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

by Wade Rowland

Trade Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Key Porter Books - Patrick Crean Editions
ISBN: 1552630315

Ockham's Razor Chapter 1 - Toronto, Autumn 1997

* A Drive to the City * An Unfortunate Student *
* The Puzzle of the Human Resource *
* Economics Ascendant * A Submersion of Values *
* Lessons from the Middle Ages *
* Planning Our Journey *




Chapter 2 - Toronto to Paris

* Portents * A Noseless Man *
* De Montfort's Victims *
* A Long Flight * Our Travel Goals *
* Reproductions and Originals *

Author Wade Rowland in Paris, France
In Paris
Chapter 3 - Paris: The Cult of Reason

* Encountering Paris *
* Hilary Makes an Impression *
* Subjects and Objects *
* The Hard Rock Café *
* Notre-Dame de Paris *
* Descartes and the Cult of Reason *
* Simon Disagrees * Auguste Comte *
* The Orangerie and the Impressionists *

Tuileries Gardens, Paris France
Tuileries Gardens, Paris
Chapter 4 - Paris: Magritte's Puzzle

* How to Travel * The Trouble with Luxury *
* Hilary's Midnight Walk *
* René Magritte and the Paradoxes of Perception *
* Plato and Pre-Scientific Reality *
* Virtual Reality and the Medievals *

An impromptu roadside French lunch
An impromptu roadside lunch
Chapter 5 - Seeing and Knowing

* A Prairie Mirage * How Primitive People See *
* What the Ancients Saw *
* The Medieval Vision * Transactional Reality *
* Reality and Information *

View from Castle at Loches, France
Tthe view from the roof of the castle at Loches
Chapter 6 - Chartres, Vouvray and Loches: The Maid of Orléans

* Versailles * The Lessons of Chartres *
* The Iconoclastic Controversy *
* An Emergency and Its Lesson *
* A Night in a Cave * Loches *
* Barbarism in an Age of Faith *
* St. Joan's Story *
* An Allegory for Change *
* Reality and History *
* The Mystery of Prehistory *
* The Turing Test *

Le Moulin de L'Abbaye, Brantome France Relais et Chateaux
Breakfast on the terrace at Le Moulin de L'Abbaye, Brantôme
Chapter 7 - Brantôme, Rocamadour and the Gîte

* Driving South *
* Rocamadour's Miracles *
* A Stay in a Château *
* Our Country Gîte *

Carcassonne and the Cathars - France
Carcassonne, the walled city

Chapter 8 - Carcassonne and the Cathars

* Lily Devése's Schoolroom *
* A History Lesson *
* Introducing the Cathars *
* St. Augustine and the Manicheans *
* The "Cathar Industry" *
* Modernism and Catharism *

Wade Rowland and Lily in Carcassonne, France
The author and Lily Devése, our guide to Carcassonne
Chapter 9 - Richard and Lily

* Carcassonne and Me *
* Richard Halliburton's Journey *
* The Walls of Carcassonne *
* Lily's Story * Montréal in Wartime *
* Choosing Freedom *

Cathar Castles - Puilaurens Castle France
Cathar Castle Puilaurens, last of the Cathar strongholds
Chapter 10 - Three Cathar Castles

* The Galamus Gorge * Puilaurens Castle *
* "Everything is Permitted" *
* Cathars and Troubadours-Courtly
Love-Catharism's Appeal *
* The Church's Fears * Literacy and the Self *
* Living in the Material World *
* Mighty Quérebus *
* A Gothic Mystery *
* "Carcassonne in the Sky" *

French Monuments - Albigensian Crusade
The little monument to the martyrs of Montséqur
Chapter 11 - Montségur and Her Martyrs

* The Albigensian Crusade *
* De Montfort's Tactics *
* The Holy Grail * The Siege *
* The Immolation * The Inquisition Begins *
* A Search for Meaning *
* Repression and Freedom *

St. Dominic's house in Fanjeaux France
St. Dominic's house in Fanjeaux
Chapter 12 - Toulouse: Dominic and Aquinas

* Industry Under the Catalpa *
* Specialization Among the Ants *
* Discovering Toulouse *
* St. Sernin * A Warm Rain *
* The Jacobins *
* A Place of Miracles *

St. Thomas Aquinas, Jacobins in Toulouse, France
St. Thomas Aquinas' relics at the Jacobins in Toulouse
Chapter 13 - Toulouse: Aquinas and Galileo

* A Saint's Relics * Dominic's Story *
* Aristotle Returns * Aristotle and Aquinas *
* A Delicate Balance *
* "Doctor Invincibilis" *
* Ockham and Science * Simon's Questions *
* Galileo and the Church *
* Peter Damien's Response *

Carcassonne country gite rental in France
Our country gîte near Carcassonne
Chapter 14 - Science and Reality

* A Trip to the Supermarket *
* Objects and Idols * God and Newton *
* Science and Mathematics *
* Faith, Metaphysics and Science *
* Einstein's World *
* Reflections on Alienation *

French gite breakfast
Breakfast at the gîte under the catalpa tree with its ant colony
Chapter 15 - The Ant and the Grasshopper

* A Visit to the Bakery *
* Some Medieval Towns *
* Highly Social Insects *
* A Fable and Its Moral *
* Ethics and Ants *
* A Warning *

Avignon France and French Gites accommodation
The Papal palace in Avignon
Chapter 16 - Progress and Salvation: On to Avignon

* "Wonder People" *
* Hilary and Simon's Adventure *
* Economics and Lust *
* Farewell to the Gîte *
* The Question of Salvation *
* Why? vs. How? * A History of Progress *
* A Visit to the Beach * Pont-Du-Gard *

Chef George Blanc, Vonnas France
The maestro, Georges Blanc
Chapter 17 - Culture and Cuisine: Georges Blanc

* The Meaning of Ritual *
* The First Restaurants *
* Popular and Erudite Cuisine *
* Discovering Georges Blanc *
* The Blanc Family's Story *
* The Zen of Dining *
* An Audience with the Maestro *
* How to Buy a Motorcycle *

Ecstacy at George Blanc restaurant
Ecstacy at George Blanc restaurant
Chapter 18 - Dijon to Paris

* Seeing and Believing *
* Believing and Seeing *
* A Pit Stop *
* My Letter to Berkowitz *
* The Smoking Car *

Hotel de Crillon, Paris
Living like royalty at the Crillon Hotel, Paris
Chapter 19 - Paris and Perpetual Motion

* The Magnificent Crillon Hotel*
* Progress and Media *
* Paris Through Fresh Eyes *
* Architecture and Objectification *
* Reflections on Museums *
* A Paris of One's Own *

Leaving Paris
Saying farewell to Paris at the Madeleine
Chapter 20 - Paris to Toronto

* An Unpleasant Flight *
* Thoughts on the Dignity of Service *
* Home at Last * A Strange Encounter *
* Breakfast with Berkowitz *
* Watermarks and Cathars *
* Creating Reality * Chris' Erudition *
* Human Values *

Returning Home from France
Home at last
Chapter 21 - Home Alone

* Berkowitz's News *
* Fact and Values *
* A Crude Analogy *
* Faith and Science *
* Simon's Frustration *
* A Final Service *

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