Book Review: Philosophy 101 By Socrates – An Introduction To Plato’s Apology by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

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Zy Marquiez
February 10, 2017

My introduction to Peter Kreeft’s work took place via his magnum opus Socratic Logic A Logic Text Using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, And Aristotelian Principles Edition 3.1With that book Kreeft set the bar extremely high for his own work given the phenomenal job he did in the creation of that book.  Thankfully, that type of high quality standard travels with him to this other book.

Philosophy 101 By Socrates – An Introduction To Plato’s Apology by Peter Kreeft PhD is an indispensable introduction into the realm of Philosophy.

Although notably not as long as Kreeft’s book cited initially, this book still packs a punch.  The author creates what one may call a ‘user-friendly’ guide to Philosophy.

Given its length, the book can be read rather quickly.  Additionally, Philosophy 101 by Socrates is distilled to serve as a jump-off point for the reader/learner to venture forth into other philosophical topics.  Not only is it possible to use this book as a portable classroom, but it can be useful for homeschooling and even college classrooms.

Arguably the main strength of the Kreeft thesis is that philosophy takes no prisoners.  It questions everything.  Like a curious kid asking why in their nascent stage, it seeks truth – not belief – within every crevice it dares to delve into.  This may be problematic for individuals that do not want their beliefs question.

Kreeft shows how Socrates ‘philosophy operates in the following passage:

“Socrates is the apostle of reason.  He demands that we give logical reasons, grounds for beliefs, and follow the logical consequences of our beliefs, taken as premises or hypotheses, to their logical conclusions through a number of logically compelling steps.”[1]

Such incisiveness will undoubtedly get to the core of the issue far more often than not if employed correctly.

And yet, as Kreeft implies, philosophy isn’t an antithesis to certain disciplines, such as religion.  In fact, Kreeft goes to show how faith and reason can coexist if used trenchantly:

“One of the main functions of philosophy as practiced by Socrates is a critique of religion, finding reasons for (or against) faith.  These reasons often claim only probability rather than certainty; and even when they claim certainty, they may be mistaken) for man is not God and infallible); but it is surely a gain to use binocular vision, reason and faith, and to make at least somewhat clearer and/or more reasonable the ideas most people find the most important in their lives.”[2]

As an introduction to philosophy and Socrates simultaneously, one would be hard-pressed to find a better book than this.  In that Kreeft does an exceptional job in showing how Philosophy and Socrates interweave, especially given how Socrates planted many of the seeds for this whole discipline with his life’s work.

Using Plato’s Apology as a jump-off point, Kreeft undertakes the task to show the reader many of the ways philosophy can be understood by using forty different descriptions of the subject.  It was particularly interesting seeing the range of descriptions that Kreeft was able to come up with – some of it which might shock the reader – and how he was able to seamlessly show how apt those descriptions were to the act of philosophizing.

Subsequent to that Kreeft gives readers a cursory analysis of parts of the Euthyphro, as well as Phaedo, which are both dialogues by Plato, the latter of which details Socrates’ last days.  There are various purposes for the dialogues and the commentary that follows, and these merge swiftly with the overview of philosophy that Kreeft undertook.

One of the main strengths of this book is its ability to narrow complex topics into practical – but not overly simplified – gems of information that the reader can glean.  By contrast, many other philosophy books tend to overcomplicate philosophy, which turn readers off, or to oversimplify philosophy, which ends up not showcasing the latitude that philosophy can employ when used trenchantly.

This practical primer of philosophy also helps readers realize the importance of the art of cross-examination, which Socrates is the father of.  Coupled with that, and more importantly, by its very precision cross-examination employs in philosophy, Kreeft helps readers gain an understanding of the thorough depth which philosophy will go to in search for truth.  This journey in search for Wisdom will percolate into all disciplines, and can only strengthen an individual’s repertoire.

Drawing on all the data above, the book should be an integral component in education.  What the book offers is a template for what’s possible by philosophy’s employment, and not having these skills/knowledge in life emblematic of a surgeon at the operating room without a scalpel.

