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Books that changed the way you look at the world
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Pink Freud



Joined: 27 Jan 2003
Location: Daegu

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Man who Lost His Head
Remi et Aline/ Contes et Poemes.
Greek Mythology (various)
The Autobiography of Bill Russell
The Collected Works of George Orwell
The Autobiography of Malcom X
The Art of War
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Selfish Gene
The Blank Slate


From Kindergarten to 2006.
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HapKi



Joined: 10 Dec 2004
Location: TALL BUILDING-SEOUL

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lonely Planet guides from Cambodia, South-East Asia, North-East Asia,
Yucatan, Seoul, Korea, Shanghai, Philippines, Prague, Mexico City, Spain, Tokyo, and Great Britain.
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Mint



Joined: 08 May 2008

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schopenhauer- The world as will and representation

Swear words are brilliantly emotive, but even the worst of the worst could not level with the pure emotive respect I have for this book. Everybody who has pondered the meaning of their life should at least read the wikipedia about it. Here, do so:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_as_Will_and_Representation
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Nierlisse



Joined: 11 Oct 2008
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Atlas Shrugged. That may sound pretentious, but it's true.
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jajdude



Joined: 18 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a bunch of lists on the "listverse" site about books. Here's one:

http://listverse.com/history/top-10-books-that-changed-the-world/

This guy gave me a lot to think about: http://www.jiddu-krishnamurti.net/en/index.php
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mithridates



Joined: 03 Mar 2003
Location: President's office, Korean Space Agency

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.amazon.com/Awareness-Anthony-Mello/dp/0385249373
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aka Dave



Joined: 02 May 2008
Location: Down by the river

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reading David Hume in my late teens pretty much shaped my attitudes toward religion and metaphysics. Ever since then, if I've read philosophy (and I don't read it much these days), it's been more as an intellectual game than anything else.
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aka Dave



Joined: 02 May 2008
Location: Down by the river

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mint wrote:
Schopenhauer- The world as will and representation

Swear words are brilliantly emotive, but even the worst of the worst could not level with the pure emotive respect I have for this book. Everybody who has pondered the meaning of their life should at least read the wikipedia about it. Here, do so:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_as_Will_and_Representation


I did this book for my final paper at a Ucla philosophy class. It really is interesting, and I tried to use it (I was a French major) to analyze Mallarme (in the sense of art as "representation"). My paper was pretty much a failure, but probably because I didn't put enough work into it (I was taking like 24 units that semester so I could do my senior year in France).

It's very readable and worth a look.
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kenbear



Joined: 14 Mar 2008
Location: SK

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

since reading i've tried to get everyone i know to read this book. Permanently changed the way i think
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Thiuda



Joined: 14 Mar 2006
Location: Religion ist für Sklaven geschaffen, für Wesen ohne Geist.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenbear wrote:
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

since reading i've tried to get everyone i know to read this book. Permanently changed the way i think


Sounds like a good read. How did it change the way you think?
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kenbear



Joined: 14 Mar 2008
Location: SK

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

its an autobiography, the first 2/3rds are just a good read, the final 3rd of the book brings up other views on islam that other people are too scared to question or speak out against against. also it made me rethink my political and social viewpoints.

i read it 3 months ago and i'm still trying to get my head around everything it forces you to think about.
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Koveras



Joined: 09 Oct 2008

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche. I've never been an existentialist - it mostly affected my political, religious, and moral opinions. It's not my favourite of Nietzsche's anymore, but it was the first one I read.
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poet13



Joined: 22 Jan 2006
Location: Just over there....throwing lemons.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penthouse. A real eye opener for a 10 year old farm kid.

Aristotle ethics. A primer for how I deal with the world around me.

Sun Tzu. Art of war. Relationships.

On the evolution of species, or whatever Darwins book was. After reading it I had a much better of the natural world around me and I could begin to answer questions for myself.
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mistermasan



Joined: 20 Sep 2007
Location: 10+ yrs on Dave's ESL cafe

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so many...

the best democracy money can buy

fast food nation

why we can't wait (by MLK, Jr)

this way to the gas ladies and gentlemen

the skeptics annotated bible
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Thiuda



Joined: 14 Mar 2006
Location: Religion ist für Sklaven geschaffen, für Wesen ohne Geist.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A number of posters have indicated that Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene changed the way they view the world. My favourite chapter is Nice Guys Finish First (an extra chapter in the 2nd and 30th Anniversary Edition), which is a real eye opener heavy with implications for politics, philosophy, economics and for the future of our existence.

For those of you who haven't read the book yet, the BBC Horizons series did a bit on Nice Guys Finish First in 1987. You can download it from Isohunt here: http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/12671431/%22nice+guys+finish+first%22?tab=summary
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