The DIM Hypothesis by Leonard Peikoff audiobook

The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out

By Leonard Peikoff
Read by Robin Field

Blackstone Publishing 9780451234810
17.58 Hours Unabridged
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In hisgroundbreaking and controversial book The DIM Hypothesis, Dr. Leonard Peikoff casts apenetrating new light on the process of human thought and thereby on Westernculture and history. In this far-reaching study, Peikoff identifies the threemethods people use to integrate concrete data into a whole, as when connectingdiverse experiments by a scientific theory, separate laws into a constitution,or single events into a story. The first method, in which data is integratedthrough rational means, he calls Integration. The second, which employs nonrationalmeans, he calls Misintegration. The third is Disintegration—which is nihilism,the desire to tear things apart. In The DIM Hypothesis Peikoff demonstratesthe power of these three methods in shaping the West by using the categories toexamine the culturally representative fields of literature, physics, education,and politics. His analysis illustrates how the historical trends in each fieldhave been dominated by one of these three categories, not only today but duringthe whole progression of Western culture from its beginning in ancient Greece. Extrapolating from the historical pattern he identifies,Peikoff concludes by explaining why the lights of the West are going out—andpredicts the most likely future for the United States.

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Summary

In hisgroundbreaking and controversial book The DIM Hypothesis, Dr. Leonard Peikoff casts apenetrating new light on the process of human thought and thereby on Westernculture and history.

In this far-reaching study, Peikoff identifies the threemethods people use to integrate concrete data into a whole, as when connectingdiverse experiments by a scientific theory, separate laws into a constitution,or single events into a story. The first method, in which data is integratedthrough rational means, he calls Integration. The second, which employs nonrationalmeans, he calls Misintegration. The third is Disintegration—which is nihilism,the desire to tear things apart.

In The DIM Hypothesis Peikoff demonstratesthe power of these three methods in shaping the West by using the categories toexamine the culturally representative fields of literature, physics, education,and politics. His analysis illustrates how the historical trends in each fieldhave been dominated by one of these three categories, not only today but duringthe whole progression of Western culture from its beginning in ancient Greece.

Extrapolating from the historical pattern he identifies,Peikoff concludes by explaining why the lights of the West are going out—andpredicts the most likely future for the United States.

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by Odin 9/13/2017
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Very accessible scholar-like history.

As expertly read by Robin Field, this analysis of the western cultural history being grounded in three major philosophical points of view (Plato, Aristotle, and Kant) makes apparent the influence these monumental philosophers have had on our art, literature, education, science and politics. Taking us on a detailed journey of cause and effect, Mr. Peikoff ends the book bringing our focus on the seeming unstable future of the west, reminding us once again, we are the makers of our own destiny and unless we change many of our habits, civilization may not make it. – Odin Roark

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Author Bio: Leonard Peikoff

Author Bio: Leonard Peikoff

Leonard Peikoff is universally recognized as the preeminent Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Ayn Rand for thirty years and was designated by her as heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at Hunter College, Long Island University, and New York University. Peikoff for many years lectured on Rand’s philosophy throughout the country. He lives in Southern California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 17.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English