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  1. The Dermis Probe
    The Dermis Probe
    The Dermis Probe
    The Dermis Probe
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  2. The Dermis Probe

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The Dermis Probe is a study of impediments in current thought that block higher forms of understanding between people. The space-age sounding title was suggested over 800 years ago by "The Blind Ones and the Elephant," a story immortalized in Rumi's Mathnavi.

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Idries Shah
Brand: Octagon Press, Limited
Used Book in Good Condition
Octagon Press, Limited
Octagon Press, Limited
Octagon Press, Limited
Octagon Press, Limited
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Those not already familiar with the works of Idries Shah have a real treat in store, a treat that includes an entirely new way to understand the sources and uses of stories. This collection is certainly entertaining--by turns hilarious and thought provoking. In addition, it provides readers with the chance to determine for themselves if carefully crafted material like this can also develop new capacities for non-linear thinking. Enjoy!
The Dermis Probe offers its readers a chance to look at the way they look at things. In so doing, restrictions that hamper thought and vision become readily apparent, and an opportunity to use the mind in a way that bypasses these restrictions becomes available. So The Dermis Probe is more than just another book one dips into to derive entertainment and enjoyment. Although the stories, extracts and commentaries are certainly enjoyable and interesting, they carry within them a kind of 'magic' that works on the mind to expose itself to itself so that it can work better and more efficiently. The Dermis Probe therefore recommends itself to any reader who wishes to explore the terrain of himself or herself to arrive at a greater understanding.
A collection of tales, narratives, aphoristic-like expressions, and a space-fiction film script by Afghan traveller and authority on the Sufis, Idries Shah. The title piece, an animated film, derives from Sanai's and Rumi's stories of the blind men (or men in the dark) trying to understand an elephant by touching parts of it -- and among its messages is that, in approaching Sufism, it is not possible to get an idea of the whole of it from such disparate parts as may have come to an inquirer's attention. (Shah's endnotes show that conventional scholastic workers appear to have little clear idea about what Sufism is.) There are many lessons in this book. One famous story, "Pomegranates" (which Shah also retells elsewhere in his writings), shows in one of its senses how an unexpected element may be the decisive one in situations -- and how our assumptions can blind us to it. The book can help us to increase our perceptions and reduce some of our foolishness. And it's very... Read more
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