>>734520317 Ah, when I read that I had a bit of a hard time staying awake! There are a few interesting parts, but in general, It didn't really have anything to grip me into it. It all seemed like ramblings relating to the time period that I couldn't get invested in, as I wasn't alive in the circumstances it was portraying.
>>734520342 Haven't read that. I'll probably steer clear of it if it's just the same spiel we've all heard before.
>>734519555 I've been slowly reading The Art of War by Sun Tzu with commentary by several generals after him. It's some obtuse shit. I understand it, but Sun Tzu says some Taoist shit like "The best general wins without fighting" and then 5 more generals proceed with a Philosophical dick-measuring contest trying to sound the deepest. It's infuriating. Still some useful ideas in it though.
>>734520685 Fun times! Good to know you're enjoying them!
>>734520693 I've only read The Art of War without commentary, but yeah, that sounds pretty annoying. Trying to over complicate everything Sun Tzu says kind of defeats the purpose. I liked how concise it was, very easy to come back to.
>>734520815 If you like Science Fiction, I HIGHLY recommend Michael Crichton. He's my favorite author. Prey and Sphere were my favorites. If you like corporate espionage and the like, Airframe is pretty good. Timeline is good, but just a TAD overrated.
An introductory book to Kierkeegard philosophy. Just starting it, but it sounds like this guy tried to be what every hipster try to be these days, but he was actually intelligent and had something worth a shit.
>>734520906 I'll be sure to pick it up some time! Thanks for the suggestion! >>734520961 I'll check him out! Science fiction isn't my favorite genre, but I can appreciate it from time to time. >>734521023 Ooo, fun! What're some of the idea's he had? >>734521029 Just barely finished up 'The miracle life of Edgar Mint' and 'The populist explosion.' Moving on to a bit of philosophy so that my friends don't have my head, aha!
Sorry if reaction time is a bit slow, my brother just woke up and is quite upset with me.
>>734521396 Yikes. Feel a bit sorry for you there. >>734521404 Sorry if it came across that way. I just wanted to see what /b/'s been reading. Nice to get some suggestions and chat with other anons! <3 >>734521423 Thanks for trying to explain what I meant! Xx
>>734521262 If I get it right, he believed institutionalized religion is wrong because it turns religion into a series of void rituals, pure form with no meaning. Is our personal and individual duty to find our way to God. Paraphrasing one of his books: "Is ironic people are better Christians when they try the hardest to not be Christians, and even better than self-declared believers". Also, he believed the philosophy of his time was too focused on ideals and abstract thinking, ignoring the immediate reality of a human being. That is, Kierkegaard was born after Kant and Hegel published their works, and all the categorical and thesis - antithesis and synthesis mumbo jumbo was nice and everything, but it was too abstract and difficult to ground into everybody lives, too much talking about how our minds work, but few words about why we have a brain, and ultimately, what's the purpose of living.
>>734521938 Sounds interesting! I belonged to the LDS church for a bit, and It's rather hard to find meaning and connection to a god in such a cult like environment, so I understand. Seems like an interesting read! I'd definitely enjoy it if he's one to ask the big questions instead of trivial and unimportant inquires.
>>734522302 Oh dear, he must be fun at parties! I'll check him out, if only for his short stories. =)
As I said, this book is just an introductory review of his work. It don't attempt to say why or how to religion, just what and why Kierkegaard believed in. Is a subtle difference, but is still a difference, just like explaining how to behead a person (cut in here, then there), and justifying it (Allahu akbar!) are not the same.
Now, on a personal note, yeah, I do think is hard to feel connected to God if we don't understand what or who He is, and is even harder when you have to go through a series of routines that nobody took their time to explain (and which bores you to death), and therefore any book designed to teach proper religion sounds unattractive. Still, is worth to read his ideas, because sometimes there's something important to heard or learn.
He was apparently. Once he threw a big dinner party, and at the end handed out chocolates laced with Spanish fly. It widens the blood vessels similar to viagra, but also causes irritation of the urethra. Imagine having a raging boner and the inside of your dick all irritated and itchy. Needless to say it turned into a huge violent orgy.
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