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

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:16 pm

obe wrote:The painting is in this forum titled (post your favorite art here ) 3rd page. Gotta run, sorry to be rude


lol Rude? Why would you consider that to be rude? Obe, if I felt that you were being rude, that just might make me the most sensitive (negatively speaking) person here. You weren't being rude...you were just being busy.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:42 am

Thank You for that, and of I may comment on shapes and forms appearing out of formed elements.
Oh,Arcturus, I would be exagerating,if I were to claim some special route to some kind of gateway into the spiritual and the occult, and I wouldn't want to exhaust myself as Gobbo did in trying to prove anything unusual .

The only point worthwhile mentioning is the focus achieved through the various levels of abstraction, tend to be become more objective, and even without referring to Jung's synchronicity, coincidental events tend to emerge a pattern of unexplainable sililar events.

There has been a few laughable recorded cases of obvious Paxilm merit, the one which comes most clearly to my mind happened about a year ago.

A chocolate factory, in the midst of producing candy formed the image of the Virgin Mary. Production was halted, the neighberhood'a mostly Catholic community becoming aware of what'a in their backyard, arranged pilgrimiges ,firmly in the belief that an imimminent miracle is at hand.

This is not the type of experience I am referring to William James work is well documented with arguable but credible instances of this kind

I CANNOT furnish any concrete evidence other then personal anecdotes which surfaced in unusual circumstances. l
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby idioticidioms » Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:08 am

John Grisham - The Street Lawyer
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Moreno » Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:22 am

obe wrote:Rupert Sheldrake, The Sense of Being Stared At

Crown, 2003
Yay, Sheldrake!
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby xzc » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:08 am

Plutarch's Lives

So sweet. Highly recommend it to anyone.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Chakra Superstar » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:45 am

Just finished a book on the life and times of Machiavelli (Paul Stathern). Quite a good overview.

I read The Prince eons ago -- they make you read war and strategy books in business school -- but I didn't know much about the background to writing the book.

It was a tumultuous time in Italy and Machiavelli was at the heart of it. City states, the Medici and the Papal armies battled it out over and over again. It was the Renaissance and the religious and intellectual landscape was also at war.

I've never thought of Machiavelli as being evil. He was simply attempting to develop a 'science' of politics without sentimentality. Like all good science he stripped it of any sentimentality, moral, ethics or ideology. Something either worked or it didn't.

I've come to realize that his 'science' is particularly cruel and amoral because of the time it was written. I'm sure it would have been less harsh if it was written in a modern era.

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

Postby bardoXV » Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:18 am

Just finished "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" by W.Y. Evans-Wentz.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Mithus » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:59 pm

Laurence Sterne: "Tristram Shandy, Gentleman". Nietzsche called Sterne (1713-1768) a 'free spirit'.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Mr Reasonable » Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:45 pm

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

Postby Orbie » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:33 pm

Hugh Allone - Sailor; by John Marshall Doggett
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:24 pm

THE WAY OF RESPONSE: Martin Buber
Selections from his Writings
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


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

Postby Eric_The_Pipe » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:09 am

I'm working on The Road to Serfdom by Hayek, FREE: The future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson, and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley.

I just finished Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson and look forward to The Skin Game by Jim Butcher next month.

Words of Radiance is a sequel, a thousand page sequel to a thousand page book, but Brandon Sanderson once again amazes me with his writing. If you've ever attempted to created any sort of art in your life, The Emperors Soul just might be the best book you've ever read, and it's a novelette... Took like three hours to read the last time I read it, which was for the fifth or sixth time. Anytime I want to feel inspired, I pick it up.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby idioticidioms » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:15 am

I've been reading The Barbed Coil by J.V. Jones, who is a brilliant writer. Gonna be reading her 'The Book of Words' Trilogy again, next.

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

Postby Eric_The_Pipe » Thu May 01, 2014 4:02 pm

idioticidioms wrote:I've been reading The Barbed Coil by J.V. Jones, who is a brilliant writer. Gonna be reading her 'The Book of Words' Trilogy again, next.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Barbed_Coil

I couldn't make it through the first of that trilogy. To many points of view change.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Mithus » Fri May 02, 2014 3:18 am

HEINRICH HEINE: "Florentine nights"
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Tue May 06, 2014 4:52 pm

Dashiell Hammet's The Maltese Falcon
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Mon May 19, 2014 3:36 pm

Georg Steiner "On Difficulty" here referencing Ezra Pounds's Canto LXXXI,

But to have done instead of not doing this is not vanity
To have, with decency, knocked
That a Blunt should open
To have gathered from the air a live tradition
or from a fine old eye the unconquered flame
This is not vanity.
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Full well your need-as
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bow,
Then, your obedient

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

Postby Orbie » Thu May 29, 2014 5:07 am

Aristoteles "De Anima" re-read
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby KenBrace » Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:35 pm

Chakra Superstar wrote:Just finished The Magus of Java (Kosta Danaos). Interesting read but... :-k

From the blurb at the back of the book:

In 1988 the documentary Ring of Fire was released to great acclaim. The most startling sequence in the film is that of a Chinese-Javanese acupuncturist who demonstrates his full mastery of the phenomenon of ch’i, or bio-energy, by first generating an electrical current within his body, which he uses to heal the filmmaker of an eye infection, and then setting a newspaper on fire with his hand. Ring of Fire caused thousands to seek out this individual, John Chang, in pursuit of instruction. Of the many Westerners who have approached him, John Chang has accepted five as apprentices. Kosta Danaos is the second of those five.

