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Title The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy : Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke / edited by Dean A. Kowalski
Published Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 278 pages)
Series The Blackwell philosophy and pop culture series
Blackwell philosophy and popculture series.
Contents Cover; Contents; Title; Copyright; Acknowledgments; Dedication; Introduction: "Unraveling the Mysteries"; Part One: "It All Began on A Warm Summer's Evening in Greece"; Chapter 1: Aristotle on Sheldon Cooper; The Life of the Mind; The Ancient Greek and the Modern Geek; The Joy of Geekdom; Geeky Fun and the Purpose of Life; Trial of a Nerd; The Aristotle-Cooper Evaluation; Chapter 2: "You're a Sucky, Sucky Friend"; "Do You Have Any Books about Making Friends?"; "Did You Ever Consider Making Friends by Being ... Pleasant?"; "Kripke! What'd You Say of the Idea of You and I Becoming Friends?"
"To Make Friends ... Take an Interest in Their Lives""That's Insane on the Face of It"; "There Is No Algorithm for Making Friends!"; Chapter 3: The Big Bang Theory on the Use and Abuse of Modern Technology; Some Healthy Webcam-ing; Unhealthy Interactions; Virtual Vengeance; Aristotle's Mean; Aristotle in Television; Bright and Shiny Penny; Where Do We Go?; Part Two: "Is it Wrong To Say I Love Our Killer Robot?"; Chapter 4: Feeling Bad about Feeling Good; Lorre and Prady on Sheldon Cooper; Diagnosing Sheldon III: Functionality; What Is a Disability?; Chapter 5: ... But Is Wil Wheaton Evil?
Chapter 11: Wittgenstein and Language Games in The Big Bang Theory"The Philosophy Is Theoretical, but the Fun Is Real"; "So, What Does That Mean?"; "Be Serious, We're Playing a Game Here"; "Figured Out the Magic Trick Yet?"; "It's a Nonoptional Social Convention," Stupid!; "Believe in Magic, You Muggle!"; Chapter 12: "I'm Afraid You Couldn't Be More Wrong!"; "More Wrong?"; "In None of Them Am I Dancing"; "I Think You Mean I'm Improbable"; The Cooper-Wrongness Paradox; "Of Course I'm Right--What Are the Odds I'd Be Wrong Twice in One Week?"
Resolving a "Nonlovers" Quarrel (about Science)The Pragmatics of the Special Sciences; Chapter 8: Sheldon, Leonard, and Leslie; The Methods of Science; Theoretical "Discoveries"; The String Theory Paradigm; Hang-Ups, Breakups, and New Beginnings; Chapter 9: The One Paradigm to Rule Them All; The Data; The Background; The Controversy; The Ramifications; The Analysis; Chapter 10: Cooper Considerations; Magic Maharaja Macs?; Scientist Sons Scolded; Monumental Math Mysteries; Lifelong Lessons; Part Four: "I Need Your Opinion on A Matter of Semiotics."
The Wheaton OccurrencesThe Theodicy Corollary; Beyond Good and Evil Wil--or, the Wrath of Sheldon; The Name-Calling and Line-Cutting Topologies; The Comic Book Paradigm; The Inscrutability Factor; Chapter 6: Do We Need a Roommate Agreement?; The Giant "Hedon" Collider; The Egoism Polarization; The Social Contract Instability; The Aristotelian Virtue Vortex; The Dennis Kim Conundrum; Part Three: "Perhaps You Mean A Different Thing Than I Do When You Say 'Science'"; Chapter 7: Getting Fundamental about Doing Physics in The Big Bang Theory; Studies in Sheldonology; A Unified Theory of Sheldon?
Summary "There are books that debate math, science, and history; there are books that help you build walls or even pyramids; there are even books that discuss Neanderthals with tools and autotrophs that drool. This book discusses philosophy. But you don't need an IQ of 187 to enjoy it. I swear to cow! As you'll see, the philosophy is theoretical, but the fun is real"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Big bang theory (Television program)
Philosophy -- Miscellanea.
Genre/Form Miscellanea.
Trivia and miscellanea.
Form Electronic book
Author Kowalski, Dean A.
LC no. 2011043333
ISBN 1118222520 (electronic bk.)
9781118222522 (electronic bk.)