Sent to Belief-L, 27 Jul 2002.
Hall, R. Stewart. Analytical MetaPhysics, A New View of the Cosmos,
Authorhouse, 2002 ISBN: 0-7596-5252-X . $13.50. 272 pp.
Ok, I've now gotten a hold of Hall's book, and even started reading it. This isn't going to be a full, formal review, mostly because I don't think it's worth the effort -- I'm not terribly impressed. I do need to be fair - I'd slammed Everett [Everett Allie, the guy who suggested this book] for building a social system up around what appears to be a physics concept. It's not Everett's fault. Hall explicitly starts off by pointing out that the modern relativistic cosmology is a poor foundation for a social and cultural system (thus begging the question of whether a social and cultural system should be based on physics).
Hall does suggest that if you are going to read this text that you not prejudge it and take it in it's own context, and I think this is fair enough. I do find the unsupported and unproven assertion after assertion, assumption after assumption (while adequate for establishing a role-playing game universe) unconvincing - especially when dealing with someone who's trying to condemn mainstream physics for doing the same thing. For an example, we need turn no further than the first chapter, when we are told that space has no boundaries - and then this is established as a Law (a law of conservation no less). Now, I'd be happy to consider the idea that space has no boundaries - and even consider it a working hypothesis for testing purposes. But no evidence is given, we just move on to the next set of assumptions.
Just a hint for later attempts at publication: the inclusion of an index and some sort of bibliography are really de rigueur these days, in this sort of text (yes, I know it's all "original work", but something to indicate a familiarity with the literature or something would probably help.
All things considered, it wasn't a wasted $13.50, and was a more amusing read than Dianetics (although not as amusing as the Urantia Book) -- which is probably the shelf I'll be sticking it on, rather than cluttering up the Einstein/Hawking/Lederman/Feynman shelf...