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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2100 on: January 26, 2012, 02:29:44 am »
Nice choices Rum!

The Prince and Cats Cradle are two of my absolute favourites. Bokonism did a lot to shape my own personal brand of Discordia. I remember hearing Richard Kelly was thinking about making a Cats Cradle film.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2101 on: January 26, 2012, 07:26:29 am »
Yeah, I'm kinda digging Vonnegut's writing style, I may have to get some more of his work once I finish Cat's Cradle. Do you have any suggestions?
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2102 on: January 26, 2012, 09:27:55 am »
Ive only read Cats Cradle but Slaughterhouse Five is meant to be phenomenal.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2103 on: January 28, 2012, 02:22:57 am »
Just got done reading On Writing and now Im reading The Reactionary Mind.
Im going to have to re-read The Authoritarians after it, they have a very nice synergy.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2104 on: January 28, 2012, 03:35:51 am »
By Stephen King? My writing teacher worshipped that book.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2105 on: January 29, 2012, 03:09:24 am »
By Stephen King? My writing teacher worshipped that book.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2106 on: January 30, 2012, 06:31:30 am »
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2107 on: January 30, 2012, 06:34:21 am »
A biography of Andrew Jackson called "American Lion" by Jon Mecham
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2108 on: February 01, 2012, 11:38:38 am »
Just read (again) Cosmic Trigger 1-3, Quantum Psychology and Prometheus Rising by RAW.
When I first read these, my english was not so good and things were new and interesting, but now I get the message:
8-circuits in my ass.

It's like when you take psychedelics and you go all WOAH, this is real, but then after a while you understand it's not.

Right now, I'm:   :sad: :eek: :lulz:

And if somebody is offended, I'm sorry, but it's time to wake up. Again.

edit: I never believed that there were 8-circuits or any circuits, but like many I believed I could "use" that model to "improve something". But it's impossible to "use" models, because they do not exist. All you can do, is to spin them around inside your head. That's about it. With every model.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2109 on: February 01, 2012, 11:43:25 am »
Now reading Death of an Ordinary Man by Glen Duncan.
It's been a good read so far. On page 100.

It's about this dude who is dead, who then tries to solve what killed him and so on.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2110 on: February 01, 2012, 08:22:52 pm »
Just read (again) Cosmic Trigger 1-3, Quantum Psychology and Prometheus Rising by RAW.
When I first read these, my english was not so good and things were new and interesting, but now I get the message:
8-circuits in my ass.

It's like when you take psychedelics and you go all WOAH, this is real, but then after a while you understand it's not.

Right now, I'm:   :sad: :eek: :lulz:

And if somebody is offended, I'm sorry, but it's time to wake up. Again.

edit: I never believed that there were 8-circuits or any circuits, but like many I believed I could "use" that model to "improve something". But it's impossible to "use" models, because they do not exist. All you can do, is to spin them around inside your head. That's about it. With every model.

I'd disagree, but you seem like you've made a decision.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2111 on: February 01, 2012, 09:36:34 pm »
Just read (again) Cosmic Trigger 1-3, Quantum Psychology and Prometheus Rising by RAW.
When I first read these, my english was not so good and things were new and interesting, but now I get the message:
8-circuits in my ass.

It's like when you take psychedelics and you go all WOAH, this is real, but then after a while you understand it's not.

Right now, I'm:   :sad: :eek: :lulz:

And if somebody is offended, I'm sorry, but it's time to wake up. Again.

edit: I never believed that there were 8-circuits or any circuits, but like many I believed I could "use" that model to "improve something". But it's impossible to "use" models, because they do not exist. All you can do, is to spin them around inside your head. That's about it. With every model.

Shame that you did all that reading and still couldn't figure out how to make use of it.


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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2112 on: February 01, 2012, 09:39:46 pm »
lol

well said, lmno


Aaaaaaanyway, almost finished with Paul Veyne's Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? which tackles its titular question as well as the more general question of what it means to believe in contradictory "programs of truth" simultaneously. Really cool book, do recommend.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2113 on: February 01, 2012, 09:42:25 pm »
that sounds really interesting.

So tell us - did the Greeks believe their myths?

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2114 on: February 01, 2012, 09:51:37 pm »
that sounds really interesting.

So tell us - did the Greeks believe their myths?

Don't want to spoil it--has a surprise ending.

Just kidding. The average Greek would profess belief but be completely weirded out if you told them Athena had just gotten married, because it was implicit to the myths and unconsciously understood by the Greeks that mythic time was different from ordinary time. Typically historians didn't believe in the gods, but they had this notion that utter crap cannot erupt out of nowhere, so if a myth was too fantastic to believe, they would attempt to discern the kernel of truth it was based on. Interestingly, they often still doubted the stories they collected but felt a duty as historiographers to report the tales as they found them. This "objectivity" lent them a peculiar authority.


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