So, what books are you reading right now?

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Postby xzc » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:16 pm

Some Harold Bloom.
King Lear
The Odyssey - I make it a point to reread this every year.
If some Nietzscheans are interested, let me know.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arminius » Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:36 am

Right now I am not reading a book, but a text of a web forum called "I LOVE PHILOSOPHY". if I will again have time to read , I will go on with the reading of a book with the title "Zeit und Tage" ("Time and Days") by Peter Sloterdijk.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:41 am

The diary of Samuel Pepys
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Xyus » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:20 am

Nature and Madness, and Thinking Animals by Paul Shepard
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:07 pm

I Am a Strange Loop
by Douglas Hofstadter



11/22/63
by Stephen King
SAPERE AUDE!


If I thought that everything I did was determined by my circumstancse and my psychological condition, I would feel trapped.


What we take ourselves to be doing when we think about what is the case or how we should act is something that cannot be reconciled with a reductive naturalism, for reasons distinct from those that entail the irreducibility of consciousness. It is not merely the subjectivity of thought but its capacity to transcend subjectivity and to discover what is objectively the case that presents a problem....Thought and reasoning are correct or incorrect in virtue of something independent of the thinker's beliefs, and even independent of the community of thinkers to which he belongs.

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:28 pm

Writing History in the Global Era, by Lynn Hunt, Norton
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:41 pm

LABYRINTHS OF REASON
By: William Poundstone

Yummy!


Also, THE LAST THEORUM
By: Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl.
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If I thought that everything I did was determined by my circumstancse and my psychological condition, I would feel trapped.


What we take ourselves to be doing when we think about what is the case or how we should act is something that cannot be reconciled with a reductive naturalism, for reasons distinct from those that entail the irreducibility of consciousness. It is not merely the subjectivity of thought but its capacity to transcend subjectivity and to discover what is objectively the case that presents a problem....Thought and reasoning are correct or incorrect in virtue of something independent of the thinker's beliefs, and even independent of the community of thinkers to which he belongs.

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Pandora » Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:13 pm

Life Ascending: The Ten Greatest Inventions of Evolution, by Nick Lane
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:26 pm

"The genesis of twentieth century philosophy" by Harry Prosch.

Waiting for my new glasses so I can finish the dam thing and get on with my list
of 200 other books I want to get through.

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:08 pm

POWER AND INNOCENCE ~ A Search for the Sources of Violence
Rollo May
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If I thought that everything I did was determined by my circumstancse and my psychological condition, I would feel trapped.


What we take ourselves to be doing when we think about what is the case or how we should act is something that cannot be reconciled with a reductive naturalism, for reasons distinct from those that entail the irreducibility of consciousness. It is not merely the subjectivity of thought but its capacity to transcend subjectivity and to discover what is objectively the case that presents a problem....Thought and reasoning are correct or incorrect in virtue of something independent of the thinker's beliefs, and even independent of the community of thinkers to which he belongs.

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:28 pm

Robert Anton Wilson, The Cosmic Trigger
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Eric_The_Pipe » Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:44 pm

I just finished Laughter is Better Than Communism by Andrew Heaton. A very funny book, including great commentary on multiple political thingys. Only $4 ! (I love the comedian that wrote it and wish to promote him as far and wide as possible, so I can see him in more places and things.)

I am now getting back to Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards, Book 2) by Scott Lynch which is also a great book all about Con men in a fantasy setting.

I'm about to pick up Basic Economics, 5th edition by Thomas-Sowell Probably the closest thing I have to a bible... (I've read the 4th ed a couple of times.) I've got the link to an interview for the book in my sig.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:22 pm

Joseph heller, 'Catch 22'
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In answer to your prayer
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Full well your need-as
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This: Re-Creation. With a
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Then, your obedient

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:08 pm

Carlos Castaneda

The Power of Silence

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The Eagle's Gift ~ Further Lessons of don Juan
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If I thought that everything I did was determined by my circumstancse and my psychological condition, I would feel trapped.


What we take ourselves to be doing when we think about what is the case or how we should act is something that cannot be reconciled with a reductive naturalism, for reasons distinct from those that entail the irreducibility of consciousness. It is not merely the subjectivity of thought but its capacity to transcend subjectivity and to discover what is objectively the case that presents a problem....Thought and reasoning are correct or incorrect in virtue of something independent of the thinker's beliefs, and even independent of the community of thinkers to which he belongs.

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Erik_ » Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:42 am

Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses and Traditions of Ancient Egypt
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:46 pm

'I surf, therefore I am a philosophy of surfing' Peter Kreeft
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby derleydoo » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:34 pm

Just finished The Double - Dostoevsky.

Anyone care to tell me what it was about?!! :-?
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:11 pm

The Great Courses

Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Ed.

Parts 1 and 2
Philosophy & Intellectual History
Audiobooks
SAPERE AUDE!


If I thought that everything I did was determined by my circumstancse and my psychological condition, I would feel trapped.


