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A friend told me it changed his life, so I read it. The few parts I agreed with were kinda lukewarm rehashings of truths I had already discovered, and the rest kind of offended me with its view of women. All I can say is, I don't get how an author so adamant about the difference between body, ego, and soul can place so much importance on the gender one happens to be and the role of physical sex in a person's happiness.
View 2 comments. Aug 20, James Johnson rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great reading. Aug 19, Julie Decker rated it did not like it. Writing under a pseudonym, this author introduces philosophical ideas regarding Hermetic principles--that is, there is a transcendent God holds what is true in Heaven to be true on Earth, and divides all existence into either sun-based, star-based, or god-based.
Advocating humans recognizing their noncorporeal selves and being responsible with their knowledge, the book lays down some basic building blocks of truth and asks the reader to apply them. When it wasn't insultingly simplistic or condesc Writing under a pseudonym, this author introduces philosophical ideas regarding Hermetic principles--that is, there is a transcendent God holds what is true in Heaven to be true on Earth, and divides all existence into either sun-based, star-based, or god-based.
When it wasn't insultingly simplistic or condescending, it was just boring. There wasn't anything new here that hadn't been said better by other philosophers, and the idea that really our maladaptive behaviors mean we're ritually appeasing evil gods rather than experiencing ordinary temptation and Earthly urges is quite a bizarre thing to swallow.
And on top of that, there's some vicious misogyny in this book, which surprises me considering how the author believes we are not defined by our bodies.
It seems he only believes that when it's men; women are repeatedly said to be held to different standards, and the author even says that for women to have knowledge and direction in their lives, the scroll of their soul must be "written upon" by a man.
Through guess what? Women gain personhood through heterosexual sex, with a man defining her through his claiming and guiding her. Female virgins, he says, are blank slates in a holding pattern. He has no similar judgment of male virgins, and says nothing about unions that aren't men and women. Really childish and small-minded for a book that tries to encourage you to open your mind. Aug 24, Chris Scott rated it it was amazing. An Excellent book that is not tailored to politics of gender or social norms.
It does not degrade, but in fact it empowers by explanation, and not judgement. A powerful introduction to open minded students of all levels. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About John R. John R. He was educated at Winchester College, an all boys public boarding school in Winchester, Hampshire, England.
He went on to study Egyptology at the University of Oxford. He gained his Doctor of Philosophy degree DPhil in Baines was Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford from to He was one of the youngest tenured professors at the university at the age of He is also the author of multiple scholarly articles and publications relating to ancient Egyptian civilization.
His research interests are in Ancient Egyptian art, religion, literature, and biographies; modelling ancient Egyptian society; comparative and anthropological approaches to ancient civilizations. Books by John R. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more Trivia About The Secret Scienc No trivia or quizzes yet.
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The Secret Science (Hermetic Philosophy, Book 1)
The Secret Science: Book 1 : Hermetic Philosophy
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