Ockham's Razor

"Bold and incisive, full of smarts, wit, and self-awareness, it's an erudite and entertaining inquiry into nothing less than what is in the modern, millenial world and what should be."
Quill & Quire, April 1999 - Full Review



"delightful travel book-cum-philosophical exploration that will remind the reader of Robert Pirsig's eccentric 1970s classic, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance."
Bronwyn Drainie, Author and critic



"Ockham's Razor sticks pins in the smug assumption that our modern civilization is the pinnacle of human development. Indeed, this book makes us question the values at the very heart of contemporary thought."
Norm bolen, Vice-President of Programming, History Television



"very readable and intelligently provocative."
Philip Marchand, Toronto Star newspaper



OCKHAM'S RAZOR:
A Search for Wonder In An Age of Doubt


by Wade Rowland

1-55263-031-5 $24.95 Trade paperback

from Key Porter Publishers spring 1999 catalog:

A search for human values and meaning at the millennium, Ockham's Razor is a brilliant travel narrative that mixes philosophical speculation with commentary about the food, architecture and art of France.

From Plato, Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas to Descartes, Magritte and the Internet, Wade Rowland examines some of our deepest assumptions about the nature of reality and our relationship to the world.

In the summer of 1997, Rowland, an expert on technology and the new media, and in many respects disillusioned with the hyper-reality of North American culture, took his family to visit medieval historical sites throughout Southern France as a way of searching for authenticity.

In Ockham's Razor he speculates on the world view of the middle ages, a highly evolved system of thought and perception radically different from our own, and argues that efficiency is an engineering goal that reduces human beings to material objects. Such debasement causes human alienation, which is the defining condition of our age. This is very much a book for our age.

"A titanic struggle engaged the Church throughout the first fifteen hundred years of its existence and beyond. Indeed it lasted from the time of St. Augustine up to the ultimate decisive battle with the forces of materialism as championed by Galileo and Newton.

It was an epic struggle against the objectification of the material world, and the resultant alienation of man from God. It was a contest between two fundamentally different ways of understanding our place in the universe and it reached a climax in the slow transformation of the Age of Faith into the Age of Reason." - Excerpted from Ockham's Razor

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THE AUTHOR

Wade Rowland is a long-time journalist who has worked for the Winnipeg Free Press, the Toronto Telegram and both national Canadian television networks: CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and the CTV Television Network. He writes and lectures extensively on the new media, and science and technology.

He is the author of a dozen other books including Spirit of the Web, a popular history of communications technologies that was selected as Required Reading for 1997 by The Globe and Mail. He lives with his family near Port Hope and is a principal in an Internet-based corporation. Rowland's latest book about the trial of Galileo entitled "Galileo's Mistake: The Archaeology of a Myth", was published in October 2001 by Thomas Allen Publishers. Read an excerpt from Galileo's Mistake.

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OCKHAM'S RAZOR:
A Search for Wonder In An Age of Doubt

by Wade Rowland

1-55263-031-5 $24.95 Trade paperback
Published by Key Porter Books - Patrick Crean Editions

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Read Chapter One of Ockham's Razor

Table of Contents and Photos

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