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Title : Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between
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Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between Reviews

  • Reese
    2019-06-25 15:08

    This book actually reminded me of a dream that I made up. I'm at a hotel in the Catskills, and hundreds of once-upon-a-time comedians are competing for a chance to host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE or replace greeters at Walmart -- whatever. So one guy after another does his "shtick"; I'm "plotzing" because even a Passover Seder is funnier and because the waiters aren't schlepping any big trays of food. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of men with beards and black hats; they're frantically explaining why chometz can't be served even though it's noon and Passover doesn't start until sunset. But the cooks and busboys keep interrupting with references to Jesus and Mohammed and Plato and Thorton Wilder and Buddha and Kierkegaard and scientists and Woody Allen, etc. I don't get everything they're saying because the M.C. is trying to entertain the audience by passing around cartoons from THE NEW YORKER or THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER. I can't tell -- remember it's a dream that I'm sharing.I think that maybe I expected too much from this little book with the long title and even longer subtitle. "Yeah, that's the ticket." Dead -- from New York -- it's . . . it's . . . it's a Jew's nightmare: bad entertainment and no food.

  • Con Bé Ki
    2019-05-31 14:05

    Mua quyển này và đọc xong rồi mới thấy giá trị của 2 cuốn Cộng hòa và Chính trị luận mà mình đang đọc dang dở :( Đại khái là thà đọc mấy đoạn đối thoại khô như ngói ấy còn hơn là đọc mấy mẩu truyện cười không hề có một chút xíu kích thích như thế này huhuhu.

  • kelly
    2019-06-25 08:22

    While I enjoy the jokes and cartoons (especially the cartoons) - i guess I was looking for more depth... I know what was I thinking? OK to be be honest - I was looking for an answer :)

  • AmberBug **
    2019-06-11 10:20

    Review on Shelf NotesDear Reader,This book made me roll my eyes so much they almost fell out of my eye sockets. What do you get when you mix really dumb jokes with basic philosophy? You'd think something interesting and fun, this was the opposite of that. Maybe it wasn't just for me... maybe it was meant for someone with a different sense of humor. The jokes just didn't get me going AT ALL. I laughed maybe once, if even that. However, I do believe there is an audience out there that could be intrigued by a book like this, pre-teen or maybe teens just starting out with philosophy. I could also see this being strongly suited to people who like a light listen in audio book format. I really think this format is the only way to experience the book. I wish I could give this more praise but this just wasn't for me.Happy Reading,AmberBug

  • Brent
    2019-06-16 16:28

    I guess the strength of the first book, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes was that it didn't wear out its material. The authors moved fairly quickly from one topic to the next, keeping things interesting and fairly witty. This book doesn't fare so well. When a pair of authors spend an entire book dwelling exclusively on death and the philology thereof, they need to be twice as funny. Spoiler: (They aren't.)

  • Arvind
    2019-06-15 13:20

    3.5/5 Unlike d authors' famous "Plato and Platypus walk into a bar", this book is largely philosophy with a few jokes n cartoons. And the jokes n philosophy both were better here.The book talks of death, meaning of life, afterlife, immortality (both conceptual n physical). The authors have used d ideas of famous philosophers and their own commentary to provide a satisfying read. And every now and then, u bump into a joke which lightens things up.Especially loved d last chapter on how immortality will be a reality soon and what it may mean. Also, while I bought this one for a light breezy read, it was more philosophy than jokes. But, am not complaining :)

  • Angela
    2019-06-02 16:32

    Imagine two 70+ yo men, who once studied philosophy at Harvard, cracking groanworthy jokes while doing a drive by explanation of the history of the philosophy of death. Stir in too many references to quotes by Woody Allen. (One would be too many for me) It was mildly amusing, enough to distract me for a while. I learned a new word, weltschmerz, which I intend to use as often as I can.

