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  1. #1 Book: Why the West is not the Best - 10 Superiority MYTHS 
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    I started selling my 10 Western MYTHS book on Amazon.

    Visit this link:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/141...631694-8338248

    This is my personal page on lulu.com :

    http://www.lulu.com/capelo

    It is a book that travels across 10 wrong ideas about western superiority towards the rest of the world.

    1 – Linguistics: the Myth of moneme / morpheme as the minimal unit of signification within language
    2 – Physics: the Myth of the universe’s space expansion
    3 – Sociology/Anthropology: the Myth of the self-sufficient, pastless society
    4 – Educational system and Politics: the Myth of the "neutral society with a totally democratic education"
    5 – Psychology: the Myth of scientific objectivity in Psychology - The focus on Freud and the denial of Jung
    6- Economics: the Myth of development through the stealing of natural resources
    7- Communication Media: the Myth of Developed Society = "free" Communication Media
    8- Egocentrism: the Myth of the Anglo-Saxon concept of family
    9- The invention of Money: Myth - only Money can give a meaning to life 10- The "international style" in architecture: the Myth of the city as a privileged stage for Democracy – modern forms of power

    I´m a sociologist, a Plastic Artist, Poet and Writer concerned with Art and Society subjects.

    Thank you. I hope you like this book, it´s very interesting.


    Francisco Capelo - Portugal


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    Quote Originally Posted by capelo
    2 – Physics: the Myth of the universe’s space expansion
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    I´m a sociologist, a Plastic Artist, Poet and Writer concerned with Art and Society subjects.
    That’s funny, I didn’t see “physicist” in there anywhere.

    Why is it that so many people feel qualified to critique modern physics without any formal training? Most people seem to realize that they couldn’t coherently critique someone’s microchip design without training in electrical engineering, or criticize the design of a new super-sonic plane without training in aeronautics, or question a procedure for synthesizing a drug without training in chemistry.

    Yet for some reason, everyone seems to think that lack of training is no barrier when it comes to critiquing modern physics.


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    Capelo, I have visited your site and read the preview of your book. I found several surprising things, beginning with the title: where exactly does the West claim superiority over the rest of the world? Individuals in the West may feel they are superior to those in the East, but the same is true in the East. I certainly would purchase my plasma TV, were I inclined to own one, from Japan, driving to pick it up in my Korean car, wearing my Indonesian slacks and Chinese shirt, while reflecting on the non-aggressiveness of Buddism compared with the Abrahamic religions.

    You then list the Ten Myths. I'll just single out a couple.

    It is a book that travels across 10 wrong ideas about western superiority towards the rest of the world.

    1 – Linguistics: the Myth of moneme / morpheme as the minimal unit of signification within language
    Let us suppose this particular interpretation of language is wholly faulty. Firstly, it is certainly not representative of the whole Western linguistic establisment. Secondly, in what way does it demonstrate an alleged Western superiority?

    2 – Physics: the Myth of the universe’s space expansion I'm with scifor Refugee on this one.

    4 – Educational system and Politics: the Myth of the "neutral society with a totally democratic education" This concept is so mythical I have never heard of it before.

    5 – Psychology: the Myth of scientific objectivity in Psychology - The focus on Freud and the denial of Jung
    This is just silly. Freud is pretty well thoroughly discredited.

    8- Egocentrism: the Myth of the Anglo-Saxon concept of family Huh??

    And the rest appear nonsensical or irrelevant. I do not intend to be harsh, merely honest. The two can sometimes be difficult to distinguish.
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    Well, everyone has the right to his/ her opinion about anything.

    I understand what u say, but i keep faithful to my word.


    1 – Linguistics: the Myth of moneme / morpheme as the minimal unit of signification within language
    Let us suppose this particular interpretation of language is wholly faulty. Firstly, it is certainly not representative of the whole Western linguistic establisment. Secondly, in what way does it demonstrate an alleged Western superiority?

    Why don´t u buy the book? And most of all read it? U have this question, just because u don´t understand the ideas. And to understand, u must read first - riight ?

    2 – Physics: the Myth of the universe’s space expansion I'm with scifor Refugee on this one.

    This is an easy critic. It´s the most predictable critic, to be honest. I expected it even before i wrothe this book. U can be wiser than that,for sure...

    4 – Educational system and Politics: the Myth of the "neutral society with a totally democratic education" This concept is so mythical I have never heard of it before.

    Well, have u ever been on a school? A western school, i mean... - just kidding. But this is so clear that u must be an alien, if u don´t get this idea, my friend...

    5 – Psychology: the Myth of scientific objectivity in Psychology - The focus on Freud and the denial of Jung This is just silly. Freud is pretty well thoroughly discredited.

    WHAT ? Are u living on my world,or on a world on your own , after all ?


    8- Egocentrism: the Myth of the Anglo-Saxon concept of family Huh??

    Think. Read, think... u know, that sort of things...


    And the rest appear nonsensical or irrelevant. I do not intend to be harsh, merely honest. The two can sometimes be difficult to distinguish.

    Well, u can say wathever u want: this book is very useful to open some eyes (and minds...), and i´m proud i wrote it.

    Bye now,

    Francisco Capelo - Portugal rules, dude...

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    I congratulate you on having accomplished the difficult task of writing your book and seeing it through to publication. However....

    You haven't addressed a single point I raised, but just made some glib, superficial remarks: not the sort of thing that would encourage anyone to spend money to read more of your ideas.

    I return to one point, in the hope that taken one at a time you will respond seriously. Almost all of Freud's ideas have been discarded. Are you seriously suggesting that this is not so. If you are please provide a half dozen papers published in any of the fields of psychology, psychiatry, behavioural science, etc, that cite any of his work, or that are build upon his theories.
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    Capelo, It is never specious to say that lack of substance = lack of understanding.
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    Cogito, ergo doleo.

    There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
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    Capelo,

    Send me a copy of your book and I'll gladly review it and post the review here in The Science Forum as well as on Amazon.

    I have some experience writing book reviews (albeit limited and not for professional reasons) see my review of Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life. I'm about to enter graduate school in pursuit of a degree in anthropology and would be happy to offer an objective, yet informed perspective on your writings.

    If you want the address to mail a copy, PM me and I'll provide.
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