Most influential Books you've read

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#76 Postby RawKev » Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:03 pm

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#77 Postby Fallen_Horse » Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:50 pm

RawKev wrote:Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Please don't tell me you are the first person to recommend this. It's one of the greatest books of all time, hands down...
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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#78 Postby offense74 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:33 am

I actually like the story of B better. Is there something wrong with me? :D
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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#79 Postby joelk » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:45 pm

anyone know if there's any books about vegetarian and vegan bodybuilders?
or about diets?

I plan on writing one down the track but for now I don't really know- you'll just have to get more great advice off everyone on the forum

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#80 Postby VeganDeVil » Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:19 am

'1984' and 'Animal Farm' both really made me see the world around me differently. 'Fast Food Nation' is another one that has impacted me, though I know it has already been mentioned.

I can't wait to read some of the recommended books here!

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#81 Postby xJox » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:31 pm

Diet for a New America by John Robbins changed my life completely.
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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#82 Postby zinzen » Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:36 pm

Celestine prophecy saved my life, I am not joking neither, I was very close to death.
The peaceful warrior, compounded the celestine
Conversations with god rounded it out.
I have read so many spiritual books, and looking through everyones list it seems I am not alone.
I read the mad cowboy a long ass time ago, kept eating meat though, just a interesting book back then, came back to it recently.
Honestly I became a vegetarian so I could more easily see energy on plants and people, all because of the celestine.
Took years for me to get to where I am now for the reasons I am now.

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#83 Postby liftandcode » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:00 pm

Astrocat wrote:I've recently read this book, and think it's very good.

I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the way in which people use the modern concepts of sanity & inanity , for example to evoke a certain social reaction, or portray certain priorities as the correct ones to have.

The author agrees with many of my concepts and philosophies about sanity and human psychology, so I also found reading this book to be surprisingly empowering , in addition to being uplifting.

As an honest look at the paradox between superficial sanity and profound sanity, and the tenuous grasp people tend to have on only one or the other, if either at all, I think that many people would find it to be very insightful.

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There's a nice synopsis in one of the Amazon reviews by someone called ' Fitzcarraldo "eco worrier" ' -

In Going Sane, Adam Phillips skilfully marshals a wide cast from literature and the literature of psychology in order to examine the many headed and currently vague notion of sanity.

How is the term used? Why is the term used? Does sanity encompass madness or exclude it?

Opening with a sceptical voice, he considers ideas such as the misuse of the word by The Party in Orwell's 1984 and Laing's consideration of madness as a rational response to circumstances.

Further on, we're challenged to regard the difficulties of an idea of sane sex and the programmed madness of adolescence.

As the book progresses, Phillips asserts his own voice more strongly, finishing with his idea of a sane life; perhaps how a life might be sane, but at least in how the thing might be recognised.

Even while arguing forcefully and eloquently, Phillips still manages to avoid being over prescriptive; his voice is too secular for that. In any case, he insists (in the introduction) that his ideas are there as a challenge.
If you're up for such a challenge and especially if you're interested in where psychology meets philosophy, then this book is for you.

I think anyone who has ever been labelled insane, or treated as such by others, or who doubts their sanity because of feeling traumatised, isolated, unsupported, terrorised etc.... and thus being unable to maintain a false and acceptable social facade of the sort many others constantly expect socially, would find this to be a very meaningful book which could give them valuable support through showing them a more expansive and meaningful approach to sanity (or the lack of it) than they are likely to be accustomed to encountering in daily life.

Sounds Good. My highschool yearbook quote was from "1984 "Sanity is not statistical."

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#84 Postby liftandcode » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:03 pm

inteja wrote:Influential vegan books
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
Healthy at 100 by John Robbins
The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer

Other influential books
Collapse by Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Fun stuff
Anything by Douglas Adams, Raymond Feist, Guy Gavriel Kay, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson or Stephen Donaldson

I love gun, germs and steel and everything by stephenson!

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#85 Postby Danny » Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:20 pm

"Schwarzbuch Markenfirmen" is a book by Austrian investigative journalists which deals with the crimes and inhumane business practices of modern day corporation.
I read it when I was about 16 and things would never be the same... although I knew a lot of the shit was going on it really moved me. Pissed off ever since!!

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#86 Postby funkybioped » Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:52 pm

Manufacturing consent
In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#87 Postby xvx ben » Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:29 pm

Animal rights: I find animal liberationist Rob Coronado's writings inspiring, I particularly enjoyed his "Strong Hearts" 'zine written from prison. (It's included in the book "Flaming Arrows" which is a collection of his writings.)

Also, I first went vegan thanks in no small part to reading the liner notes and lyrics of Conflict albums, not a book I know but influenced me a lot when I was 17!

Cooking: "New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook" was written by a hippy commune that went vegan in the sixties and grew most of if not all their own food. how to make soymilk from scratch, tofu, tempeh, plus the best nutritional yeast "cheese" ever. I got this when I first went vegan and had to learn how to cook for myself, still use it often.

Other books that have stirred me to the core:
"Feminism is for Everybody" by bell hooks,
"Homage to Catalonia" by George Orwell, about the antifascist militias in the Spanish civil war
"Assata: An Autobiography" by Assata Shakur, Black liberation fighter, currently living in exile in Cuba after escaping from a US prison

oh yeah and I volunteer at a radical bookstore here in Houston called Sedition Books, we have a decent selection of AR lit and veg cookbooks so if you're ever in town look us up!

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#88 Postby Theresaann » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:48 am

absolute #1: "Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path" by Rudolph Steiner. Not an easy read, but leads to self realization if really studied!

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

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Re: Most influential Books you've read

#90 Postby RobertSupreme » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:26 pm

Healing with Whole Foods - Paul Pitchford
The Green Foods Bible - David Sandoval
Chocolate Busters and Ultimate Fast Food by Jason Vale
Sugar Blues - William Dufty

Solitary Fitness - Charles Bronson
Way of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman
A New Earth, Practising the Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
Unlimited Power, Awaken the Giant Within - Anthony Robbins
Total Self-Confidence - Dr. Robert Anthony
Cosmic Ordering - Barbel Mohr
Zero Limits - Joe Vitale
Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be seperated. ~ Plato

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