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The Scientific Method

If you encounter a really difficult problem and have used every inductive and deductive technique at your disposal to discover the answer to the problem but to no avail, the only recourse is to use the scientific method. 901 more words

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Dearest Books: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig

I began this book because of a Creative Writing Class taught by one of my favorite professors at Rollins, Dr. Aufhammer.

In the class, Dr. Aufhammer gave us a list of his favorite books from his lifetime of reading. 317 more words

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Zen and the Art of Negativity

If you’ve read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, you’ll know there isn’t a particularly happy ending – at best, it’s…ominous. The narrator, who has some form of mental illness, as we discover through the text (my guess is schizophrenia – it haunts the brightest and the best, although it doesn’t discriminate, and, as a merely mediocre landlord to the beast, I could see certain similarities – the book was clearly either well-researched, or, more likely, written from personal experience.) 224 more words

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Quotes

“What is in mind is a sort of Chautauqua…that’s the only name I can think of for it…like the traveling tent-show Chautauquas that used to move across America, this America, the one that we are now in, an old-time series of popular talks intended to edify and entertain, improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the ears and thoughts of the hearer.” 216 more words


The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. ~ Robert M. Pirsig

Book Rec: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

In “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” a road trip (taken on a motorcycle, of course) is used to explore life. It’s hard to really describe the appeal of this book, but I have to say that it’s one of my favorites when it comes to exploring some of the deeper aspects of life. 159 more words

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Why did it take me over a year to finish? This is a book that requires substantial amounts of uninterrupted read time. The latter half of the book moved much more quickly for me, partially because I had more concentration and brain processing power available. 494 more words

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