This phrase was first used in thirteenth-century English law. In medieval and early modern Britain, the term non compos mentis was often related to religious or mysterious phenomena such as diabolical influence. From the seventeenth century, the condition was increasingly viewed as a mental illness , also described as insanity or madness. In English law, non compos mentis was a juristic term to describe a person's action as not motivated by reason, but being influenced by some false image or mental impression.

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Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Non Campus Mentis , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Jan 26, Manybooks rated it liked it Shelves: book-reviews , humour. But then again, we are all prone to making silly mistakes and with this salient fact in mind, I think it indeed and in fact would have been considerably more entertaining and perhaps rather less "student-oriented" and well, a bit less holier than thou, high and mighty, somewhat less preachy if author or rather if compiler Anders Henriksson had also included similar mistakes made by teaching assistants, lecturers, even full professors.

For not only students have the tendency to make funny mistakes and inadvertent bloopers, professors, instructors, lab technicians etc.

I have most certainly written some inadvertently funny sentences as examples on German language exam questions, and am not at all ashamed admitting this fact and I bet that the author, that Anders Henriksson himself has also made his share of mistakes, a fact that might have been worthwhile to have been mentioned, as there is definitely a bit of a feeling of a professor not only laughing at his students but also considering himself as in all ways superior to his students present in Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students , and this does indeed make me feel more than a bit uncomfortable.

Jan 17, David rated it really liked it Shelves: you-ll-snort-milk-thru-your-nose , embarrassed-to-own. I have a weakness for this kind of stuff. I don't necessarily really believe that an actual student somewhere really wrote that 'Joan of Ark was famous as Noah's wife', but you'll still find me laughing like a drain.

In my defence, someone gave me my copy - I didn't actually, like, pay money for it or anything. I promise not to send you e-mails with hilarious lists of similar bloopers, honestly.

View 1 comment. Sep 28, Martin rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , humour , non-comics. From college students' own authentic and inimitable voices comes a collection of bloopers, malapropisms, revisionist hypotheses, and creative interpretations of history, the subject that grinds our critical, seething minds to a halt. Very, very funny - at times even hilarious - re-telling of Western Civ history, based on the, um Highly recommended to history buffs, or to anyone with even a little knowledge of history.

One thing the readers will get from this is Hit the books, people! Just don't use this book to study. European nations had the raw materials to start an industrial revolution, but they did not have the knowledge to start a revolution and thus they were retarded.

An angry Martin Luther nailed ninety-five theocrats to a church door. The Pope's response was to declare Luther hereditary. He accepted all Luther's ideas except that of birth. Dec 30, Arminzerella rated it liked it Shelves: funny , college-students , essays , writing , borrowed-from-the-library , nonfiction , skimmed , history.

I have a paper printout of this from back in the day. It's 15 years old now, and has probably eaten itself.

Shocking, I know. Anyway, it never failed to make me giggle. I thought, hey, this "Non Campus Mentis" thing sounds exactly like that! It is similar. And it's funny, but also sad, pathetic. I don't know if I've lost my ability to laugh at this sort of thing, or if seeing that movie about the future where everyone is stupid the title of which I have stupidly forgotten Ah, Google says - after I searched for 'movie about future where everyone is stupid' - Idiocracy!

I closed the book with shaking hands, wondering if reading it was actually lowering my IQ. Also, correcting people's spelling, grammar, and historical data was giving me a headache. I should dig up my printout and see if that makes me feel the same way. Or the one about the little soaps and the hotel room. Maybe the problem is that I've lost my sense of humor!

This book makes me a little sad Dec 13, Kathy Elrick rated it it was amazing. For those who enjoy Mad Libs, History, the English language, and reading college papers, this book is for you. Great for teachers and soon-to-be teachers to just laugh at either how closely these papers look like their own students' writing, or just that the point too quickly gets away from the writers May 24, Elexndra rated it it was amazing.

Very Funny book. However, book has been republished with different title Ignorance is Blitz so be aware I thought Ignorance book would be new material in a similar to the Previous title NOPE same material page for page!

Jul 09, Dwayne Coleman rated it really liked it. Very, very funny--mostly because I have seen examples of similar things from students with my own eyes. Jul 18, Kolby Keller rated it it was amazing Shelves: history. I work at a history museum so I took it in with me to share with my coworkers.

May 29, Karen rated it really liked it. So funny! May 15, Candy rated it liked it. I laughed because I made a few of these mistakes myself, just always had a review check before turning the final product in. May 19, Hank Hoeft rated it really liked it.

Any English or social studies teacher of high school or college students will find this book hilarious and totally authentic. Jul 20, Fyo rated it it was amazing. I was a history tutor for four years.

I think I laughed so hard I cried reading this. Jan 04, Amy rated it really liked it. Made me laugh out loud several times and snort twice.

That's good enough for me for a humor book! This was an easy read filled with educational atrocities. Mar 17, Elise rated it really liked it. It's pretty funny stuff. Easy, short little read, but you have to be paying attention sometimes to catch the humor. It's great! May 18, Darragh Moloney rated it it was amazing. Made me laugh loud and long. Very re-readable great for long toilet sittings. Jan 22, Shane rated it it was amazing. Five stars - and I really mean it this time!

The blurb for this book from Goodreads gives a pretty good representation of what lies in t Five stars - and I really mean it this time! The blurb for this book from Goodreads gives a pretty good representation of what lies in the pages of this slim volume: "Non Campus Mentis" covers it all, including the dawn of religion: Judyism was the first monolithic religion. It had one big God named 'Yahoo.


Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students

A humorous look at the world of students, written by a history professor who has been keeping track of answers on tests for years. Funny, but not so funny, because many of the mistakes hit too close to home for any teacher. He lives in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. Those who forget the past are condemned to eat it, said Santayana. Didn't he?



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