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When a great thinker despises men, it is their laziness that he despises: for it is on account of this that they have the appearance of factory products and seem indifferent and unworthy of companionship or instruction. The human being who ...more

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Supernova Era by Liu Cixin
Supernova Era
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This is a very imaginative book best approached with no preconceived notions. It certainly isn't as dark as Liu's previous trilogy, nor is it as complex. It is a fascinating look at human nature and the inertia of geopolitics and social organization. ...more
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MAD About the 60's by MAD Magazine
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
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As a computer science major and philosophy minor I found it brilliant. The thing is, I waited so long to read it that many of its profundities sound almost like common sense. So from an older reader's perspective I find it marvelous because it remind ...more
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A very plotty book with some depressing politics that takes Suarez gritty take on corporate power (noticing that a lot now in retrospect) into a near-future realistic realm. It is definitely worth the read for its twists and turns, and it sounds exac ...more
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Delta-V by Daniel Suarez
"Delta-V is a straight-up space story. It takes place in the very near future and follows the first human attempt to mine asteroids.

The plot focuses on a group of people who organize, train, or compete with the mission. Our point of view chara..." Read more of this review »
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“The most important thing in life is to be free to do things. There are only two ways to insure that freedom — you can be rich or you can you reduce your needs to zero.”
John Boyd

John  Adams
“The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”
John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

P.J. O'Rourke
“Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights -- the "right" to education, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery -- hay and a barn for human cattle. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”
P.J. O'Rourke