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Default 08-01-2021, 02:18 PM

Nietzsche had some groundbreaking ideas but it is notoriously hard reading.

To dismiss him offhand one would say that he believed that some special beings would emerge to rule over us who he called the ubermensch (almost definitely not spelled like that) who would mistreat us for their own benefits, that it is inevitable and will be the best thing ever. So the Nazis took his ideas and maybe misinterpreted them. And he definitely influenced that nutter Ayn Rand. Probably AI will turn out to be the ubermensch that he didn’t realise he was talking of. The end.

Which is mostly bullshit... but also a good debater could argue that this interpretation is accurate, plus it makes for a better movie plot or genocidal motivation than what he really said.


Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel is quite a fun read. His most well known paper is in there “What is it like to be a bat?” which is great. His short book / long paper “The view from nowhere” is also interesting and quite readable if you enjoy his style.

Philosophy of mind: a guide and anthology by John Heil is a great collection of essays.
Philosophy of language by A P Martinich contains a lot of the stuff that influenced my own writings.

I can offer more suggestions in normative ethics or classical philosophy but I’m a philosopher of mind and language primarily and haven’t studied too deeply into other areas.


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Default 30-03-2021, 07:33 AM

Last night I was lay on bed reading, and thinking about how to make my reading more efficient, and imagined how awesome it would be if the screen on my phone automatically scrolled.

Obviously, I then figured I'd see if this was a possibility and surprise surprise, apps exist that do just that.

The app I got is called "Easy Scroll", and combined with the app I use for reading called "Readera" - in which you can choose to read your books on a continuous downward scroll from beginning to end - this is an exceptional find.

Just a few minutes figuring out the buttons and pretty soon you're holding your phone without needing to do anything else other than read, whilst your screen automatically moves up for you. You can adjust the speed of the scrolling faster or slower with one tap of a button on a little side bar, which you can hide.

I'm really excited about this, it's an absolute game changer.

Today is a good day.


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Default 27-04-2021, 10:42 PM

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life

I've almost finished listening to Jordan Peterson's new book. My first thoughts are that, because I've listened to so much of his published work, to some extent it just feels a bit like, well, more of the same. I'm not sure if I'm feeling anything "new".

Being about 9 hours in, it feels like a lot of the content has been bulked out with lengthy stories about clients from his clinical practice. I mentally noted at least a few of these stories as ones I'd heard before in his lectures. The thing about that is, the majority of people reading or listening to his book are going to be fans who have, like me, also heard these stories before.

It's not bad, but I'm just undecided whether it's better than anything we've already had. I think there's a lot of religious references in it too, which, if I was reading or listening to just about anyone else, I'd close the fucking book.

Although I have to say, one of the new rules has struck a chord with me and has influenced me just yesterday to make a decision, and that was the rule:

'Work as hard as you possibly can on one thing and see what happens'

I have actually been spreading myself too thinly lately (although that's been a position I've frequently found myself in throughout the years) and now I'm going to put the majority of my spare time into a new business project. Yes, I know I've been yapping about this a long time and I have two failed attempts behind me, but here we go with phase three.

I even started studying a relevant course on Content Strategy last night as soon as I'd made that decision. It's not the only course I've done lately (I've got the study bug again) but whilst I enjoy studying for fun I'm currently doing so with purpose.


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Default 19-06-2021, 10:50 PM

I haven't managed to read half as many books so far this year as I had planned to. The best of which was The Art of Seduction.

At this point, I've decided I'm going to get stuck into The Memoirs of Casanova.

I started it nearly a year ago and after about 300 pages I lost track due to having multiple other books open. It's a bad habit I've often had, although I've managed to stick to one book at a time this year.

So this is the only story I'll be reading for the next while. It's obviously quite epic, so it'll be interesting to see how long it takes me to get through. Currently 63 pages in, of 3208. Which is probably around 3000 pages of actual content when you take out title pages and shit.

Really looking forward to it, actually. It reads like great literature, only it's probably better since these are true words from a seducer and adventurer who lived three centuries ago, before there was even electricity, never mind cars. It feels like a privilege to read this work.


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Default 24-08-2021, 12:23 AM

Whilst I'm nowhere near finished with the Casanova epic yet, and won't be for quite a while, I've decided to take another shot at audiobooks. Exclusively for listening to classic literature. I found this awesome app on the google play store you can download them for free.

I started listening to Persuasion by Jane Austen last night. It wasn't long before I realized it was going to be some sort of romance story. My date this evening confirmed that Jane Austen did indeed write mostly romance stuff. Sorry, Jane, we're breaking up. It's not you, it's me.

