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.
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)
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.
Off the Map
Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond
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
Johnny Got His Gun
And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs
Those should be a good start
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”.
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.
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!
Moby Dick-Herman Melville
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/
(Only a few resources aren’t free.)
“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
Evolution: 24 Myths and Misconceptions
“Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid” – Douglas R. Hofstadter
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.
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.