  • Rafael Villegas
    2019-05-27 12:06

    I gave this book 5 stars because it introduces you to a variated array of philosophy--everything dealing with death and life.It starts out with a little existentialism and quotes Sartre and Kierkegaard. It discusses death and our inevitable demise (do you fully understand that you're going to die?). then it goes into heaven and ideas that our spirit lives on after we die... this section I though was a little slow--just because of my uninterest? But what's great about the book is that it adds humor in with everything, it mellows down the depression; and this is where I beleive the book did well in sticking out. The jokes were hilarious! They were great because the philosophy placed me in the opposing emotional state and then when they threw jokes at me I laughed awkwardly--I would sit there on my couch and giggle nervously. Creative! But then the book ended on Suicide, and its relevence over the years, which worked perfectly as a conclusion for why we should want to live, what beauty there is, and our deep fight for survival--even if it's in the form of releif.5 stars for an introductory and humorous book.

  • Scott
    2019-06-18 09:09

    A non-fiction book which uses philosophical reasoning, jokes and cartoons to discuss death and our connections with it. Some of the jokes and cartoons were funny. Others were a little dry. Some of the quotes from philosophers were hit and miss, as was the writing style, complete with ever-changing fonts. Overall it was interesting but no masterpiece. I read the Text Publishing Australian version which I won on a Facebook competition thanks to the generosity of the publishers.

  • Quí Hiển
    2019-06-06 12:33

    Không phàn nàn về dịch giả nhưng rõ ràng cuốn này không hợp dịch ra tiếng Việt. Và bản thân cuốn này cũng khá vô duyên với những câu chuyện cười không liên quan mẹ gì với phần triết và phần triết cũng rất hời hợt chẳng ra sao cả, rất lớt phớt và tập trung chủ yếu vào chơi chữ và hài kiểu Mẽo. Có cảm giác phần triết cũng cố gắng tập trung vào cách làm thế nào để lái qua truyện cười, thay vì viết triết đàng hoàng, nhưng rất tiếc, truyện cười không liên quan như đã nói.

  • Tứ Huỳnh
    2019-06-20 11:22

    Lại triết tếu. Đây là quyển thứ hai của hai đồng tác giả này do Nhã Nam ấn hành, quyển đầu tiên là Plato và con thú mỏ vịt bước vào quán bar, mình đã review ở vài post trước. Vẫn thủ pháp mà hai đồng tác giả sử dụng trong quyển trước (tức là dùng ngôi thứ nhất số nhiều và đặt trong bối cảnh đối thoại với một nhân vật ảo thứ ba). Quyển này bàn về các vấn đề cực kì siêu hình mà mọi người, không chỉ triết gia mà cả người bình thường như chúng ta đều muốn lý giải. Đó là các vấn đề về sự sống, cái chết, sự sống sau cái chết, kiếp sau, v.v, hay nói theo ngôn ngữ của Kant thì là đang bàn về ba định đề của lý tính thực hành, đó là Tự do, Thượng Đế và sự bất tử. Quyển sách là một cuộc hành trình khá dài đi qua rất nhiều luận thuyết của nhiều triết gia về các vấn đề kể trên. Tính ra quyển này đọc sẽ khó hiểu hơn quyển Plato vì những vấn đề bàn đến khá sâu sắc và nói khá kĩ nên bạn đọc cần đọc chậm rãi nhé.

  • Al Bità
    2019-06-06 11:32

    The title says it all... and obviously, with a title like that, you ought not to expect anything particularly deep, or too subtle (though the authors do tackle some of the complexities, they do tend to shy away from actually confronting them too deeply) — though, if you want depth, you can always follow up with some of the books included in the suggested books for further reading at the and of the book! Even so, the book covers most of the main ideas people have had about this vexed and often vexing subject. It uses a multi-voiced approach (using different colours of print and different typefaces for each voice; so permitting alternative views or other comments to be made easy and accessible) which is generally pleasant enough, even though we are reading about death, angst, eternity, soul, afterlife, heaven, immortality, etc. However, I did find the peculiar band of American Jewish schtick a little too eccentric for my taste — but some of the jokes are fun... What I did find enjoyable was the general 'irreverence' towards the big names (e.g. calling Aristotle 'Ari', and Heidegger 'Marty', etc.) — it helps to make them more accessible and 'user-friendly'.Of course you are not going to fine THE answer to the problems — you will find many such answers (philosophers are good at doing that!). Ultimately, however, I found the whole exercise less satisfying than I thought it might be. In the end the subject still remains vexed and vexing (especially if you believe that we do have a soul, and that there is life after death). Becoming an atheist and a physicalist will eliminate any anxiety one might have on the subject, and I urge readers to adopt this approach: then all the writings, philosophical and theological contortions we can see touched upon in this book simply become a series of amusing anecdotes emblematic of the wonderful creativity of the human mind as it embroiders its fantasies with their 'problems' into elaborate Gordian knots of meaninglessness.

