Monday, December 19, 2005


Book and reality?

Have you read any books that made you change your thinking about the nature of ultimate reality?

Many. Starting with A.E. Waite and Israel Regardie up through, and more recently, one Cliff Pickover. I'm sure the list won't end. It certainly isn't growing shorter.

Of course, the real problem, for me, is making sense of all the, often, conflicting information. Without a decent synthesis, the information becomes crippling and leads only to the crossroads of vacillation.
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking. It was my first big leap into reading material about the nature of reality, and has probably been the most influential on my perspective of life.
Pricipia Discordia -or- How I Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her

While humerous, this book has some very enlightening parts. Like the page about order and disorders.
Nearly every book I consider a _good_ book has altered my way of thinking, fiction or nonfiction. If a book doesn't make an impact as such then I consider my time reading it practically wasted. The purpose of readng is, in my opinion, exactly to shape reality and make people think.
It is interesting that I have seen no mention of people such as Terry Prachett, Rudy Rucker, Stephen Baxter. May I recommend "Small Gods" by Terry Pratchett. This book had a profound affect on me. There are great gobs of highly educated people, with all kinds of credentials, yet they posses very little wisedom.
Being and Time by Martin Heidegger.
there are many, but one of my favorites is 'Hyperspace' by Michio Kaku.
'The Catechism of the Catholic Church' and 'An Intelligent Person's Guide to Catholicism' by Alban McCoy
I was astounded to find that all of the ultimate questions to which the New Age movement I was involved in gave only vapid suggestions, and Buddhism and Hinduism unsatisfactory answers, had in fact been discussed and debated with depth and wisdom through 2000 years of history in Christianity. Once I came to understand what profound philosophical and psychological insights lay behind the sometimes disconcerting external symbols (which, unfortunately, is all most non-Christians like I was base their judgement of the entire religion upon, thereby reducing it to superficial caricatures), I was surprised, and most importantly, challenged as I never had been before, both intellectually and personally.
The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra.
The Bible.

"What The Bleep Do We Know?"
"Conversations on the edge of the apocalypse" by David Jay Brown
My, my, yes. Many books on the new phisics. I do not have a math mind, but it makes no difference when they explain in everyday words what its all about.
In fact, the new phisics is responsible for me being able to become spiritual. I never had anything firm to stand on to actually believe in other world possibilities.
They literally opened up a new universe for me.
Books that have really played on my thoughts and/or emotions would be a good way to answer.

"A Winters Tale" by Mark Helprin
"Exodus" by Leon Uris
Books like "The Dancing Wu Li Masters" and
"Life With The Himalayan Masters"

to name a few. There are so many. But that's why people love reading, isn't it? To enjoy, to be moved, to learn.
I was in Key West many years ago, wandering through back streets. I was having a wonderful time when I happened upon a shop that just stuck out. My girlfriend thought nothing of it and was happy to follow me in.

I had a chat with the guy behind the counter and one way or another came across the book "Prometheus Rising" by Robert Anton Wilson. He said that I'll never see things the same way again. And I haven't.

"Prometheus Rising" has upgraded my perceptions, and has added (and subtracted, painfully) many things.

It, very basically, is a book on how the mind works and how to use yours better. I have to reread mine about every six months.

Happy Trails.
"Conversations with God" it said what I've been thinking all along.
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