So now I've downloaded Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

There are just so many works of great literature on my reading list that I'll simply never get through them all by reading alone. I think a lot of these classics are probably best listened to anyway since they're so long and complex.

It was just the difficulty in concentrating that made me fail at audiobooks before, but I had some practice with 5 chapters of Persuasion and it's not so bad after all. A good narrator and sound are also very important.

Here's to enjoying all the great fictions.


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Default 08-09-2021, 09:48 PM

Haven't done a book review in quite a while, but this one is thought-provoking because it brought things to my attention that I wasn't aware of...

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War ll

Absolutely crazy story of the barbaric butchery and relentless rape of the entire Chinese city of Nanking by the Japanese Imperial Soldiers back in 1937/38.

They just went around slaughtering residents of the city for no reason at all, and in the most brutal ways. They used them as bayonet practice. They played a game to see who could be the first to kill 100 people. They beheaded them with their swords in one swipe. They cut pregnant women's bellies open and pulled out the squirming baby. These cunts literally gang-raped 10-year-old girls in the street in broad daylight. They made fathers rape their daughters. Sons rape their mothers. They raped children to death.

I could go on, but I won't.

Shocking stuff. Their actions during this event have even been considered worse than some of the atrocities and acts that the Nazis were responsible for. And I have to say, some of the actions I read about in this book, particularly the singular acts (of which there are many) could go up against singular acts committed by the Nazis as worse.

Speaking of Nazis, there was this one Nazi guy living in Nanking at the time, and he was actually a good Nazi (never thought I'd hear myself say that). He was feared by the Japs and if he encountered rape he would chase the soldiers away. They saw his swastica and shit themselves. This sounded nuts to me. Here we have a bunch of savages behaving inhumanely and all it takes is this guy's presence, John Rabe, to make them run.

Of course, he became an idolized hero figure and soon every woman in the city would throw themselves at his feet begging him to protect them. He did what he could, and helped to formulate the city "safe zone" with other Nazi party members and others.

This horrifying event went on for around three months, but the bulk of the horrific acts occurred in the first six weeks. During which, estimates as high as 300,000 residents of the city were massacred, and they say up to 80,000 women and children were raped.

I've often felt sad for the Japanese in that they got nuked in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and that really was sad for all the innocents. However, it turns out the Japs were far from angels and brought it on themselves.

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Default - - 27-09-2021, 01:03 AM

would you even care if this was a janes addiction site vs just a board that talks about whatever? janes included

curious...i dont have anything to do with the board but i would imagine they are trying to carry the torch so to speak may be wrong
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Default 20-11-2021, 06:46 PM

In Northern Ireland, everyone over 18 was given a pre-paid card with £100 on it. The aim is to pump some life back into the local economy in the aftermath of the Covaids plague.

Anyway, I decided to try and use most of my 100 quid replacing some of my bookshelves with classics from charity shops. So far this week I've picked up...

War and Peace - Tolstoy
The Idiot - Dostoevsky
Little Dorrit - Dickens
Hard Times - Dickens
Robinson Crusoe - Defoe
The Woman in White - Collins
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge - Hardy
Far from the Maddening Crowd - Hardy
Pride and Prejudice - Austen
Emma - Austen

There were plenty more I could have got, but I'm being very selective. I've actually attempted a few of the above through audiobooks and Ebook, it just hasn't been successful and I've given up. So, I've come to realize that the only way to read the greats is in physical form. Plus, I get to have a sexier home library with which to impress my future sexy literature-loving author wife.

I also picked up a few non-classics but still of great interest to me...

Hitler: A Study in Tyranny
Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Story
The Most Evil Dictators in History


Looking at my home library, it's time for a clearout, just like my digital clearout last year. There are books that I will just never read because I no longer have any interest in, and would 100% feel like I'm wasting my time. Things like tHe PoWeR oF pOsItIvE tHiNkInG and a bunch of business autobiographies and shit like that.

All of those 6 to 8-hour reads are wasted portions of my life that could be spent reading War and Peace.


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Default 20-11-2021, 11:35 PM

Dan is Free Guy.


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Default 24-11-2021, 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by kowalski View Post
Dan is Free Guy.
Free AF

Ditched a bunch of stuff to a charity shop yesterday.

What you see is what you get - Alan Sugar
The way I see it - Alan Sugar

Wake up and change your life - Duncan Bannatyne
Anyone can do it - Duncan Bannatyne

Behind the mask - Richard Branson
The virgin way - Richard Branson

Enter the dragon - Theo Pahitis

The real Deal - James Caan


Whilst I love The Apprentice and Dragons Den, ain't nobody got time to read your books bro.

Although I decided against throwing out Peter Jones' book just yet.

He's always been my favorite dragon. So, I might read his.


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