  • Kent
    2019-06-04 12:18

    The subtitle covers the subject matter. After surveying many thoughts and belief on death and the afterlife, the authors come down to agnosticism and a general "to each his own" stance.I wasn't really looking for answers--I have answers from the Bible. I bought the book for the stories and humor, and in this I was not disappointed. Below is a sampling:--It is impossible to experience one’s own death objectively and still carry a tune. (Woody Allen, p. v)--Everybody has got to die, but I always believed an exception would be made in my case. (William Saroyan, p. 2)--Probably the toughest time in anyone’s life is when you have to murder a loved one because they’re the devil. (Emo Phillips, p. 22)--I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific. (Lily Tomlin, p. 40)--I don’t want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment. (Woody Allen, p. 63)--Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once. (Woody Allen, p. 82)--Dualism in a Nutshell: What is Mind? No Matter. What is Body? Never Mind. (p. 102)--I don’t believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear. (Woody Allen, p. 120)--… there is an afterlife, but no one will know where it’s being held. (Woody Allen, p. 121)

  • Michael
    2019-06-24 10:12

    The book provides a light-hearted look at the meaning of life and death as discussed by a number of philosophers, theologians, and scientists. Liberally illustrated with cartoons and jokes, it is best taken in small doses. I didn't find it as funny or as insightful as Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, but it was a fun read. For someone with a limited exposure to philosophical thought, it might inspire further reading. I did enjoy and think well deserved the fun made of Heidegger's convoluted language (no better in German than in English translation), but I think that the treatment of Kierkegaard's thought was a bit simplistic, given the complexity of his writings and the dramatic evolution of his philosophy over the course of a fairly short life. I would add Kierkegaard's journals to the reading suggestions in the bibliography for a more nuanced view of his writings. Narrative jokes have fallen out of favor of late (a shame), so some of the ones included are chestnuts. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on scientific explorations of life extension and "immortality."

  • Ege Özmeral
    2019-05-29 11:30

    1) Descartes, kendi kuşkusundan kuşku duyamayacağını anlayınca "Düşünüyorum öyleyse varım" sözünü söylemiştir. Burada kast ettiği "Kuşkulanıyorum, öyleyse bir kuşkucu olarak varlığımdan kuşkulanamam." idir. (page 196)2) Kendi klonunu yaratsan yani vücudundaki her hücrenin genetik koduna birebir sahip bir insan oluşturup ona "Sen kimsin?" diye sorarsan, "Ben Ege'yim la, asıl sen kimsin?" diyecektir. Bu kişi(klon) her ne kadar senin hafızana sahip olsa, senin gibi düşünse, yese, içse, sıçsa da onu kendin olarak kabul edebilir misin? Her ne kadar bu klon yukarıdaki saydığım özelliklere sahip olsada mutlaka içini bir şeyler kemirecek. İşte bu hissin "kendillik" adı verilen şeyle ilgisi var. Bu şey(artık her neyse) zihnimiz veya ruhumuzdan(!) çok farklı bir şey. Mesela kendi beynini bir bilgisayara aktarıp intihar etsen yaşayan kişi yine "sen" olur musun? C.D. Braod bu deneyime "qualia" adını verdi.- Edmund Husserl- C.D. Broad

  • Kenny
    2019-06-23 09:20

    A fun and funny overview of the various approaches to belief in the afterlife (or not), combined with some nice jokes, to wit:The monitor confirmed cardiac arrest as an elderly man suddenly lost consciousness. After about twenty seconds of resuscitation, he came to. Explaining to him that his heart had momentarily stopped, the doctor asked if he remembered anything unusual during that time."I saw a bright light," he said, "and in front of me a man dressed in white."Excitedly, the doctor asked if he could describe the figure."Sure, Doc," he replied. "It was you."All in all, an enjoyable read, with lots of references to great thinkers for further investigation.

