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Letting Go Is All We Have To Hold Onto: Humor For Humans (Large Print) (Paperback)
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"The book about quieting the mind that everyone is talking about.""For people in recovery form the self-help industry.""An ideal book for people who don't read books. "--All humor is philosophy, and according to Austrian linguist Ludwig Wittgenstein: "An entire treatise of philosophy could be written that consists entirely of humorous statements." The Mexican poet Cesar Cruz said: "All art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable." Author Evan Hodkins wrote: "The next religion will be a catalog of jokes." And you, dear reader, have stumbled on a unique body of work that juggles all of the above, in bite-sized, easy-to-digest nuggets As one reader commented, it is: "A mind-expanding, heart-opening, gut-wrenching read."--(Peek inside the book --- Skip the intro & go straight to Chapter 1.)--(From the Preface) - It's rare to find a trifecta of thought streams and modalities as unexpectedly intertwined as what we find in this one-of-a-kind collection of original, one-sentence jokes, aphorisms (or "laughorisms") known as The Eisenberg Principles. In these one-sentence vignettes, the fields of philosophy, physics, and psychology marry into uproariously funny trysts of paradoxical play, each one like a piece of deluxe brain-candy which is no less serious in its treatment of the human condition as it is absurd. We are not only afforded a chance to glimpse into the thoughts of this wondrously twisted thinker, we are challenged to follow him into the surprising and impossible rabbit holes of language he unearths on every page. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in the mind at the same time -- and still retain the ability to function." This catalog of jokes, like a set of modern Zen koans, puts you through this mental test, playing with the principles of paradox, polarity, and incongruity - sometimes right at the "edge" of knowledge - to take you from the comforts of clich to the chasms of contradiction with just a few strokes of a pen.Eisenberg uses verbal gymnastics to twist and stretch the boundaries of logic, throwing the semantics of everyday expressions into question - hopefully stirring our collective conversation about meaning and consciousness forward. --"When he said humor can lead to enlightenment, he was NOT joking ""The book that happenend while you were making other plans.