science and religion are equally valid. The value of any hypothesis should be made on the basis of consequence and predictive power. Religion does not make any testable predictions and constantly draws flawed conclusions. Scientists believe because of the facts and the religious often believe despite them.-These are not equally valid positions!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • judith
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    "Seriously nerdy"

    Each chapter is by a different writer, who looks at some interesting topic (e.g. friendship, gender, motherhood) and then uses examples from TBBT to illustrate their points. The writers are all of a scientific bent, but more into philosophy or psychology than physics. I would say that they are uniformly well-read and thoughtful. The result is fascinating and well researched - no empty pontificating, all backed up with authorities, research or reason (and quotes from the TV shows). I particularly liked the habit of systematically giving the dates of the sources (as in, Aristotle, 384-322BC) [May Google Light All Their Days]. In fact, I may try to pick up that habit myself (1957 to present).

    I should perhaps mention that the book is not FUNNY. If you only watch the TV series for a few cheap laughs at the expense of some Geeks, you probably won't enjoy this book. We are definitely in the Natural Sciences corner of the pub for this one.

    Lastly, excellent narrator for Sheldon's accent - how does he segue so seamlessly into Sheldon's voice? Though his French pronunciation is bizarre even for an American. I've never heard anyone pronounce 'raison d'etre' as 'raisn de tre' before.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
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    "A must for Big Bang Theory fans"
    What did you like most about The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy?

    The details of character observations and philosophical comparisons


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy?

    As somebody who has the nickname "Sheldon Cooper" (given to me by my brother) all the parts about sheldon I just found myself laughly and quietly thinking 'he's dot a point'


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    As a non-fiction book no scene or part stood out from any other, it was consistantly interesting and entertaining throughout


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Johnson
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    "Philosophy through the Big Bang Theory"

    I think this is great for anyone starting philosophy because it adresses key issues through a common background to anyone listening (or reading).



    It's also fairly funny.

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