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Intuitions

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Intuitions

Philosophical journeys into faith, intuition, error and postmodernism

by Chirag Patel

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Contained in this book are ruminations on philosophy form the most basic (what is the value of religious intuition, or intuition in general?) to the most subtle and difficult (how does the constant and inevitable erroring translation affect our processes?). Many of the ideas deal with problems of mind, and of how we can think without the chilling effect of hard logic, while retaining the valuable effects of our deeper selves.

There’s also a range of content which focuses on Postmodernism. First, there’s a set of articles on the philosophy of postmodernism – ways of using the approach that it suggests to unpick or sophisticate other thoughts. Secondly, there’s a series of case studies of specifically postmodern artefacts, from buildings and albums to films and literature.
Explorations in using philosophy to navigate the real world problems of mind, learning, making mistakes, and the minefield of abstraction that is postmodernism.
There are a few questions that have always kept me wondering. This book is my attempt to answer or at least understand some of them, including:
What is the value in being wrong?
What is intuition?
How can development of the mind and soul be improved in practical ways?
What is postmodernism, and what actual impact does it have? How can we use it to rethink the world?
What is religion, and why is it useful?

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An Introduction to Chirag

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An Introduction to Chirag: Explore topics from business and education to sci fi and humour

by Chirag Patel

 

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A collection of chapters and snippets from the wide range of Chirag’s writing (and a few from narration). Includes chapter’s from…

The Art of Being Right: Learn how to spot bad faith tactics, avoid con tricks and win arguments

Posthumanity Rises: Follow robots, AI and posthumans into an epic future history [2020-2075]

Humanist History Before Europe. Follow our most evolved philosophy from its first civilisation through to its ‘birth’ in the Enlightenment and rebirth today as wellness and spirituality

Living from a suitcase: Join the exciting and implausible real-life journey of an English bohemian in London, SE Asia, the USA, & South Africa

Arthashastra, or, The Playbook of Material Gain: Pragmatic and amoral tips on how to gain, defend, and expand power from India’s greatest philosopher.

Get To Grips With Grown Up Topics: Thought-provoking & business focused articles on management theory, law, Occupy, political Warner Bros cartoons, and more

Development from toddlers & home to school & university: The pros, cons, and issues of different education systems.

The Exam & Essay Cheat Sheet: Friendly, bite-sized FAQs to get your best grades in exams and essays and stop losing easy marks

Get your best grades: Ace exams, survive sports, excel in essays, win argument, and avoid dumb mistakes that lose you marks

Unusual Topics & Interesting Reviews: get some opinions that’ll make you sound like a very learned and deep thinker in bite-sized chunks.

My Rise and Fall In The AI Apocalypse (2017-2072): One woman’s journey of power, discovery and loss through a changing century

Simple, Cheap & Organic Home Gardening: Bite-sized columns & stories about gardening in tough environments from the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Learn how to   compost, ferment, drought-proof, park build, and more.

Trick Kids into Learning Through Gardening: Posters, activities and guides for teaching academic subjects using a home garden with curriculum for maths, natural science, language and life orientation.

Sports psychology advice for surviving school: Tips on mental health, dealing with peer, coach and spectator pressure, getting back into condition, and even some advice for parents. Written by Greg Wilmot.

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My Rise and Fall In The AI Apocalypse (2017-2072)

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My Rise and Fall In The AI Apocalypse (2017-2072):

One woman’s journey of power, discovery and loss through a changing century (Still Light Book 2)

by Chirag Patel

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The 21st century will see great changes for humanity. True Artificial Intelligence comes into existence, and in its wake the world is ripped apart and reborn. In new technology ancient ways will find new expression, as the secret rulers of the world choose its future shape. It is a time of great change, of disaster and destruction matched only by the flowering of mind.

The book Posthumanity Rises charts the great events of this time; but what of the others? What about those who get caught up in events, but cannot guide them? Those who are given power, but not enough to be free?
They too have their stories, and this is one of them. Follow Aina from 2017 to 2072, as she becomes one of the custodians of the ultimate secret society, and discovers that divinity doesn’t bring control or security. Great events follow and command her, but her fate is to pick up the pieces, not cause the conflicts.

