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Old 01-19-2009, 11:20 PM   #676
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Anyone read 'River of Doubt' by Candice Millard?

It is about Teddy Roosevelt's journey to explore and map Brazil's River of Doubt in 1913-1914.

Great book.

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Old 01-19-2009, 11:25 PM   #677
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GGS is an good book, but I prefer Diamond's earlier "The Third Chimpanzee."

Just read "The Biology of Belief" by Joseph Giovannoli. It's about the brain, specifically how it's structure (the primitive amygdala vs. the more evolved prefrontal lobes) makes us biologically susceptible to suspicion/myth/religious beliefs, how these beliefs have influenced (and sometimes warped) societies, and how the future of mankind - in an era of resource-depletion - might be dependent on amending our susceptibility to such myths. If you fancy yourself religious, or you are ego-involved in any non-scientific belief system, this will be too irritating for you, but if you're intellectually open to a rigidly scientific dismissal of any and all suspicions/myths/religions, it is quite illuminating. I can honestly say it's changed the way I think of mankind in a fundamental way.

Two thumbs up!

Next I'm gonna read a book I skipped in college and it's always bugged me: "Gravity's Rainbow." Anybody have a thumbnail on it for me?
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:22 AM   #678
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Interesting thread. I'm not sure why I never noticed it before. Anyway, over the last year, I have read five books. If you really knew me, you'd know that is more than I have ever read in one single year. Usually you had to read 3 or 4 in high school, but I usually bought the cliff notes and fudged my way through the reports and tests.

Here are the books I have read lately:

The Irresistable Revolution by Shane Claiborne

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

The Shack by William P. Young

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Each of the books has had a profound impact on the way I think and live life. I love all of these books and consider them all worthy of reading. However, if I had to strongly recommend a couple of these books to you, I would say start with Blue Like Jazz. The subtitle to the book is: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. Don used this subtitle becuase he shares his thoughts about how churches as a whole have missed the essence of Christ's purpose on this Earth. He shares his experiences traveling across the country, interacting with all sorts of people - athiests, agnostics and Christians. What's so neat about this book is that Don doesn't speak with arrogance, but with a sincerity and authenticity that is very appealing.

The other book that I recommend is The Shack. It's a fictional book about a man's spiritual journey after he experiences a traumatic event in his life. The book is especially powerful for parents, but anyone else would find it very inspirational as well. BTW, I am a father of two young children. I will forewarn you that the first 90 pages will be difficult to get through (this is where the main character goes through his "traumatic event"). I admit, I cried a couple times while reading the book. It was very hard to put this book down because it sucks you right in, but left me on an emotional high. I am sure many other opinions will vary, but I thought the theme of the book was one of redemption, forgiveness and unconditional love.

Hope this interests people enough to go out and buy/borrow these two books (or any of the others for that matter).
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:07 AM   #679
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In the last week I read :

Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler
The Shack by William Young
Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan

Arctic Drift and Dark of the Moon were pretty standard, entertaining fiction. The
Previous poster mentioned the shack - I too found it inspirational.

Julius Winsome reminded me of No Country For Old Men. An interesting, if disturbing story.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:34 AM   #680
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The watchmen by Alan Moore

The Invisibles by Grant Morrison

Supernatural Grahm Hitchcock

Re-read Holographic universe - MIchael Talbot
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:12 AM   #681
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The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - Douglas Adams

Slapstick - Kurt Vonnegut

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Old 01-20-2009, 08:28 AM   #682
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Dark tea time of the soul is one of my favs.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:31 AM   #683
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Just finished up some Kafka.

It was the first time I read Metamorphosis.

Brilliant in the juxtaposition of social convention, tragedy, and a look into the psychological complexity of the deevolution of the mind. Dude has a measured, layered approach.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:06 AM   #684
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I think you mean Graham HANCOCK.

I loved his "Fingerprints of the Gods," I've been a Giza fanatic ever since I read it in about 1995 ... Giza is 100% completely inexplicable. Maybe the only real mystery on Earth. Taco John likes Hancock too.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:20 AM   #685
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Whole Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn, Boys Will Be Boys by Jeff Pearlman

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Old 01-21-2009, 09:22 AM   #686
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A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Long but very very good.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:38 AM   #687
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I think you mean Graham HANCOCK.

I loved his "Fingerprints of the Gods," I've been a Giza fanatic ever since I read it in about 1995 ... Giza is 100% completely inexplicable. Maybe the only real mystery on Earth. Taco John likes Hancock too.
Sorry, my bad. I've been a fan of his since i got exposed to him via disinfo.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:50 AM   #688
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I am currently trying to knock out all the Hugo and Nebula Award winning novels. I have been randomly reading these books off and on for the past 15 years, and always found them excellent and very thought provoking, so a couple of months ago I decided to read them all. So far I haven't been disappointed by any of them.

The most recent ones I've read:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin
Startide Rising by David Brin

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Seeker by Jack McDevitt

On Deck: (but not Hugo or Nebula award winners)

The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Gripping Hand by Niven and Pournelle (Mote's Sequel)
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham


I'd also like to highly recommend any book by Vernor Vinge but especially A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky, he really comes up with some intriguing ideas.

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Old 01-21-2009, 11:25 AM   #689
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The Terror, by Dan Simmons. Fabulous book. One of the most entertaining I've ever read.

Man with the Golden Torq by Simon Green - - hilarious and fun.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:35 AM   #690
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Yep, I just finished Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn...loved it and highly recommend it!!
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Sorry, my bad. I've been a fan of his since i got exposed to him via disinfo.

