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    Default A selfish thread: recommend me a book.

    Of course, these book recommendations will be seen by everyone, but for those of you who have seen any of my posts and feel you have a grasp of my essence, I would really like a recommendation tailored to me.
    Edit:And maybe a brief description.

    Another thing you could do in this thread - just an idea - is recommend a book and then mention (or list) other members who you think could benefit from or would enjoy the book.
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    Burr by Gore Vidal

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    Burr by Gore Vidal
    This is really funny. I know a lot about a some subjects. Then, I know nothing about a lot of other subjects. It's kind of split down the middle-either I love it, in which case I suck the life out of it, or it holds no interest for me whatsoever, in which case I avoid it like the plague. History/Geography(embarassingly, I do not know what is where...) Are on the top of my "don't know, don't want to know" list. But I do think I know that Burr shot Hamilton. I'm proud that I have this knowledge, even though I only remember it from a comedy song!

    "I drop so many Hamiltons, they should call me Burr!"

    My INTP dad said the other day "There is probably 1 out of a hundred thousand people who knows as much about some subjects and is so ignorant to others as you." He's been telling me more and more recently that I need to "round off" my knowledge, and actually learn about things that I don't really find interesting. "Just get an 8th grade history book and read it," he says, "That will be a start."

    So this recommendation is serendipitous in a way, is basically all I meant to say, and that kind of makes me want to read it, even though the subject matter sounds awful, no offense.
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    The Burr in Burr is a devil's advocate surronded by pretentious and petty people who live to place themselves up on pedestals. It's more a story about well fleshed out characters in conflict than dry history. Hamilton has been placed in history as a saint felled by a devil but it wasn't exactly like that. And no one could capture the nature of Burr better than Gore Vidal I think.

    Well, what subject areas do you like?

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    Wellll...how about...

    Stiff: The Curious Life of Cadavers - Roach
    Thinking about Consciousness - Papineau
    The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays - Camus
    Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Hofstatder
    Metaphysics - Aristotle
    The Counterfeiters - Gide
    Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals - Kant

    PM me if you want more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    The Burr in Burr is a devil's advocate surronded by pretentious and petty people who live to place themselves up on pedestals. It's more a story about well fleshed out characters in conflict than dry history. Hamilton has been placed in history as a saint felled by a devil but it wasn't exactly like that. And no one could capture the nature of Burr better than Gore Vidal I think.

    Well, what subject areas do you like?
    I am interested in psychology and philosophy, as well as obscure and arcane topics. My favorite book is "The Creature from Jekyll Island, A Second Look at the Federal Reserve" by G. Edward Griffin. It explains exactly what The Federal Reserve is, who controls it(the same people who funded WWI and WWII on both sides), and what their ultimate objective is - (surprise, the institution isn't there to help the common man.)

    My second favorite book is probably "Twilight of the Idols," by Nietzsche. Esoteric or novel topics are generally my favorite to learn about.

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    Wellll...how about...

    Stiff: The Curious Life of Cadavers - Roach
    Thinking about Consciousness - Papineau
    1The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays - Camus
    2Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Hofstatder
    Metaphysics - Aristotle
    The Counterfeiters - Gide
    Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Moral - Kant
    PM me if you want more.
    1.This was recommended to me by a close friend the other day.
    2.I Forgot the name of this book, it was recommended to me by the same person who recommened "The God Particle" and "Calculus Made Easy" - He's an ENTP physics teacher and sometimes his "Work" runs over into his "Play." Then I lost his number! So thanks for that.
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    Sounds like typical fluffy ENFP paranoid reading. Are all NF's conspiracy theorists?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    Sounds like typical fluffy ENFP paranoid reading. Are all NF's conspiracy theorists?
    Certainly aren't coincidence theorists!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juggernaut View Post
    Wellll...how about...

    Stiff: The Curious Life of Cadavers - Roach
    Thinking about Consciousness - Papineau
    The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays - Camus
    Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Hofstatder
    Metaphysics - Aristotle
    The Counterfeiters - Gide
    Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Moral - Kant

    PM me if you want more.
    Judging from your reading list, no wonder you are hardened and depressed sounding. You need to see some theatre or something. Something that will touch you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    Certainly aren't coincidence theorists!
    Well, I never thought of that. I guess coincidence has less benefit to the psyche.
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