[Official] Books and Movies to expand your mind and help you grow as a person.

2 years, 4 months ago

I’m sure this has been covered somewhere on this site. But I’m really interested in reading and watching movies (or YouTube videos) that will challenge me intellectually and just overall expand my mind and creativity. I’d appreciate any suggestions.

September 19, 2012 at 3:58 am

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Profile photo of whales whales (@pwhalen) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@kile, Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos”. Expect your mind and understanding of “what is” to expand infinitely. I found AMC’s “Breaking Bad” to be exceptionally inspiring, crude but inspiring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geological_history_of_Earth and if you can wrap your mind around this stuff you will be more knowledgeable than 99.9% of the people that live on the blue planet. And these are just a few, the best resource for knowledge though is still a good book!

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Profile photo of carson carson (@jamescarson) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXvhD927h9U – interesting video about science & god

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Profile photo of Ben Ben (@cognizantelephant) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

The Cable Guy really exhibited the effects and happenings of a dark personality A good movie to me shows real people being in real situations, and there are many many outlets of that behavior in nearly all facets. Beautiful things imo

Also eckhart tolle is an great guy, and TED talks are pretty cool

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Profile photo of Living Stone Living Stone (@cloudstuck) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Things that have changed my life was reading Eckart Tolle’s ‘A New Earth’, and just recently watching the movie ‘Waking Life’. That was an incredible movie.

Peace brother.

Also, what have you found so far in your life that has expanded your mind? Just to give us an idea of what you’ve absorbed so far..

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Profile photo of theamazingball theamazingball (@theamazingball) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

hmm. i know these aren’t books/movies per se but they are interesting things to read up on, PM me for reading materials (i will do my best to source them out for you!)

astral projection
meditation (you don’t need to know how to, even just sitting for 1/2 an hour a day with the WILL and INTENT focused towards meditation will work :) )
quantum theory
active practice of love/gratitude/empathy
breathing meditation
adopting a mindset that you are a spiritual being with a physical body, not the other way around

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Profile photo of JayBird JayBird (@jasonrodz) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Look at Revolver, it’s about the ego, something everyone NEEDS to know about.
and you can check out Donnie Darko too, it’s a really trippy movie that you really need to pay attention to.

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Profile photo of SmokeUP1 SmokeUP1 (@smokeup1) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@kile, Go to youtube and type in joe rogan – find yourself. Go through a bunch of videos from him, got me started on changing my perspective.

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Profile photo of Obviously, you're not a golfer Obviously, you’re not a golfer (@donjaime23) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@kile, My favorite food & nutrition documentary:

1. Set aside 2 hours
2. Hulu.com
3. Search “Fathead”
4. See how the government has been feeding us fat lies for decades.

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Profile photo of Starry Eyed BLiND. Starry Eyed BLiND. (@cristinelizabeth) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@kile, The Butterfly Effect

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Profile photo of kile moore kile moore (@kile) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Thanks everyone. I have a lot to keep me busy now. I’ve spent my time watching a lot of HBO series lately. Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, etc..
And from a film lover and actors point of view these shows have really inspired me creatively.
A few comedians I really like are Loius C.K. (Much in the same vane of Joe Rogan) And T.J. Miller. Both really funny and real guys.
feel free to come back and leave more suggestions if you find something you think people really need to see.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

“Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century” (try getting it in paperback).

http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Applied-Modern-Life-Adjustment/dp/1111186634/?tag=vglnk-c319-20

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Profile photo of Kira Kira (@cleversleazoid) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@kile,

You must see The Fountain if you have yet to do so!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/

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Profile photo of Matt Matt (@smoothamericano) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@smokeup1, Joe Rogan is an idiot.

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Profile photo of blake blake (@onewithyomoma) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

try reading anything by Kurt Vonnegut or William Seward Burroughs

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Profile photo of MarkII MarkII (@mwinship13) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

The Fountain
SLC Punk
Fight Club
Crash
Dorian Grey
Donnie Darko
V for Vendetta
Those are all movies (and possibly books). My favorite book of all time is Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis.

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Profile photo of Kayla Kayla (@kayla147258) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

The book Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku is really good.

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Profile photo of Megan Megan (@fearlessldr) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

In one week I am moving to Colombia for a year! As books in English can be hard to come by, I’m hoping to bring a good supply with me, and appreciate any suggestions :D

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@danfontaine) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

How about some biographies of great people you’ve always admired?
Otherwise Power of Now is a great book to keep around you, to remind you that your ego sucks so much more than who you really are.
Sex at Dawn, The Tell-Tale Brain and Reality is Broken are 3 scientific reads I have really enjoyed lately.

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Profile photo of Oscar Oscar (@oaoaow) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

the Foundation series by Asimov
clockwork orange by A. Burgess
1984, Animal Farm by G. Orwell
Farenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

those are all very well known I know.. but they’re my favourite so be sure to read them if you haven’t

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Profile photo of JFort JFort (@jfortbro) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

http://www.truthcontest.com E-book titled ‘The Present’ can be downloaded onto your comp or read online if you have an internet connection.
Highly recommended if you’re interested in science/spirituality/ nature of the universe, most life changing thing I’ve ever read :) enjoy!

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Profile photo of CosmicLemonade CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

The Untethered Soul byMichael Singer

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

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Profile photo of Alycia Alycia (@alyciagibson) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

“Remember Me” by Christopher Pike.

This book seriously changed my perspective on the spiritual level and the author said he felt a tap on his shoulder and a whisper in his ear saying “thank you” when he was done.

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Profile photo of Alycia Alycia (@alyciagibson) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

oooh, and the Thirst Series by Christopher Pike is good too. 4 books with the 5th one coming out in this upcoming year.

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Profile photo of HiiiPower HiiiPower (@hiiipower) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

siddhartha by hermann hesse, i actually read it for school and it was pretty deep :p

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Profile photo of Julia Julia (@collinsj2009) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Where in Colombia will you be traveling? And two books that I absolutely love are “Eastern Body, Western Mind” and “Prometheus Rising” (both nonfiction).

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