Best nonfiction books for general knowledge

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  1. 8Ball2/JanG5 Registered

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    I've gotten more into reading lately, but I haven't done any extensive nonfiction reading. What nonfiction books have you read in your lifes that have given you more insight than others? I really don't have much of a knowledge of nonfiction literature. I'm talking along the lines of Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, Friedrich Nietzche, philosophers, poets, etc.

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. ampersand Registered

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    Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl was really good.
     
  3. War Lord Registered

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    The Bible.
     
  4. 8Ball2/JanG5 Registered

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    no

    I read part of genises and then just stopped about 25 pages in. Those works have detailed lessons to teach that I have heard summarized, but overall the whole thing just doesn't appeal to me. I want something more modern. Like, anything written after 1600 or so.
     
  5. War Lord Registered

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    Pages?

    The Bible has a lot of pages.
     
  6. 8Ball2/JanG5 Registered

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    over 1600... ugh :closes eyes: a.d.

    Doesn't a.d. have a new name now that makes it less religious?
     
  7. War Lord Registered

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    CE - Common Era.
     
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    Collapse. About how societies have failed.
    Dreams From My Father. Barack Obama's book.
    Assata. Assata Shakur's book.
     
  9. Abaddon Watching

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    The Bible is not nonfiction.
     
  10. War Lord Registered

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    It doesn't sit in the non-fiction section of the library without reason.
     
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    what about A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, hes the guy thats in the wheelchair and talks with that key pad thing.
     
  12. Abaddon Watching

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    Isn't it found in the Religion and Philosophy section?:o
     
  13. 8Ball2/JanG5 Registered

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    War Lord, a lot of the stories in there are completely debatable, but DON'T start a bible debate in this thread. Make your own thread for that, if you have no other books to add than "the bible," then kindly **** off.
     
  14. War Lord Registered

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    Which makes it non-fiction.
     
  15. War Lord Registered

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    I'm not the one who started the debate. Abbadon did.
     
  16. 8Ball2/JanG5 Registered

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    Enough, don't idle on the bible. It's too well known, I want to hear about things I may not know about.
     
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    wow................ i thought you were a radical atheist, jonty? :confused:
     
  18. Abaddon Watching

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    The Power of Myth
    The Inner Reaches of Outer Space
    Thou Art That
     
  19. Honey Vibe Pardon, Mr. Hyde?

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    Definitely read:

    People Patterns - Stephen Montgomery
    Steps to an Ecology of Mind - Gregory Bateson
    An Experiment with Time - J.W. Dunne
    The Wilderness of Dreams - Kelly Bulkeley
    Psychological Types - Carl Jung
    The Origin of Illness - Norberto Keppe
    Soul, Psyche, Brain - Kelly Bulkeley (editor)


    But it is more important that you understand persons with psychologies different from your own. As you read these choice works, you should also read the Bible as War Lord suggested, to gain understanding of completely different worldviews.
     
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    The Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
    The Consolation of Philosophy - Boethius
    The Histories - Herodotus
    The Art of War - Sun-Tzu
    The Book of Five Rings - Miyamoto Musashi
    Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body
     
  21. Jonathan Archer Captain

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    Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert T. Kiyosaki.

    Excellent book.
     
  22. redmarvel Red, White and Buxom

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    Last Chance to See - Douglas Adams
     
  23. Odin's Lapdog Registered

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    general knowledge? guiness book of records.

    later editions are probably best.


    :o
     
  24. ampersand Registered

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    Wouldn't an encycopedia be better than that?
     
  25. Jonathan Archer Captain

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    Bah. I'd pick up a dictionary.
     

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