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The intellectual devotional : revive your mind, complete your education,… (edição: 2006)

de David S. Kidder, Noah D. Oppenheim

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This daily digest of intellectual challenge and learning will arouse curiosity, refresh knowledge, expand horizons, and keep the mind sharp Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection--collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular version of the same--a collection of 365 short lessons that will inspire and invigorate the reader every day of the year. Each daily digest of wisdom is drawn from one of seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music. Impress your friends by explaining Plato's Cave Allegory, pepper your cocktail party conversation with opera terms, and unlock the mystery of how batteries work. Daily readings range from important passages in literature to basic principles of physics, from pivotal events in history to images of famous paintings with accompanying analysis. The book's goal is to refresh knowledge we've forgotten, make new discoveries, and exercise modes of thinking that are ordinarily neglected once our school days are behind us. Offering an escape from the daily grind to contemplate higher things, The Intellectual Devotional is a great way to awaken in the morning or to revitalize one's mind before retiring in the evening.… (mais)
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Título:The intellectual devotional : revive your mind, complete your education, and roam confidently with the cultured class
Autores:David S. Kidder
Outros autores:Noah D. Oppenheim
Informação:New York : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2006.
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The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class de David S. Kidder

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Even as a child I've felt that my education was missing something -- focus, organization, continuity... I'm not really sure what, but I seem to always be looking for a way to fill in the gaps. "The Intellectual Devotional" is one of many books I've acquired that claim to do just that -- and so far, it is pretty disappointing. The back cover says it will "keep your mind sharp and refresh your spirit", but I don't think it does either of those things. For one thing, each subject is very short. One page per subject -- so one can expect only superficial knowledge. Another thing is that I don't think there were more than maybe 3 or 4 subjects (in the 365 lessons) that I didn't already know something about. This isn't to brag, it's just that the subjects are so broad and well-known, that you aren't learning much more than you already knew about say, Louis XIV of France, or "Waiting for Godot". It covers 7 field of study (you read one page a day, and in a week you've covered 7 subjects--I decided to read 7 pages a day instead just to finish the book), but the readings are not placed in any order as far as chronology or development or themes go. So, for example, the first week you read about 1) the Alphabet, 2) "Ulysses", 3) Lascaux Cave Paintings, 4) Cloning, 5) The Basics of Music, 6) Appearance and Reality, and 7) Torah. There is no connection between the subjects. If you take one subject, say, Science, and read just that subject each day, you get: Cloning, Eratosthenes, The Solar System, The Greenhouse Effect, and so on. You see what I mean? I think this book is best used as a way to review for a game of "Jeopardy". ( )
  Marse | Jul 25, 2021 |
I found it at my local public library. This is a book for people who like to learn trivia and small bits of history. The book is set up like a religious devotional (those little daily prayer books), except it is for secular readers. It covers history, music, art, science, philosophy, religion, and literature in daily segments. Readers can learn basics in those topics in easy-to-read passages. It is a nice book to pick up and drop as the mood suits you. While readers could follow the daily reading structure, it is a book that lends itself to browsing. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
David S. Kidder’s & Noah D. Oppenheim’s The Intellectual Devotional provides a unique approach in this book. It’s a secular devotional that stresses education, and the development of one’s mind. This year-long devotional of 365 days covers a wide range of subjects and spreads over the days of the week: Monday—History, Tuesday—Literature, Wednesday—Visual Arts, Thursday—Science, Friday—Music, Saturday—Philosophy, and Sunday—Religion.
History tells about the life of Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, the fate of American abolitionist John Brown, Julius Caesar, and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It includes topics like the Black Death of Europe, Brown vs. Board of Education – a ruling of school segregation, D-Day – war in the European Theater, and the Holocaust – the extermination of millions of Jews. Literature presents the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Voltaire’s Candide, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Heller’s Catch–22, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, and Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby.
The Visual Arts sees Wood’s American gothic, baroque art, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Bust of Nefertiti, Byzantine art, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris. Science looks at the atom, batteries, black holes, blood, chemical bonds, circadian rhythms, the works of Marie Curie, and Charles Darwin. And music presents Verdi’s Aida, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, American Leonard Bernstein, and Johannes Brahms.
Philosophy deals with the aesthetics, a priori knowledge, and arguments for the existence of God, Aristotle, George Berkeley, the categorical imperative, causation, René Descartes, Epicureanism, and the freedom of the will. Religion looks at the apostles, Gautama Buddha, Catholicism, the crucifixion, Constantine, Eastern Orthodox Church, the First Five Pillars of Islam, and the Gospels of the New Testament. ( )
  erwinkennythomas | May 27, 2020 |
Read cover to cover, quite interesting, would read again. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
A daily dose of intellectual insight.
  rsalley76 | Mar 13, 2018 |
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This daily digest of intellectual challenge and learning will arouse curiosity, refresh knowledge, expand horizons, and keep the mind sharp Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection--collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular version of the same--a collection of 365 short lessons that will inspire and invigorate the reader every day of the year. Each daily digest of wisdom is drawn from one of seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music. Impress your friends by explaining Plato's Cave Allegory, pepper your cocktail party conversation with opera terms, and unlock the mystery of how batteries work. Daily readings range from important passages in literature to basic principles of physics, from pivotal events in history to images of famous paintings with accompanying analysis. The book's goal is to refresh knowledge we've forgotten, make new discoveries, and exercise modes of thinking that are ordinarily neglected once our school days are behind us. Offering an escape from the daily grind to contemplate higher things, The Intellectual Devotional is a great way to awaken in the morning or to revitalize one's mind before retiring in the evening.

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