A standalone companion tale to Posthumanity Rises [2017-2070AD]

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Trick Kids into Learning Through Gardening

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Trick Kids into Learning Through Gardening:

A guide to home garden activities with everything from posters to curriculum advice.

by Chirag Patel, Marc Robson and Nicholas Molver

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A resource pack for teaching academic subjects using a home garden. Includes a complete 12 week plan to teach your children a wide range of topics through a garden.

Includes:
Posters
Teaching material
Companion planting guides
Simple activity guides and posters for teaching all the garden basics
Lists of useful plants and herbs to have in the garden
Environmental topics made digestible for small children
Maths, life orientation, natural science and language curriculum integration.

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Rebuilding (Podcast interview)

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Rebuilding

Interview with Jay Walther for his podcast

by Jay Walther and Chirag Patel

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Rebuilding


Jay Walther is an Engineer by training and has been working as a Software Engineer for the last 26 years.  As he moves toward retirement, he didn’t want to just sit. He has always been productive and wishes to continue that way as he move into this new phase of life.

    He is relatively new to the business of Voice Over but it has always been a passion for him.  He loves to read out loud to his children and grandchildren making up voices on the fly, so moving into Voice Over seemed to be a natural fit.  

    Through association and learning Jay is working to be present in every moment of his life and to share this knowledge with everyone around him.  Podcasting seemed to be a natural fit for learning and sharing this new found freedom with others.

    Jay lives in Salt Lake City Utah with his wife in the house where he grew up.  The beautiful Wasatch mountains serve as a backdrop to his everyday life and a great escape into nature being only 5 minutes from his home.  He loves to spend time with friends and family in this wonderful landscape we call life.

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Unusual Topics & Interesting Reviews

Thoughtful and insightful answers about life, the universe and everything

by Chirag Patel

                                              previously published as Tricky Topics & Reflective Reviews

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Find answers to questions you never knew you had with this journey through life’s strangeness.


If you’re struggling with how to demystify the world, check out this guide. With answers from everything from AI and mental health, to living through hard times and discussions of philosophy, theology and spirituality, it contains a wealth of interesting facts, ideas and opinions.
Also includes a section on marijuana-related questions, and properly reflective reviews of great sci fi, fantasy, non fiction and comedy books. You’ll be guarateed to find a classic work that you’ll love in there.

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Supercharge Your Schooling: Ace Exams, Survive Sports, Excel in Essays and Win Arguments (Unabridged)

by Chirag Patel

Previously published as Get your best grades

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Struggling at school? Having a crisis at college? Just want to be able to get it right, or win more of the time, or keep sane while playing sports?


This book collects three different works aimed at students from school through to university, and will bump up your confidence, marks and performance.

The Guide To Writing: Everything you ever wanted to know about exams and essays but were afraid to ask.

A simple, FAQ style guide covering all the most common reasons students lose marks. Read this and you’ll never get tripped up by something basic, or lose marks to simple errors. It covers essays, exams, research, and more. If you’ve ever had a questions that sounds stupid but worries you, this is the place you’ll find the answers.

The Art of Being Right: The perfect guide to spotting bullshit, avoiding cheap tricks and winning arguments

A classic text by Arthur Schopenhauer on how to win arguments, regardless of who’s right. Includes commentary on the usage and defence against each tactic, from Will Is More Effective Than Insight and Bewilder Your Opponent by Mere Bombast to Draw Conclusions Yourself and Postulate What Has To Be Proved.

Sports psychology advice for surviving school: Sports Psychology Advice for School Athletes, Their Coaches, and Parents.

A collection of articles about dealing with the troubles of team and individual sports, from how to recover from the winter to what to expect from spectators. There is a strong focus on maintaining a healthy and positive mental state, with good tips and tricks to help you along.

Available in ebook, paperback and audiobook with remastered audio for richer sound

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Arthashastra, or, The Playbook of Material Gain

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Arthashastra, or,

The Playbook of Material Gain

A 2,300-year-old guide on politics, statecraft and power.

By Chanakya Kautilya c. 300 BCE
Translated by R. Shamasastry, 1915
Introduction and commentary by Chirag Patel, 2019

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Truly radical “Machiavellianism”, in the popular sense of that word, is classically expressed in Indian literature in the Arthashastra of Kautilya (written long before the birth of Christ, ostensibly in the time of Chandragupta): compared to it, Machiavelli’s The Prince is harmless.

