Kevin Shepherd Bibliography
A full listing of published books, together with internet articles and items.
Dangers of Alternative Therapy
Detailing a complaint made by Tom Keogh, a citizen who lost his wife in very questionable circumstances imposed by "counsellors" who advocated misleading concepts and slogans. The attempts of the complainant to gain redress were thwarted by the defensive strategies of organisations with a vested interest in the activities of counselling and alternative therapy.
Description of some features involved in a citizen intellectual project dating from the early 1980s at Cambridge University Library.
Modern Western Philosophy
A citizen version of twelve prominent figures in the annals of modern philosophy. Commencing with Thomas Hobbes and Francis Bacon, the presentation briefly describes the rationalists Rene Descartes and Baruch Spinoza, and then proceeds via a sequence of juxtapositions reflecting basic contrasts. Leibniz and John Locke signify a friction between rationalist and empiricist approaches, while David Hume and Immanuel Kant illustrate what may be called the materialist sceptic versus modified empiricist orientations. Hegel and Schopenhauer exhibit complexities respectively relating to Christian "pantheist" and distinctive atheistic formats. The controversial figure of Karl Marx is not always viewed as a philosopher, though his "Left Hegelian" radicalism is considered relevant by some analysts. Bertrand Russell contrasts in his more traditional social and intellectual ambience, and as a pioneer of "analytical" philosophy. Some citizen reflections conclude the article, and including the factor of science, while spotlighting the "against method" controversy aroused by Paul Feyerabend.
Wikipedia Anomalies: Sequel
A sequel to the article on another website. Describes varied components of a Wikipedia Noticeboard discussion in 2012, the resulting 40-point academic document, the prevalent indifference to that document, and the dismissal by a pseudonymous entity. Also describes the deletion of a sectarian User page by Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia manager. Some features of the "Sai Baba movement" controversy are included, a matter obscured by Wikipedia pseudonymous personnel. Wikipedia critics are also spotlighted, including Carl Hewitt and Larry Sanger.
The Meher Baba Movement
A description of some developments relating to the Meher Baba devotional movement. This article describes attitudes on the part of devotees and authority figures which facilitated misrepresentation of events, and also suppression of an annotated book relating to the figurehead.
Meher Baba and Paul Brunton
Analysis of the encounters between two controversial entities in 1930-31. The details were distorted and contracted in the well known commercial book A Search in Secret India (1934). Submerged data reveals the complexity in events. Paul Brunton's visits to the Meherabad and Nasik ashrams of Meher Baba acquire a different complexion in the light of more comprehensive facts. Some features of Brunton's later career are described, and which resulted in the disillusionment of admirers like Jeffrey Masson. Further, a comparison with the career of the "Parsee messiah" reveals differences generally neglected.
Gurdjieff: Life and Controversy
Describes various aspects of G. I. Gurdjieff's biography from a critical standpoint.
Animal Ethics, Animal Rights, Anti-Vivisection
An argument for animal rights, and strongly opposing the practise of vivisection. Refers to many aspects of these issues, and also some human extensions.
Pete Townshend, Rock Star and Devotee
A commentary on the autobiography of Pete Townshend, rock star associated with The Who, and providing additional information from other sources. Townshend became a devotee of Meher Baba. The article ends with a focus on Meher Baba Oceanic, the short-lived London centre founded by Townshend in 1976.
David Lorimer and the Issue of Critical Faculties
Describes the situation attending a letter of resignation to the Scientific and Medical Network (SMN) in 2004. David Lorimer was Programme Director of the SMN. The subject matter includes the Findhorn Foundation, Stanislav Grof, Christopher Bache, Andrew Cohen, and Ken Wilber.
Citizen Vocation and Wikipedia Misinformation
Comments on a citizen career and some Wikipedia events involving cultist strategies, real name editor Simon Kidd, and Jimmy Wales.
The Indian Mutiny and Civil War 1857-58
Coverage of a controversial conflict which has received differing interpretations.
Apologist for Sathya Sai Baba: Gerald Joe Moreno
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