  • Linda Robinson
    2019-05-31 15:23

    The authors quote William Saroyan in the Introduction "Everybody has got to die, but I always believed an exception would be made in my case." Humans understand the concept of life cycle, but avert our gaze at cycle endpoint. It's easier to use Woody Allen as our guide to contemplating death than the universe.Mingling Schopenhauer, Woody Allen, the apostle Paul, Gautama the Buddha, Descartes, Freud, Socrates, Einstein ("spooky action at a distance") and cartoons is brilliant coating on the bitter pill of mortality.I'll get this book for my shelf. I'm going to need it sooner than I'd like.

  • Dustfinger
    2019-05-31 12:32

    On the topic of philosophie books. The problem with almost all of them is, that they either are too serious, so you can hardly enjoy them on an easy basis (only enjoy them out of interest on the topic) or are so easy going that they don't really touch the subject with enough depth. This book is a good exaple of a book that tried to be both and that explained the theories quite well without beeing too complicated to read on holidays. Its fun and gives you a rough idea of the diffrent theories. You shouldn't, however, take it too serious, just becaus you can guess from the title that it wont go into too much depth. Fun to read and gets you to be interested.

  • Nick Duretta
    2019-06-01 13:22

    If you're looking to quickly absorb the essential perspectives of the great philosophers on the weighty topic of life, death and the afterlife, skip this one. It's too frivolous to even qualify as Philosophy Lite. Between a succession of groan-worthy jokes and cartoons, the authors do squeeze in tidbits from the pantheon of philosophers from Aristotle and Plato to Woody Allen, but the jokey tone drowns any substance they may have. I was left scratching my head as to what kind of reader would find this sort of thing entertaining--or useful.

  • Graeme Wilkins
    2019-05-30 11:05

    They say that laughter is the best best medicine .. If you need a dose then look no further! The subject is death and immortality..the object is to inform via the famous observant philosophers along with cartoonists, to poke fun at the great questions by notable comics and well a researched "narrative" to enable the "common man/woman" to reach his/her conclusions...A very enjoyable romp..I loved Socrates' final words.. Some great wisdom to enlighten the generations. No!, ..purportedly he advised those at his bedside that " I owe Asclepius a rooster!..

  • Alysia
    2019-06-18 09:13

    I'm not sure about this book. I find the philosophy of life and death very interesting, but I didn't feel like I took anything new away from this book. There was a little bit of new information presented, but no new ideas. I failed to gain any further perspective from it so it wasn't my favorite read.

  • Merve S.
    2019-06-14 14:15

    Hafif kişisel gelişim kitaplarına kayan yönünden midir, nedir tam olarak istediğimi bulamadım. Ama fena değildi, belki yayının diğer kitaplarıyla şansımı daha sonra denerim.

  • Daryl Seah
    2019-06-04 16:35

    quick enjoyable read. spoke to me... literally!

  • Bas Nordkamp
    2019-06-16 08:30

    Less funny and thought-provoking than "Plato and a Platypus", it was somewhat harder to get through, and did not offer that many new insights. Furthermore, the dialogues with their imagined neighbor (?) Darryl were simplistic, and seemed somewhat forced. However, the last 2/3 chapters were better than the rest, and did offer some interesting insights on immortality and suicide.