You would really like "Fingerprints of the Gods." You gotta have an open mind for this one, and that's one of your assets. He updates the Thor Heyerdahl-Atlantis // Africa-South America connection by linking the pyramids, legends and technology from both continents ... and forms the thesis that Antarctica IS Atlantis. Not the cold Antartctica, but back when it was further north. He concludes that the movement of these land masses was caused by "earth crust displacement," which is much harder to swallow ... and probably why you saw him on a DisInfo site.

I really loved his lengthy and pointed detailing of the Giza structures ... beyond fascinating, and impossible to explain. Khufu has 2,300,000 blocks of limestone and granite - averaging 2.5 tons each, perfectly placed to 481 feet tall (tallest structure in the world 'til the Eiffel Tower), and built with better precision than today's office buildings - the four sides of the base of the differ from longest to shortest by maximum 9 inches out of 756 feet each. Astonishing.
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Yep, I just finished Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn...loved it and highly recommend it!!
Did you read the other ones also?
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:04 PM   #693
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Best things I've read:

Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
and of course the Harry Potters

Currently Reading:
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
Physics for Future Presidents by Richard Muller

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The Sickness Unto Death by Soren Kierkegaard
Utopia by Thomas More
A Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Candide by Voltaire
and several others

Everyone should read about Existentialism, but with an open mind. I know a lot of people that immediately associate it with atheism or hopelessness, but that's not what it's about (for me anyway). It's about the freedom of choice, the freedom to be whatever you choose to be. I want to read Candide because it makes fun of the philosophy of fatalism that I dislike so much.

Monte Cristo and Two Cities are simply outstanding books that everyone should read. Where the Red Fern Grows was my childhood fav with Charlotte's Web. I still remember my 2nd and 3rd grade teachers reading them to the class.

Everyone should read Audacity of Hope and Physics for Future Presidents. Hope gives you an insight to President Obama (before he was president) and shows you how smart he really is, and details his perspective on the issues. Physics dispells myths about things from a nuclear terrorist attack to global warming, offering scientific evidence for whether things are overhyped or underhyped.
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You would really like "Fingerprints of the Gods." You gotta have an open mind for this one, and that's one of your assets. He updates the Thor Heyerdahl-Atlantis // Africa-South America connection by linking the pyramids, legends and technology from both continents ... and forms the thesis that Antarctica IS Atlantis. Not the cold Antartctica, but back when it was further north. He concludes that the movement of these land masses was caused by "earth crust displacement," which is much harder to swallow ... and probably why you saw him on a DisInfo site.

I really loved his lengthy and pointed detailing of the Giza structures ... beyond fascinating, and impossible to explain. Khufu has 2,300,000 blocks of limestone and granite - averaging 2.5 tons each, perfectly placed to 481 feet tall (tallest structure in the world 'til the Eiffel Tower), and built with better precision than today's office buildings - the four sides of the base of the differ from longest to shortest by maximum 9 inches out of 756 feet each. Astonishing.


Oh i know...

PS, It's disinfo - it's not a disinfo site..so to speak.... Where do you think i got launched to find so many crazy articles in my odditorium?

infact, one of his books was done by disinfo:

http://www.disinfo.com/catalog/itemdetail.php?id=272

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Old 01-21-2009, 12:15 PM   #695
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Just started on this one after seeing the stage play:



Pulitzer Prize winning author Diane McWhorten has written one of the best books ever produced on the American civil rights movement. Twenty years in research, McWhorten, who is now a columnist for the New York Times, writes from the perspective of a white and priviledged teenager growing up in Birmingham Alabama during the hey day of the Ku Klux Klan and the 1963 Birmingham race riots. Her own father was connected to the Klan and she painstakingly interviews both sides of the conflict and exposes both the positives and negatives of civil rights luminaries. This is one of the few serious civil rights works done by a white author.
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The Khufu Pyramid has 2,300,000 blocks of limestone and granite - averaging 2.5 tons each, perfectly placed to 481 feet tall (tallest structure in the world 'til the Eiffel Tower), and built with better precision than today's office buildings - the four sides of the base of the differ from longest to shortest by maximum 9 inches out of 756 feet each. Astonishing.
Even more amazing, if you're interested, is this measurable, not discovered until the laste 1940s: That the tip of the pyramid on top is exactly - to within 5 inches - centered over the mass of the structure:


Looking at Khufu from above: The four radii (in red) differ by less than 5 inches
from longest to shortest. Modern architects cannot envision how or even why the
builders crafted these four sides so perfectly even. It's one thing for the bases of
the structure to be so close to exact lengths, they are easily measured, but there
seems no way that these inclined edges could have been kept so exact during the
daunting (and improbable speed) of its construction, so that the tip of the pyramid -
the last bit of construction - would end up perefctly in the center of the structure.
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Best things I've read:

Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
and of course the Harry Potters

Currently Reading:
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
Physics for Future Presidents by Richard Muller

Want to read:
The Sickness Unto Death by Soren Kierkegaard
Utopia by Thomas More
A Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Candide by Voltaire
and several others

Everyone should read about Existentialism, but with an open mind. I know a lot of people that immediately associate it with atheism or hopelessness, but that's not what it's about (for me anyway). It's about the freedom of choice, the freedom to be whatever you choose to be. I want to read Candide because it makes fun of the philosophy of fatalism that I dislike so much.

Monte Cristo and Two Cities are simply outstanding books that everyone should read. Where the Red Fern Grows was my childhood fav with Charlotte's Web. I still remember my 2nd and 3rd grade teachers reading them to the class.

Everyone should read Audacity of Hope and Physics for Future Presidents. Hope gives you an insight to President Obama (before he was president) and shows you how smart he really is, and details his perspective on the issues. Physics dispells myths about things from a nuclear terrorist attack to global warming, offering scientific evidence for whether things are overhyped or underhyped.
I'm reading Kant and right now (sheesh...talk about tedious!) and Plato.
I'm always reading Lewis.
I would like to read more Kirkegaard.
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