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Favorite philosophers/thinkers?
    #16122121 - 04/22/12 12:01 AM (2 years, 1 day ago)

I've always been really into philosophy and I was wondering if all of you had any book recommendations, or exceptional lectures from great thinkers.

Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks, much love and good vibes.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: DivineIntensity]
    #16123342 - 04/22/12 08:48 AM (2 years, 1 day ago)

watch the lecture i posted in this thread: http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/16118370/fpart/1 it's a lecture on the life and work of ernest becker. also check out the work of slavoj zizek. both of these thinkers books are excellent. zizeks are hard reading but well worth it. this is one of his most popular youtube videos:



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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: blingbling]
    #16123576 - 04/22/12 10:50 AM (2 years, 1 day ago)

this is my favorite zizek youtube clip:



here's a great explanatory video on lacan:



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Kupo said:
let's fuel the robots with psilocybin.

cez said:
everyone should smoke dmt for religion.

dustinthewind13 said:
euthanasia and prostitution should be legal and located in the same building.

White Beard said:
if you see the buddha on the road, rape him, then kill him. then rape him again.


Edited by blingbling (04/22/12 10:56 AM)


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: blingbling]
    #16123648 - 04/22/12 11:21 AM (2 years, 1 day ago)

That Zizek clip was awesome. :thumbup:

I totally get why you guys like him now, as that is some of the best stuff I've heard.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: 4896744]
    #16125908 - 04/22/12 10:08 PM (2 years, 17 hours ago)

zizek is a fucking power house of ideas. i love watching his lectures. he rants like a fucking lunatic. check this out. it's a documentary made about his life and work.



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let's fuel the robots with psilocybin.

cez said:
everyone should smoke dmt for religion.

dustinthewind13 said:
euthanasia and prostitution should be legal and located in the same building.

White Beard said:
if you see the buddha on the road, rape him, then kill him. then rape him again.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: blingbling]
    #16131446 - 04/24/12 02:25 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

Jason Silva

Carl Sagan

Einstein

Socrates

Lao Tzu


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: Nexion]
    #16131635 - 04/24/12 03:31 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

I actually saw Zizek speak in person over at UCI. He's hilarious and witty and dark and awesome.

My favorite is Karl Marx though. But Zizek consider himself a post-Marxist.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: Nexion]
    #16131650 - 04/24/12 03:35 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

anyone who takes marx seriously should be post-marxian :lol:

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Jason Silva






this guy is very interesting.


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let's fuel the robots with psilocybin.

cez said:
everyone should smoke dmt for religion.

dustinthewind13 said:
euthanasia and prostitution should be legal and located in the same building.

White Beard said:
if you see the buddha on the road, rape him, then kill him. then rape him again.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: blingbling]
    #16131706 - 04/24/12 03:57 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

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anyone who takes marx seriously should be post-marxian :lol:




That's technically true, but post-Marxists tend to focus on different aspects of capitalism than Marxists.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: Crystal G]
    #16131720 - 04/24/12 04:03 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

Really silva with the greats?


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: Tranzfixed]
    #16131807 - 04/24/12 04:35 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

I love what I've read of Nietzsche, which isn't as much as it should be but hey, there he is in my sig.

Immanuel Kant - is the man. I didn't realize until I read about his work in an Ethics class recently that I'm a shameless Kantian. The categorical imperative is my guide, and I believe it has supernatural relevance.

Christopher Hitchens (RIP) - another The Man. I'm not sure if he was a philosopher or "thinker" so much as he was a polemicist and orator, but he was an amazing one. I like him much better than the other anti-theists.

That's all I can think of now, might come up with more later... for now I gotta snooze. :yawn:


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: blingbling]
    #16132059 - 04/24/12 07:59 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

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zizek is a fucking power house of ideas. i love watching his lectures. he rants like a fucking lunatic. check this out. it's a documentary made about his life and work.







I'm going to find time to watch more of this because he hooked me when he said that he didn't love the world/nature and didn't think it was good. He either felt hate or indifference.  Overall this is my take on life.  Not to say I don't enjoy moments and aspects but I see life overall as a monstrous thing.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: Icelander]
    #16132075 - 04/24/12 08:07 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

also check out the perverts guide to cinema. you can find it on youtube. it's basically a lacanian psychoanalytic analysis of hollywood. it's definitely some of zizek's best work.


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let's fuel the robots with psilocybin.

cez said:
everyone should smoke dmt for religion.

dustinthewind13 said:
euthanasia and prostitution should be legal and located in the same building.

White Beard said:
if you see the buddha on the road, rape him, then kill him. then rape him again.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: blingbling]
    #16132080 - 04/24/12 08:11 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

:thumbup:


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: Icelander]
    #16132349 - 04/24/12 10:47 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

Would you consider the word "growth"?..For "monstrous thing"? Just want to know if you and I have a similar thought concerning this...


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: Breadnbutterfly86]
    #16132379 - 04/24/12 10:59 AM (1 year, 11 months ago)

more detail on what you mean by growth.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: blingbling]
    #16132803 - 04/24/12 01:01 PM (1 year, 11 months ago)

Quote:

blingbling said:
also check out the perverts guide to cinema. you can find it on youtube. it's basically a lacanian psychoanalytic analysis of hollywood. it's definitely some of zizek's best work.




:billymaythumbup:


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: BlindSophist]
    #16135285 - 04/24/12 10:49 PM (1 year, 11 months ago)

overpopulation for most species'... or extiction. eh, not so much, but like mold. just constantly growing. FOR something, but TO nothing...


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: blingbling] * 1
    #16137519 - 04/25/12 12:37 PM (1 year, 11 months ago)

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zizek is a fucking power house of ideas. i love watching his lectures. he rants like a fucking lunatic. check this out. it's a documentary made about his life and work.


It's Zizek's ability to candidly convey a good part of his network of mental reactions to concepts and events that makes him such a treasure.  He is never able to corral his ideas into easily digestible propositions, but that is not what we need in a twenty-first century philosopher.  In an age where the accumulation of information is a popular pursuit, his adroit, unapologetically chaotic synthesis of current events, popular culture, history, ontology, and epistemology, is a welcome counterbalance to the prescriptive philosophers, the philosopher-bureaucrats, who decide what is within the range of suitability for public discussion.  Even though he may sometimes paint with too broad a stroke and leap too quickly between subjects, his work, as a reflection of his own mental landscape and his eagerness for knowledge, is fascinating and inspirational.


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Re: Favorite philosophers/thinkers? [Re: Karibdis]
    #16137723 - 04/25/12 02:02 PM (1 year, 11 months ago)

Plotinus (3rd cen. BCE)

Leading influence over Neo-platonism. A mixture of my two favorite things; Platonism and Oriental Mysticism. 

:thumbup:


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