  • Thanh Nguyen
    2019-06-14 13:09

    "Cuộc đời liệu có mang một ý nghĩa khác hẳn không, nếu chúng ta sống mãi? Sau một hoặc hai nghìn năm, chúng ta liệu có kiệt quệ bởi nỗi buồn hiện sinh và cầu mong tất thảy kết thúc?""Tóm lại, Freud quan niệm rằng niềm tin vào Thượng đế và lời hứa của Thượng đế về đời sống vĩnh hằng là một thần thoại văn hoá giúp chúng ta thoát khỏi nỗi ám ảnh về cái chết.""Điều quan tâm lớn nhất của một con người chính là cái tôi của anh ta.""Hoá ra, trong đầu cụ Schop quả thực đã có vài ý tưởng thú vị về cái chết. Chẳng hạn ông cho rằng cuộc sống là một quá trình liên tục chết. Quá khứ khu ta thực sự nghĩ về nó, là một nhà kho tồn lưu những cái chết, một đống sự kiện không-còn-tồn-tại-nữa - mãi mãi đã mất, không thể phục hồi, chết cứng như cây đinh sắt (hoặc như con sóc chuột, tuỳ thuộc vào việc ông đang ở đâu khi lựa chọn vật thể so sánh). Artie đảo ngược câu cách ngôn êm tai xưa cũ "Hôm nay là ngày sống đầu tiên trong phần đời còn lại của bạn" thành "Hôm nay là ngày cuối cùng thuộc cái chết của bạn, cho đến lúc này.""Ta muốn tới Địa ngục chứ không phải Thiên đường. Ở Địa ngục ta sẽ được làm bạn với các giáo hoàng, vua chúa và hoàng tử, trong khi ở Thiên đường chỉ có ăn mày, tu sĩ và các tông đồ.""Điểm này rọi một ánh sáng mới lên câu hỏi cũ" ý thức sau khi chết của chúng ta sẽ thế nào nếu linh hồn bất tử? Liệu chúng ta có nhớ ý thức lúc còn sống không? Nếu không, bất tử có gì vui? Không có sự liên tục của cái-tôi, sao tôi phải quan tâm - dù là bây giờ hay khi đó? Hoặc diễn đạt khác đi, sao một trong hai cái-tôi phải quan tâm?""Về sự bất tử trước khi sinh, Socrates trưng ra bằng chứng là cậu đầy tớ không được học hành của Meno, tuy chưa hề nghiên cứu hình học nhưng đã tìm ra định lý Pythagore! Suy ra là cậu ta nhớ lại nó.""Sisyphus hạnh phúc vì đã "mở rộng trái tim với sự vô tình từ ái của vũ trụ." Và vì cuộc sống là phi lý, nên cái chết cũng là phi lý - hơi nực cười, nhỉ?""Tôi tin rằng Tiến sĩ Kevorkian biết điều gì đó. Tôi nghĩ ông ấy rất hay. Bởi vì tự tử là cách chúng ta nói với Thượng đế, "Ngài không thể sa thải tôi. Tôi nghỉ việc."""Về vấn đề này, chúng tôi cùng chung ý kiến với Woody Allen, triết gia nổi tiếng với tuyên bố, "Tôi không muốn được bất tử thông qua công việc mình làm. Tôi muốn được bất tử bằng cách không chết."""Diễn viên hài Steven Wright đã nói lời đúc kết cho toàn bộ thế hệ Boomers đang trệu trạo xơi cháo yến mạch khi nhận xét: "Tôi thấy tieces cho những người không uống rượu hay chơi ma tuý, vì một ngày nào đó, họ sẽ nằm trên giường bệnh chờ chết mà không biết tại sao."""Đàn bà - sống vĩnh viễn với họ thì ông không thể sống, mà không có họ, ông cũng không thể sống vĩnh viễn.""Chúng tôi nghĩ Husserl và những học trò của ông đã xác định được thứ mà tất cả chúng ta hy vọng là có một cuộc sống vượt ngoài nấm mồ. Nó là tự ngã của chúng ta! Bất kỳ sự bất tử nào không duy trì được sự liên tục của nhận thức về "ngã" thì không phải là kiểu bất tử mà chúng ta thèm muốn."