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Sources & References:

[1] Peter Kreeft Ph.D., Philosophy 101 By Socrates – An Introduction To Plato’s Apology, p. 104.
[2] Ibid., p. 141.

Book Review: Our Occulted History by Jim Marrs

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
August 31, 2016

Our Occulted History is a phenomenal venture into the beginnings of ancient history, into the beginnings of an alternative history.

Jim Marrs, in this particular book, leaves no unturned, leaves no vault unchecked in his search for the origins of certain modern conspiracies.

Taking an approach that’s as deep in scope, as it is wide in breadth, Marrs trenchantly makes known mountains of evidence beginning from ancient antiquity all the way to our modern times which forms a vastly different structure of history than what we as a society have been taught.

Sampling research from heavyweight researchers such as Oxford educated Dr. Joseph P. Farrell, Zecharia Sitchin, Robert Bauval, Linda Moulton Howe, Philip Coppens, Robert Schoch, Michael Cremo, and many more, the author infuses the book with hundreds of verifiable data points.  That in and of itself might not seem like much, but when viewed from a larger point of view all of these dots and how Marrs connects them show how all this seemingly disparate information interconnects seamlessly.

Marrs covers wide-ranging subjects such as sacred geometry, the Sumerians, lost probes, the moon, forbidden archaeology, Tesla suppression, Coral Castle, Atlantis, the Dogon tribe, ancient civilizations of many types, Big Money, the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Big Pharma, mainstream media, and dozens of others, to make a sound case that there is an occulted history to the human race, and its far more magnificent, and troubling than what most people could imagine.

That shouldn’t be surprising given how interconnected the media is to the establishment.

Speaking troublesomely about this lock-down information grid, Jim Keith notes in his landmark book Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness, citing the work of author G. William Domhoff in The Higher Circles:

The power elite have created and developed that wonderful field of public relations on an incredible scale.  Some of the early practitioners of this art helped scrub up the images of the ‘Robber Barons’ families; others specialized in the corporate image and the corporate image and corporate conscience.  Functionally speaking, the public relations departments of large corporations, in conjunction with the giant public relations firms that service many corporations, have become the early warning system of the upper class, picking up and countering the slightest remark or publication that makes funny lines on their sensitive radar.  Thanks to them public opinion is well-monitored, with an assist of course from the alert social scientists in certain university institutes financed by the big corporations and foundations.  wayward opinions, once detected, are duly corrected by a barrage of printed matter and public pronouncement…”[1]

Keeping everything discussed in mind, Marrs offers us a veritable glimpse into the annals of ancient past.  Admittedly, there is only so much an author can do, but Marrs more than pulled his weight.

Whether or not the reader will agree with his thesis, that being that the elite are covering up evidence of ancient aliens since ancient times, is up to the reader.  What can in fact be said without dispute is that humanity does in fact have an Occulted History and its implications are profoundly disturbing, even if Marrs main thesis is disagreed upon.

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Sources:

[1] Jim Keith, Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness, pg. 36 citing Domhoff, G. William.  The Higher Circles.  New York: Vintage Books, 1970

Book Review: Lost Secrets Of The Gods – Essays By Marrs, Schoch, Redfern & Many More

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
August 14, 2016

Lost Secrets of the Gods had an interesting premise as a book.  However, this book was poorly executed.

While the book had some notable data to glean, it still falls really short given that many of the essays are weren’t as in-depth as they could have been, and the other essays do not push the envelope and play it safe.  A few were downright boring, and that’s not said lightly.  That’s actually sad considering the field of ancient civilizations et al is oft-riddled with mystery.

There were a few noteworthy essays though.  Predictably these are from Marrs, Frank Joseph and Redfern.

In a field where imagination and possibilities abound given how much isn’t known, this book felt rather run of the mill even for alternative research.

There is quite a bit of data to glean , it just depends on how much research someone has undertaken.

The book features information on Secret Societies, ‘Monsters’, Atlantis, Ancient Cosmologies, Giants in History, Ancient Astronaut Theory and much more.

