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PostSubject: Re: Books   Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:08 pm

Anyone into self development books?
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:42 pm

Mostafa wrote:
Anyone into self development books?

No one's into self development books ? elitist pricks.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:17 am

Mostafa wrote:
Mostafa wrote:
Anyone into self development books?

No one's into self development books ? elitist pricks.

I don't need to better myself. I'm already perfect Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:38 am

Pretty much every self-development book is based on faulty psychology and has no basis at all. In fact the only books I've read on bettering oneself that actually have some support through modern psychology are found in Mysticism.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:57 pm

Kamikaze wrote:
Pretty much every self-development book is based on faulty psychology and has no basis at all. In fact the only books I've read on bettering oneself that actually have some support through modern psychology are found in Mysticism.

Not all I must say; The one I just started reading called The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma is actually irrelevant to psychology and tries to delve ino inner peace and peace of mind through using methods used by Yogi's in India, it's really awesome and provides the most realistic examples and most practical and already existing methods you'd find.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:22 pm

Reading Fight Club and it's AWESOME, just like the movie, no really exactly like the movie..
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:29 pm

I've been reading tons of Bukowski.

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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:32 pm

Universally Preferable Behaviour: A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics by Stefan Molyneux.
http://freedomainradio.com/Books/UniversallyPreferableBehaviourEthics.aspx

Requiem for Marx by Yuri Maltsev (ed.)
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:58 pm

Just finished the Sci-fi novel Revelation Space by Alistair Reynolds. It was really good and it reminded me of Dune a little bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:34 pm

Shit I still have a half read book lying around. I have no time for reading these days. I guess if I spent more time reading and less time on the interwebz, it might go better Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:56 am

Finished Fight Club yesterdat, would have finished it sooner, but homework kept on coming...

More surreal than the movie and the last 4 chapters (out of 30) was fucking weird.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:32 pm

^ I'm reading Rant by Palahniuk. It's not written in tradition novel form, so it kinda throws you off. Plus it's very very unrealistic. The protagonist can tell what someone ate 3 days ago by performing oral sex on them. Like wtf.

Most spiritual/psychological self-help books are crap.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:35 pm

I'm presently reading The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil. It discusses current developments in neuroscience, genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics and then argues that within the next two decades we will start seeing people who are as much nonbiological as they are biological. It's really interesting if not a little too optimistic.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:34 pm

So, I just bought : Far From The Madding Crowd, Cime And Punishment, The Old Man And THe Sea, thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:01 pm

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So, I just bought : Far From The Madding Crowd, Cime And Punishment, The Old Man And THe Sea, thoughts?

I've never heard of 'Far from the Maddening Crowd'.

BTW, currently reading Camus 'The Fall'. About fifty pages to go, then I want to find the other two books in collection by Camus and 'Nausea' by John Paul-Sarte.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:21 pm

It's a Thomas Hardy novel.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:16 am

I decided to attempt Cervantes' Don Quixote. So far I've gotten to p. 300 and I must say it's pretty fucking brilliant to think that someone could've written something so satirical and witty 400 years ago. An excellent read.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:53 pm

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Recently read: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I read that in English class recently. It would've been enjoyable except for the retarded and repetitive questions that we were allways having to answer.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:13 pm

I'm reading a bunch of books for my thesis, but if anyone in interested in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict I really recommend The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem by Benny Morris. He's the best Israeli historian imo and is very successful at deconstructing the traditional Israeli historical thought on the subject. Really the best work on the subject if you ask me, and it really gives a full understanding of how the region got to the point it is at today.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:00 pm

son_ov_hades wrote:
I'm reading a bunch of books for my thesis, but if anyone in interested in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict I really recommend The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem by Benny Morris. He's the best Israeli historian imo and is very successful at deconstructing the traditional Israeli historical thought on the subject. Really the best work on the subject if you ask me, and it really gives a full understanding of how the region got to the point it is at today.

Should I expect a biased opinion since he's Israeli..?
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:06 pm

No not really. He is the founder of the "new historians" in Israel, who go against the traditional Zionist views. For example he argues very effectively that the Palestinians were never encouraged to leave their homes by Arab leaders. You will probably disagree with some of his findings, but this is not agenda driven historiography by any means.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:05 am

I'd really like to read The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, has anyone read it, opinions?
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:09 am

Just picked up The Emperor's New Mind by Roger Penrose. It discusses math, physics, cosmology, psychology, philosophy, and how all these things interact to make strong AI an impossibility.






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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:11 pm

The Name of the Wind and its sequel A Wise Man's Fear are both very good fantasy books. Patrick Rothfuss is definitely one of my favorite authors.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:04 am

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The Name of the Wind and its sequel A Wise Man's Fear are both very good fantasy books. Patrick Rothfuss is definitely one of my favorite authors.

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