Fallacies In Present Day Thought, by J. P. Sandlands, M.A., Vicar of Brigstock. Published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C.. Books dealing with the habits and tendencies of the human mind are usually deeply serious and contemplative; the author of this volume, however, deals with the serious things of life in a light and airy manner. His book is one of the most instructive and entertaining we have read; instructive because of its unusual originality and its power to stimulate thought in the reader; and entertaining by virtue of its keenness and purity of wit, which is all the more subtle because it is (apparently) unconscious. Every reader will differ with the author upon some, at least, of his "Fallacies," and that the author knows this and expects it, nay, would even encourage it, his introduction makes plain. He says, "I have always held, however, that no man should submit to be guided by another save only as his reason led him to feel it right...I have always taught men to look out of the Churches and above them for their guidance...Man is nothing if not a free agent...I am going to take, so far as I can, many things which are regarded as facts, and show them to be fallacies. I do not ask my readers to do more or less than exercise their reasoning powers freely, and without any bias." He deals with no less than fifty-one subjects, and the width of their range may be gathered from the following enumeration of just a few of them;—"Sleep," "Josephus," "Salt," "Ephesus," "Cooked Food," "Jericho," "Space," "Spiritism," "Bread," "Occult Science."
Suggestions is a little booklet of 16 pages, written, arranged, and published by Arthur St. John, Editor of "The Midland Herald," Bilston, Staffs. It contains notices and particulars of a number of Reform Journals and Works which will prove valuable as a reference list for those who read and think much on Reform matters. It may be obtained free of the Publisher.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.