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PostSubject: Which book had the greatest influence on you?   Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:21 am

This is something that's being discussed in various parts of the internet right now, due to something a famous US politician said recently.

Which book (fiction or non-fiction) has had the biggest influence on your worldview and how you live your life?

For me, it'd be Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach, with a close second being Chris Chabris' and Dan Simons' The Invisible Gorilla.

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PostSubject: Re: Which book had the greatest influence on you?   Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:35 pm

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (all 5 books) are absolutely the books with the greatest impact on my life ever.

I got the first book as a christmas gift when I was 13 (over 30 years ago). I started reading it that evening at my grand-parents' house. I only put it down to sleep that night. Then, I finished it the next day. And as soon as I was done, I started over.

I got Restaurant at the End of the Universe from a friend (borrowed, then he gave me the book) and read that in about 2 days. Then read Life, the Universe, and Everything shortly thereafter. I think I read all three of those books through at least a dozen times over the next couple months.

I got So Long and Thanks for All the Fish when it came out and read through that immediately. Of course, I then had to re-read the first 3 books and read the 4th again after that.

I somehow hadn't heard about Mostly Harmless until my friend showed up at my house with a hardback copy of it signed by Douglas Adams (and stamped with a 42).

Adams' sense of humour has shaped a lot of my own and his views on the world we live in and life in general have served as a very strong navigation point for me throughout my adult life.

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PostSubject: Re: Which book had the greatest influence on you?   Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:57 am

Machiavelli's The Prince. His work on power, influence and human nature is as relevant today as it was 500 years ago.
Also What Is Your Dangerous Idea edited by John Brockman

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