In his years of study with John Chang, Danaos has witnessed and experienced pyrokinesis, telekinesis, levitation, telepathy, and much more exotic phenomena. He has spoken with spirits and borne witness to the afterlife. Most important, he has learned John Chang’s story. John Chang is the direct heir to the lineage of the fifth-century B.C. sage Mo-Tzu, who was Confucius’s greatest rival. His discipline, called the Mo-Pai, is little-known in the West and has never before been the subject of a book. Now, John Chang has decided to bridge the gap between East and West by allowing a book to be published revealing the story of his life, his teachings, and his powers.

The Magus of Java is the story of Kosta Danaos’s apprenticeship with John Chang, and it is the story of the Mo-Pai, who for the past 2000 years have kept their teachings secret. Included are scientific, physics-based explanations of Chang’s paranormal abilities that we in the West consider impossible--abilities witnessed by the author and vividly described. The Magus of Java will surely expedite what may well become the greatest revolution of the twenty-first century--the verification and study of bio-energy.

KOSTA DANAOS is a former engineer for General Dynamics, a martial arts instructor in jujutsu and tai ch’i chuan…



This is a section of the documentary that introduced John Chang to the west.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=072oMtT8nnI

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It's a shame that Kosta no longer trains or has any involvement with Mo Pai.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Orbie » Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:37 pm

Nietzsche, Antichrist re-read
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Full well your need-as
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bow,
Then, your obedient

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

Postby Orbie » Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:16 am

re-read Camus, 'The Stranger'
Colin Wilson 'The Outsider'
Herman Hesse'Steppenwolf'
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Then, your obedient

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

Postby Moreno » Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:28 am

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

Postby MagsJ » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:24 pm

Finally getting round to reading the Wordsworth Classics Of World Literature's version of 'Machiavelli: The Prince' after having bought it a few years ago, and finding that the 30 minute tube journey into work is a good excuse to finally read it, oh.. and the clarity I now have after finding out my exact allergy and therefore being able to address it :D
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:22 pm

The Last Man
by P.T. Deuterman

Deutermann's latest (Nightwalkers, 2009, etc.) is a strong thriller that mixes archaeology, history and geopolitics. In A.D. 73, a few desperate Jews in a mountaintop holdout are about to be overrun by the Roman army that has laid siege. They prefer suicide to surrender. The last man, Judah Sicarius, is selected to make sure all his compatriots are dead, down to the last woman and child, and then he is to kill himself. Two millennia later, the American David Hall receives reluctant permission from authorities to explore parts of Masada, the mountain that in real life has become a revered historical site in Israel. But they don't fully trust him to leave the place undisturbed, so they assign archaeologist Dr. Judith Ressner to chaperone him. (Will the reader be surprised to learn that she's beautiful?) Hall masquerades as an enthusiastic amateur, but he has a secret agenda that leads him to break rules and violate people's trust. Even so, he acts without malice and is a likable character. Key to the story are natural cisterns inside the mountain that hold the accumulated rainwater of thousands of years. What is Hall's true interest? And why do authorities even care what he finds as long as he doesn't ruin any artifacts? Meanwhile, the widow Ressner provides an enjoyable subplot that threatens to turn romantic as she grapples with problems of her own. The perils in this novel come from an unexpected direction, and even once they are revealed there is one big secret left. Deutermann's descriptions of Masada, its cisterns and the Dead Sea are well-done indeed. In particular, Deutermann skillfully maintains tension right to the end. Unlike some thrillers that keep the reader's adrenaline going with increasing body counts and steamy sexual encounters, this one just tells a terrific story with a satisfying payoff. Damn good.

...........

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
..........

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
by Leonard Mlodinow

With the born storyteller's command of narrative and imaginative approach, Leonard Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how our lives are profoundly informed by chance and randomness and how everything from wine ratings and corporate success to school grades and political polls are less reliable than we believe.

By showing us the true nature of chance and revealing the psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge the world around us, Mlodinow gives us the tools we need to make more informed decisions. From the classroom to the courtroom and from financial markets to supermarkets, Mlodinow's intriguing and illuminating look at how randomness, chance, and probability affect our daily lives will intrigue, awe, and inspire.
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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

Postby Bianca » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:04 pm

Arcturus Descending wrote:David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
..........

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
by Leonard Mlodinow

With the born storyteller's command of narrative and imaginative approach, Leonard Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how our lives are profoundly informed by chance and randomness and how everything from wine ratings and corporate success to school grades and political polls are less reliable than we believe.

By showing us the true nature of chance and revealing the psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge the world around us, Mlodinow gives us the tools we need to make more informed decisions. From the classroom to the courtroom and from financial markets to supermarkets, Mlodinow's intriguing and illuminating look at how randomness, chance, and probability affect our daily lives will intrigue, awe, and inspire.


Sounds like a nice topic. The staff of oedipus had a lot of insights taking examples from mythology. Now though, I'm reading one called the Aesthetics of Wine.
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