YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ
I got memed by SH at My Free Thoughts
and I am willing to be her Huckleberry but I also enjoy killing memes and it ends here...
unless you want to list some of your favorites in the comments.
#1 The Book that changed your life
THE CULTURE OF NARCISSISM
by Christopher Lasch
American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations
this 70s phenom forced me to look at WHY people are so cynical and filled with self doubt.
Lasch explains the Culture of Consumption and why we passively rely on so-called experts (consultants) and question our own skills.
As a Historian and a social critic, Lasch exposes the roots of our Meritocracy and why 'selective elevation into the elite' replaced competence and respect.
This book is my rosetta stone and my inspiration for reclassifying modern man as HOMO ESCAPEONS.
#2 The Book(s) that you have read more than once
LIFE ON EARTH
by David Attenborough
THE NAKED APE
by Desmond Morris
The Story of Origins of Mankind, Life, the Earth, the Universe
by Isaac Asimov
This triumverate forms the core of my intellectual existence. My entire cosmological persona was reformed on the information gleaned from these marvelous books. It is why I am completely satisfied that we humans know
WHAT we are
WHO we are,
HOW we got here,
WHERE we came from,
WHEN we started and
WHY we act the way we do.
I am (finally) content with the realisation that we may never know anything past the BIG BANG and my personal conclusion is that perpetuating religious inventions, instead of exploring with science, will be a death sentence for our species.
My resolute determination to expose, extinguish and jettison the false hope and promise of Religion in my personal life was formed within these pages and I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin. Who knew?
... that you would want on a desert Island;
NERD ALERT! The Penquin ATLAS OF WORLD HISTORY
Bite size snippets of history with colourful maps and graphs...perfect!
ON THE HUMAN BODY AND THE HUMAN BRAIN
by Isaac Asimov
Comprehensive explanation of our miraculous physical structure!
THE STORY OF ENGLISH
by Robert MCrum, William Cran & Rober MacNeil
Fascinating account of why and how English became the dominant language!
....made you excited;
THE DAY THE UNIVERSE CHANGED
by James Burke
Wonderful examination of historical incidents and inventions that elevated our species from the chains of unquestioned submission to authority. Brilliant.
THE BOOMER BIBLE
80s Punk writing!? You have to read it to believe it..Wikipedia has a blurb..more fun for believers, non-believers & ex-believers than a barrel full of evolutionary monkeys!
..made you sob;
THE DAVINCI CODE
by Dan Brown
Why, because I had not read a novel since Jaws or Cain and Abel and I was so happy that I could read something just for fun. It was filled with enough half baked historical notions to make it interesting and such bite sized chapters that I could whip through it.
...that you wish had never been written;
Hmmm..I do not adhere to censorship because that slippery slope turns into an avalanche..
THE SELFISH GENE
by Richard Dawkins
..meaning to read..
A HISTORY OF GOD
by Karen Armstrong
WHY DARWIN MATTERS
by Michael Shermer
and about 100 others.....but who has time to read when you BLOG?