Most people shy away from philosophy, thinking of it as a discipline that can only be understood by the intelligentsia. Authors Stockton and Heuer elegantly dispute this prejudice. They argue that we all inevitably engage in critical thinking on a routine basis. They also explain classic philosophical methods and theories through the lens of daily, relatable human experience. These authors manage something miraculous: They render highly abstract ideas accessible in present life without diluting the original meaning. Narrator Theresa McCarthy’s grown-up tone matches the text. McCarthy sounds calm, dispassionate, wise, and wry. Her voice does what the authors hope: She encourages ordinary people to think of themselves as critical thinkers. This book confirms that critical thinking can aid those stumped by tricky circumstances.
A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys. PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses helps its listeners think critically about vodka, religion, and sex - proving that brains do have more fun.
©2013 Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This is a depressing rant about the problems in this person's life, not a book teaching critical thinking. Using such nuanced arguments as "Really?", this woman repeatedly talks about being smarter than everyone else, taking great pride in every use of profanity, while offering no actual critical thinking arguments. I don't exagerate. It's terrible as a book on philosophy. On a positive note, someone studying to be a psychiatrist would enjoy this as diagnosis material.
This book is not bite sized insights into critical thinking, it is a ego centric ramble from to people who think they have become the center of the universe because they have they have studied philosophy and have insights that no one except them can understand.
Don't waste your time with this book.
If the writers had not tried so very hard to be breezy and light, this might have been better. Calling people assholes and swearing a lot isn't necessary.
sorry- just hated it!
anger at myself for buying it.
This book tries so hard to be funny but falls far short of it's goal, and instead just comes off as annoyingly snarky. It isn't even really about critical thinking, more of a list of common sense, anecdotal tips such as, don't talk back to your boss, don't be rude to people that are grieving, and your boyfriend is a jerk. I got this title as a free promotion and tried to finish many times, but at 60% got so annoyed that I finally came to grips with the fact that the book contained no useful information and gave it up for good. Don't bother with this one.
I would have liked for the author to have dug a little deeper and actually gotten philosophical.
There were just a bunch of random thoughts, without ever seeming to really get philosophical. There seemed to be a lot of whining and a touch of humor. At the end, it just felt like there was very little of value offered.
There really weren't characters in this book.
Overall I found the book offensive. She spoke about life and as if her experience were the only true and genuine ones. As if nothing outside her world could be true or make sense. For some like philosophy that is so broad and theoretical she wrote like her thoughts and experiences were the only valid ones.
I would not recommend this title to anyone. The description offered for the book is very misleading. Unless you want to listen to a few hours of someone telling you that unless you see life exactly as she does then you are uneducated and haven't really thought philosophically about life. It was honestly offensive to me as a woman who considers herself very logically and actually does take time to think about these things to have someone speak as if she was all knowing and had the only worthwhile opinion.
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It's an interesting set of essays linking practical philosophy and real life, but the transition parts aren't quite as easy on the ears as they sound like they should be on the eyes. The narrator, however, does a very good job of extending the personal quality of the writing. It works a lot better when she has whole sentences to read. There are lots of sentence fragments used as emphasis.
The author definitely pulls off putting philosophy into plain speech, dropping all the pomposity of abstracted intellectualism normally associated with philosophy. There are no "how many angels could dance on the head of a pin?" conversations. There are a lot of examples, like how learning about the different types of philosophy can be applied to getting over a bad break up.
The book invited listeners who love wisdom. Two women were supposed do something more interesting than talk about dead white guys. What is more interesting about swearing at the living?
No. However, if I had college-aged children, I wouldn't send them to the author's Alma Mater.
If Theresa weren't such a good reader, I wouldn't have found out that an unedited, bad-mood journal entry actually made it into a book.
I kept thinking, did I buy this? Why did I buy it? What was I thinking? What did I think it was going to be about? I finally realized I didn't buy it. It was a gift from Audible. At LEAST I didn't buy it.
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