[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 HappyEartha HappyEartha (@happyeartha) 2 years ago ago

two meditations books:

1. mindfulness in plain English by venerable henepola gunaratana. you can read the entire book online.


2. wildmind by bodhipaksa


one of excellent books about higher consciousness: handbook to higher consciousness by ken keyes. you can download PDF to read it. http://books.google.com/books/about/Handbook_to_higher_consciousness.html?id=7xwtAAAAMAAJ

lastly, you should read two books wrote by joe dispenza…

watch his video to see if you’re interested to read his books. :-)

one of my favorite websites to check it out…good reading & good videos! even you can find some books you want to read for free! over 2,000 PDFs! (library vault)



Profile photo of HappyEartha HappyEartha (@happyeartha) 2 years ago ago

netflix instantly if you have one…

“quantum activist”


oh, one of rare documentary films literally blown my mind away…ayurveda: the art of being

do you need a good laugh? ‘barfi!”


The book DMT: A Spirit Molecule is very mind opening, and is a must read in my book. They also made a documentary under the same name, it on Netflix and YouTube. A book that honestly helped me grow as a person would be The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The book instantly sucked me in, it’s very very entertaining as Malcolm tells bout his youth in Michigan, Boston, and eventually Harlem. The book really makes you think about racism in a whole new perspective, and is full of insight form Malcolm himself.

Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years ago ago
Profile photo of Razique Razique (@razique) 2 years ago ago

@cleversleazoid, definitely !
Waking Life, well, changed mine also.

Profile photo of LittleVoice LittleVoice (@imploding) 2 years ago ago

Into the wild.

Profile photo of Quig Quig (@quig) 2 years ago ago

Damn you people. I hate threads like this because I can’t possibly watch/read all this stuff before I go to bed.

Love it, though.

Profile photo of Bee Bee (@rainclouder) 2 years ago ago

Another Earth is a great movie, but I’m not sure if it would be considered mind expanding. Lookk it up on iMBD or something and decide for yourself. :)

Profile photo of NickStngl NickStngl (@nickstengl) 2 years ago ago

Enter the void !!!! for movies

For books i could go on all day but here are a few
The Stranger by Albert camus
Nausea by Jean Paul Satre
The Recognitions by William Gaddis
Anything by David Foster Wallace
THus Spoke Zarathustra by nietzche
Anything From Herman Hesse

That should keep you busy


Anything written by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, Robert Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance) by Christopher Paolini The The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
Doctor Zhivago
Johnny Got His Gun
And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs
Those should be a good start


Profile photo of Joey Joey (@hallucinate) 2 years ago ago

Surprised to see only one mention of Kurt Vonnegut! I would recommend specifically either The Sirens of Titan or Cat’s Cradle by him, but really anything he writes can open your mind.

As for movies, Shutter Island is a good psychological thriller if you want your mind blown, or if you want something a little less crazy then look for the movie The Chumscrubber, which I think is on par with Donnie Darko in “insanity factor”.


Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years ago ago

Here is an article and a book people may be interested, at least should be. http://truth-out.org/news/item/12417-the-corporatocracy-vs-workplace-democracy http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/06/price-civilization-jeffrey-sachs-review
It is funny how patriotic Americans are, with rights and things like the free-trade market, but to think that there may be a point where the American Dream destroys the American Dream.

Profile photo of Kristen Kristen (@guillotine) 2 years ago ago

i don’t think anybody mentioned it yet, which makes me sad but
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

a book that has changed my life above any other. except maybe Frankenstein. but The Alchemist is not only a beautiful inspiring story (and historically accurate of Arabian culture) but also a guide to overcoming the four fears that stop you from fulfilling your Personal Legend. your destiny. read it!

