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Books that changed our minds.

By AnsuGisalas ·
We talked about geek lit, it made me think of some books that have kicked the lid off my brainbox, and changed the way I think, feel or perceive. Share your own.
On me, the biggest impact has been done by Stephen C. Levinson's "Space in Language and Cognition", which while being a linguistic/anthropological study, is designed to be for cross-field professionals and ends up being, I think, reasonably readable for just about anyone. It blew my mind.
Here's a link to Google Books: http://books.google.fi/books?id=wQ_mx5sYDAUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Levinson+Space+in&source=bl&ots=l2DNqNEqND&sig=Y2O5nC22nZdxXKWcZBeBFHmc3hA&hl=fi&ei=m9LZS7icOZyUOJOZ-PAP&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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I keep looking at this thread title

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Books that changed our mi ...

wondering why yours is the lone voice. Then I stop to think about the books that changed my mind. I can't come up with a short list. I conclude that's because every book I've read has impacted my mind in some fashion.

However, anything Francis Schaeffer wrote, Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, Tolkien's Hobbit series, and Casteneda's look at shamanism are as good a place as any to start a list.

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Sounds weird but...

by GSG In reply to I keep looking at this th ...

Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham".

Why you might ask? Because when I was 3 this was my favorite book, and mom absolutely hated Dr. Seuss in general and "Green Eggs and Ham" in particular. After the 3rd request in one day to read the book to me, she gave it back, and said, "Read it yourself." As the story goes, I put my finger on the words, and started reading.

That is the book that changed my mind because it was the first one that I read by myself, and from then on, there was no holding me back.

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I don't think it sounds weird.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Sounds weird but...

This old world, and a few others besides, open wide once we learn to read. I love to read, but I don't remember the first book I read all by myself. Wouldn't surprise me if it was a Dr. Seuss. We had 'em all, and loved 'em. :)

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We never had dr Seuss at home, I didn't ever see them until I was

by Deadly Ernest In reply to I don't think it sounds w ...

in fourth or fifth grade and was allowed to wander the public library children's section by myself and saw them in the library. opened one, read two pages and shoved it back while thinking 'What rubbish.'

The first book I have a memory of having open in front of my while trying to make out what the squiggles with the pictures meant was the Encyclopedia Britannica - the set was the bottom two shelves on the book case and I could reach it. So I used to pull it out and flip through looking at the pages. I'd had to learn what the letters meant, so I asked Dad, after I learnt how to pronounce the letters and understood what the gaps between them meant, it was a bit easier to read as I'd spell out the letters to Mum, and she'd say the word - had no other option as Mum was blind. The kindergarten people didn't know what to do with me when i got there as I could read well.

It gets very awkward when you ask about the first fiction book as I grew up with Mum having a talking book machine and some of my earliest memories are of lying on the bed with her as we both listened to the man with the lovely rich voice speak the story out of the machine - I couldn't always follow the stories, but enjoyed the bits I could understand.

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Francis Schaeffer ??

by JackOfAllTech In reply to I keep looking at this th ...

Wow, you are the very first person I've ever 'met' outside of christian circles who's even heard of him, let alone read him.

"How Should We Then Live?" made a huge impact on me.

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Who says

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Francis Schaeffer ??

I'm outside of Christian circles? I've a complete collection of his works. That man was sharp, very sharp. Escape From Reason is the first I read.

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Sorry, should have said MY circles

by JackOfAllTech In reply to Who says

Have you read any Ravi Zacharias or Dave Hunt?

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Not yet.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Sorry, should have said M ...

Ravi I've heard a lot. I get so sidetracked in bookstores that I rarely come out with what I went in to get. Dave Hunt rings a bell. I think I have something of his around. Been awhile, obviously, as it only 'rings a bell'.

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The odor

by santeewelding In reply to Not yet.

That's what gets me every time. Makes me want to deposit my own.

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Now that

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to The odor

is what I call ambiguity.

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