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Posted 01 July 2009 - 05:28 PM

H.G. Wells - The Invisible Man

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 10:13 PM

Still on 'A Farewell to Arms'. I'm loving the dialogue; it's very unreal and clearly edited a thousand million times to create that characteristic flow but it just doesn't matter in the end because it makes it such a joy to read. Taking my sweet time with this one but if there was nothing else going on in my life right now I know I'd have finished it in a couple of days. Great book.

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 03:38 AM

To be honest I have far too many books I need to read before I buy anything else and my wishlist grows like my music wish list :(

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 07:01 PM

To be honest I have far too many books I need to read before I buy anything else and my wishlist grows like my music wish list :(


:rolleyes: I know that feeling too well...

Mostly I forbid myself from specifically going out to buy books and instead just wander into charity shops every now and again and buy what I like. Keeps the costs down and leaves fantastic random find opportunities. I should even stop doing that though really until I've whittled my way through the ones I've already aquired.

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 04:36 PM

Just started Haruki Murakami - Dance Dance Dance
gripping from the get go! how he manages to make such mundane everyday things into such trippy literature I can't fathom. I am just glad he can :)

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 09:12 PM

Cambridge companion to Descartes - one of the best in the series. There is just so little to disagree with. Some minor issue concerning naive physic, but no difficulty of possib. of smooth advacement. Nature to be our part of divine play....

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 07:49 AM

I'm reading Roadside Picnik now. I like this kind of book.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 07:52 AM

Cambridge companion to Descartes - one of the best in the series. There is just so little to disagree with. Some minor issue concerning naive physic, but no difficulty of possib. of smooth advacement. Nature to be our part of divine play....

Definitely love Descartes! One of my favs.

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 06:46 AM

Descartes can suck my ass for what he did to the Western world.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 02:01 PM

Descartes can suck my ass for what he did to the Western world.

Still, Math and geometry as a backbone of others temples. Nothing is contradictory. Spinoza's determinism is even more fatal...

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 01:55 AM

Spinoza's determinism is even more fatal...

I disagree. Determinism is realistic, unlike the superstition of choice-making.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 10:12 PM

I disagree. Determinism is realistic, unlike the superstition of choice-making.

but since we can't know all the circumstances, we can not rely on some apparent determinism. Those gaps undermines whole determinism idea and therefore indeterminism is much more real and touchable. At least on personal level, but .... get there in time

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 04:07 AM

Of course we know all the circumstances, for there are only two: one's structure and one's environment, both of which are entirely apparent and touchable, necessarily. "Choice" is superfluous and can very easily be discarded by basic reason alone. Only the fearful and indoctrinated cling to superstition, whereas one would find oneself vastly more enriched by metaphor and poetry.

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 12:53 AM

But determinism between those two structures are unknow to us - only appearance. And How is Descarte's rationalism responsible for devastation of the west culture?

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 01:49 AM

And How is Descarte's rationalism responsible for devastation of the west culture?

He contributed to the rift between mind and body - spirituality and materialism - forcing individuals in the Western world to affiliate with either one or the other when both are required for healthy, constructive thinking, not only for individuals but for societies in general.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 09:42 AM

Currently reading Valis by Philip K. Dick. I've read other books by him, and this one came highly recommended, but to be honest... I kind of think it's garbage

Not total crap of course, but it has a very meandering plot (an autobiography of sorts about Philip K. Dick going insane and his beliefs in Gnostic Christianity). Right now I am reading it with the intention of just finishing it and getting it out of my life... :rolleyes:

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 09:42 PM

I just Read Geomancer for the second time.
William Gibson is a genius
I prefer him better than Phillip k. Dick
although i've only read two books by Dick.

I'm in the midst of reading Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy which i feel has a very distinct charm, i love how Douglas Adams? / Adam Douglas? writes, it has his humour and i feel that you're feeling the thoughts of the protagonist. I love it.
it's a very alternative way to view your world, accepting that species can hold an intelligence greater than yours and still wont be able to determine an outcome better than those with less, if you catch my drift?

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 04:16 AM

Currently reading Valis by Philip K. Dick. I've read other books by him, and this one came highly recommended, but to be honest... I kind of think it's garbage

Not total crap of course, but it has a very meandering plot (an autobiography of sorts about Philip K. Dick going insane and his beliefs in Gnostic Christianity). Right now I am reading it with the intention of just finishing it and getting it out of my life... :rolleyes:

Weird. That book totally transported me. A top ten fiction experience for me, and I've read a lot of books.

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 06:31 AM

Weird. That book totally transported me. A top ten fiction experience for me, and I've read a lot of books.

You've got the weirdest...tastes Otto.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 09:22 PM

Alessandro Baricco- "Castelli di rabbia"

Fine novel. Well thought out, written with skill and a clear sense of direction. Nothing revolutionary, just plain ol' novel writting done the good way. Damn, I missed that!




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