Profile photo of E.C.F. Doyle E.C.F. Doyle (@chekovchameleon) 2 years ago ago

Steppenwolf-Herman Hesse

Moby Dick-Herman Melville

Despair-Vladimir Nabokov

The Divine Comedy-Dante

The Theban Plays-Sophocles

Death of a Salesman & The Crucible-Arthur Miler

The Outsider-Albert Camus

Huis Clos-Sean Paul Satre

Human, All Too Human-Nietzche

The Communist Manifesto & Das Kapital-Karl Marx

2001: A Space Odyssey-Arthur C Clarke

Dubliners & The Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man-James Joyce

A Clockwork Orange-Anthony Burgess

The Dharma Bums-Jack Kerouac

Holy Mountain/Where The Buffalo Roam/Brazil/Mullholland Drive/Lost Highway/Eraserhead/Inland Empire/2001: A Space Odyssey/A Clockwork Orange/Monty Python The Meaning Of Life/The Royal Tennenbaums/The Life Aquatic/Moonrise Kingdom/The Zeitgeist films/

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years ago ago

(Only a few resources aren’t free.)

Map-territory Relation


“Princeton Companion to Mathematics” – Timothy Gowers & June Barrow-Green & Imre Leader

http://www.amazon.com/Princeton-Companion-Mathematics – Timothy-Gowers/dp/0691118809

“Understand” – Ted Chiang


How to Develop a Mindset for Math


Habits of Mathematical Minds


An Intuitive (and Short) Explanation of Bayes’ Theorem


“Elements” – Euclid


“Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” – Isaac Newton


“Ethics” – Baruch Spinoza


“Flatland” – Edwin Abbott


“On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” – Albert Einstein


“On the Influence of Gravitation on the Propagation of Light” – Albert Einstein


“Principia Mathematica” – Alfred North Whitehead & Bertrand Russell


“Philosophical Investigations” – Ludwig Wittgenstein


Richard Feynman Lectures on Physics


“The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe” – Roger Penrose


Physics FAQ


Evolution: 24 Myths and Misconceptions


“Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid” – Douglas R. Hofstadter


Profile photo of Christopher Christopher (@christopherwnine) 2 years ago ago

I have read a slew of books in my life. The one book that stands out is:

John Steinbeck- East of Eden.

Profile photo of LiveItLoveIt LiveItLoveIt (@liveitloveit) 2 years ago ago


Definitely watch Waking Life. Cannot stress this enough.

Carlos Castenada has a series called The Teachings of Don Juan that is really good.

The Alchemist is another good one, that’s by Paulo Cuelho.

Eckhart Tolle is a great author, though some of his books get very repetitive… the message is definitely there.

Watch some videos of Saul Williams performing live. He is an AMAZING poet. “Said the Shotgun to The Head”, “Penny for A Thought”, “Coded Language” among others.

theres a good random.


this is a great album.

Deltron 3030 is a good album by Del.

I have a book of poetry that’s all about life, society, existentialism, personal responsibility, love, and lack of love… if you would be interested to read it I could send you a digital copy.

There’s a good start.

Profile photo of icymore icymore (@icymore) 2 years ago ago

if you like joe rogan and louis c.k., check out duncan trussell.

Profile photo of pat pat (@epath) 2 years ago ago

Geoff Dwyer’s novel, “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi” is great. Hedonism and transcendence all in one novel.

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years ago ago

TTC – The Inexplicable Universe – Unsolved Mysteries hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson Anyone who is a huge fan of Astronomy and Physics would probably find this extremely interesting.

Profile photo of Rangel Mendez Rangel Mendez (@rangelmen1) 2 years ago ago

A Purpose Drive Life in my opinion no book will ever be compered nor can be so open like that. Even tho the Bible is the ecstasy of knowledge.

Profile photo of Rangel Mendez Rangel Mendez (@rangelmen1) 2 years ago ago


Profile photo of karl karl (@karlhorpestad) 2 years ago ago

Movie: Hugo
Simply an amazing movie, a good reminder of the importance of having a free imagination, for all you out there stuck in a track, take a good look.

For boks, I guess everyone, religious or not should read the Bible.

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