Now reading (The Book Thread)

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by Avatar, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. Naat Scientia potestas est. Registered Senior Member

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    "Microbiology - An Introduction" - Tortora, Funke & Case
    "General Organic, And Biochemistry" - Hein, Best, Pattison...
    "Practical in Biomlecular Sciences" - Reed, Holmes...
    "Analythical Chemistry" - Skoog, West & Holler
     
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  3. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Presently amid:

    Coontz, Stephanie. Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage. New York: Viking, 2005.

    Rushdie, Salman. Shalimar the Clown. New York: Random House, 2006.​
     
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  5. Rick Valued Senior Member

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    1.)beltrand Russell's famous essays
    2.)The writings of Descarts Vol. I
    3.)Atmabodh by Shankaracharya
    4.)Upanishads (on mundaka upanishad)
    5.)Das Capital - Marx

    Rick
     
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  7. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    "The Myths of Reality" by Simon Danser

    Simon Danser asks us to think of myths as like the lenses in spectacles – we see the world through them, but rarely see them in their own right. He then systematically focuses on the myths at the core of the belief systems which create every aspect of what we take to be reality: religion, politics, commerce, science, knowledge, consciousness, self-identity, and much else that we take as 'given'.

    This book reveals how reality is culturally constructed in an ever- continuing process from mythic fragments transmitted by the mass media and adapted through face-to-face and Internet conversations.

    From the Inside Flap
    "This liberal author's knowledge of contemporary society is amazingly broad. He exposits the mythic depths (and appearances) of everything from 'the myth of science' to superhero attitudes of contemporary American nationalism.

    "Along the way he challenges many superficial trivialities about myths functioning in culture. He regards the mythic as a primary, highly effective agent of social ideology, and is never hesitant about demanding that the garments of our truly mythological capitalism are ill-fitting and socially harmful.

    "This is the best book I know in terms of disclosing the pragmatic functioning of myth in society."

    William Doty
    Professor Emeritus, The University of Alabama and author of
    'Mythography: The study of myths and rituals'


    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Myths-Reali...ef=sr_1_3/026-0558032-4168442?ie=UTF8&s=books
     
  8. geodesic "The truth shall make ye fret" Registered Senior Member

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    "Ash: A Secret History" by Mary Gentle
    Mainly semi-historical/fantasy tale about a female mercenary leader in fifteenth century Europe, but interspersed with emails between the "translator" and the "publisher", which explore the idea of what history is (trying not to spoil it for others).
    It's a fairly hefty book, but well written and very thoroughly researched - it serves as a good introduction to mediaeval weaponry, armour, heraldry and siege warfare!
     
  9. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Currently reading:

    Russell, Jeffrey Burton. Witchcraft in the Middle Ages. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1972.​

    Just starting:

    Huxley, Aldous. Antic Hay. (Publisher information unavailable at present.)​
     
  10. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    Simon Danser "Myths of Reality"

    I've never so much argued with an author of a book before, and neither have I agreed so often.
    This book is not neccesseraly an easy experience, but it's worth it.

    Read about it:
    http://www.hoap.co.uk/alternative.htm


    edit: oh, I had forgotten that I had already mentioned it here.

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  11. Provita Provita Registered Senior Member

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    Watership Down by Richard Adams (i love it and cant stop reading, almost done now) and Event by David Lynn Golemon (pretty interesting for a sci-fi.)
     
  12. spidergoat Venued Serial Membership Valued Senior Member

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    Contact, Carl Sagan
    The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan
    The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
     
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    How do you like Contact?
     
  14. spidergoat Venued Serial Membership Valued Senior Member

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    He's no novelist. Interesting plot, but too much information. He's like a news reporter documenting everything. The love story in the backround is not believable. With some editing it could be quite readable.

    I just learned that Carl Sagan also wrote Marijuana Reconsidered under a false name. I used that book in a high school debate class!! I was assigned the pro-:m: legalization stance, and no one agreed with me. I did convince myself and that was way before I ever tried anything!!
     
  15. spidergoat Venued Serial Membership Valued Senior Member

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    In addition, regarding Contact, the plot seems weirdly dated. In some cases, there is evidence of futuristic advancement, such as orbiting condos. On the other hand, he writes about continuing problems in South Africa and the US/USSR standoff, which really take away from believability for me.
     
  16. francois Schwat? Registered Senior Member

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    I'm reading:
    EO Wilson's: Consilience. Just started

    Robert Flynn's: Race, IQ and Jensen. Just started.

    My school workload is so ridiculously easy I have to find other things to occupy my time. So I have a lot of time to do other things. I guess going to a dummy shool has its benefits.

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  17. loganosborne Registered Member

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    At the moment I am reading Domsday 50 visions of the end of the world by Nigel Cawthorne.
     
  18. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    Albert Camus, The outsider.

    I think it sucked big time mainly because of the religious undertone...well..not undertone...main theme.
     
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  20. purple_hairstreak My true colours clash Registered Senior Member

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    "Soul Music" by Terry Pratchett
    "A Game of Thrones" by George R R Martin

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  21. I-Am-Invisible sick of it all. Registered Senior Member

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    "The Pusuit if Victory; Life and Achievements of Hiratio Nelson" by Roger Knight
    "Die Weltgeschichte in Zusammenhängen" by (forgot)
     
  22. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen

    http://www.amazon.com/Argumentative-Indian-Writings-History-Identity/dp/0374105839

    An excellent read on Indian prolixity and its effects on the pluralistic nature of Indian society
     
  23. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    "Substance and Shadow" by suhotra swami

    some abridged excerpts here
     

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