  • Greg
    2019-05-30 15:09

    *Note: Copied from the review on my blog - http://worldwritsmall.wordpress.comIn keeping with my recent theme of reading books concerned with death, real or imaginary and totally unintentional on my part, I have finished Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein. The mention of pearly gates should give you a clear indication that this book is about death; Heidegger’s name lends to it a hint that some philosophy will be involved and the hippo… well hippos are just funny creatures meaning that his book too will attempt to be funny.And it was funny. I definitely snickered a few times. Some of the jokes though were old ones that I had heard before, but with the internet who hasn’t heard most jokes out there? YouTube definitely makes that possible. Still, they keep the book light hearted and with everything else I’ve been reading, mainly Is Journalism Worth Dying For? by Anna Politkovskaya, has been quite nice. The point of this book is to look at all the aspects of death – including the meaning of life, immortality and all it’s possible iterations, the afterlife and its alternatives and even the experience of death. In doing so the authors, who are both students of philosophy and comedians (what comedian isn’t a philosopher?), cover a range of western Philosophers and their thoughts on the matter. They look at the arguments and balance them against one another, throughout the book, and occasional wander over to include an aspect of Eastern philosophy but not to a great deal.The most interesting aspect I found about the book were the arguments presented about the future of life/death and the developments of science. It may seem like science fiction in a lot of cases and certainly religions/philosophies will make an argument against some of those methods should they ever be developed but there are definite considerations to be made for each new technology. Any author of sci-fi should give the book a read to come to grips with what the future may hold for humans and the concept of self.The book is by no means inclusive as it tends to focus on the more well known philosophers and their thoughts on the matter of death – the lack of non-American/European and even women philosophers is notably but it by no means detracts from the work. It’s meant to be light and so is interspersed with not just jokes but comics that help to keep the mood easy and the pace moving. Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates is a fun read even if it’s about what is commonly considered a depressing topic and that’s the point – death doesn’t have to be something to get you down, except when you’re buried. If you want a bit of philosophy but aren’t well versed in the classics then this is a good place to start in your look at the meaning of life/death and what the future may hold for humankind.

  • Claire
    2019-06-02 12:11

    In the beginning, I laughed my ass off at some of the jokes. But as I continued on I found myself less and less interested. After reading over two thirds I just skimmed it to the end. The dialogue with Daryl was annoying and really detracted from the book over. Here were the jokes that made me crack up. Suicide is our way of saying to God, “You can’t fire me, I quit!” – Bill MaherOld Sol Bloom lay dying in his bed, when he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite strudel wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom and forced himself down the staris, griping the railing with both hands. With laboured breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen.If it were for the pain in his chest, he would have thought he was already in Heaven. There, spread out on paper towels on the kitchen table, were literally hundreds of pieces of his favourite pastry. Sol smiled; this was one final act of love from his devoted wife, Sophie, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man. With a quivering hand he reached for a piece of the strudel. Suddenly he felt the slap of a spatula.“Stay out of those,” Sophie said. “They’re for after.”I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said, “Stop! Don’t do it!”“Why shouldn’t I? he said.“Well, there’s so much to live for!”“Like what?”“Well…are you religious?”He said yes.I said, “Me too. See? We’ve got lots in common already, so let’s talk this thing through. Are you Christian or Buddhist?”“Christian.”“Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?”“Protestant”“Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?”“Baptist.”“Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?”“Baptist Church of God!”“Me too! Are original Baptist Church of God, or are you reformed Baptist Church of God?”“Reformed Baptist Church of God!”“Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God reformation of 1879 or Reformed Baptist Church of God reformation of 1915?”He said, “Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!”I said, “Die, heretic scum,” and pushed him off. Shorter version,Probably the toughest time in anyone’s lifeis when you have to murder a loved one because they’re the devil.- Emo PhillipsCartoon with a person in front of God at a desk.“You picked the wrong religion, period. I’m not going to argue about it.”

  • Ashly Lynn
    2019-06-21 11:33

    SynopsisA pretty standard run-of-the-mill book on philosophy looking at life and what possibly comes next.Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Though Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein★Genre: Nonfiction/PhilosophyRelease Date: October 2009Source: Library – BorrowedOn My Shelf: No ChanceThis was not my thing. Then again, philosophy has never really been my thing, to say. I took a class on it in college and knew that it wasn’t something I wanted more than to dip my feet in. To me, it’s all just a bunch of flowery language written by privileged white men with too much time on their hands. I know there’s got to be some good musings out there, so please direct me to some if you know any!So now, if I already knew the chance was that I wasn’t going to like it, then why did I check this out in the first place? Well, I’m a sucker for second chances. That, this title, and cover sold me to give this book a chance.However, I should have listened to my gut and closed this book after the opening quote the authors had chosen. I can’t remember who it was by or what it was (since I’ve already forgotten it and most of this book…actually…pretty much all of it), but I remember rolling my eyes and thinking, “I should close this right now. I’m sure it would be for the best.”It would have, but I went on with it anyway. Basically what it all came down to was that the language was exceptionally overdone, the concepts were hardly hashed out with no conclusions drawn despite talking about each one for ages, and the jokes weren’t funny.This book was such a waste of time that I’ll never get back. I should have listened to my cut and left this one closed. I urge you to save your self the time and heed my warning. I definitely do not recommend reading this one.Review originally published on my Wordpress blog Ashly Reads.

