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Mind Candy

Aeris
The list author says: "For me, I feel these books ripped the rug of conventional wisdom from under my feet. I made this list very broad, covering what I think is a healthy amount ground in terms of genre. I threw in everything from poetry to philosophy, psychology, sociology, fiction, phsyics, new age, religion/spirituality, conspiracy, education, counter-culture, science. You can say I went out on a bit of a wing with this, and it may be a bit useless to you because its covers so much, but I did it that way because im aiming at a specific audience. This list is for those who are always on the look out for something different, something enlightening, edifying, enriching, and like getting that feeling of enjoyment as they feel there own heart and mind shoot off into a new direction previously unexplored. If I was ever put of the spot and asked what I would recomend to someone for a good read, these are the books I would urge you to get."
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, 10th Anniversary Edition
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, 10th Anniversary Edition
"Probably one of the most important books on this list. I picked this up and read it throughout the day. Its rather short, but it will take you longer then you think just to digest .the content"
Said the Shotgun to the Head
Said the Shotgun to the Head
"This one in particular is an extremely powerful poem that is a fast, but very deep read. I can't say i've met someone whose read this and hasnt told me in one way or another that its touched their soul."
The Undiscovered Self
The Undiscovered Self
"Jung was one of the ones who laid it out for me how to be an individual without falling into the trap of cynical thinking. If I ever got my own class to teach, this would be on the top of the reading list."
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
"Lanier is a computer programmer who breaks down bit by bit how the information age was shaped, its effect on society, along with the individual, and why we need to rearrange the interntet and our technology for a more humanist/individualist society."
Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
"Nietzsche waxes poetic, my favorite of all his other writings."
The Wisdom of Insecurity
The Wisdom of Insecurity
"Priceless wisdom for the age of the anxious, insecure, and even the aimless. If you dig this, be sure to check out something else of watts as well."
2001: a Space Odyssey
2001: a Space Odyssey
Politics of Experience
Politics of Experience
"R.D. Laing is one of the biggest names in the anti-psychiatry movement, and this is one of his staple works. If you like Jung, go for Laing as well."
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
"Ever been frustrated by the many many choices you have while shopping? Ever find yourself at home longing for the thing you didnt buy instead of what you just got? Find out the psychology behind consumerism right here."
Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies
Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies
"This is a really good gradient for getting into the world of conspiracies, censored information, and the rest of that jazz. Its a pretty popular title for a good reason."
Prometheus Rising
Prometheus Rising
"A good book, especially in junction with his other title 'quantum psychology', talks extensively on the who what when where and why's of how primate brains operate, and how program your own brain and be your own person."
Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You and Your World
Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You and Your World
Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
"One of my favorite books on the discourse of religion and spirituality, and for me personally, parallels the work of Jung. Watts, of course, adds his own little curious and intriguing tweak to things."
Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge
Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge
"My favorite book on the philosophy of science, ever. Wrote a review on it, go read it to get my full thoughts on it."
The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan
The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan
"One of my favorite series, very rare gem in the world of fiction. Wrote a review of this book, go check it out to get all my thoughts on it."
The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings (Enriched Classics)
The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings (Enriched Classics)
"Very good work of fiction, and definitely opened up some new doors for me, and contains one of my favorite characters, lord henry."
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics)
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics)
"HP Lovecraft has a strange touch to his writing that has been valuable for the genre of horror. I was never really that enthusiastic for scary stories until i had come across him."
The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher's Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling
The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher's Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling
"I consider this a companion book to Gattos 'Dumbing Us Down', and in several ways it surpasses that more popular work of his. Lord knows what the public education system would look like if people where more versed in Gatto."
Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization
Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization
"Another very important title. The information and perspective Jensen provides is, at the very least, paradigm shifting in its implication. He writes in a way that is extremely grasping. Hard one to put down once its picked up, and even harder to get out of your head."
Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult
Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult
"Extremely interesting introduction and overview of the world of occultism and magick, for the skeptical, beginners, and the experienced."
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story (Deluxe Edition)
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story (Deluxe Edition)
"Very funny and zany book. If your just looking for something of pure satire, get your hands on this."
The Holographic Universe
The Holographic Universe
"This was the one first books I went crazy over, annotated like crazy, and fact checked with an attitude of disbelief and skepticism only to have my disbelief and skepticism one upped. Very satisfying read."
The Alchemist
The Alchemist
"I loved reading this so much it ended up being one of those I bought a copy of and passed around."
The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History
The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History
"very good food for thought, i recommend this even more if you like the holographic universe or the words of robert anton wilson. Every chapter has something different."
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure
Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure
"Of the same vein of Derrick jensen, author of the best selling 'Ishmael'- this book may be more userfriendly for some who havent been introduced to Jensen or Quinn yet."
Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing
Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing
"Unique and distinct poems of love. Rumi is a very rare gem in the world of poetry."
Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude
Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude
"Learn how to get you mind straight and get what you want with Napoleon Hill's steps of success. I've tried these, they work."
The Medium is the Massage
The Medium is the Massage
"Similar to 'said the shotgun to the head' in presentation. The authors prose will having you looking at the world of technology, media and communication in a light you never thought existed."
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
"Ever wondered what its like to know someone whose a fully fledged messiah? Well come and find out."
Life After God
Life After God
Cosmos
Cosmos
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
The Golden Compass / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials)
The Golden Compass / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials)