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    David Foster Wallace is most likely an NT, though he also seems deeply sensitive about the state of the world (my guess though is that he's INTP). His writing is some of the densest, most intelligent I've ever read. He doesn't miss a thing.

    And I liked Unbearable Lightness of Being as a book about love. It was beautiful and sad and effortlessly philosophical and reflective.

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    I compiled all these books into an amazon shopping cart.

    I would recommend "The Great Divorce" by CS Lewis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpaca View Post
    David Foster Wallace is most likely an NT, though he also seems deeply sensitive about the state of the world (my guess though is that he's INTP). His writing is some of the densest, most intelligent I've ever read. He doesn't miss a thing.
    Seems more like an INFP to me. But I agree with what you said about his writing. He's one of my favorite authors.

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    You all have mentioned some good stuff so far.. Here's a few more

    Metamorphoses by Apuleius: it seems fluffy but really there's some deeper things at work. Sounds like an ENTP to me

    Dune by Frank Herbert - just because it's awesome

    Pretty much anything by Denis Diderot. Considering that he said that everything should be objectively analyzed and debated ignoring feelings and traditions the guy has to be pretty interesting to NTs

    Heinlein - everything, yes even Number of the Beast
    Asimov - everything

    In you're into dark humor, read Darkly Dreaming Dexter and the sequel Dearly Devoted Dexterbut skip the third one which was as best as entertaining as warm garbage on a hot day.

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    I also enjoyed Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Each chapter had to be digested individually, as each had something to ruminate upon and revealed a layer closer to the core of quality.

    It then inspired me to learn more about Zen Buddhism, and really enjoyed Zen Flesh Zen Bones. Unlike other books on Zen that would teach the reader about Zen, ZFZB is a collection of Zen stories which the reader can then make their own conclusions about, actively engaging the reader in the process of enlightenment.

    Zero, a biography of a dangerous idea, was very interesting to read as well, about the history of 0 and its relevance through major cultural periods including contemporary theoretical physics. I also read The Elegant Universe and Fabric of the Cosmos, and while they are more in-depth and concentrated on fascinating concepts, I far more enjoyed Seife's writing style then Greene's.

    My favorite fiction book of all time is Flowers for Algernon, which in high school got me thinking about the relationship of intelligence, philosophy, and love, things I am still fascinated about today and are now reflected in cognitive neuroscience. Perhaps the story will come true!
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    I devour most Heinlein. But of late I've been on a post-apocalyptic binge, reading "Alas, Babylon", "On the Beach", "World War Z", "Year Zero", "One Second After", "The Road" (my fave so far...and by far the darkest, though On the Beach really made me depressed).

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    SNOW CRASH

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    Principia Mathematica-Bertrand Russell
    Common Sense of Exact Sciences- W.K Clifford
    An Investigation into the Laws of Thought-George Boole
    Mathematical Analysis of Logic- George Boole
    Groundwork of Arithmetic-Gottlob Frege
    Critique of Pure Reason-Immanuel Kant
    "Do not argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience." -- Mark Twain

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    Asimov.

    Also liked "When Nietzche wept" by Irvin D. Yalom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    SNOW CRASH
    Oh yeah.

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