—Max Weber, Politics as a Vocation (1919)

Chanakya’s treatise, written while turning a farmhand into the emperor of the largest empire India had ever seen, focuses on how to manage an empire, covering everything from domestic policy and personal rights to assassination and the dirtier arts of politics. This is not, as with Plato’s Republic, a work of theory. Chanakya’s guidance is entirely practical, and is based on both his education and his experience building an empire. It lacks the philosophical ponderings and moralizing of its equivalent Western works (such as The Prince, The Republic or Leviathan) and instead focuses on how one deals with the messiness of the world in practice.People will occasionally refer to Chanakya as an Indian Machiavelli, but this does some discredit to Chanakya. The Prince is a satire, and focused around exposing the tactics and inhumanity of Cesare Borgia. Arthashastra is a manual for every aspect of statecraft, and while it deals in the unethical it does so only because that is, after all is said and done, one of the options available to a ruler.If you’re after a totally pragmatic analysis of leadership, stripped of moralising and focused on what works and how to deal with real-world issues, this is the book for you.

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The Art of Being Right

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The Art of Being Right

by Chirag Patel

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A classic guide to tricks and tactics for winning arguments, with commentary on the use of and defence against each tactic.

The best summary of this book is ‘being right doesn’t mean you’re gonna win, and this is why’. It’s the ultimate guide to spotting the many different kinds of bullshit people pull in order to win over the crowd, rather than argue the point at hand. There’s very few of them that don’t immediately bring examples to mind, and having it laid out clearly like this is the perfect armour to stop people derailing you.

In the real world, people don’t win arguments based on what’s correct. They win because they win over the crowd, or change the subject, or bully their rival, or 35 other causes. This guide will walk you through the various strategies that people use, with notes on usage and defence for each point.

Arthur didn’t intend this work as a guide for winning fights. Much like Machiavelli’s The Prince, this is a satire – a guide on what to watch out for in others and yourself, not a toolkit. If you can’t win your argument on fair grounds, you need to reconsider your position; but that doesn’t mean you should let people steal the day by underhand means. This book will teach you how to spot and spike them before they get a head of steam.

Topics:

  • The Extension (Dana’s Law)
  • The Homonymy
  • Generalize Your Opponent’s Specific Statements
  • Conceal Your Game
  • False Propositions
  • Postulate What Has to Be Proved
  • Yield Admissions Through Questions
  • Make Your Opponent Angry
  • Questions in Detouring Order
  • Take Advantage of the Nay-Sayer
  • Generalize Admissions of Specific Cases
  • Choose Metaphors Favourable to Your Proposition
  • Agree to Reject the Counter-Proposition
  • Claim Victory Despite Defeat
  • Use Seemingly Absurd Propositions
  • Arguments Ad Hominem
  • Defense Through Subtle Distinction
  • Interrupt, Break, Divert the Dispute
  • Generalize the Matter, Then Argue Against it
  • Draw Conclusions Yourself
  • Meet Him With a Counter-Argument as Bad as His
  • Petitio principii
  • Make Him Exaggerate His Statement
  • State a False Syllogism
  • Find One Instance to the Contrary
  • Turn the Tables
  • Anger Indicates a Weak Point
  • Persuade the Audience, Not the Opponent
  • Diversion
  • Appeal to Authority Rather Than Reason
  • This Is Beyond Me
  • Put His Thesis into Some Odious Category
  • It Applies in Theory, but Not in Practice
  • Don’t Let Him Off the Hook
  • Will Is More Effective Than Insight
  • Bewilder Your opponent by Mere Bombast
  • A Faulty Proof Refutes His Whole Position
  • Become Personal, Insulting, Rude (argumentum ad personam)

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Living from a suitcase

by Chirag Patel

Previously published as Whimsy.

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A collection of comic articles, collecting humorous travelogues as a Brit wanders the wilds of Africa and Asia.

  • Includes…
  • A rock diary following a gigging band in London in the mid 2000s, who might be any aspirant post student band you’ve ever known
  • Travels around Asia on the modern Grand Tour, back in the years before the crisis hit
  • Strange journeys and getting attacked at a go kart track in India
  • The ruminations of an Englishman emigrating to South Africa and wondering what the hell is going on, but loving it
  • Collected journalism from Durban in South Africa, early in the Zuma years
  • Selected short fiction

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