  • Ed
    2019-06-20 08:10

    I have friend who refuses to read books because in college, as an engineering student, he had to concentrate on every word. I feel the same way about philosophy books and have avoided them over the years. Then I discovered "Plato and a Platypus Walk Into Bar". This introduction to Philosophy helped me, at least, know what the different schools of philosophy were and the very basic concepts of philosophical thought. I also believe that most people do not want to think about death even though it is inevitable. As William Saroyan is reputed to have said, "Everybody has got to die, but I always believed an exception would be made in my case." The philosophers, though, have thought and written about it, in many cases, in such detail as to be impenetrable. It helps understanding to take a lighter approach liberally seasoned with corny jokes and New Yorker cartoons to illustrate what major philosophers like Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Descartes, William James, Nietzsche, Sartre, Tillich, and Wittgenstein have to say about, not only death, but also consciousness, afterlife, immortality, the self, the soul, and other related concepts. I like that the authors have included Woody Allen, Monty Python, Dave Barry, Stephen Colbert and other more contemporary "philosophers" to the pantheon of those who have contemplated these issues. I'm far enough along in my own life's journey to find the ideas in this book worth considering. It helps that I didn't have to spend months, maybe even years, digging the basics out of the original writings. No matter how old you are taking four or five hours to read this book will be time well spent.

  • Ferda Nihat Koksoy
    2019-06-04 12:18

    NIETZSCHE ÖLDÜ! BİR HİPOPOTAM OLARAK YENİDEN DOĞDU-YAŞARKEN HER GÜN VE SAATİ FARK EDEREK YAŞAMAK, şairlerin ve özel insanların haddi olabilir.-İtalyan Rivierası'nda ölüm üzerine yazan filozof yoktur (Nietzsche).-Ölümün inkarı, UYGARLIĞIN hayatta kalma stratejisidir (Nietzsche).-KAYGI bizim nihai öğretmenimizdir ve insanın ÖLÜM UÇURUMUNUN KIYISINDA ANLAMLI YAŞAM SÜRME zorunluluğuna eşlik eder (Kierkegaard).-Ölümün yanıbaşında, HEP ÖLECEKMİŞ GİBİ yaşayabilme şansını herkes elde edemez (MEMENTO MORI) (Heidegger).-"ŞİMDİ"nin "İ"sine vardığınızda, "Ş" tarih olur (Nietzsche).-"Kolumu kaldırıyorum" olgusundan "Kolum kalkıyor" olgusunu çıkarırsam, geriye ne kalır? (Wittgenstein).-ABD'de yapılan 2008 anketinde, insanların %81'inin ölümden sonraki hayata, %79'unun sonsuz yaşayacak ruha, %76'sının cennete ve %71'inin cehenneme inandığı ortaya çıkmıştır.-Rekabetçi uzun yaşamın en ciddi açmazı, kazandığını görecek olan çevresinin kalmamış olmasıdır.-"Ölümsüzlüğü garantilemeniz" için tek şart "doğumların iptal edilmesi" olursa, ne cevap verirsiniz?-"En güzel anınızı" seçip, hep o anı yaşamanız istenirse ne derdiniz?-Varolan tarih, insanların %99'unu dışarıda bırakarak yazılmaktadır.-Ruh çağırma seanslarında ruhlar neden hep talep üzerine gelmektedir? Onların çağrı beklemekten başka işleri yok mudur? Çağıranların ruhlara kimlik sorma hakları var mıdır? Ruhlar tüm dilleri bilirler mi?