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mattrodstrom
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7/3/2010 11:37:23 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Guns, Germs, and Steel
"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

Metaphysics:
"The science.. which deals with the fundamental errors of mankind - but as if they were the fundamental truths."
mattrodstrom
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7/3/2010 11:44:30 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
mmm...

also... Thus Spake Zarathustra was fun and engaging.

Also... I suggest reading Mencius, the daodejing and especially Zhuangzi...

Probably read the daodejing first, then Zhuangzi... then Nietzsche.

Nietzsche's similar to zhuangzi... but they have some differences...

Really... an even Longer Asian progression is best to lead up to all that stuff....

Analects, The Mohists, Mencius, daodejing, zhuangzi, nietzsche

- gives the later stuff better perspective.
"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

Metaphysics:
"The science.. which deals with the fundamental errors of mankind - but as if they were the fundamental truths."
mattrodstrom
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7/3/2010 11:47:50 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/3/2010 11:41:18 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 7/3/2010 11:37:23 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
Guns, Germs, and Steel

What is it about?

Explaining why societies turned out the way they did...

WHY some people "advanced" and others didn't.

WHY Europeans got Guns (livestock and crops) Germs and Steel... and why Aboriginal australians and new guineans throw boomerangs at groundsquirrels.
"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

Metaphysics:
"The science.. which deals with the fundamental errors of mankind - but as if they were the fundamental truths."
mattrodstrom
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7/3/2010 11:49:36 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
GG&S = why everything
"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

Metaphysics:
"The science.. which deals with the fundamental errors of mankind - but as if they were the fundamental truths."
FREEDO
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7/3/2010 11:49:41 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/3/2010 11:47:50 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
At 7/3/2010 11:41:18 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 7/3/2010 11:37:23 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
Guns, Germs, and Steel

What is it about?

Explaining why societies turned out the way they did...

WHY some people "advanced" and others didn't.

WHY Europeans got Guns (livestock and crops) Germs and Steel... and why Aboriginal australians and new guineans throw boomerangs at groundsquirrels.

That does sound very interesting.
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7/8/2010 8:26:52 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
The Criminal History of Mankind.

Absolute cracker of a read!

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7/8/2010 8:28:28 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/3/2010 11:47:50 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
At 7/3/2010 11:41:18 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 7/3/2010 11:37:23 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
Guns, Germs, and Steel

What is it about?

Explaining why societies turned out the way they did...

WHY some people "advanced" and others didn't.

WHY Europeans got Guns (livestock and crops) Germs and Steel... and why Aboriginal australians and new guineans throw boomerangs at groundsquirrels.

I'm going to buy that right now. Sounds like my kind of read.
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annhasle
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7/8/2010 8:52:22 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I've liked...

The Portable Atheist by Christioher Hitchens

The Republic by Plato

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

I've probably read all of them 50 times!!! :D
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7/8/2010 9:01:43 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/3/2010 11:37:23 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
Guns, Germs, and Steel

yes. quite good. jared diamond's other books are worth a read as well, especially the third chimpanzee. also steven pinker- the blank slate and how the mind works. ummm matt ridley- Genome: autobiography of a species, plus pretty much anything else he wrote. anything by daniel dennett. ummmmmmmm. thats enough for now. probably covers most of my favorite authors.
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mattrodstrom
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7/8/2010 10:41:38 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/8/2010 9:01:43 PM, belle wrote:
At 7/3/2010 11:37:23 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
Guns, Germs, and Steel

yes. quite good. jared diamond's other books are worth a read as well, especially the third chimpanzee.

read that one... good stuff... Couldn't get through Collapse though... found it Really dry.
"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

Metaphysics:
"The science.. which deals with the fundamental errors of mankind - but as if they were the fundamental truths."
belle
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7/9/2010 11:15:10 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/8/2010 10:41:38 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
At 7/8/2010 9:01:43 PM, belle wrote:
At 7/3/2010 11:37:23 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
Guns, Germs, and Steel

yes. quite good. jared diamond's other books are worth a read as well, especially the third chimpanzee.

read that one... good stuff... Couldn't get through Collapse though... found it Really dry.

LOL thats funny because i and another person i know who read it had the same problem. and yes, he loved GGS too. guess its just a bad book :P
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