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

Postby Rilx » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:01 am

Arcturus Descending wrote:So, are you saying that you did not go along with him and his views?

No, on the contrary. I agree with his ideas completely.

Think of an explorer who had found a new land. He describes its nature, people, social organizations, etc, so well that you can easily imagine what it would be like to live there. But he don't tell where it is, what are its neighbours or how you could get there. You cannot associate it with your present worldview; sooner or later you'll forget it as any useless information.

That's what disturbed me. Kahneman's views are too remarkable to be left forgotten. I won't forget them; I have made associations my way, but I would have liked to know more about his, just to get a firmer ground under my feet.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:58 pm

THANK YOU FOR ARGUING

WHAT ARISTOTLE, LINCOLN, AND
HOMER SIMPSON
CAN TEACH US ABOUT
THE ART OF PERSUASION

By Jay Heinrichs
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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 Arcturus Descending » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:01 pm

Audiobook ...


Will in the World
How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt

Greenblatt knows more about [Shakespeare] than Ben Jonson or the Dark Lady did."―John Leonard, ?Harper's

A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world's greatest playwright. ?A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist.
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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 phoneutria » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:18 pm

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

Postby Magnus Anderson » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:42 pm

Object-relational mapping and Hibernate.

I am cursed in that I despise reading. I will begin and then stop and then do it on my own. So I started writing my own ORM.

Which is definitively not a good idea because I'm not going to be able to learn enough for the exam. So what do I do? I stop writing my ORM and stop reading the book. I do nothing and simply wait for the last moment. Then I do everything and, strangely, things always work out fine.

So I am not doing any reading actually.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:00 pm

Magnus Anderson wrote:Object-relational mapping and Hibernate.

I am cursed in that I despise reading. I will begin and then stop and then do it on my own. So I started writing my own ORM.

Which is definitively not a good idea because I'm not going to be able to learn enough for the exam. So what do I do? I stop writing my ORM and stop reading the book. I do nothing and simply wait for the last moment. So I am not doing any reading actually.


No patience for reading? I love to read. If there were no books to read, I might just go and jump off a bridge.

What is object-relational mapping and hibernate - of each word separately, I understand their meaning but what is it?


Then I do everything and, strangely, things always work out fine.

There is always a first time that it won't -- but I wish you well in all of your endeavors -- in everything.
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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 phoneutria » Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:19 pm

Arcturus Descending wrote:What is object-relational mapping and hibernate - of each word separately, I understand their meaning but what is it?


Data persistence... making computers save things.

No patience for reading?


He might be referring to technical reading specifically. It can be mind numbing.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:41 pm

phoneutria wrote:
Arcturus Descending wrote:What is object-relational mapping and hibernate - of each word separately, I understand their meaning but what is it?


Data persistence... making computers save things.

No patience for reading?


He might be referring to technical reading specifically. It can be mind numbing.


Thanks phoneutria.
Maybe that was what he was referring to. I can't understand why the likes of himself would not enjoy reading.

oh, and to answer your question from over there. No, I am not. I'm causasion.
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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 Magnus Anderson » Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:45 pm

ORM is mapping objects, which are hierarchical, onto tables, which are relational. Objects is how OOP programs store their data in working memory, tables is how relational databases store them. Here, RDB's are used for persistence, though I have no clue why, why would anyone use relational databases to persist object-based data.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Magnus Anderson » Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:56 pm

You know what kind of technology we need? We need a tech which will allow us to pull certain parts of our brains out of our brains and plug them into a robot which will use the knowledge and skills contained in these parts. This will be very useful for people like me, for example. I know everything about computer programming but I cannot for life of me sit down and program. So what does this mean? It means I have plenty of skills and knowledge which I'll never manage to use in a useful way, like make money out of it, monetize it. Now with the aforementioned tech I could "castrate" these parts dealing with computer programming from my mind and then "sell" them or "rent" them to those who need someone who will do the coding for them. Everyone wins! So this is what Trixie should be working on . . .
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby phoneutria » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:48 pm

yeah i have all this music in my head but I don't want to sit around doing arpeggios all day

creation/invention is 90% sweat or something
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby gib » Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:47 am

Magnus Anderson wrote:You know what kind of technology we need? We need a tech which will allow us to pull certain parts of our brains out of our brains and plug them into a robot which will use the knowledge and skills contained in these parts.


Uh, no we don't. We really, really don't.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Aug 14, 2015 4:51 pm

Christopher Hitchens


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Some people can’t bear solitude, let alone the idea that the heavens are empty and that we do not even succeed in troubling their deafness with our bootless cries. To be an exile or outcast on a remote shore – many minds turn away in terror and seek any source of cosiness. – Christopher Hitchens
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 Zoot Allures » Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:44 pm

A ceiling fan assembly instruction manual. Never in my life have I ever had so much trouble hanging a ceiling fan. This thing has got me pulling my hair out, but I ain't gonna let it whoop me. I can do this..you have to be smarter than the fan, see. So I'm gonna take a deep breath and read the instructions. Then I'm gonna send an email to the manufacturer and give them a piece of my mind. You should NEVER have to read instructions for one of these things. This is a design flaw.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Zoot Allures » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:39 pm

Ah. I didn't put the rubber gasket on before I screwed in the blade plate.. so the screws were too long. By adding the gasket, the plate becomes wider, and the screws don't hit the mount before they tighten the plate. See I thought the gasket was optional. I've never put them on before and the fan mounted just fine. These assholes have to design their ceiling fans differently and make it all complicated.

