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Freeman
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2/10/2010 10:03:12 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
What are some good books that you have read recently or in the past?

My top 12 recommendations are as follows: ( They aren't necessarily in order in terms of quality)

1. The Looming Tower (Lawrence Wright)

2. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky)

3. Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are (Joseph LeDoux)

4. The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe (Stephen Hawking)

5. The Greatest show on Earth (Richard Dawkins)

6. The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

7. 1984 (George Orwell)

8. Battle Royal (Koushun Takami)

9. Rain Fall (Barry Eisler)

10. Why I Am Not A Christian (Bertrand Russell)

11. An inquiry concerning human understanding (David Hume)

12. Wittings on An Ethical life (Peter Singer)
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mattrodstrom
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2/10/2010 10:15:47 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 2/10/2010 10:03:12 PM, Freeman wrote:

8. Battle Royal (Koushun Takami)
weird, but good
11. An inquiry concerning human understanding (David Hume)
I second.

I think if you like Hume you'd probably like Zhuangzi, (though to fully understand the context of his work you should probably also read the analects, mencius, mozi, xunzi, and the daodejing too. That is basically my whole course in chinese philosophy)

Zhuangzi basically comes to the same understanding of human understanding that Hume does, but instead of just acknowledging that those "habits" of understanding exist, he suggests that embracing those "heavenly patterns"/ "going along with things" is the way to go because it is what leads to contentment/happiness.
"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."

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"The science.. which deals with the fundamental errors of mankind - but as if they were the fundamental truths."
GeoLaureate8
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2/11/2010 1:19:25 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
1. The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

2. Children of the Matrix (David Icke)

3. The Book (Alan Watts)

4. Atlantis, Alien Visitation, and Genetic Manipulation (Michael Tsarion)

5. A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)

6. The Pocket Krishnamurti (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

7. Hyperspace (Michio Kaku)

8. Tales From the Time Loop (David Icke)
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comoncents
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2/11/2010 4:59:41 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
6. The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

I just read this for Political Philosophy course.
Test on it on Monday!
Puck
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2/11/2010 5:20:28 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 2/11/2010 4:59:41 AM, comoncents wrote:
6. The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)



I just read this for Political Philosophy course.
Test on it on Monday!

The Butler did it.
philosphical
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2/11/2010 7:24:48 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Animal farm- george orwell

Of mice and men- john steinbeck
(a great read. recommended)

Bartimeus trilogy

The host- stephanie meyer
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Vi_Veri
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2/11/2010 7:50:26 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Two off the top of my head.

Candide by Voltaire, for sure

Consciousness Explained by Daniel C Dennett

I find almost all of Dawkin's books unsatisfying ;)
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belle
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2/11/2010 7:53:42 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 2/11/2010 5:20:28 AM, Puck wrote:
At 2/11/2010 4:59:41 AM, comoncents wrote:
6. The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)



I just read this for Political Philosophy course.
Test on it on Monday!

The Butler did it.

pfft, they didn't have butlers in russia, they had serfs

also from what i recall the illegitimate son did it :P
evidently i only come to ddo to avoid doing homework...
Itsallovernow
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2/11/2010 8:09:08 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
1. The Eragon Cycle
2. The Lovely Bones
3. The Stones of Mourning Creek (AMAZING!!!)
4. My Brother Sam Is Dead (Also AMAZING!!!)
5. A Biography of Samuel Houston (I don't ordinarly like biographies, but...)
6. October Sky
7. Matwan
8. The Sword of Shanara
9. Star Wars: The Dwarf Star (This was the only one of Star Wars I liked reading)
10. Max the Mighty
11. Maniac Magee (a classic!!)
12. Where the Red Fern Grows
13. A Seperate Peace (takes place near where I live! Good book about WWII and young boys struggle in school during the time when they knew they were gonna get drafted. AMAZING!)

That's all I can think of right now. Until then, as my eccentric friend always says, "Be a Fruit Loop in a Cheerio world."!!!
nonentity
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2/11/2010 8:10:50 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
My favourite books of all time are:

George Orwell's 1984
JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham (seriously, the simplicity of it is genius)
Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper
Lois Lowry's The Giver
Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts

Off the top of my head. Gotta go to work now. But of the books on that list I would definitely recommend The Raw Shark Texts to anyone who is into psychological mind f*cking. It is by far the most interesting book I have ever read.
Itsallovernow
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2/11/2010 9:11:28 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 2/11/2010 8:10:50 AM, TulleKrazy wrote:
My favourite books of all time are:

George Orwell's 1984
JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham (seriously, the simplicity of it is genius)
Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper
Lois Lowry's The Giver
Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts

Off the top of my head. Gotta go to work now. But of the books on that list I would definitely recommend The Raw Shark Texts to anyone who is into psychological mind f*cking. It is by far the most interesting book I have ever read.

I've got to agree with the Green Eggs and Ham bit...
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2/11/2010 10:30:03 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
If I could recommend just one book it would be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. It's quite an interesting book given it takes you into the mind of an autistic child.
BlessedCheesemaker
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2/11/2010 11:23:00 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I highly recommend Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart. I believe it is out of print, but I found it on Amazon and there should be a few copies floating around out there.

Its a wonderfully witty story set in ancient china for a unique view. Fun and interesting.

Sofie's World by Jostein Gaarder is a must read for anyone interested in philosophy who hasn't already picked it up. Its wonderful.

Anyone with a travel bug has to pick up anything by J. Maarten Troost.
I highly recommend all of his books but start with his first:
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
Great reading for anyone who has just wanted to drop it all and move to an island in the pacific. Troost is hilarious and his observations about life away from civilization will cause your sides to ache with laughter.
brian_eggleston
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2/11/2010 12:20:48 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I agree with the Stephen Hawking recommendations and would add:

Any books by Bill Bryson but especially his travelogues (insightful and hilarious) and also Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men on a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel (both beautifully written, clever and funny and also fascinating from an historical perspective).
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