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The Lotus and the Robot Hardcover – 1962

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a marxist in krishna's court Dec 2 2014
By Halifax Student Account - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In the chapter title, 'Predicament of Man', in his Ghost in the Machine, Arthur Koestler writes about the joy he experienced in seeing the starving Ukranian children, with big swollen bellies (I am no writer, Koestler's description is more fancy than mine). Koestler explains that he and his comrades were infected with 'double think' and that the baby corpses, or soon to be, were seeds planted for the glorious future. Koestler then famously swaps sides and becomes a nice man and a fierce critic of communism.

Imagine if a Nazi writer wrote the same about jewish kids in the ghetto? Imagine the ex-Nazi writer saying, "O, what joy these hungry children bring, the ecstasy, planted seeds, sweet seeds for the master race"! Sure, the Nazi writer then turns tail and became a respected conservative and a fierce critic of anti semitism, but does this cancel out his love of starving kids from his younger days?

Do we trust this writer?

Surely his passionate eulogy to dying children out-ways his respectable demeure later in life? Towards the end, Arthur Koestler morphed into a grand old man in Thatcher's England and was partially responsible for banning the death penalty.

So please remember who they sent off to Japan and India to study those cultures. A grand conservative writer who's philosophical discourse at the end of his famous novel is better than Huxley's and Orwell's. I'm a long-time fan of Arthur Koestler, but you don't sent a Nazi to analyse Judaism and you don't send a Bolshevic to analyse spirituality.

What did they expect anyway?

One thing Koestler does have is critical faculties. These days, spiritual seekers have zero critical faculties. They know zilch about politics and I always wonder how people can claim to know God when they can't comprehend simple politics or simple psychology and propaganda. Even Aldous Huxley's musing of India are stupid and ridiculous. Some people reckon that Aldous was part of the big plan to dumb down the masses and this is why he had zero critical faculties. Either this or intelligent people, like Koestler, are forever closed to God, for whatever reason.

As an aside, in Japan, Koestler tells, there is a town called 'Obama'.
Why a robot? July 3 2014
By ashli edwards - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As with a lot of Asian books on the body and the mind, this one also is another tale. You must take into consideration the age of the book. I originally read it in the late 60's and was taken in by the thought. It is worth reading.

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