Next week I'll post pics of this screened-in porch we just built..or should I say 'I' because David did only twenty percent of the work, and badly at that. Show you people what happens when you give Zoot some good tools and a lumber package.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:51 pm

How to win friends and influence people.-Dale Carnegie.
[size=50][/size]Allone's Obe issance



In answer to your prayer
sincere, the centre of
your circle here,
i stand ; and , without
taking thought,-
i know nothing. But i can

Full well your need-as
you be men
This: Re-Creation. With a
bow,
Then, your obedient

servant now.
One gift is all i find in me,
And that is faithful
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby jonquil » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:28 am

The Magic Mountain in the Woods translation -- quite exellent.

And for fun, Coroner's Pidgin -- an Inspector Campion mystery, quite witty in places
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:00 pm

Zoot Allures wrote:A ceiling fan assembly instruction manual. Never in my life have I ever had so much trouble hanging a ceiling fan. This thing has got me pulling my hair out, but I ain't gonna let it whoop me. I can do this..you have to be smarter than the fan, see. So I'm gonna take a deep breath and read the instructions. Then I'm gonna send an email to the manufacturer and give them a piece of my mind. You should NEVER have to read instructions for one of these things. This is a design flaw.


I hear that a nice strong cup of coffee helps in opening up the mind. Or you might want to just go pull some woman off the street. She could probably do it easily. :P

Where exactly are you hanging it - I mean on what ceiling?
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 » Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:57 pm

John Grey, 'False Dawn', The Delusions of Global Capitalism, New Press



And Robert Skidelsky's review of said John Grey
[size=50][/size]Allone's Obe issance



In answer to your prayer
sincere, the centre of
your circle here,
i stand ; and , without
taking thought,-
i know nothing. But i can

Full well your need-as
you be men
This: Re-Creation. With a
bow,
Then, your obedient

servant now.
One gift is all i find in me,
And that is faithful
memory
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:24 pm

Animal Farm
- George Orwell


and

Finders Keepers
- Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes came first.
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_ » Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:37 pm

The Divine Comedy and The Principles of Psychology vol.1

I'm thinking of creating an epic poem centered around the post-war travels of Diomedes, one of the heroes from the Trojan war.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:34 pm

Tennyson's 'Rizpa' an epic poem
[size=50][/size]Allone's Obe issance



In answer to your prayer
sincere, the centre of
your circle here,
i stand ; and , without
taking thought,-
i know nothing. But i can

Full well your need-as
you be men
This: Re-Creation. With a
bow,
Then, your obedient

servant now.
One gift is all i find in me,
And that is faithful
memory
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby mafdet » Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:18 am

The Sacred Stones, by William Sarabande -excellent novel.

Reading some of the reviews for this novel, people seem to either love this book or hate it. I think I know why this is. If you start with the premise that all our fools (Young or old, great or small, ugly or beautiful, man or woman, good or bad), then this is a story that more or less confirms that premise, and the few who do obtain true wisdom share a fate similar to Socrates. As to why people either love this novel or hate it, I think its because we can all identify with at least one of the characters in this story, even though the novel is set in prehistoric times. Those who cannot accept that humanity is a race of fools would probably hate this novel. Those who have accepted this and can recognize their own foolishness would probably enjoy this novel.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:14 pm

Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy
Jostein Gaarder

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie%27s_World
I loved this book, being that I'm kind of in the basement as a philosopher, it was wonderful. It's like my bible.


Paris The Novel
Edward Rutherfurd

http://h-france.net/fffh/maybe-missed/e ... the-novel/
I so love historical novels. This one at times was a bit confusing insofar as the chronology is concerned.
You really have to re-adjust your mind to the chronological changes and characters. It gets a bit disorienting like traveling back and forth in time without any notice. But it was so highly interested. I don't think that I would have given it the ending that Rutherfurd did either but I guess it worked.



The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Graveyard_Book

A children's book but I so enjoyed it. Wasn't bored for an instant. More delicious read at night in the silence when all are asleep but yourself. Loved the character Bod Owens.


The Eight
Katherine Neville

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eight_(novel)

Reading this now. Am enjoying it. This book also goes back and forth in time but easier to follow. I love this stuff. lol


Existentialism- for and against
Paul Roubiczek

http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/su ... nd-against

Just beginning to read this. Maybe I should finish The Eight first and then devote my undivided attention to it.
Looking forward to it. I eat this stuff up though I have to ruminate quite some time.
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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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