Posted by Jerry on September 10, 2007
I need to rant.
Little else peeves me off more than finding the stupidest books ever written (and an irredeemably huge carbon footprint at that, if you ask me) placed in the Philosophy sections of bookstores here in Mumbai. Alongside way too many copies of Bertrand Russell’s various works, you will find the “philosophy” of Deepak Chopra; the Art of Living by some gay looking diva in a flowing white robe and long beard; the meditations and ruminations of Osho; books on Astrology, Numerology, and Palmistry; books on the occult, witchcraft, and magic; and all kinds of psuedo-scientific crap on telekinesis, ESP, and telepathy. These books take their place next to the works of Aristotle, Plato, Hume, Sartre, Marx, Will Durant, John Searle, Ray Monk, William Barrett, and even Ayn Rand.
Frankly, it’s aggravating!
Often, I have to consciously make an effort to look past such rubbish and dig out legitimate philosophical works. Why don’t they just relegate all such trash to a section titled “You don’t need a brain to read these!” Why adulterate the Philosophy section with such things?
And you know what’s worse? Seeing someone actually pick up a copy of one of these to buy it.