Richard Todd Devens is a classically trained professional pianist and piano instructor who is also the author of one of the most provocative, controversial, and outrageous books of all time. Although classified as PHILOSOPHY/Ethics & Moral Philosophy, parts of the book could just as easily have been classified as psychology, sociology, psycho-linguisitics, and politics. Rational Polemics: Tackling The Ethical Dilemmas Of Life dares to challenge the ideas and values that most of the world has been spoon-fed from infancy onward.
With personal anecdotes, tongue-in-cheek humor, and refreshing candor, Richard Todd Devens thinks outside the traditional strictures of convention and morality, and asks important questions, including: Does poetic justice exist? Is forgiveness always the best method to achieve closure? Do we have the right to end our own lives? Should drugs be legal? Can prostitution be beneficial? If you're ready to consider the true nature of evil, to look at the hypocrisies inherent in religion, to think about whether humanity really is a "higher form of life," and to open your mind to new ideas about subjects ranging from adultery to cannibalism to rude people to distracting background music, Rational Polemics is a welcome breath of fresh air from a writer who has been called one of the most original thinkers of our time.
Many people, even those that didn't agree with all of his ideas, have thanked him for challenging their deep-seated beliefs and convictions, encouraging them to consider alternative viewpoints, and for making them think about vitally important issues in a whole new way. Indeed, Rational Polemics - which has won four awards - has been described as "the book that makes people THINK."
Richard offers a fascinating and riveting speech that will, like his book, have you thinking about issues and ethical dilemmas in a whole new way. But it will never be some "dry" or "academic" lecture. He delivers an enthusiastic, and often funny speech that takes in the whole scope of human existence. Richard offers a question and answer period afterward, as well as a book signing. All day seminars are also available, and Richard will travel to any place where his services are needed.
Richard is also available as a highly inspiring motivational speaker, a keynote speaker, and an emcee. In his motivational speeches, his goal is not just to entertain, but to give valuable information and insights that will be remembered and can be applied long after the speech is over. In most motivational speeches, we hear the same phrases over and over again: "Rah, rah, rah," "Believe in yourself," "Never give up," "You can be anything you want to be." Sound familiar? But without clear-cut goals, specific strategies to ACHIEVE these goals, and putting these strategies into ACTION, all the words and slogans in the world aren't enough. Sample topics include: When does the law of averages work, and when does it not? When does the phrase "If at first you don't succeed, try again" work, and when does it NOT work? When is wanting revenge a self-destructive emotion? Are there instances when it isn't? What are the positive AND the negative aspects of goal setting? How does one deal with envy and jealousy? Can we completely avoid comparing ourselves to others?
Richard is not just paid for the time he is actually giving his speech. When you hire him, he spends hours in preparation so as to tailor his speech to the specific needs of his clients. His goal is always to have you remember his words long after the speech is over, and to give advice which can be immediately implemented. One of the ways Richard relates to his audiences is to share his own stories of massive mistakes, screw-ups, failures, as well as feelings of hopelessness, severe depression, and despair. He is a true alumnus of The School of Hard Knocks, but is also a survivor with a FIRM belief in the power of the human spirit in overcoming adversity.
- Rational Polemics was a 2013 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Award Winner
- Rational Polemics won a 2014 Reviewers Choice Award.
- Rational Polemics was the recipient of a 2nd place award in philosophy at the 20th annual CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Association) EVVY Book Awards in 2014.