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It is a sad reality that human beings throughout history on several notable occasions have committed atrocities against one another: the Holocaust, the Rape of Nanking Massacre, and the Great Leap Forward, to name but a few. Did the societies of Nazi Germany, Communist China and Imperial Japan all share something in common? Xi Shi and James Sherrier would argue they do... When dogmatic beliefs take precedence over knowledge, the effects are potentially devastating. Drawing upon examples from both Eastern and Western history – and over several centuries – The Power of Belief, the Value of Knowledge seeks to persuade the reader that we must learn from the mistakes of the past if we want to avoid repeating many of these horrific events. Narrative imagery and illustrative revelation, both ancient and modern, tell us that to achieve a world built upon peace and fairness we must appreciate the value of knowledge more than we already do – and to be wary of the power of beliefs.
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Throughout the years, Jim’s fascinating stories about human histories and Xi Shi’s passion for Chinese culture have given the two many common topics to discuss and to share. Jim and Xi Shi both appreciate an understanding of the power of people’s beliefs as seen through stories around the world and by different cultures, witnessed through the evolution of human society. When Jim created Pluralism and Diversity in America, a sociology course for freshmen at SUNY Rockland, he wanted students to learn about different cultures and beliefs, both the wise actions as well as the unfortunate events recorded in world history, lessons that should be passed on from generation to generation. Xi Shi was inspired to bring the knowledge of Chinese culture into American education. Sharing perceptions of human history from both an Eastern and Western point of view, awareness of the differences and similarities of human behavior motivated Jim and Xi Shi to start this book together.
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Book Description Olympia Publishers, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1848974108