Book Review: “Aamrgan” by Cliff Hays

“Aamrgan?” you say. “What kind of title is that?” Well, it’s an anagram of anagram. Nifty concept, isn’t it? It’s a good brain-teaser that sets the stage for what’s to come.

Aamrgan is a short book, but it contains huge ideas. It was originally going to be a novel, until the author began contemplating the backward time travel paradox, and so instead wrote this short but fascinating work of metaphysical puzzles.

When I was in college I took a class in logic offered by the Philosophy department. I did okay in the class, but I always felt like there was something about it that I just couldn’t wrap my head around. Maybe my mind isn’t great at grasping abstract concepts. I got the same vibe reading this–like I was stretching my mental muscles in a way they weren’t used to moving. 

Don’t be fooled; while the book is 34 pages long, it’ll keep you thinking about it for way longer than it takes to read it. It’s different; it makes you think about things you may have taken for granted in entirely new ways. It’s a good book to start off the year, too; what better way to start a new year than with a new perspective?


  1. “It is very interesting that falsification comes so easy, whereas logic does not even allow for the existence of truthificaton.” That’s why it is so hard to prove a person guilty, but geometry gives us that ability.

  2. So much of his argument is based on logic. He leaves out reason. It’s true logic has no absolutes, that why we temper cold logic with a balance of common sense which is reason. In law it’s reasonable doubt, a reasonable person, preponderance of the evidence. He does make you think, though. I love it. His statistical analysis of language reminded me of the Aflac commercial with Yogi Berra. After listening to him the duck left shaking his head.

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