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What To Read

I'm trying to decide what to read.

open to a wide variety.

i just read a book about a navy seal who went on the kill bin laden mission.

i read all The Expanse books (sci fi) recently and before that i read some fantasy. i'm getting pickier about fantasy.

i generally dislike books about "regular people", especially living today or in the somewhat recent past. especially if they are losers or don't do much. i don't like unhappy people.

i prefer books where people do big or notable things (even if the character is e.g. a thief).

i like reading about the important parts of history.

science stuff is good if the book is actually good. but i find it usually has some really bad arguments or explanations. so either i think it's wrong or i don't find it very helpful for learning anything.

philosophy is good if there is a purpose to reading it. i don't like reading bad thinkers for no particular reason just because they are famous (e.g. locke, hume, kant, plato, artistotle, mill, marx, hegel).

i like spies and military stuff but don't know which books are good. might try more kinda randomly.

i read modern politics books but i generally don't like it when the ideas are bad. i read Flynn's book (The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies) the other day. it was ok. not that great. he did a pretty good job of being right (by saying stuff he knows and not overreaching). but it was a bit superficial and short, i felt i didn't learn that much due to the lack of detail arguments.

i could read more economics stuff (like ricardo, menger, adam smith, or some of the new austrians alive today) but i don't have in mind a clear purpose of what to do with the info and i don't really expect to learn many good ideas/args i don't already know.

i can read bad thinkers and write criticism but what for? no one's listening. i don't learn a lot from it. sometimes i get interested in some instance e.g. when it comes up in a discussion.

one purpose to reading bad thinkers is to try to understand people's confusions. except who actually read locke or kant or plato or whatever? and even if they did, is that REALLY where they are getting their ideas? nah, at least not directly. even if someone basically believes stuff Plato advocated, and read some Plato, they usually will be totally lost if you criticize Plato. even fans of Plato mostly don't know enough about his writing to follow criticism of it, let alone learn something important and change their minds.

i liked reading some stuff about the people who built the railroads and oil companies and the "robber barrons". and some stuff about steve jobs. maybe there's more good stuff like that. i don't know what to search for though. i have low opinions of a lot of the modern famous/rich businessmen. i'm not gonna read a book about Gates or Musk. fuck them.

i liked reading some books about the history of dungeons and dragons, war games, etc. there's a really long detailed one full of scholarship. i think i got the idea though.

i generally don't like reading about psychology, persuasion, rhetoric, etc, b/c it's confused crap. same with parenting or relationships. it's hard to find worthwhile books on a lot of the topics i write about.

sometimes i read anthology or collection type books. like you get fiction books with a different authory for each short story. or non-fiction with a different author for each chapter. it's good for sampling a variety and then you can try more stuff by authors you like. i've found some fiction i liked that way. for the non-fiction i often find it all sucks.

taking suggestions.

Elliot Temple on October 12, 2016

Comments (25)

what about "The Technopriests"

beautiful art
some ideas seem similar to your own
for instance:
https://i.warosu.org/data/vr/img/0019/25/1410248010407.jpg

overall not your philosophy

i don't know of any fiction that is based on your values but the one you already read.

maybe you should write a book?

Anonymous at 3:07 AM on October 13, 2016 | #6801
You can read the books Donald Trump has written.

He has written many books.

You said to have read some of them. You can finish the remaining.

or read and crit self-help motivational authors. ( most people go to them instead of you. You can get some good quality people mislead by self-help)

Trump likes Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad). You can crit him.

or read & Crit remaining Ann Coulter books.

or read & crit D'souza book (Hillary's America)

Or read Benjamin Franklin incomplete Biography.

ff at 3:50 AM on October 14, 2016 | #6802
or you could read Rami's books. He has written two.

FF at 4:09 AM on October 14, 2016 | #6803
I've already replied to Rami on FI list where he refused to discuss.

BTW he may actually be plagiarizing me, I'm not sure. I don't think he knows how to tell if he is or isn't.

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self-help books sound unpleasant and like i won't learn anything.

curi at 10:37 AM on October 14, 2016 | #6804
> BTW he may actually be plagiarizing me, I'm not sure. I don't think he knows how to tell if he is or isn't..

In his Anger Management book he has mentioned fallible ideas many times. He might add more acknowledgements if you ask him.

He has mentioned fallible ideas many times in his " How to get more right answers" book.

Many students who have bought his book might get interested in your philosophy.

FF at 8:02 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6805
Correction: In his Anger Management book he has added you as one of the authors.

Anger: And how to change
By
Rami Rustom
Elliot Temple

FF at 8:04 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6806
source on attributing Elliot as an author?

Anonymous at 8:14 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6807
> source on attributing Elliot as an author?

