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To: Pharmboy
Read all about it in Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto [Name of the Rose] Eco. Fascinating!!
4 posted on 07/21/2002 10:13:20 AM PDT by drjoe
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To: drjoe
Very difficult book to read, but you're right, it was facinating.
13 posted on 07/21/2002 10:42:19 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: drjoe
Excellent book! Any freepers who haven't read it, one piece of advice: don't let the first fifty or so pages put you off. Eco starts a bit slow, but he'll make it up to you.
44 posted on 07/21/2002 1:35:39 PM PDT by Gwaihir
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The lesson of Foucault's Pendulum is that history and its various elucidations in part form a type of meta-psychosis that plagues the mind of mankind. A well-spring of contrived validations serving a cornucopia of aspirations, from the vile to the majestic, from the humble to megalomaniac.

Indeed we pay for the sins of our fathers, as actors unaware we caught up in the whirlwinds of a self-inflicted paranoid delusion in a quest for significance and meaning.

An unending jihad to destroy the 'evil ones', flinging glorified feces at each other in a primal territorial war of ideology.

Evil is mans deep recognition and eager exploitation of his fellow mans psychological weakness, his vice, his vanities and the thirst for revenge against forces he deems responsible for his own powerlessness.

Doctoral supremecy measured not in terms of truth, but in terms of functionality: does it achieve dominance by any means.

Our holy grail is an irresistable, unassailable, impervious ideology that will eradicate every source of these mystical aberrations, to end the haunting of ourselves.

59 posted on 07/21/2002 5:09:10 PM PDT by mindprism.com
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To: drjoe
"Read all about it in Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto [Name of the Rose] Eco. Fascinating!!"

yep. I'm currently reading it for the third time. A little obscure in places, but the detective work regarding the Knights Templar is worth the time it takes.

111 posted on 10/13/2003 2:06:56 PM PDT by redhead (Les Franšais sont des singes de capitulation qui mangent du fromage.)
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To: drjoe
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto [Name of the Rose] Eco

Borodino, however you spell it, his latest, or one of his latest, is great fun. Just reading the intro, where Frederick speaks not only German, but in the old German black letter font, was so funny I had to buy the book.

114 posted on 10/13/2003 2:16:01 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: drjoe
Read all about it in Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto [Name of the Rose] Eco. Fascinating!!

Also in "The Avignon Quintet" by Lawrence Durrell
even longer and more obscure than Foucault's Pendulum.

126 posted on 10/13/2003 5:03:40 PM PDT by Allan
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