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Ariel Ramirez

Frustrated psychologist,

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Know of a good book?

Do you know of any books that you think is a must read or just plain deserves more attention? What is it and why?

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  • Mar 25 2014: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns,_Germs,_and_Steel

    Why did the Old World conquer the New World and not the other way around? Or why did the Old World have guns, germs and steel but not the New World (before the Conquest)? Instead of comparing armies, their leaders and the outcome of battles, this book looks at the geography of domesticable plants and animals and ideas. Yes, the geography of ideas!
  • Mar 30 2014: "Left in the Dark" by Tony Wright
    My friend Tony answers the question that should be on everyone's mind "Are we all crazy?", even Einstein asked the same question.
    "A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?" - Albert Einstein

    It is only 222 pages and back up by hundreds of doctors and scientists worldwide. It is so important that he even offers a free pdf copy if you don't want to buy the book. I believe it is the single most important book I have read in fifty years. http://leftinthedark.org.uk/
    Tony believes in his work and the powers found therein so much that he documented going "eleven days" straight without sleep just to prove the point.
    If you cannot find the free pdf copy simply email me and I will be happy to send it to you direct, it is only 3MBytes. My email is on my profile.
    • Apr 6 2014: Wow - finally a book about transgenerational epigenetic theory!

      "eleven days" straight without sleep?! - Man - with that kinda time on my hands I could finally take-up juggling - and all I would have to do is give-up that pesky logical reasoning?? :-)

      Thanks!
      • Apr 6 2014: I played poker once for four days straight but I cannot even imagine eleven. Here is a Youtube video about it: http://youtu.be/E3_aiq2fkoY
        Tony has been studying the brain and how it works most of his life. He has lectured all over Europe and is less well know in America however this will be the third year he appears and gives talks and discussions at the Woodstock Fruit Festival in New York. He is a Vegan which is the most important part of his discoveries for health.
        I attached a pdf free edition of his book to the email I sent you... Enjoy.
  • Mar 27 2014: Ariel

    "1984" by George Orwell. The most depressing book ever written and the most compelling. Perhaps, the best written understanding of the human character. How all things barbaric can be justified in the cause of the common good, as history has shown. When government becomes a god. When Atheism is now a spiritual quest, When two plus two equals five.
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    Mar 26 2014: The Giver by Lois Lowry
    Population control, climate control, emotion control, a seemingly utopian society where individualism is limited and decisions are made by a committee.
    A book that helped me formulate my morals at a young age. I've read it several times and each time there's something new I take from it or something I comprehend differently than the time before.
  • Mar 29 2014: There are a great many good books but this depends on what type you wish to read. For example:

    1. fiction: "The Count of Monte Cristo", a superb book by Alexandre Dumas.
    2. philosophy of science: "The Wholeness of Nature", an amazing book by Henri Bortoft.
    3. philosophy: "Time and Free Will", by Henri Bergson
    4. romance: "Cross Stitch", also called "Outlander", by Diana Gabaldon.
    5. science fiction: "Dune", by Frank Herbert, best sci-fi ever.
    6. mathematical biology: "Life Itself" by Robert Rosen.
    7. nature writing: "The Abstract Wild" by Jack Turner.
  • Mar 29 2014: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Call_of_the_Wild

    This is the most "short and sweet" book I've read. It's about a dog during The Gold Rush.
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    Mar 29 2014: The Power of Habit is one of my most recent reads and I absolutely was taken aback by how simply the neurology of habits was explained. If you are looking for a self improvement read that could truly give you the tools necessary to make sustainable change in your life it is worth checking out.
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    Mar 28 2014: I recommend the book Maasai Days, by Cheryl Bentsen. When I read about the Maasai tribe of Kenya, it changed my life. The Maasai are all cattle herders, after I read about them I moved from Hollywood, California out to a dairy farming area called Ontario, California. And I changed my diet and started drinking copious amounts of milk. For the last five years, I have been living almost entirely on skim milk and a little cream. Most days I drink about two gallons (7.5 liters) of skim milk and hardly eat or drink anything else.
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    Mar 28 2014: The Human, The Orchid, and The Octopus by Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein
    “In managing those risks fearlessness helps keep our minds clear, but relying on fearlessness alone would amount to foolhardiness. As we can’t reduce the frequency of nature’s surprises, we increase the thoroughness of our preparations.”(page 65)
    In depth insight into the fishing industry. Distinguishing between applied science and pure science. Also learned the history of nuclear energy and bomb use along with politics, motivations involved. Cousteau was in it, he stood and fought.
    A lot of history, research, current events, future predictions, and a look back at those predictions he made.
  • Mar 27 2014: How about the complete works of Shakespeare and The Sermons of John Donne.
  • Mar 26 2014: Roots by Alex Haley
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots:_The_Saga_of_an_American_Family

    This novelised history of Haley's enslaved ancestors required a lot of research to get just the scant facts and then a lot more to fill in a lot of blanks to get to the human story.
  • Mar 26 2014: Book of life
    Book of World
    Book of Nature

    These books gives us a first hand experience of interaction with life,world and nature.

    I would recommend a book of Psychology and Philosophy. Psychology will activate your right brain and philosophy will activate your left brain and when both will work then a light bulb will glow inside your brain which will create a third eye.
  • Mar 31 2014: Your faith is your fortune by Neville Goddard
    Many Christians may be offended, but It puts a twist on how people may traditionally interpret a religion.
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      Mar 30 2014: It's important to remember that every month we have new people find us and become active. For newcomers this question is new.

      Even though people could use the search box to find old conversations, people drawn to the forum want to engage with people rather than only to read discussions others had before they arrive.

      The question about books does not come up nearly as often as several other questions.
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        Mar 31 2014: Just out of curiosity sir, what are those topics that keep on popping up?
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          Mar 31 2014: By far the most commonly discussed topic is how to fix modern education. Other popular ones are how to find your passion, or what gives a life meaning, or the relationship of science and religion