What kind of source do you want?

I have both his books. But I am not allowed to share them.

FF at 8:16 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6808
where did you get the book which says Elliot is an author?

Anonymous at 8:17 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6809
> where did you get the book which says Elliot is an author?

Rami gave me the pdfs

FF at 8:17 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6810
Rami didn't ask me first. Naming me as an author without asking is **fraud** and a **gross violation of my rights**.

Elliot Temple at 8:18 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6811
> Rami didn't ask me first. Naming me as an author without asking is **fraud** and a **gross violation of my rights**.

It was written long back. Maybe you forgot.

I had sent you a thank you card on
21/07/15 at 11:12 PM by mistake

You should have known that you were an author of that book.

FF at 8:24 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6812
I didn't forget. I didn't coauthor it. Rami committed fraud.

I see your email in which Rami says that I'm a coauthor and also says that he hasn't told me yet. That's **fraud**.

Elliot Temple at 8:28 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6813
> I didn't forget. I didn't coauthor it. Rami committed fraud.

First you said he was plagiarizing by not giving you credits. I quoted the title to solve that problem.

Now you are saying he committed a fraud. But you didn't get a copyright over the essays right? He can copy stuff if he gives you credits right?

Maybe he wanted to give you a surprise.


> I see your email in which Rami says that I'm a coauthor and also says > that he hasn't told me yet. That's **fraud**.

I thought adding you as an author was a good thing. That meant he wasn't plagiarizing your content as his.

Link for Rami's books -
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Rami+Rustom&search-alias=books&field-author=Rami+Rustom&sort=relevancerank

FF at 8:39 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6814
I'm not a co-author. So saying I'm a co-author is fraud.

I do have copyright over all of my essays. Copyright is basically automatic.

Surprise fraud is fraud.

You can't solve plagiarism problems by adding fraud on top of them.

When dealing with copyrighted works, you have to get *permissions* or do what's called *fair use*. Otherwise copying stuff is copyright infringement.

Fair use limits what you can use, in what ways, for what purposes, and also requires giving appropriate credit. In my understanding, Rami has not done this correctly and is both a plagiarist (taking credit for other people's ideas) and a copyright infringer (violating the law).

Elliot Temple at 8:48 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6815
> I'm not a co-author. So saying I'm a co-author is fraud.

You can buy his 3rd book to see if it has your content.

$14.99

You and Rami and follow the permission process well this time. It will release on May 1, 2017. It is available for preorder.

FF at 9:12 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6816
Correction

And follow = can follow

FF at 9:13 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6817
rami should not release it, he has no idea what he's doing and hasn't spoken to me about it to check anything. he will probably violate my rights again.

Elliot Temple at 9:15 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6818
secondarily, Rami's ideas suck and he should learn good ideas before making books.

Anonymous at 9:16 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6819
> secondarily, Rami's ideas suck and he should learn good ideas before making books.

The urge to share ideas might be too much.

I get overexcited and give sermon to family and people who listen for 4-5 hours eventhough I haven't learned many FI ideas.

FF at 9:21 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6820
then write a blog, not a book?

Anonymous at 9:25 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6821
> then write a blog, not a book?

Rami has a blog. His domains expires often though.

FF at 9:26 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6822

history books

Some books I thought were interesting:

"Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History" by john david lewis

"The Pursuit Of The Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages" by Norman Cohn.

"No More Wacos: What's Wrong With Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It" by David B. Kopel

oh my god it's turpentine at 4:08 PM on November 1, 2016 | #7312
I like Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson

Has some interesting ideas about memes. There are a few holes in them, but I can work out viable explanations that fill them.

Main characters are skill-orientated, take their work seriously, try to be great.

Anonymous at 4:31 PM on November 21, 2016 | #7697
I like the Ghost in the Shell manga.

There are some notable flaws. I think it has some mixed up ideas between altruism and individualism. It doesn't wholesale advocate altruism, is very often individualistic, but has some moments where it values sacrifice.

I'm not sure if it's just using the language of altruism (eg someone giving their life because they don't want a world where the consequences of not doing it are worse, then calling it "sacrifice") or if it actually endorses altruism.

Also semi-mystical in attitude to the "ghost". But I think mystical attitude of we have these things called ghosts that set us apart from robots is much better than attitude of humans are just sophisticated automata that seems to come way too much in sci-fi. It's not a good explanation of consciousness, but it doesn't deny consciousness either.

Main characters are skill-orientated, take their work seriously, live very focused purposeful lives.

Lots of fun and imaginative tech too. I look forward to when technology means I can just remove faulty parts and replace them when they wear out. Death sucks.

Anonymous at 3:02 PM on November 27, 2016 | #7734

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