Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Sherman Foundation. The Dangerous Ideas Reading List

22 books that changed my life. 22 Books that you and your children should never, ever read. (In no particular order.)

Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics
— Alfred Korzybski

On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism After Structuralism
— Jonathan Culler

Beyond Good & Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
— Nietzsche

The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History
— Howard Bloom

Cab Calloway Stands in for the Moon
— Ishmael Reed

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
— Julian Jaynes

Life Against Death: the Psychoanalytical Meaning of History
— Norman O. Brown

The Decay of Lying
— Oscar Wilde

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind
— Al Ries & Jack Trout

Metaphors We Live By
— George Lakoff

Rules for Radicals
— Saul D. Alinsky

The Secret Life Of Salvador Dali
— Salvador Dali

Prometheus Rising
— Robert Anton Wilson

The Master and Margarita
— Mikhail Bulgakov

Magic by Misdirection
— Dariel Fitzkee

Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture
— Stuart Ewen

All Consuming Images: The Politics Of Style In Contemporary Culture
— Stuart Ewen

General Semantics Seminar 1937: Olivet College Lectures
— Alfred Korzybski

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
—Thomas Kuhn

Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
— Richard Rorty

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley
— Aleister Crowley

Psychopathology of Everyday Life
— Sigmund Freud


Giania said...

Atch. too late. I'm already among the damned. Read Prometheus Rising and loved very second of it. Excellent list, though, I should make time to churn through some of the rest of that.

Might spice that list up a little with some grand high weirdness along the lines of Principia Discordia or really anything by Burroughs (Cities of the Red Night was highly readable, if you don't mind jumpy timelines).

Thomas Sherman said...

Cities of the Red Night is my favorite by Burroughs.

for the most part I left off my literature selection, I thought that deserves a list unto itself. Included would be Cities, umberto ecco, Herman Hesse. I think I would also have to include the Jim Morrison bio "no one here gets out alive", it turned me into Ginsberg, Burroughs, Nietzsche, Norman o Brown, Aldus Huxley, kerouac... And all those books turned me in to dozens and dozens of other books.

It's almost a bit embarassing to admit that a rock bio was one of the inciting insidents in my intellectual development, but it was