What we take ourselves to be doing when we think about what is the case or how we should act is something that cannot be reconciled with a reductive naturalism, for reasons distinct from those that entail the irreducibility of consciousness. It is not merely the subjectivity of thought but its capacity to transcend subjectivity and to discover what is objectively the case that presents a problem....Thought and reasoning are correct or incorrect in virtue of something independent of the thinker's beliefs, and even independent of the community of thinkers to which he belongs.

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Erik_ » Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:25 am

Arcturus Descending wrote:The Great Courses

Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Ed.

Parts 1 and 2
Philosophy & Intellectual History
Audiobooks


That's what I'm talking about right there! Hell yeah!

I'm reading Beowulf, the Seamus Heaney translation; the one in archaic English is barely intelligible to me.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:52 pm

Erik_"

The Great Courses

Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Ed.

Parts 1 and 2
Philosophy & Intellectual History
Audiobooks[/b]

That's what I'm talking about right there! Hell yeah!

:lol: But Erik, you failed to say what exactly you're talking about.
By the way, I'm enjoying the audiobooks. I'm pretty good at [arguing] :lol: but not disciplined nor have the knowledge to present a good argument et cetera and being that I am not that knowledgeable in the first place as most here are, I need all the help which I can muster. I would call myself more the "dabbler".
I'm so looking forward to continuing with it.


I'm reading Beowulf, the Seamus Heaney translation; the one in archaic English is barely intelligible to me
.
Never read that.
SAPERE AUDE!


If I thought that everything I did was determined by my circumstancse and my psychological condition, I would feel trapped.


What we take ourselves to be doing when we think about what is the case or how we should act is something that cannot be reconciled with a reductive naturalism, for reasons distinct from those that entail the irreducibility of consciousness. It is not merely the subjectivity of thought but its capacity to transcend subjectivity and to discover what is objectively the case that presents a problem....Thought and reasoning are correct or incorrect in virtue of something independent of the thinker's beliefs, and even independent of the community of thinkers to which he belongs.

Thomas Nagel


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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Erik_ » Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:31 pm

:lol: But Erik, you failed to say what exactly you're talking about.
By the way, I'm enjoying the audiobooks. I'm pretty good at [arguing] :lol: but not disciplined nor have the knowledge to present a good argument et cetera and being that I am not that knowledgeable in the first place as most here are, I need all the help which I can muster. I would call myself more the "dabbler".
I'm so looking forward to continuing with it.


Good, very good, Arc. I might check out those audiobooks too.

Never read that.


Never read Beowulf ? It's a classic! What about The Odyssey or Iliad?
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:17 pm

THINKING, FAST and SLOW
Daniel Kahneman

It promises to be quite interesting- to me.

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In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic.
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If I thought that everything I did was determined by my circumstancse and my psychological condition, I would feel trapped.


What we take ourselves to be doing when we think about what is the case or how we should act is something that cannot be reconciled with a reductive naturalism, for reasons distinct from those that entail the irreducibility of consciousness. It is not merely the subjectivity of thought but its capacity to transcend subjectivity and to discover what is objectively the case that presents a problem....Thought and reasoning are correct or incorrect in virtue of something independent of the thinker's beliefs, and even independent of the community of thinkers to which he belongs.

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Rilx » Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:18 pm

I read Kahneman a couple of months ago. What disturbed me was that he hadn't developed a theory - hardly a good description - to define the types 1 and 2. You have to learn them by his analyses of examples. To understand them you might need cognitive psychology.

Otherwise the book is easy to read.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Erik_ » Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:06 pm

Reading The Iliad again. Next will be The Divine Comedy.

I've been wondering...who would win this hypothetical duel: Achilles vs Diomedes?
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:57 pm

Rilx

I read Kahneman a couple of months ago. What disturbed me was that he hadn't developed a theory - hardly a good description - to define the types 1 and 2.


Well, anyway, I kind of eat this stuff up and i know that I will learn from it. Anything which has to do with the mind fascinates me - leaves us open to more reflection and speculation and understanding of self.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how disturbed were you? :P
So, are you saying that you did not go along with him and his views?

You have to learn them by his analyses of examples
.
But that I think is good. Analogies and examples are a great way to learn things - because of what we do know already, we are better able to understand.

To understand them you might need cognitive psychology.

Yummy. Might you say that it could open up the doors of one's mind to understanding more of cognitive psychology?

Otherwise the book is easy to read.

Says you.
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If I thought that everything I did was determined by my circumstancse and my psychological condition, I would feel trapped.


What we take ourselves to be doing when we think about what is the case or how we should act is something that cannot be reconciled with a reductive naturalism, for reasons distinct from those that entail the irreducibility of consciousness. It is not merely the subjectivity of thought but its capacity to transcend subjectivity and to discover what is objectively the case that presents a problem....Thought and reasoning are correct or incorrect in virtue of something independent of the thinker's beliefs, and even independent of the community of thinkers to which he belongs.

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