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I read a lot of books (specially in train, being a commuter).
I've got all Murakami's books and maybe the book I've read the most times is "Dance Dance Dance".
I like Philip Dick's books and just now I'm reading The Broken Bubble.
Often I read books about philosophy and scienze.
Technical reading for diagnosis or interpretive purposes can sometimes be dry at times depending on the subject. I spend a lot of time online reading material for reference(s) related to LQ material. It is great to have online material to discern or understand a subject.
OT: My casual reading consists of either history or fictional material. My personal library is a broad selection of material. As a child, I started reading at the age of three, thanks to grandparents who were always reading therefore their interaction helped me to read. Now, as a grandparent the same interaction helped my grandchildren to achieve the same goal(s) at early ages.
It is sad that most parents use media(TV) to entertain or baby sit their child. In early childhood the development of the mind is conditioned by the child's environment. If they are surrounded by adults or others who just sit on the couch and are absorbed by a Magic box then that child will carry on the same trait(s) because of that conditioning environment. For new born horses or other animals we imprint things at birth so as to condition that animal to wanted traits. The same can be done for children.
Other stuff I read in the past that will rock your boat for gratuitous entertainment is the Chung Kuo series by David Wingrove.
Chung Kuo is primarily set 200 years in the future in mile-high, continent-spanning cities made of a super-plastic called 'ice'. Housing a global population of 40 billion, the cities are divided into 300 levels and success and prestige is measured by how far above the ground one lives. Some – in the Above – live in great comfort. Others – in the Lowers – live in squalor, whilst at the bottom of the pile is 'Below the Net', a place where the criminal element is exiled and left to rot. Beneath the cities lie the ruins of old Earth – the Clay – a lightless, stygian hell in which, astonishingly, humans still exist. These divisions are known as 'the world of levels'.
In addition to the world of levels, there are the great meat-animal pens and sprawling, vast plantations to feed the population. There is also activity beyond Earth. The ruling classes – who base their rule on the customs and fashions of imperial China – maintain traditional palaces and courts both on Earth and in geostationary orbit. There are also Martian research bases and the outer colonies, with their mining planets.
At the very heart of Chung Kuo is the 'War of Two Directions' — a struggle for the destiny of Mankind and the clash of two different ideologies. For the planet's hereditary rulers, the T'angs, the goal is stability and security, at the expense of individual freedoms if necessary, while a commercially-orientated faction desires change and the uncharted challenge of the new — even though loosening constraints on an over-populated planet could be lethal. Political tensions between the two factions lead assassination, biological and nano-technological terrorism, and ultimately to war and the outright destruction of whole cities.
The story is told through the eyes of a wide variety of characters from all levels of society: Triad bosses and assassins, emperors and artists, courtesans and soldiers, scientists and thieves, terrorists and princes. By the end of the series the dramatis personae total several hundred characters — most of them dead by that point in the storyline.
I've lately taken to lulling myself to sleep with audiobooks. I finally worked my way through Wilkie Collins's Moonstone, generally regarded as the first true English mystery novel, with the version from Librivox.org, which is sort of the audio equivalent of Project Gutenberg.
Wow talk about diversity, just a fraction from just a few LQ members and authors\books\styles...
Thanks frankbell (Librivox.org) sweet site, I love audiobooks and podcasts closing my eyes and using VLC to speed up most although for complex ideas I have slowed some down... I can remember as a kid an old AM radio station here in Milwaukee that played radio shows like The Shadow and The Green Hornet, wish audiobooks did stuff like that. Back in 2000 when I finally got my butt back to high school after a five year hiatus I bought TextAloud and made a bunch of MP3s to study while riding the bus. To get me into the school state of mind and because it interested me one was Sidelights on Relativity by Albert Einstein...
"A World Without Time" is a quick and interesting read about the unusual friendship between Einstein and Kurt Gödel. One day (after Steven Hawkings dies and someone disproves black hole theory) everyone in the world will accept that they were both right... frame dragging is space being stretched making so-called "time" appear to slow down. Of course, space has to be made up of something faster than light that you can't observe but that exists none-the-less. So Schrödinger's cat was essentially dead when he closed the box. Your act of observing and measuring changes nothing, The particle was in both slits at the same time and there's nothing virtual about it. It was distributed through space under the principle of exact certainty in a bell curve and speed is irrelevant since time is an illusion.
There's a whole lot of science fiction passing as real physics these days. Maybe it was actually a bowling ball that fell on Netwon's head.
(Off-topic, slightly) Schrodinger's cat? No problem, you don't need to open the box. If you hear scratching - it's alive. If there's a foul smell - it's dead. Who needs quantum physics?
(On topic) Fun and/or information.
I've done quite a lot of reading, non-fiction and fiction. Non-fiction subjects: history, science (mostly physics), mythology, psychology, occult, computing, mainly.
Fiction: In general, anything that requires some effort thinking about, no waste-of-paper "best-sellers".
A World Without Time sounds interesting, I got into A Brief History of Time by Hawking good stuff. Schrodinger's cat brings to "mind" something I've just recently read about "Vacuous truth"
Always wanted a wrist watch that pricks my arm every few minutes,
for on vacation to remind me how much time is dragging...
And, at work a slingshot for the one on the wall!
Many times it seems fiction and its thinking bring about philosophies and theory\educated-fiction?(tell me 'flip' phones didn't come from Star Trek+ ) I will only ever agree with the "truth" changes as do "minds\times"(more than likely back to "infinite" "matter").
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Reason: spell checkers would kill me if they had the chance :)
Back in 1972, I decided to act on Dr Johnson's idea that a list of all ones reading would prove interesting. The list started in a notebook, was transferred to computer a decade later, and is still going strong with 3500+ entries (I've certainly missed a few). It's in classified order (which probably says as much about me as its contents does) from 'Fundamental questions of philosophy' (1974) to 'Zoo quest in Madagascar' (1979).
The titles added this month were
Age of innocence / Wharton
Essay on philosophical method / Collingwood
Waverly / Scott
Weapons and warfare in Renaissance Europe / Hall