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    What are some nonfiction books you think everyone should read?

    Anything that you think would improve the individual, or society at large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mxx View Post
    So tempting to post 'The Bible'.
    I'll say it! The Bible.
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    So tempting to post 'The Bible'.

    If I were forced to choose, I'd go with some kind of Buddhist based psychology reference, as the general principals and attitudes that it would encompass would foster reason and ethics, encourage curiosity and open-mindedness, that I believe would ultimately lead the human mind to making discoveries about the individual, society and the universe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mxx View Post
    If I were forced to choose, I'd go with some kind of Buddhist based psychology reference, as the general principals and attitudes that it would encompass would foster reason and ethics, encourage curiosity and open-mindedness, that I believe would ultimately lead the human mind to making discoveries about the individual, society and the universe.
    How much of Buddhism do you take as literally true (as in: extended mind / consciousness, reincarnation and other typical facets of such religions)?

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    The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas

    It's about as dusty as me, but it's an almost poetic perspective on the interconnectedness of living things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pan_Sonic_000 View Post
    How much of Buddhism do you take as literally true (as in: extended mind / consciousness, reincarnation and other typical facets of such religions)?
    Not much, personally - which is why I qualify the material as a psychology reference based on Buddhism - such as the practice of mindfulness that has many scientific studies and research pointing to its effectiveness.

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    Maybe not for the population at large, but Gödel, Escher, Bach had a huge impact on me and I'd recommend it to any fellow INTP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mxx View Post
    Not much, personally - which is why I qualify the material as a psychology reference based on Buddhism - such as the practice of mindfulness that has many scientific studies and research pointing to its effectiveness.
    And you are a practitioner yourself?

    I recently started meditating, but the verdict is still out on whether it will effect me - or how. People have some interesting experiences with it, though (allegedly). I'm highly skeptical when they place it in spiritual framework, but the sheer physical benefits seem undeniable - even to the extent that I've noticed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pan_Sonic_000 View Post
    And you are a practitioner yourself?
    In true INTP fashion, I obsessively read a variety of excerpts I came across by engaging authors, but found the theory a lot more fascinating than the practice itself. That being said, I did manage to absorb certain behaviours and attitudes that I believe are beneficial. Perhaps you'll have a similar take-away.

    I often tell myself that mindfulness is a practice I'll devote my old age to, along with the cultivation of bonsai trees.

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