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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."