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post #16 of 73
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Originally Posted by saint.panda
Just interested in where people are coming from and also trying to pick up some reading recommendations. If you'd like, please do include a one-sentence description or explanation of why or how the book has influenced your thinking.
I would have to say Sophies World, it is a philosophical timeline of sorts, and seems thought provoking looking back at reading it..
post #17 of 73
Brave New World is a book I read probably 20 years ago and still think about regularly.

Pluck
post #18 of 73
It's a painful cliche, but 1984 really affected me, really. But I suppose the most influential to my thinking was probably an agatha christie I read when I was about 10 or 11. Can't remember the title, but it was my first "proper" read. I could read before I went to school and devoured everything in the school library, but that first "grown up" book, that started to really show reading as a gateway into the grown up world... that really was cool man.
post #19 of 73
No Boundary by Ken Wilber
and
Spiritual Emergency by Stanislov Grof
also, on a lighter note,
books by Robert Heinlein
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post #21 of 73
No Logo - Naomi Klien
Manufacturing Consent - Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky


If anyone hasn't ever read No Logo...get on it...
post #22 of 73
His Dark Materials trilogy, by Phillip Pullman....yeah, it's a children's book, but that's just part of the immense brilliance of those books. It totally reformed my ideas about consciousness and religion, and what religion ought to mean.

Also, I loved Killing Yourself to Live, by Chuck Klosterman. An awesome book about mortality.
post #23 of 73
Bible
post #24 of 73
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion - David Hume

Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thorton Wilder

The True Believer
- Eric Hoffer

Awareness, The Perils and Opportunities of Reality - Anthony De Mello
post #25 of 73
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

And all of the cognitive science/neuroscience/neuropsychology books I've read, such as Phantoms in the Brain by V. S. Ramachandran.
post #26 of 73
anything george orwell, probably. i'm sure there are some others i can't recall at the moment.
post #27 of 73
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. It really raises some interesting points on globalization, which I use for a lot of fun arguments in my Human Geography class.
post #28 of 73
Bible

The Tipping Point
Malcom Gladwell

This guy's theories appear EVERYWHERE from politics to education to every single relationship right down to the epidemic of free stuff on HeadFi right now. Amazing how prevalent they are and how few people notice.


The Brothers K
David James Duncan

Just wow. One of the best American fiction books I have ever read.

and related

The Brothers Karamazov - I'm in the middle of this right now. Quite amazing.
post #29 of 73
The Enemy Within - Michael Savage

Jungle - Yossi Ghinsberg
post #30 of 73
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The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. It really raises some interesting points on globalization, which I use for a lot of fun arguments in my Human Geography class.
Wow, that's the required reading for my Contemporary World Affairs class. So far I don't really like it, but I'm only at his fourth flattening factor.

I haven't really read any books that have changed my way of thinking, but I just started The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, which along with Atlas Shrugged, I've heard is supposed to be life-changing.
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