Astonish Yourself! 101 Experiments in the Philosophy of Everyday Life

Reviewed by Deane Barker tags: philosophy

I abandoned this, so I won’t rate it.

This book is a set of short chapters (101 of them) which are exercises meant to expand your perception of the world (?).

I got through 5-6 of the chapters, but it’s very odd. The exercises are extremely abstract and vaguely spiritual. Some examples:

  • Sit in a room and call out your own name, as if you were calling to yourself
  • Look at your field of view and try to pretend it’s a two-dimensional painting, then envision it being “peeled away”

I just didn’t get it. I thought it was going to be something along the lines of The Art of Noticing which I loved, but I just couldn’t get into the weirdness of it.

Also, the writing is flowery and verbose. I understand it was originally written in French then translated.

Book Info

Roger-Pol Droit

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