Once one views those topics above, one would imagine that this book would be absolute dynamite.  And it could have been, but unfortunately it was quite lackluster.

If you are interested in any of the above topics, then would suggest researching any of the above topics in depth in individual books focusing on the specific subjects as much more information will be gathered/learned that way rather than giving them a cursory glance within this book.

Book Review: Drilling Through The Core – Why Common Core Is Bad For American Education By Sandra Stotsky & Contributors

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
June 15, 2016

There are countless books out there on Common Core.  Many of them are rather well done.

However, out of all the books available, this one resonated with me rather well.

Drilling Through The Core, does an exceptional job of detailing both sides of the Common Core issue.

The book’s impartial approach to bring objective analysis to Common Core is something to be highly regarded due to the impeccable way in which the authors/contributors went about in highlighting the disaster that Common Core is becoming.

Carrying out a true nuts and bolt approach, the authors/contributors detail varying components which showcase that Common Core is picking up where the national disaster of No Child Left Behind [NCLB] left of.  And that’s not an understatement either.

There is a reason NCLB has gotten a bad reputation, and its because it doesn’t work.  Countless people/data have shown this to be the case, which ironically is the very reason many are arguing for Common Core.

Along with that troublesome point, the data mining of our children for corporations is also a noteworthy issue to consider.  After all, one thing is information being used for our children’s benefits.  Something else entirely is the information gathered being used for corporate benefits, which of course is what corporations such as the Gates Foundation aim to accomplish.  In the age of mass surveillance/spying and data mining, it’s not surprising that such is the case.

Another nefarious component that’s addressed in the book is the connection Bill Gates and his foundation have.  The unprecedented power that The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has had in helping manipulate what takes place with Common Core is downright disturbing.

If that were not enough, the way in which teaching of history is going to take place totally eviscerates the whole point of teaching it in the first place.  And that’s quite noteworthy, because without a solid foundation in history, an individual will not know the context of what is currently taking place, which is priceless.

Delving into what the comptrollers wish to accomplish in math, the executive director of Eagle Form, Glyn Write, notes:

“The math standard focuses on investigative math, which has been shown to be a disaster…With the new math standard in the Common Core, there are no longer absolute truths. So 3 times 4 can equal 11 so long as a student can effectively explain how they reached that answer.”  [P1]

If that doesn’t leave one’s mind spinning, nothing will.

Furthermore, as a contributor notes:

The Common Core emphasizes teaching students to think of what they learn as “evidence” that can be put to use in making “arguments” as opposed to “facts” that help the student discern how things are.  For the most part, the Common Core steers away from giving students a concrete picture of the world.” [2]

To think, the above are just snippets of the countless issues future generations will face.

If we don’t protect the right for individuals to have a robust and well-rounded education, who will?

We already have some examples of what works, as the book elucidates.  Why not use them?

The future will ultimately rest on how our nation is educated.  It will be up to individuals taking control of their own education, or letting others with nefarious interests do it for profit and control.

Time, and the individual, will tell.

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Sources & References:

[1] Sandra Stotsky, Drilling Through The Core, pg. 48
[2] Ibid., pg. 35

Book Review: Empire Of The Wheel II – Friends From Sonora – By Walter Bosley

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BreakawayConsciousness
By: Zy Marquiez
January 23, 2016

Empire Of The Wheel II – Friends From Sonora, by Walter Bosley is the second installment in the Empire Of The Wheel [E.O.T.W.] series.

In Empire Of The Wheel – An Investigation Of Occult Espionage & Murder, authors Bosley and Spence laid the foundation for this next book.

E.O.T.W. Part Two is penned with the reasonable assumption that the reader has read part one, for much of book two, builds upon book one. This makes his case that much stronger in my opinion.

With what little information available is left from times past, Bosley builds his case into what some of the machinations of the players behind the scenes were, and how those dovetail with many of the extremely meaningful, and yet quite unknown events that this nation, and the world has had.

