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    the Bible
    "Extreme God Chasers"
    and "Warfare Prayer"

    Oh yeah, and upon actually reading the whole thread, let me not leave out "Th-e F-o-x o-n th-e B-o-x" (the first book I ever read, lol).

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    Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead (as if it wasn't obvious)
    But sir, your opinion is wrong.
    TANSTAAFL!

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    Google. Sure, it's not a book, but it's an easy access to countless reading material that is also free of both money and of ever leaving the house.

    In the end, does it really matter where you read things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    Google. Sure, it's not a book, but it's an easy access to countless reading material that is also free of both money and of ever leaving the house.

    In the end, does it really matter where you read things?
    Because a book is usually better than this:
    Chuck Norris Facts

    Except maybe The Rainbow Fish.
    But sir, your opinion is wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyrdsister View Post
    Please add any books that changed your outlook/philosophy on life.
    In a way, any book from which I learn something shapes what I think.

    However, there are few things that have had as profound an effect on the me as:

    1. The Bhagavad gita(one online version)
    2. Uddhava(Hamsa) Gita
    3. The Bible


    I have read parts of the I Ching, the Koran(Q'ran), various philosophers, bunches of self-help books, and bookshelves worth of science books/articles/papers. These have all shaped my thinking. But the list above shaped my views early, and continue to have a profound influence on my thinking.

    Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future.
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    "[A] scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy." Richard Feynman
    "[P]etabytes of [] data is not the same thing as understanding emergent mechanisms and structures." Jim Crutchfield

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    José Saramago's "City of the Blind" (read it in Dutch, don't know the title in English) smacked me in the face with the awful truth about people.
    Juan Rulfo's "Pedro Paramo" taught me there can be a lot of beauty in such ugliness.
    Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", no explanation needed...
    Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

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    Do What You Are by Barron and Tieger

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    Heinlein's Starship Troopers.

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    my first love when it comes to books was the little house on the prairie series. it made me realize the potential for emotional connection in place and how the spirit of a place can stay with you. some of the few books that i can vividly remember the experience of reading, even after many years.

    others later on along this line would be harry potter and ender's game which both really captured my imagination. i read the first harry potter as soon as it came out and overall that series would be my definite favorite.

    most recently i was really effected by absurdistan, which shows the modern human condition so candidly and ironically from simultaneously an american and foreign viewpoint. sad but hopeful at the same time; optimistic for no reason if you will. perfectly infj.

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    The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris
    Peoplewatching by Desmond Morris
    Become What You Are by Alan Watts
    Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    What the Buddha Taught by some buddhist dude with a funny name
    Zen Mind, Beginner Mind by D.T. Suzuki
    A bunch of psychology textbooks

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