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5/19/2015 3:54:12 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

I believe that it depends on the subject area that you're reading.
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5/19/2015 3:55:35 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 3:54:12 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

I believe that it depends on the subject area that you're reading.

Really? I would argue that learning anything directly is better than attempting to pick up a theme from a story.
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5/19/2015 3:56:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 3:55:35 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 3:54:12 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

I believe that it depends on the subject area that you're reading.

Really? I would argue that learning anything directly is better than attempting to pick up a theme from a story.

Well if you wanted to read something on individualism you would read Ayn Rand instead of non-fiction.
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5/19/2015 3:58:25 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 3:56:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 3:55:35 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 3:54:12 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

I believe that it depends on the subject area that you're reading.

Really? I would argue that learning anything directly is better than attempting to pick up a theme from a story.

Well if you wanted to read something on individualism you would read Ayn Rand instead of non-fiction.

But wouldn't a book describing the pros and cons of individualism be better than reading about a fictional example of an individual or a dystopian society build on collectivism.
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5/19/2015 4:00:01 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 3:58:25 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 3:56:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 3:55:35 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 3:54:12 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

I believe that it depends on the subject area that you're reading.

Really? I would argue that learning anything directly is better than attempting to pick up a theme from a story.

Well if you wanted to read something on individualism you would read Ayn Rand instead of non-fiction.

But wouldn't a book describing the pros and cons of individualism be better than reading about a fictional example of an individual or a dystopian society build on collectivism.

Individualism could be applied to several things. Whether it's economics or just the society in general.
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5/19/2015 4:01:43 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Individualism could be applied to several things. Whether it's economics or just the society in general.

Yes, but would not nonfiction be better to learn about individualism from than fiction. It is more direct, covers more scenarios, and has credibility in arguments.
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5/19/2015 4:04:26 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:01:43 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
Individualism could be applied to several things. Whether it's economics or just the society in general.

Yes, but would not nonfiction be better to learn about individualism from than fiction. It is more direct, covers more scenarios, and has credibility in arguments.

True, but if you wanted to see how it worked IRL.
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5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
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5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.
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5/19/2015 4:11:54 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

*Continues to say that*
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5/19/2015 4:13:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:11:54 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

*Continues to say that*

ha ha
Learning stuff is fascinating. Granted, it is better to read fiction than to read nothing at all.
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5/19/2015 4:21:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

I've read it and watched the documentary.
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5/19/2015 4:22:28 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:13:17 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:54 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

*Continues to say that*

ha ha
Learning stuff is fascinating. Granted, it is better to read fiction than to read nothing at all.

Try reading Rand Paul's Government Bullies. Great book that shows the dangers of over-regulation.
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5/19/2015 4:25:46 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:21:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

I've read it and watched the documentary.
I've not watched the documentary, but I have started the sequel!
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5/19/2015 4:26:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:25:46 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:21:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

I've read it and watched the documentary.
I've not watched the documentary, but I have started the sequel!

There's a sequel?
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"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." "Eleanor Roosevelt

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5/19/2015 4:26:52 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:26:17 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:25:46 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:21:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

I've read it and watched the documentary.
I've not watched the documentary, but I have started the sequel!

There's a sequel?
Superfreakonomics
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5/19/2015 4:27:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:26:52 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:26:17 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:25:46 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:21:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

I've read it and watched the documentary.
I've not watched the documentary, but I have started the sequel!

There's a sequel?
Superfreakonomics

When did it come out?
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5/19/2015 4:28:59 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:27:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:26:52 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:26:17 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:25:46 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:21:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

I've read it and watched the documentary.
I've not watched the documentary, but I have started the sequel!

There's a sequel?
Superfreakonomics

When did it come out?
2009
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5/19/2015 4:30:42 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:28:59 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:27:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:26:52 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:26:17 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:25:46 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:21:29 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

I've read it and watched the documentary.
I've not watched the documentary, but I have started the sequel!

There's a sequel?
Superfreakonomics

When did it come out?
2009

My local libraries mustn't carry it then.
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5/19/2015 8:56:06 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/19/2015 4:11:54 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:11:09 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
At 5/19/2015 4:08:56 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 5/19/2015 12:10:23 PM, Cowboy0108 wrote:
I say it is better to read nonfiction in subject areas that you enjoy, but what do you think?

Nonfiction is BORING. I read for entertainment. If I wanted to learn crap, I'd read Wikipedia.
Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. You would not continue to say that.

*Continues to say that*

I'd say, reading without learning is boring, which is why reading non-fiction books is overall less boring than fiction books. If you read shallow popular literature, it's unlikely that you'll learn anything, so it's boring. If you read Dickens, you'll have a plenty of vocabulary to learn, not to mention Victorian society, storytelling techniques, etc. In that case, it's fine to read fiction.
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