One of these unknown instances, is the case of the airship mysteries that plagued sections of America in the late 19th, and early 20th century. Much of this information is overlooked by mainstream researchers, and it seems like to them to even entertain the idea would mean having to open one’s mind, and possibly shatter conventional history in ways most aren’t prepared to accept. This book is the complete opposite – an open minded, reasonable analysis of mysterious events that took place in the not too distant past.

Bosley holds nothing back, inquiring with question after question, pondering about this case extensively, and ruminating with about every sliver of evidence that you could imagine given such an abstruse subject. His thought process can be followed rather well.

One way Bosley buttresses his book is by arguably solving the case of who is Cora Stanton. For those who don’t know, Cora Stanton is one of the seven victims that was murdered in the latter half of 1915. Of all the victims, she’s the most notable, and plays quite a role within the confines of E.O.T.W. Part 2, as she serves to connect some really big dots that the author has found.

Coupled with that is the fact that Bosley analyses many of the power players that played pivotal roles within the machinations of this book, as well as how they connect with the two separate groups he names Team NYMZA & Team Sonora.

Both of the above groups are “Breakaway Civilization” outgrowths of the technological prowess that was achieved by the secrecy and knowledge of those groups, although for very different reasons.

Who, and what NYMZA is, is also covered by Bosley quite well, as it’s a portion of the riddle that sheds much light. This cascades into other portions of the books in many ways.

Bosley covered NYMZA part in his previous Secret Space Program presentation and for good reason. The events that took place in the 18th/19th century were at least the most verifiable aspects of a rudimentary “Breakaway Civilization” program.

One unexpected, and yet, extremely fascinating part that was covered by Bosley were the undertakings of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid and how those ran parallel to what some of the machinations were. Who would have known…

In any case, along with the information mentioned above, this particular book covers quite a bit more data which is quite helpful, especially given the lack of information provided about these subjects within mainstream circles.

This book really helps shed light to some important instances in history that were very likely to turn the tide of history in certain ways.

If you enjoy espionage, hidden history, secret technologies and high octane speculation coupled with incisive and methodical reasoning, then this book is definitely for you.

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Other suggested reading:

Empire Of The Wheel [Part 1] – An Investigation Of Occult Espionage & Murder By Walter Bosley & Richard B. Spence
Secret Missions, The Hidden Legacy Of Old California By Walter Bosley
Secret Missions 2: The Lost Expeditions Of Sir Francis Burton by Walter Bosley

Book Review: – Secret Missions, The Hidden Legacy Of Old California

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
December 22, 2015

Secret Missions, The Hidden Legacy of Old California is a non-stop examination of an operation that culminates in California.

However, the book has to do with a larger geographical adventure than merely one state. In that way the title does the book a disservice.

From the title alone, one would never in a million years guess how engaging, how informative and how mind-bendingly fascinating this sojourn into hidden history is.

This fine-toothed-comb examination of data has a breadth of various regions in different continents, all connected via what some would call the World Grid, and a scope of rather profound of elements [literally] that only serve to buttress Bosley’s theory.

The examination of the Telluric currents is but one piece in a larger stratosphere, and Walter Bosley does a trenchant job of examining all the components that lead the reader through an adventure for a stunning – and yet well known – artifact that’s traveled through various secretive hands throughout time. Hands that have long sought any advanced knowledge/technology that civilizations from high antiquity might have ‘left behind’ so to speak.

Bosley weaves his thesis masterfully, as he begins by deconstructing the official narrative of Christopher Columbus and the New World, and how that itself couples with a multitude of other ideas/cultures the like of which most wouldn’t ever even consider to sift through.

In Bosley’s quest, some connections are more direct than others, but they all serve to form a bastion under his thesis. Bosley does a rather acute job of showing how many abstruse locales/events/people connect with one another and how those ultimately lead not only to a powerful and yet ‘mystical’ treasure in away, but how this artifact was protected via the actions of a select few throughout time.

Would say much more than that, but that would be doing a great disservice to Bosley’s work. If you’re interested in alternative history, how parts of our history have been obfuscated from us, how some of those events dovetail with hidden treasures, and how a covert select few – a hidden order – have moved and maintained a certain treasure, then this is the book for you.